Past Year’s Accountability 2011

In December of 2009 I started a new tradition in my life, of doing a recap of my new year’s resolutions from the preceding year. I really enjoy the tradition of making new year’s resolutions; I think it’s one of the few positive traditions — if not the only positive tradition — associated with the […]

Without a Hitch

Last night, December 15th, right before I was to go to sleep, I happened to glance at my Facebook newsfeed and saw an old friend post a status update that simply said the name of Christopher Hitchens, sandwiched by several heart symbols. I knew without further elaboration that Hitchens was gone. I remembered the announcement […]

In Defense of the Tough Guy

If you spend any amount of time with hardcore kids, especially vegan or politically active ones, you’ll hear the phrase “tough guy” thrown around a lot. If you aren’t at least somewhat involved in the hardcore punk scene, this might be somewhat confusing, partly because it might not necessarily be clear who these tough guys […]

And At My Funeral, You Will Sing the Requiem

I think about my own death a lot. Often, though not necessarily always in a way that people would associate with depression. I’ve gone through one genuine suicide attempt and have had a few brushes with death that varied in their seriousness. In addition I have had a lot of close friends, sworn enemies, and […]

Past Year’s Accountability 2010

Tradition is a complicated concept in human society, used often to justify some of our most barbaric and insane actions. It’s often said that the most meaningful and powerful advances in our culture come when people openly flaunt tradition, but it could also be argued that many of our most precious ideas are the culmination […]

Happy Christmas

I get asked a lot why I love Christmas so much if I’m an atheist. Sure, everyone from Dawkins-esque atheists to noncommittal Jews can be caught whistling a carol every now and again as well as buying gifts for their loved ones, but few people approach Christmas with the same level of fervor that I […]

Star Trek is Better Than Star Wars

Being a nerd means that you will inevitably get involved in a lot of esoteric debates which rage on for literally decades. Debates such as Magic the Gathering vs. Warhammer, Starcraft vs. Command and Conquer, Marvel vs. DC, Vampire the Masquerade vs. Werewolf the Apocalypse. These are the battles which define our existence as hopeless […]

Dean Koontz is a Fucking Moron

There was a period when my blog focused a lot around veganism and specifically around lambasting celebrities who had either been vegan/vegetarian and weren’t any longer or who had made exceptionally stupid remarks about animal rights. I felt like I had addressed all the possible angles to the issue, at least all the ones that […]

Litmus Test Issue Two

As of today I’ve been Straight Edge for ten years, and I’m cautiously excited to announce that I have finally finished the second issue of my Straight Edge zine, Litmus Test. It will be available September 4th. Both issues required a huge amount of work on my part as well as a huge amount of […]

What’s in a Name?

Generally speaking I try to avoid writing in my blog about subjects that are too personal or esoteric. I try to keep the topics I write about on this blog broad enough that an individual who doesn’t necessarily know me personally or my lifestyle can sit down and read and be as equally annoyed as […]