The 5-Star Rating System Sucks

The 5-star rating system sucks as a way to rate people. It’s original purpose was to rate products and services so that the people offering those products and services could improve upon them. Now, corporations—from car dealerships to transportation providers and more—use 5-star ratings from customers to rate their employees, and all that does is end up creating animosity and antipathy hidden behind fake friendliness. Continue Reading

My Hollywood Career

Way back when, I had a brief Hollywood career. I wrote a few Star Trek spec scripts and one of them got noticed by the producers of Voyager. (Back then you could sign a waiver and actually send scripts to the show.) So I got invited to pitch a few stories by phone to Michael Taylor (an Executive Producer who later worked on Battlestar Galactica). I pitched 5 stories, none of which were bought, but I got invited to pitch again. Full of confidence (or something) I decided to move to Hollywood and make a go of it, figuring it might be better to pitch in person. Continue Reading

Why Trump Might Win

7/21/2016 2:20pm (5 minutes) — Well, someone finally said it, and I agree. Unless people wake up, Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States. So you look at the numbers right now and smirk because it doesn’t compute logically, but this election is not about logic. It’s about emotion. Continue Reading

Know Me

Full Title: Know Me — By Way of Explanation: A Narrative of My Life in Tucson as it Relates to a Hiking Group, Musings from a Writer in the Desert

One of the ideas behind being a creative writer or artist is never to explain yourself to people who don’t get you. Like many things these days, I find myself looking at that idea anew. It feels like few people understand the creative mind anymore, and there’s so many false assumptions that seem to be taking root again. Everyone is putting everyone else into a cage, and I think it’s high time to break out of pigeon-holing with some open communication. Continue Reading

The Trump Card

I came up with an idea to write a blog post called “The Trump Card”. It would have been a sharp satirical takedown of presidential candidate Trump served up with vulgarity (unusual for me) and wit—stuff like I used to blog in my younger days when we lived in a more open and free society. But these times took hold of me, and I realized that such a post would miss the mark because we the people have changed. Trump rises because of the darkness in our collective heart. AND it is my fault and your fault more than it is the fault of other Americans who say they support him. Continue Reading

May Day in Baltimore

Now that the fury in Baltimore has seemed to quiet down, I thought I would share some of my own perspectives on what is going on. We bring our narcissism to these kinds of things. They often serve as a inkblot test to what has happened in our own lives, and I am no better. But I grew up in Maryland, and I had some dealings with corrupt people in positions of power there, so maybe my perspective cuts a little deeper. Continue Reading

500 Shades of Colour

In honour of Valentine’s day and the release of the ground-shaking and orgasm-inducing movie “50 Shades of Grey”, I thought this might be a good time to get back to blogging. There’s quite a buzzing sound and a whole lot of good vibrations about the release of this movie in America on a day honouring a Catholic Saint beheaded around 270 AD. Lots of pre-sale tickets were lapped up in Mississippi and other bastions of christianity here in America for the R-rated exhibition. Permission or not, people just couldn’t hold out. Continue Reading