Sandy Hook : God Did It

In the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, a number of religious leaders came forward to suggest that our rejection of God in schools is responsible for this tragedy. These people claim that since secular society has been removing prayer from schools, God refused to step in and stop the Gunman, Lanza, from killing 20 children and 7 adults. What's truly amazing about this reasoning is that it puts the blame squarely on God. Either God could have prevented this and he didn't, which makes his a deplorable and vindictive monster, or he couldn't, in which case he isn't much …

Swearing in Quebec is Blasphemy!

I was born in Chicoutimi, Quebec and raised in the French Canadian province until I was 9, when we moved to Ontario and I learned to speak English as well. Brought up as a French Canadian, I love this article I found in the Montreal Gazette, not for the political event that spawned it (I don't actually know the event) but for the discussion on swearing in Quebec. French Quebec, to be specific. On some strange level, it explains a great deal. To English speaking people, swearing means making references to sexual body parts or sexual activities which, frankly, makes …

A Slaying Song

Every year I start singing this crazy little song, and every year I add a word or two. Since nothing says "Christmas" like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I present to you my own version of Jingle Bells. Hellmouth opens wide, In Sunnydale tonight. Vamps and demons rise, Apocalypse is nigh. Rupert Giles' on watch, The Scooby Gang's all here, Angel, Spike, and Buffy sing a slaying song tonight. Yeah, I know it needs work, but that's all I've got so far. Want to chip in and help? Leave a comment.

The Best Christmas Game Ever

Let me tell you about the best Christmas game ever.  That's actually what it's called, "The Best Christmas Game Ever" (or T.B.C.G.E.) and it comes to  us just in time for Christmas. This game is available for Android tablets as well as the BlackBerry PlayBook (the screenshots here are from the PlayBook).  So here's how it works. The penguins, who have apparently gotten bored with the South Pole, are about to move into a new hood, the North Pole. Or maybe they're just branching out. Who knows? It sounds like a good move, but there is one catch. His name …

The Perfect Necklace for Chistmas

This little germ comes from France's "Le Grand Journal" on Canal Plus where Doria Tellier is Miss Météo (the weather girl). Part of her show, in addition to giving French viewers the weather, is providing some entertainment only just barely related to the weather. The video is in French but I'm betting you don't need to speak French to get it. On this particular segment, Doria offers up the perfect Christmas gift for the lady in your life. Not only is it unique and versatile, but it can be used to represent the current weather conditions as well. Sort of …

My Writing

I've been writing professionally for nearly 20 years, although I've been writing for a lot longer than that. As far back as I can remember, I've been writing stories, and somewhere in my twenties, somebody convinced me that I should try to sell some of what I write. It wasn't until 1994 that I made my first professional fiction sale. It would be another 5 years before I started making something resembling a real income from writing. Oddly enough, it wasn't fiction that I became famous for, but technical writing. Of a sort. You see, I never gave up writing …

Thoughts on December 6, 1989, and the Montreal Massacre

On December 6, 1989, Marc Lepine, age 25, walked into l'École Polytechnique in Montreal, entered a classroom and separated the men from the women. Then he started killing people. When he was done, 14 women were dead with another 10 injured. Only four men suffered injuries. The names of those fourteen women are inscribed on a plaque outside l'École Polytechnique de Montréal (click on the image to see a larger version and read teh names.) Lepine wasn't gunning for the men. He told the people around him that he was 'fighting feminism'. Lepine was clearly insane, but his madness was …