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Schwezigon Pagoda

I can see the golden spire rising above the trees, so I know I’m going the right way, but I’m also passing by an odd building to my right. It’s long, narrow, columned, and ignored. A sign reads, “No shoes allowed inside.” I take my sandals off and enter. It’s […]

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House on Fire

I’d seen a photo of this place years ago and decided I wanted to go there one day… if only I knew where “there” was. Out in a remote part of the desert, up a proverbial (dry) creek, the ancient Navajo built shelter beneath an overhanging cliff. It’s not marked. […]

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Something Wrong with this Picture

Saigon is a bustling town, but not particularly scenic. Its a commercial city, with business and traffic in good measure, but short on photo opportunities. Among its attractions is a leftover from the French: The Church of Notre Dame. I walk over there to catch the evening light. There’s a […]

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Adventures with Mr. Wizard

I first met Mr. Wizard down at the pool hall. Seemed like a pretty normal guy. Too normal actually. So normal it was kind of weird. Anyways, we’re talking a […]

Mr. Wizard Part 8: Final Victory

So I’m down at the pool hall, when Mr. Wizard walks in. Hadn’t seen him in awhile, so was hopeful that he’d already left the country, but no such luck. […]

Mr. Wizard Part 7: Versus Libertarians

When asked to explain my views in one word, I say that I am a libertarian. That’s what I told Mr. Wizard. And though it’s not precisely accurate, I couldn’t […]

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Delusion

After I retired I needed something to do. I thought it would be cool to travel around photographing all the amazing places on our planet. So I started making a […]

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The Righteous Mind

I really can’t say enough good things about this book, it’s fantastic. An antidote to the insanity of today’s political […]

The Cave and the Light

Examines the age old dispute between Plato and Aristotle on the nature of “truth”, which continues to the present day. […]


A scathing critique of American Conservatives and the birth of the Alt-Right. Core idea is that ideology is a product […]

The Rational Optimist

If there’s one book that I wish I wrote, it’s this one. Despite the constant barrage of doom and disaster, […]

The Strange Death of Europe

Falling birth rates and rising immigration are changing the character of Europe into something else. Something not as good.

The Vision of the Anointed

Thomas Sowell should probably win a Nobel prize for identifying the core difference between thinkers on the Left and Right. […]