It's a big world, and somebody should make sense of it! Jim Hull, author of THE VAMPIRE IN FREE FALL, will take you on Adventures of the Mind, pointing out interesting stuff along the way from his unique perspective. Bring your curiosity, an open heart, and ideas of your own to share . . . and be sure to keep your hands and arms inside the ride at all times!

Does It Matter to God?

October 16, 2014


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There’s a belief, widespread among the devout, that God will punish you if you don’t worship Him. This theme recurs in major religions: • Christianity: Worship God through Jesus or spend eternity skewered on a spit in Hell • Judaism: You’re the Chosen, but if you disregard God’s commands, there’s big trouble ahead • Islam: […]

Marketing the Jihad

October 9, 2014


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ISIS, a radical Islamist movement with its own army, has ramped across Iraq, conquering large swaths of territory in a kind of blitzkrieg, removing the heads from captured Westerners, fashioning itself as the revival of the medieval Caliphate, and generally scaring the crap out of everybody. Originally a small rebel group fighting in the Syrian […]

Posted in: Humor, Politics

Vladimir the Great

September 25, 2014


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Everybody’s talking about how the Cold War might be starting up again. Here’s Russia, attacking its neighbors, intimidating its economic partners, threatening the U.S. with bomber fly-bys. Alarmists claim Russian president Putin is the next Hitler. Speeches get shrill, sabers get rattled. Hold on, everyone! Maybe things aren’t as bad as they seem. Yes, Putin has his […]

Posted in: Politics

Rogue Robots

September 18, 2014


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Computers keep getting smarter. Soon they may become so smart we won’t know what they’re up to anymore. Will this be a good thing, or not? Computer scientists like to refer to this coming event as “The Singularity”, a moment beyond which all bets are off. Once computers are brighter than we are, there’s no […]

Thought Bubble

September 11, 2014


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Years ago, I saw a humor photo of Russian President Putin in a group picture at an important parley of bigwigs. Above Putin’s head floated a thought bubble: “If we can just finish this meeting by 4 p.m., I can get in an hour of judo!” …Putin, you know, likes to practice martial arts.  Oh, […]

This Is How to Succeed — and This, and This, and This

September 4, 2014


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Of all the suggested methods for achieving success, which is the one that really works? (Bonus question: Why are there so many suggested methods?) We shall set aside the question, “What is success?” except quickly to define it as “getting what you want”.  Let’s look at the most well-known and popular methods of achieving success: […]

Two Quippy — Or, One of These Will Tick You Off

August 28, 2014


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People believe, not what’s true, but what makes them feel good. This is why we do stupid things over and over. We’re offended by others because we think we’re entitled to their behavior. People complain about life because bitching and moaning worked on their parents, so maybe it’ll work on God or Nature.  When caught […]


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