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The Ticket — a short story

May 28, 2018

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“You are exceeding the speed limit.” “I’m late for work.” “The posted speed limit for this highway is sixty-five miles per hour. You are driving at seventy-three miles per hour, eight miles over the limit. If you persist, I am required by law to issue you a ticket.” “Don’t you dare, Car! You belong to […]

Siri: Stop!

April 29, 2018

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We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us. — Marshall McLuhan Sometimes Siri is a moron — it’s hard to use, misunderstands questions, and often gives useless answers. Siri — for those of you living under a rock — is a search agent built into the iPhone. You talk to it, requesting information […]

The Transporter Problem

October 1, 2017

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There’s no assurance that by copying every last thing in your brain, you’re going to wake up and say, ‘Here I am!’ You wouldn’t wake up inside the computer — you’d just be dead. — Michael Shermer The Star Trek transporter doesn’t move you around; it kills you and replaces you with a perfect copy. […]

Brain Replacement Surgery — a short story

September 24, 2017

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I would be glad to know . . . whether, when my brain has lost its original structure, and when some hundred years after the same materials are fabricated so curiously as to become an intelligent being, whether I say that being will be me . . . — Thomas Reid Since you asked, the real […]

Stray Quippy

May 14, 2017

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It’s easy to tell that our old friend Quippy has something important to say: he’ll show up at The JimBlog’s editorial offices, commandeer a computer, and start typing away, talons clicking furiously. We don’t object, partly on account of those talons and partly because Quippy always has interesting and pithy things to say about life […]

Side Effects

May 7, 2017

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The best laid plans of mice and men / Gang aft agley. — Robert Burns You never know what’ll happen. You start one thing and that sets off something else you didn’t expect, and pretty soon you’re in a whole different situation. For instance, not long ago I had oral surgery and ended up with […]

Ford or Tesla? — a short story

April 30, 2017

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“There’s a Ford and a Tesla available.” “How much is the Ford?” “About sixty cents a mile.” “And the Tesla?” “Maybe a buck.” “A dollar?!? Forget it. The Ford’s cheaper. And it’s a perfectly good car.” “Sure, but the Tesla has that terrific sound system. And the seats are super-comfy. Besides, this is our anniversary. […]