Friday Firesmith – Black Friday

So here’s the thing, and there really is no getting around it; you’re afraid that people from another country, who have a different religion, will flee the war torn hell that is their homeland, and then, once they are here, will begin killing us.

That premise is so utterly absurd that it can’t […]


Friday Firesmith – The Sins of Mizzou

When University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe announced his resignation last Monday, that set in motion a lot of talk about what had happened and why it had happened. Personally, I don’t think Wolfe realized how bad things are or were, on campus, and even if things weren’t as bad as he thought, surely, […]


Friday Firesmith – I Am A Refugee

The Most Cursed Sports Cities in America

When I was a kid my father took me to a Braves’ game. All I can remember of it is that Hank Aaron struck out three times and the Braves lost. We went to a couple of games where the Atlanta Falcons actually won, but the […]


Friday Firesmith – Passwords

11-year-old is sells cryptographically secure passwords for $2 each

For those of you who cannot remember a password to save their own lives, I am here to help you and I won’t charge you two bucks for the trouble. I will guide you through the process of making a secure password that your own […]


Friday Firesmith – Happy Halloween

If you are expecting something eerie and supernatural today you won’t find it here. Looking back at my life I can honestly say the dead have not vexed me nearly as much as the living have, and when it gets down to monsters those who scare me the most are human beings. Animals don’t […]


Friday Firesmith – Space

In 1969, there were two big events that stick in my mind from July the 20th. The first was all of the kids in the neighborhood truly believed that NASA had planned an event to coincide with Summer vacation from school. This was all about letting us kids see the event on […]


Friday Firesmith – For Whom The Bell Trolls

Because I do not have a television it takes some effort to uncover what has transpired inside the mind of the One Eyed God and really, considering what I’m hearing, it may not be worth the effort. I’ve heard there were Presidential Candidate Debates on television and that makes me not want to buy […]


Friday Firesmith – Enough

It’s time we stopped the gun control debate long enough to do something. It’s time to stop worrying about the consequences of what we’re doing because the consequences of doing nothing are clearly far too costly to be continued. Doing nothing is getting people killed. Doing something might get people killed but at a […]


Friday Firesmith – The Internet is Forever

The internet is a very strange place. No matter what you search for there’s a better than average chance that something you typed in is going to key on some sort of odd photo, video, image, or something that has something to do with nudity or porn. I was writing about classical music and […]


Friday Firesmith – The Great Escapes

As young men will often do, three or four of us got a case of silliness one morning before the 0700 formation. They woke us up early five days a week to make sure we were all there. I’m not sure why they couldn’t just creep into our rooms very quietly and let it […]

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