Live Long and Prosper

When Leonard Nimoy died on February the 27th, 2015, I lost one of my early childhood heroes; Spock was dead. I was seven or eight years old when “Star Trek” came out, brand new, raw and edgy for the sixties, and I knew, I just knew, by the time I was old enough to […]


Friday Firesmith – Merry Holidays

There are a lot of people with a lot of good memories of Christmas. To some, it’s a very important time of the year. It’s also make or break day for a lot of businesses who depend on people getting out there and putting as much on their credit cards as they think they […]


Friday Firesmith – “Chain”

It’s not what you might think if you are thinking of a chain, linked and iron and holding a battleship anchor. It’s what a rodman used to call out when doing land surveying when the metal tape used to measure distances began to reach its end as it was being pulled.

“Chain!” he […]


Friday Firesmith – Bitten

Last year, on December the 11th, 2014, I had just gotten home from work when my new foster dog, Tyger, a brindle Pitbull, was attacked by Sam, my elderly Lab/Greyhound Mix. Sam was becoming more and more aggressive as he aged but he was also getting slower and less agile. Tyger was a year […]


Friday Firesmith – The Islamification of the Republican Americans

I’m not sure when or where or how Islam became what it is in its current form. There’s a billion or so people who claim to be Islamic and, despite what you might hear, not all of them are terrorists or support terrorism. I’m fairly certain most of them wonder how on earth things […]


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 […]

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