The slippery slope of censorship: the copyright lobby and child porn
The title of the MAFIAAFire forum post "The Copyright Lobby Absolutely Loves Child Pornography" is intentionally controversial and eye-grabbing, but when you look at the actual content of the post all of a sudden the politics and chess game of censorship as played...

Elastic is not fantastic: a blatantly deceptive lender's advertisement
So recently, alongside all the other mail I usually receive, I get this solicitation to borrow up to $2,500 via a service called Elastic. Often I just rip these into a few pieces and toss into the trash along with all the other garbage advertisements I...
-bank -lending -loans

boys CAN wear dresses... as evidenced by all the boys IN dresses... hehe

This post for some reason was never tooted out here. Or maybe it was, and this is a dupe?

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A brief stopover at Big Star Bar
So I just happened to pass by Big Star Bar this past Tuesday. This location has just a Ripley's Believe it or Not (Stern, 2004) which at one time was one of my favorite games (back when there was still a Tilt arcade in the lower level of The Galleria). This particular machine was a bit dirty but reportedly still played well. I tried my hand at it, failing to reach the replay score of...

On competition, judgment, fairness, decency, respect, honesty, citizenship, hopes, dreams, and the current situation
Hopefully you can forgive the rather obtuse post title, but I couldn't think of anything better. The original title, the one I came up with for the original four-part series (that this post is replacing), was a heck of a lot...

I need better selfies for social media... pretty unhappy with most of them now that I look again.

Bill Cosby, sexual assault 

Dirty pool: On the vacating of Bill Cosby's conviction
I did write a post about Bill Cosby's first trial that ended in a hung jury; I did not get a chance to write about the second trial which did result in a conviction. Well, today, the guilty verdict was vacated and Bill Cosby is once again a free man.

"Dirty pool" in the post...
-cosby -amendment -assault

A restrospective on HAL-PC's end and a look to the future
So it was about seven years ago this month that HAL-PC finally called it quits. (For those of you who don't remember it, HAL-PC was the Houston Area League of PC Users, and at least at one point, was the largest user group of its type.)

A few things have changed since then, perhaps the biggest one being the COVID-19 pandemic, which was made...

police violence, politics, current events 

Thoughts on Derek Chauvin's sentence and its implications
For better or worse, I never wrote a post about the killing of George Floyd when it originally happened. To be fair about it, there was a lot of outrageous stuff happening in 2020, on top of the COVID-19 pandemic, so much...
-floyd -chauvin -cant-breathe -force

"And it goes without saying, what we do is always about justice"
I'm so glad we have people to help bring things like this to light. Remember, these are your tax dollars at work.

Mark Bennett recently blogged about an email he received from a source he identifies only as Mr. X. In it, several "competitions"...
-game -county -bennett -x -camp-contests

I thought I tested positive for covid but it was just smudged, I tested positive for bovine.

You'd think a WordPress auto-toot plugin would be smart enough to not actually toot "Loading, please wait..." but apparently not.

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Cheating in baseball: the shift from steroids to...

As a lifelong baseball fan, it troubles me at the amount of cheating in the sport that is coming to light. The Mitchell Report almost got me to quit following baseball for good; as it was, my return to baseball fandom was slow but complete long before the historic World Series of 2017 when the Houston Astros...

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