I'd rather eat hot dogs and ramen with my son, than dine on lobster and steak without him. In all our crazy years, two of my best memories of Thanksgiving are memories of Walt Disney World with family.Read More
Disney movies are rotten with fallacies... logical fallacies, that is. That's why we love them. Nothing quite gets the blood boiling like your favorite baddie rolling his Rs and telling the hero that they're worthless and no one will ever believe them. My righteous indignation meter just pegs out, whether it's Jafar denigrating Aladdin, or Medusa being meanie-pants to poor, pitiful Penny. That's partly because we know it's just not true! Disney movies seem to know how to get our little kid no fair! circuits firing all at once. It's also a matter of just finding their terrible arguments frustrating to my nerd brain. And it isn't just the bad guys that sometimes employ a logical fallacy or two. Here's a whole bunch of examples for your outrage fuel. Pop some popcorn, and let's play, Spot the Logical Fallacy!Read More
I usually write these articles as conversations with my mom. For fun, and because my latest book is set in Walt Disney World, I decided to present the first half as a conversation between Figment and his friends.
What is Scientific Skepticism?
Well Figment, I'm glad you asked...
I went to vote today and was told my name wasn't on the rolls. I went home and checked online. "No information found."
But wait, I registered last year! During the primary I had run into the same problem. On April 19th I called to verify I was indeed registered to vote and was "good" for the general, but had not met the deadline for declaring a party for the primary this year. Ok. I have been an Independent for years and this is a closed state. As long as I knew I was registered for the general, I was willing to accept that. So imagine my surprise when it turned out I wasn't registered. In fact, the clerk at the Court House said they had no record I had ever been registerd. My son was registered. He voted. But my name was nowhere to be found. What answer could they give me? I could not vote. The clerk suggested I try to get a court order.
I don't currently own a phone. I haven't for months now. I live in a rural part of the county. My polling place is a block away, but the Court HOuse is downtown. Luckily, my son had rented a car for the month and he drove me downtown. Also luckily, I had saved the confirmation screen when I changed my party affiliation. This demonstrated to the judge that I had indeed been registered, as you can't change a registration you never had! There was the proof that I had registered in plenty of time. Obviously a clerical error. So I got my court order, and back we went to the polling station.
Imagine how many people must give up when told their name just isn't on the list. Imagine how many people had long ago cleaned out their email and have no proof, or who registered so long ago they no longer can locate their registration cards. Imagine how many people take three buses to get to the polling place in the first place. Imagine people waiting until they get off work, only to discover the Court House closed, or not enough time to get there and back again before the polls close. If you can vote, vote. Don't get discouraged if they send you on a paper chase. They don't have to cheat, if you forfeit the game. Vote for the ones that don't have a car, or have to work, or can't get a babysitter, or whose paperwork mysteriously vanished. Even if you have to get a court order.
I learned a few things over the course of my research. Details are important to Disney fans. In that light then, allow me to share some of my favorite details that make appearances in my new book Three Shots Fired from Cinderella Castle, some to a greater extent than others.Read More
Self-publishing is a fun way to discover more about both the craft and business of books. My own experience has been one of learning one thing, only to discover how much more I have yet to learn. When the writing is done, the editing is finished, and you've started the publishing process, you might be tempted to think your job is done. Not so fast. There's still the marketing to get to. And yes, if you are a self-published author, that's your business too. One important part of that, which I've spent considerable hours on over the last week, is creating video ads.Read More
I missed posting my blog post last week. How come? What was I doing that was so important?
I was defeating Pete and building my own theme park, of course.
So I said, “Hey, wanna be my beta reader?”
“What’s a beta reader?” Everyone replied.
A beta reader is to books as a beta tester is to the latest version of Windows.Read More
Planning a vacation to sunny Florida and our favorite theme park requires some strategic planning in light of the war against Zika. But with a little battlefield intelligence and some smart tactics, you can safely enjoy a stress free holiday in the Magic Kingdom.
Chikungunya, Dengue, and Malaria... Florida's historic battles with the mosquito have become as legendary as the names Olustee Battlefield and the Castillo de San Marcos. . . . Enter the Zika virus in Florida.
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Florida had become adept at recognizing and dealing with new mosquito borne diseases. So most people in the tourism industry have been pretty optimistic that they are ready to defend against the newest smart weapon in the mosquito's arsenal, Zika.Read More
Walt Disney World is not designed for the comfort of our four legged friends. If you decide you must take your helper animal, please be aware of some of the following.Read More