“We are Forerunners. Guardians of all that exists. The roots of the Galaxy have grown deep under our careful tending. Where there is life, the wisdom of our countless generations has saturated the soil. Our strength is a luminous sun, towards which all intelligence blossoms… And the impervious shelter, beneath which it has prospered.”

Friday T&A: Vacation Station Edition

Friday T&A: Vacation Station Edition

Hail, fellows, and well met. Yours truly is finally on vacation in an undisclosed location, enjoying sunshine, beach weather, and cocktails. Or rather, in my case, a decent bottle of red wine. I’ve never understood the American and British predilection for beer,...
Friday T&A: Santa Lucia Edition

Friday T&A: Santa Lucia Edition

Brothers, if you’re wondering why events feel like they are rapidly spinning out of control, understand that this is how things always look when great empires fall. We’ve simply gotten far too used to comfort and ease in our lives. And make no mistake,...
Friday T&A: Towering Legacy Edition

Friday T&A: Towering Legacy Edition

Touching on the legacy of September 11, 2001, is likely a sore subject for many of my readers, and I wouldn’t blame anyone for reacting negatively for the fact that I’m posting eye-candy the day before the 20th anniversary of the single worst domestic...
Friday T&A: Guessing Games Edition

Friday T&A: Guessing Games Edition

Gentlemen, this has been a difficult week for those of us who believe in truth, honour, and basic decency. We are watching the world as we knew it, collapsing before our eyes. I have often wondered what my Russian friends must have felt, watching the Soviet Union...
Friday T&A: Cultural Compatibility Edition

Friday T&A: Cultural Compatibility Edition

Gents, that surely was the Week from Hell – especially if you are an American with any faith whatsoever left in your blatantly evil government. The guy supposedly in charge is clearly a senile feeble old man who is being controlled by forces that he cannot...
Friday T&A: Broken Dreams Edition

Friday T&A: Broken Dreams Edition

Boys, as I have pointed out MANY times before, sometimes, no matter how hard you work, no matter how smart you are, and no matter how well you present yourself, sometimes (quite often, actually) it simply isn’t enough. You will not get what you want. The...
Friday T&A: Empire’s End Edition

Friday T&A: Empire’s End Edition

To pretty much nobody’s surprise, America’s retreat from Afghanistan was nothing short of a disaster. The Taliban has advanced into the big cities much faster and with far greater success than the American top brass anticipated. And, again, to anyone who...
Friday T&A: Locke and Kay Edition

Friday T&A: Locke and Kay Edition

Gentlemen, are you familiar with the works of a certain John Locke? He was one of the premier English philosophers of his day, and was highly influential upon the Founding Fathers of the American Republic. He was well known for a number of ideas that he either came up...
Friday T&A: Underworked and Overpaid Edition

Friday T&A: Underworked and Overpaid Edition

Once more, it has been one HELL of a long week. I’ve been staring at SQL code until my eyeballs ache, and I have to say, it’s not actually that much fun. SQL can do a LOT, but when you’re used to using more flexible languages like R or C++, where you...
Friday T&A: Forza Italia Edition

Friday T&A: Forza Italia Edition

Gentlemen, have you ever found yourself in a situation where you know you’re probably going to fail at whatever task you have been set? It is not a nice feeling. I have been in that position several times in my life. For men like us, who take great pride in a...
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