Author: Julie Finn

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Spotted: The Dinner Fork Door Lock

Whether you’re squatting in an abandoned hotel room after the Zombie Apocalypse or you just want some peace and quiet in a public bathroom, sometimes you really need a secure lock on your door. If you’ve got just a couple of heavy-duty woodworking tools, or access to them, then you can solve this problem by […]

April 28th

Book Review: The Modern Savage, by James McWilliams

Fluffball and Arrow are our beloved pets. We would never eat them. Their brothers, however… We always knew that their brothers, the roosters Cluck and Peck, were going to be eaten, if for no other reason than at the time, we lived in the city limits, where roosters were not allowed. When Cluck and Peck […]

April 28th

Your Computer Overlords are Almost Here

Jeremy Howard isn’t a doctor, but he can play one–scratch that; he can be one–by teaching a computer how to teach itself to do valuable diagnostic testing. Because the computers that Howard programs? Those computers know how to learn. What’s the difference between a computer that can obey and a computer that can learn? The […]

January 5th

Washing Your Hands – Just Do it, Already!

Why will you not wash your hands? Seriously, it’s not that hard. It doesn’t take that long. And everyone else in the bathroom is going to give you the side-eye if you don’t do it. Also, you need to use soap. That “running your hands under the water and then drying them” thing doesn’t actually […]

December 18th

Book Review: The Anthropocene, by Christian Schwagerl

For better or worse, this is the age of the human, with the choices that we make affecting the Earth on a geological scale. Such is the premise of The Anthropocene, written by Christian Schwagerl and given to me by a publicist who found my sweet spot for Doomsday literature. “Anthropocene” means “the epoch of […]

December 6th

Why We Love Zombies

Oh, there’s a reason why you like zombies. If you’re a reader of Joseph Campbell on down, you’ll know that it’s pretty well established that what we fear represents- well, what WE fear, like “We the People” we. Our personal fears reflect the fears of our entire societal collective unconsciousness. Godzilla equals nuclear war. Werewolves […]

October 28th