Monthly Archives: May 2020


Every year, I intend to join in NaNoWriMo, and every year, I forget about it until after it’s started, so wind up skipping it completely. This year, I found out about #1000wordsofsummer (via Lifehacker), which seems a little more achievable. I may just use this blog to do my 14 days, but I’m not certain. Anyone aware of a simple plugin to move the word count directly onto the editor window somewhere? I would be much more convenient than having to press the “I” in the corner to get current word count 😉

Universal Income

People often grumble about “socialism” without really understanding capitalism, either, so here’s a little thought experiment. If every adult in the US was given $2000/mo for the rest of their lives, what would actually happen?

$2000/mo is more than some of the working poor make, even with working multiple jobs. Their status in life would definitely be improved, at least in the short term. But what about yours?

For me, I make more than this, but what impact would $4000/mo, between my wife and I, have? For this thought experiment, I’m going to also assume that universal healthcare is also part of this package, so the stress of being one illness away from financial ruin is taken away as well.

The most obvious result is that I don’t have to worry about rent and other basic needs being met for myself and my family, therefore I don’t have to make what I do from my job. With tightened belts, I probably wouldn’t have to work at all if I didn’t want to. Which would be extremely tempting, but not entirely likely. I’m good at what I do, and work for a great employer, but I would likely quit to become self-employed so that I could set my own hours, spending more time with the family.

What would I do? I’d likely involve myself more in creative endeavors. I love music, but don’t have time to practice as much as I should, and could definitely not make a living at it right now. But with basic needs met, I don’t have to worry about making a living at it, as long as I make something. So doing it regularly would mean getting better at it, which would mean being able to make more at it. Same thing with writing. I don’t write because I can’t make a living at it right away, but without that concern, if I make a little, it’s enough to keep doing it, thus getting better at it, leading to the ability to make more at it.

I suspect a lot of other people are in a similar situation. Imagine a world where everyone could pursue their passion instead of being stuck doing something that they’re good at, but is just a daily grind for them. Is that really such a bad thing?

Chuck Rewatch

Work, when I’m doing it from home, allows me some time to put on some old favorites to play in the background while I’m doing other things, so I am 8 1/2 episodes into a re-watch of the TV series “Chuck.” This series was absolutely brilliant, and while I love the idea of a reunion movie, I think it needs to come back, with original cast, and continue where it left off. It’s one of those series that *should* still be into it’s what? 14th season? by now, but sadly only got five. It needs more!

Move completed

The move completed with (hopefully) minimal downtime, and I upgraded Internet services in the process. 🙂