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The phrase Strong Female Character has become a term of derision… and probably rightly. For the most part, writers who are creating Strong Female Characters are doing so with the intention of creating Strong Female Characters, which usually leads to creating underdeveloped characters.

So, what makes a character a Strong…

How one event stalled my writing for a year

My father and I sailing together — image copyright Alex Davies

He said it was okay, he could go now — the things I was writing were saying what he wanted to say to the world. A little over a month later he was dead.

My father called me for Christmas 2019. He lived half a world away and we didn’t…

Stop yourself from disabling your loved ones

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Driving Forces

I like driving stick. Manual transmission, it’s a thing — it feels more connected, like you have more control over the car. Many years ago my then-partner and I decided to buy a car together. She had never driven a vehicle with a manual transmission, so we talked about whether…

Learning life skills you missed is a crucial step

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Late Diagnosis

I was diagnosed with ADHD in my forties. I don’t think it was much of a shock to anyone who knew me, but it was still a long time coming. After 4 decades of struggle, of failing to quite fit, of not being able to do the sort of thing…

It’s not even close to what it’s being made out to be

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Hot take here: CUTIES is pretty good. Not amazing, but quite good.

The objections to CUTIES seem to take two forms. First: by showing the clearly sexual dance routines the movie is catering to pedophiles and second the actresses were too young for the material. …

Why we shouldn’t fear the coming wave of automation even if it does replace all the jobs

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Digital Manufacturing

3d printing isn’t what most people think it is… it’s slow, it’s hard, and most of the time you need to baby your printer, maintain it far, far more than you think you will have to. It only produces plastic things, and often they aren’t all that good. …

How running keeps me sane

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Run for your life

I lift my foot, again, forcing it to come off the ground, just one more time. As my toes drop I do the same with the other one, just one more time. The sun beats down on me, I gasp for air. “Come on, just one more minute. …

Lord Kelvin’s Belief in God is Irrelevant to God’s Existence

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“If you study science deep enough and long enough it will force you to believe in God”
Lord William Kelvin

So, Lord Kelvin, clearly a great scientist, believed in God and thought that science confirmed his belief.

That’s something that gets trotted out from time to time. It’s one of many arguments that are often used by creationists to promote the idea that science and god are compatible.

It’s also…

How this argument fails completely — now with even more fail

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If a Watch Require a Watchmaker…

There is a common screed among creationists. They look at the world and say that the parts work together so well, fit so well, that it’s clearly the work of a designer. …

What you read about the MRM is usually poorly researched and wrong, even if the goals are correct

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What is the Manosphere?

When I say the words Men's Rights Movement what comes to mind for you?

Probably Elliot Rodgers and incels right? Maybe calls to boycott movies like Mad Max: Fury Road. Fedoras? For most people, it’s some mix of those things, probably with a bit of Jordan Peterson thrown in.


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