Slow Burn in Centralia

Fifty years ago today, workers in Centralia, PA, began burning trash at a site over an old mine entrance just outside of the town. That fire is still burning to this day. The fire ignited the coal and then continued to spread underground. Officials spent twenty years trying to put it out, but each effort […]

A Series of Unrelated Links

Some stuff I’ve recently come across: Intriguing piece by Greg Rucka at Io9 on his writing strong female characters in his work. Wes Enzinna has a powerful article at the New York Times Sunday Magazine about Treece Kansas, a now abandoned mining town. I’m really fascinated by areas and towns that have been destroyed through […]

A funny thing happened this morning…

I woke up and was a doctor. Strange though it seems to me, I successfully defended my dissertation yesterday. As I posted on various social media outlets: (To this day this I think of the victory fanfare from FF IV at times of success. I played that game a lot when I was a kid.) […]


Pause, a photo by Errant Ventures on Flickr. The dissertation has been printed and distributed to my committee. Now I’m just waiting for the big defense in a couple of weeks.