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Irregular’s Intel – How Moral is the “No Killing” Rule?

A certain legendary superhero is celebrating a major milestone this week, his 1,000th issue. No, this blog is not about that, but it does address a certain rule that he and most associated with him do follow: the “no killing” rule. The rule is, basically, regardless of how evil an individual is or what they’ve done, said hero will not end the villain’s life, at any cost. Now, think about that for a moment. On the surface it appears to be the most moral of rules. It shows respect for all life and also shows that there is another way. How wonderful is that? Or is it?  Continue reading Irregular’s Intel – How Moral is the “No Killing” Rule?

Irregular’s Intel – When Did Being Educated Become Being Elitist?

Earlier this week I was talking to a dear friend who was lamenting about the down stream effects of not knowing your history. This then evolved into not valuing education. I know that going to an institution of higher learning is damn expensive. Definitely more than it was when I was in school over 25 years ago. In the last several years I’ve seen schools pop up that are more along the lines of trade schools. They are good in that they are able to provide training to get individuals into the workforce quickly and get them earning decent wages without the hefty price tag of a 4 year degree. But I can’t help but wonder are we missing something be doing away with teaching the humanities. I may be wrong, but the schools focus on teaching their students a trade or career, not how to process information from various disciplines. Continue reading Irregular’s Intel – When Did Being Educated Become Being Elitist?

Irregular’s Intel – Too Much Focus

Today we are pushed to focus on the job at hand, focus on your passions and to focus on whatever someone is telling you to focus on. Now focus can be a good thing – it breeds attention to detail and is integral to a job done well. But there is a flip side to this. And on the flip side come the times we miss what is around us that can bring joy that we will never know.  Continue reading Irregular’s Intel – Too Much Focus

Irregular’s Intel – Pacific Rim and Mecha

I love mecha, I really do! I’ve longed to wake up and find out that I am a pilot of a Veritech fighter and can fly around and transform at will and kick some Zentradi ass! I’d even be happy to control a Gundam. I’ve hoped and wondered how would that even look on the big screen? We did have a glimps of that in the B movie Robot Jox and it was about as good as you could get with a B movie budget in the 80’s. So it was back to anime. But, decades later, we got our bigass robots fighting bigass monsters… and not the cheesy Power Rangers kind, either! We got 2 and 3 person controlled Jaegers, or hunters, who moved and fought with finesse – it was the mecha we had been waiting for for so long!  Continue reading Irregular’s Intel – Pacific Rim and Mecha

Irregular’s Intel – The Underappreciated Break

The weekend is coming up and I am so looking forward to playing a lot of pinball and video games, reading, watching a movie or two, and not much else. Did you see that I didn’t mention anything productive in there? That’s not to say that reading is non-productive, but I plan on reading for pleasure. In short, I’m taking a much needed break. It is interesting how, as a culture, we do not embrace real leisure time. Americans feel this need to fill it all with activity (an idle mind is the devil’s workshop). We can’t have one silent moment and we must show something for the time we have been given. As I have gotten older, I have fully embraced a more European approach to my personal time. I do enjoy keeping active, but I need to balance it with some legit idle time.  Continue reading Irregular’s Intel – The Underappreciated Break