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Why I Don’t Debate Climate Change Deniers Anymore, But Unfriend Them

Earlier today, I came close to unfriending a guy on Facebook over climate change. He wasn’t even too rabidly fundamentalist about the topic. Nevertheless, his way of arguing his climate change point of view had all the hallmarks of the widespread climate change denial disinformation strategy. Which is why I refuse to engage in this […]

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Why I Don’t Debate Anti-Vaxxers Anymore, But Unfriend Them

Last night, I unfriended and blocked a guy on Facebook over vaccination.* He wasn’t even too rabidly fundamentalist about the topic. Nevertheless, his way of arguing an anti-vaxx point of view had all the hallmarks of the widespread anti-vaxx disinformation strategy. Which is why I refuse to engage in this debate any longer. And why […]

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The Test Post

Please ignore me, I am a test post. But now that you’re here anyway, and perhaps feel a tad disappointed by the testish nature of this post, I think I can find it in my heart to reward–or punish, depending on your sense of humor and good taste–you with a brief humorous tale. A thirsty […]

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Welcome to Barno’s New Stables!

Barno was complaining about the rickety plywood walls, the stale hay, the leaky roof, and the draft under the doors. I was complaining about the design I was bored with, the dated functionality, and above all the old shop (driven by the Shopp plugin) that didn’t work at all anymore. So now we jointly, and […]

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Hanging Indent In WordPress

Note: if this post is useful to you, please consider liking or sharing it, or otherwise making me, my blog and/or my website famous… Don’t you hate it when your WordPress theme makes a mess of your numbered and bulleted lists? I’m sure some themes do a good job by default, but a theme like […]

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Five Thousand!

5000: Max Davidse! My site iwas approaching five thousand visitors! To celebrate this feat, whoever sendst me the nicest, coolest, funnest message through this form on Tuesday 25 March 2014, in my Inbox no later than 23:59, today countsed as number 5000 and goets my two paperbacks for a mere €8,00. The lucky winner’s name turned out […]

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Going Babel

Okay, I write in English, I publish in English, and most of my writing friends are English, American, or Australian (or Dutch, but with the same penchant for writing in their second language). That doesn’t mean I’m not still Dutch! High time then to make my website content available in my mother tongue as well. Make […]

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Happy Birthdate Dear Country

Such excellent news! In a previous post I lamented the deplorable lack of a national birth date of the Netherlands. Three years later, the news reports that our former Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers has been asked to lead the celebrations of our country’s Bicentennial in a few years. Not only is it obvious that my […]

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Hurray Delay

Yowza! That’s really the only word. Last Friday, in an uncommonly relaxed and entertaining (day) job interview, my soon-to-be new employer made me an offah I cou’n’t refyoose. New challenges, new responsibilities, new colleagues, new pay level, new company car… I’m so happy I could burst! [THIS POST WAS REVEALED GRADUALLY OVER THE COURSE OF […]

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First contact

Everybody seems to be doing it, so why shouldn’t I? My recent (second) experience at the Writers of the Future workshop and gala, in Seattle from 13-19 August, left me with a slight melancholy feeling, a bunch of good and mediocre writing ideas, a ton of motivation, and most of all several new friends whom […]

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