Everything2 is a collection of user-submitted writings about more or less everything. Spend some time looking around and reading, or learn how to contribute.

Cream of the Cool

The Martian
By Andy Weir
Broadway books, 2011

The Martian is an excellent work of near-future hard science fiction. It is set in our own world, but advanced by a few years, to the point that manned flight to Mars has been underway for some years. The story starts mid-way through the USA's third trip to the red planet, and nothing too very exciting is expected. Unfortunately, only six days into the mission a massive sand storm…

I am dealing with what I have come to realize is a bit of an epiphany.

So I’ve been going out to bars/restaurants with people and having water while they eat/drink. I’ve been sitting with people at office having lunch. Half-facetiously, I’ve been asking to borrow their food and booze to take a deep sniff of it to ‘practice’, to steel myself for doing this.

I’ve realized something fucking mindboggling.

In the entirety of my memory, maybe my entire life, I have never,…

The term barber refers explicitly to someone who is capable and licensed to shave someone with, and/or operate a straight razor. As part of any barbering exam - as well as a theoretical and written exam there is a practical. Part of it is executing a tapered haircut, and the other part involves shaving someone with a razor. That's actually the definition of a barber. If a hairstylist or cosmetologist ever cuts your hair with a razor, or attempts to shave you, he or she is in violation of the law in…

The American Election, Part Deux:

One may wonder indeed if Donald Trump is made of teflon. He's made some comments walking back his previous comments - in fact, according to Clinton supporters, he intends on giving a windfall to the rich that makes the Bush tax cuts look like a Ticketmaster class action lawsuit award. But the train has left not only the station, but lost its footing on the track. Even the most conservative of polls (conservative as in cautious, not right wing) has…