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Charlie’s Slip Points

Yesterday, I blogged about finding a reason to blog and the slight inner conflict that had been keeping me from posting more here on the Charlie Tonic site. After finishing that post it hit me that I really am writing quite a bit these days. It’s just that the project is one that no one is currently...

Print vs. Digital

So, I have this crazy notion that paper will be sidelined for digital within the next five years. I tend to shock people by saying that “paper will be dead within five years”. Once that grabs the attention, I like to add that that is “dead” with an asterisk. What is the asterisk? By...

The Church of Annie Dillard

It’s been awhile since I’ve given you a good book recommendation. In Episode 32 Charlie and I discuss spirituality so I thought it would fitting to share a book by a woman who is probably my favorite writer of all time. Although I am not as big a fan of her fiction, her essays capture...

What is Your Security Blanket?

There is a fun little website called Proust that helps you build your own autobiography by asking interesting questions and letting you answer, add pictures and share with friends. I thought it would be a fun thing to take some of those questions and answer them with you here from time to time. What is...

Around the World in a Glass

On today’s date in 1945, the United Nation’s Charter was signed by the 50 founding nations in a meeting in San Francisco. I learned this little fact while reading a book that I have enjoyed for inspiration and exploration of cocktails, The Daily Cocktail by Dalyn Miller and Larry Donovan. The...

Changing What You Eat: Food Rules

  I have a long history of tinkering with myself. I became a vegetarian and animal rights activist around the age of 11 and then around 16 I gave up trying to change the world and had a cheeseburger. Since then I’ve gone through periods of eating meat and not, eating organic and not, eating...

Who Wants a Delicious Aloysius?

Normally on Tuesdays we post the recipe to the drink we are making for this week’s podcast so those of you who wish to can play along at home while you listen to us imbibe. But this week is different. While you will hear some of the ingredients of the lovely dueling drinks Delicious Aloysius and Sex...

Katniss Everdeen: Feminist Role Model or Not?

As I said in Episode Ten this week, after years of hearing the hype and listening to my bibliophile friends rave and recommend, I finally broke down and read The Hunger Games. I trusted my friends when they said I would not be able to put it down but I was also too repulsed by the concept, (in a dystopian...

When Science and Science Fiction Collide

  Dr Forge has a very interesting article over on the Pandoracon website that compares how antimatter is used in Star Trek versus how we are currently able to use it. There is more overlap between the use of physics on Star Trek the use of of physics in real world than you would initially assume....

Can a Book that Turns you on Still be Great Literature? In Defense of Trashy Books

On Episode Five, Charlie and I gave our review of the best romance novel ever written: Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase. I also explain a little bit about why I have come to not only love the genre but also publicly defend it. It’s not easy for a woman who considers herself intelligent, well read, and...

Kavalier and Clay

Have you ever wanted to feel as if you were standing there when the classic creators of the 40′s and 50′s began framing the history of the comic books we love today? This Charlie Tonic book update is pointed directly at all those comic readers out there who have followed my rambling writing over...