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The Ogres Of Poetry

Happy Halloween! It’s a day on which we give ourselves permission to confront the things that frighten us, only in not quite so serious form. In that spirit, I bring you ogres… in poetry.

Walter De la Mare wrote The Ogre:

‘Tis moonlight on Trebarwith Vale, And moonlight on an Ogre keen, Who, prowling hungry […]

Corporate Responsibility Splashes All Over The Place At First Data In Omaha

“First Data and KKR work together to measure and improve the environmental performance of our business through the Green Portfolio Program established with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).”

That’s the promise that comes from First Data, an online payment company with an avowed vision to “To shape the future of global commerce by delivering the […]

Is GT’s Kombucha Really Enlightened?

I was at a Whole Foods grocery last night, when my eye fell upon a bottle of GT’s Organic Raw Kombucha. The first thing that struck me was that the label had the word “enlightened” on the label, with a little trademark symbol after it. I thought, “Could there really be a marketplace battle between […]

Easter Island, Omaha, Nebraska

This morning, I woke up at the Sheraton hotel in Omaha, Nebraska, and opened my window to look out upon a courtyard garden, featuring two small versions of the giant head sculptures that people had carved out of stone on Easter Island, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

What was the purpose for […]

Piercing The Gelatinous Mysteries

Fantasy-bewitched people of a certain age will feel their ears twitch in recognition upon hearing the phrase “Gelatinous Cube”. This creature was an invention of the game Dungeons And Dragons. It filled passageways with its jiggly mass killing the unwary.

The Gelatinous Cube was fantasy. Yet, there are deadly gelatinous creatures in real life, described […]

Remembering Peyton Manning’s Historic 509th Touchdown Pass

Dateline: Peyton Manning Museum, Manning City, October 19, 2034

Oliver Sutton hobbled slightly as he made his way to his digital trunk to look through his records of this historic day. “I’ve got it here somewhere,” he promised me as he used his electro stylus to rummage through the virtual box.

A few minutes later […]

Malaria Strikes The USA! Stop All Flights From Asia!

Earlier today, in order to justify a ban on flights from west Africa in order to respond to a tiny number of Ebola cases in the United States, an Irregular Times reader using the pseudonym “Mr. Conservative” wrote that, “I guess one death is insignifigant for you Mr Liberal. But for me one death, two […]

Researchers Find Chemicals In The Air!

Alert! Researchers have found chemicals in the air: oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, water…

Observe National Wear Orange Day To…

World Can’t Wait has announced that October 30th is National Wear Orange Day, an opportunity to… hold on…

In 2012 and 2013, National Wear Orange Day was celebrated in September, as a show of solidarity with the work of food banks.

In February of 2014, National Wear Orange Day was observed in recognition of the […]

Who Checks The Checkers?

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has the job of ensuring that the products and services we buy operate properly, at least to the extent that they are free of hazards. To that end, the CPSC operates SaferProducts.gov, where people can report products that have dangerous design faults, and gain access to other citizens’ reports about […]

Yankee Doodle’s Unfinished Business

As members of Congress abandon their task of crafting legislative solutions to America’s problems in order to find corporate patrons to bankroll their re-elections, there is much talk about the unfinished business of the 113th Congress. The unfinished business of Congress goes much further back than just the last couple of years, however. There are […]