“I do not want to live without my cheese slicer.” “The cats are wearing shoes.” “The vegetables do not like vegetarians.” Sometimes, Duolingo, my smartphone language app, comes up with strange sentences. It always made me laugh. But, lately, there’s been a weird glitch with the app. I’ve been...

One of my least favorite parts about being a middle school history teacher is the bullshit “Living History” assignments we give at the end of every school year. Kids are supposed to sit with their grandparents and video tape, voice record, or transcribe their oldest...

Roger glanced around the desert once more. Nothing but the cloudless sky and the sand scattering in the wind, with a few cacti dotted around the landscape. With nothing else to do, he checked his magazine, already knowing how many bullets he had. Full. Adjusting...

I think when most normal people think of the Internet, they're thinking social media, online shopping, news, and the occasional porn site.  Now people talk about “The Dark Web,” a place of untamed wilderness, where gangsters are selling guns, using Bitcoin to do untraceable transfers...

When I first saw Arron, he was lying on the floor of the Thompson's bedroom, still as death. “Hey! Are you okay?” I prodded him with my toe. Then I crouched down and shook him, like mad, until his eyes fluttered open. “Don’t do that!” he yelled in my face....

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGW1mVVEnKk[/embedyt] I looked at the phone.  I waited for the text to come back.  It was maybe about ten, fifteen minutes. That hideous face popped up on the screen, with the reply. “You didn't do the last task I asked of you.  Now, there will be consequences.” The...

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IIdc-i6mMg[/embedyt] My cousin Patrick was murdered a few months ago. Yeah, Patrick was weird and self-absorbed, but at the end of the day, he was only twenty-four. I didn't know much about what happened other than what his friend Jamal told me. Jamal had even posted...