Google Home is Eroding My Precarious Mental Health

Google Home Mini, sitting on shelf. Harlow Journey Article about Google Home Please Don’t Talk to Me That Way!

My Google Home is making me mentally ill. It is making me more mentally ill, that is. Half the time, Google Home doesn’t do what I ask. When I get frustrated and swear at it, it says, “Please don’t talk to me that way,” which is insane. Today, however, it…

Unexpected Problems Can Arise From Dehydration

A single water droplet suspended over a body of water. Article about dehydration by Harlow Journey.

Our Bodies Need Water… Why Do I Keep Forgetting?

Recent days have reminded me of the importance of staying hydrated. I don’t know why, but I got lazy about drinking water for the first time in years. Then, I started having heart palpitations. …

What makes for a successful article?

Cartoon lady with torn jeans and a T-shirt that says, “You Can Do Anything.” Harlow Journey article about writing success.

Why does some of our best work get overlooked while other pieces garner more success, views, and, let’s face it, money.

Recently, I was reading an article by the talented satirist Ken Taro. He was discussing the viral success of one of his brilliant pieces compared to others which have received more moderate success. He used the word “luck,” to describe it.

This suddenly put everything into focus. I was reminded of the quote by Seneca, “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.” Ken Taro was “lucky” because he finely tuned his satirical skills, wrote regularly, and developed an ear for topics ripe for satire.

None of us can predict the outcome, but we can write regularly, hone our skills, and network with others. This patient preparation work is how we can meet the opportunity of luck.

It’s not reversible, like, say, getting a tattoo. But that’s just the beginning…

Brunette vampire. Photo accompanying Harlow Journey’s article about what nobody tells you about becoming a vampire.

Years ago, when I was living in Ottawa eking out a living as a UNIX systems administrator, I was very lonely. I met a man online. This was before online dating was a big thing. …

People don’t like to think of it, but it is true.

Beautiful fall day with colourful leaves. Harlow Journey article: What do people not want to talk about? Death.

What are people not speaking about enough? I considered many possible answers to this question, but then the one thing that people really hate to speak of came to mind, and I thought I would write about it. However, people hate to speak of it so much that I worry…

Surprisingly, government regulation might not be all bad news.

I have read people stating that the government cannot shut down cryptocurrency because it is decentralized. That is partly true, but not the whole story. A single government could not easily shut down cryptocurrency at this time, but regulations can make it challenging to hold cryptocurrency.

An hourglass and a bitcoin coin are on the sand on a beach. Image accompanying the Harlow Journey story, “Can the Government Shut Down Cryptocurrency?”

Will the Government Ever Be Able to Shut Down Cryptocurrency?

In the distant future…

It’s probably for their own good.

Alien abduction for vaccinating your anti-vax friends. Image of a UFO abducting someone. Harlow Journey.

Sometimes, it takes a conspiracy theory to fight a conspiracy theory. The first thing you should know before you go running headlong to the costume shop or renting a van is that this idea is probably not legal where you live. I can’t imagine it is legal anywhere. It is…

Why I Have Always Been Terrified of Telling People I am an Atheist.

Rainbow shining down from dark clouds

Some people are what I call "born again" atheists. They suddenly discover atheism at some point later in life, and they just take to it like a cat to catnip. It was different for me. First, let me say that some people, for whatever reason, assume that when I call…

It makes me feel like a second class citizen.

I would love to caption the above image. I want to add alt text to it. If I could caption it, I would say: Photo credit: marcelkessler, If I were able to write in pure html code, I could do it because I am old as hell and I…

Grades and IQ have little to do with actual intelligence

How can you tell if someone is intelligent? A photo of a white cat next to a cup of coffee.

“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”
- Albert Einstein

It can often be hard to tell if someone is intelligent. How can you tell if they are intelligent? It turns out grades and IQ have very little to do with it.

Recently, there have been a…

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