Author Archives: Joseph Shoer

We Can’t Grow Forever – so What?

Two interrelated opinion pieces appear in today’s New York Times. The first is an essay by David Brooks about how the economic growth of the 21st century compares unfavorably to that of the heady 20th century. The second is the … Continue reading

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Donald Trump will fail as President, but we must still resist him

Donald Trump will fail as President. Let me explain that statement a little, by defining what I mean by “fail.” Trump will fail to accomplish most, if not all, of the goals that he has publicly stated he wishes to … Continue reading

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Voting with my Feet

I recently made a major life decision: I left my job. And after the US presidential election last month, I feel that my decision was precisely correct. I want to explain my motivation, because I believe that there are important … Continue reading

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A Diary in Space

I recently read a fascinating book – a diary of a man who spent about a year on a space station. In his journal, he expresses his excitement about learning to live and work in space. He’s proud of the … Continue reading

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The Maucland Confederacy

In honor of its tenth anniversary online, the Cartographers’ Guild ran a project to map a large, collaborative world. Each¬†participant contributed a map of one country, done in whatever style they chose and with whatever lore they chose. Some of … Continue reading

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A brief note about the 2016 presidential election

Hey, Americans. I want you to know that I’m looking for a few things from my national leadership, especially the President. Infrastructure investment. Doing this is how we will solve a huge number of problems: Want to create jobs? Advance … Continue reading

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Some web tweaks to highlight maps

I’ve just completes a couple tweaks to the main web site¬†associated with Quantum Rocketry, with the goal of bringing my cartographic artwork more front and center. Note that: I take commissions! And I would be willing to sell some existing … Continue reading

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