Mythology, Short Story

Why are the ideas of things scarier than the reality?

And here we are on Monday, and the Mythology of the Modern World is happily open for business. Today, our question comes from an old friend not only of Banter Latte and Websnark but even random noodlings and writings for the In Nomine role playing game over at Steve Jackson Games. Moe Lane -- an excellent writer of… Continue reading Why are the ideas of things scarier than the reality?

Mythology

The Fruit Fly and the Nymph of Time

Another Monday, and another explanation of how the world works, behind the scenes. And, as with so many of these 'things,' we're clearing out the backlog of topics from... well, 2007. I feel like I should be tracking things with Gantt charts. Today, thankfully, we have a twofer. Two separate questions can be merged together into one… Continue reading The Fruit Fly and the Nymph of Time

Mythology

Why is there a disconnect between Art and Industry?

Man, I love autumn. I just do, and you can't stop me. And hand in hand with loving autumn please enjoy this myth. It comes to us from reader teckstphyle, who asks: Why is there a disconnect between Art and Industry? Why can art not be "useful?" Why can't industry "inspire?" More correctly, why are… Continue reading Why is there a disconnect between Art and Industry?

Mythology

Why does alcohol produce hangovers, and why doesn’t it produce hangovers consistently?

Hello and welcome to Yet Another Week on Banter Latte. It's Monday, and that's Myth day! Huzzah! And today the myth comes from enthusiastic friend of Banter Latte Goblinpaladin, who asks: What *really* causes hangovers? It can’t be just drinking, because plenty of people drink them and don’t get them, or throw up the alcohol… Continue reading Why does alcohol produce hangovers, and why doesn’t it produce hangovers consistently?

Mythology

What’s the real deal with gasoline prices?

Today, we have a myth as suggested by a fellow who goes by Channing, who I know by a couple of other names but "Channing" works as well as any. Channing asks: What really is the deal with gasoline prices? Half the time there’s some kind of patent price-jacking going on to coincide with major… Continue reading What’s the real deal with gasoline prices?

Mythology

Why can we walk past beautiful artwork without noticing it?

This was one of those nice, simple myths that would be fun to write that turned into seventy five hundred words. Still, I had fun doing it, and that's a cool thing. If nothing else, it proves that yes, I am still a writer, and that's always good. Wednesday, when I described the premise to… Continue reading Why can we walk past beautiful artwork without noticing it?