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Two Replies to Beam me Up

Steve West | December 9, 2019
That's a beautiful ceremony and commemoration. Hold him in your heart until you can hold him in Heaven. My devastation cannot compare to yours and I know you will grieve until you are reunited. Although the pain you feel is unimaginable, it will strengthen you. You can exist in two places - here and wherever your baby is. Even gentle words don't always bring comfort but know this, your child will be yours forever.

Scott Hardie | December 9, 2019
Erik, thank you for being a part of this community too. This site's gotten me through a lot over the years too.

I haven't said much about the loss of your son for a few reasons: It's tough to know what to say, I don't necessarily feel like it's my place to comment, I want to be a distraction from the subject if that helps you, I haven't known the same grief. But I know that I can speak for Kelly when I say that you and Pam have been very much on our minds and in our hearts since then. You are loved and cared about, and I hope that provides any degree of comfort at all.

On a Rant

Another desperate attempt of Erik Bates to create a blog that nobody will read. Expect illogical arguments with no basis in fact, and plenty of contradicting statements. Read more »

My Cunning Jayne Cobb hat

Looks like Lori isn't the only one that makes fun clothing based on obscure television shows :-) Cross-posted from my personal blog. Being the sci-fi nerd I am, coupled with my love of the short-lived series Firefly, when I realized that my knitting was getting pretty good, I decided that it was time to try my hand at creating something that every other true science fiction geek has done at one point or another: attempt to create a replica of an article of clothing from the series. My chosen article: Jayne Cobb's hat he received from his mother to keep him warm on his travels. Go »

On a Fatal Flaw of Zombie Movies

I actually have this posted over on my blog, but considering the movie crowd we have here, I thought I'd share it. Zombie movies. They’re great. Go »

Starting this thing off right

Let's get the party started already. I'm tired and I'm feeling like rambling for a while. I haven't read anybody else's posts in several weeks, so I can't really respond to anything going on in the XQC-osphere, and unlike what the title of this blog would imply, I have absolutely no rants or musings to share. Go »

Looking ahead

It's that time, folks. In just 4 days I graduate from the University of Kansas. In just 4 days you can all call me Erik Bates, M.S. Go »

Oh hey, I'm employed.

Did I mention that in my last post? I think I talked about applying for jobs, but I don't think I've mentioned that I finally got one. For the past 1 1/2 months, I've been working the minimum-wage gig at Office Max. Go »


Today I got to thinking (dangerous, I know). What purpose is Facebook really serving in my life? Ok, so I'm "friends" with a couple hundred people, most of whom I know passively at best. Go »