Kalila Stormfire’s Economical Magick Services: My New Fantasy Podcast

“Today’s date is October fourth. The moon is in Pisces–Eldritch get down, she’s not going to bite you–moon is waxing gibbous. Sun is in Libra. Client name is, well. I guess technically the client name is Nala. Client…sponsor? Is Clarence Twinner. Age is forty three, he’s a Gemini and an extraverted intuitive. His patron is … Continue reading Kalila Stormfire’s Economical Magick Services: My New Fantasy Podcast

Storms and Shadows: A post-election 2016 reflection

I went to a funeral today. Aside from the politics, the rhetoric, and the media bloodbath—life went on outside of those parameters. Life still ended, too. My coworker’s father passed away last week. I am lucky to have a job where my coworkers feel comfortable enough to ask us for support in such vulnerable times. … Continue reading Storms and Shadows: A post-election 2016 reflection

Work Blog: Content Strategy, Landing Pages, Accessibility, and More

I have neglected my personal blog, but that doesn't mean I haven't been blogging. Check out some of my work with the Web Development Group. As a digital strategist, I work with client projects and help provide content on our own site. Here are a few of my recent posts:   4 Ways to Amp Up … Continue reading Work Blog: Content Strategy, Landing Pages, Accessibility, and More

My Time in Cambodia

The beef lok lak (meaning diced) is served with white jasmine rice, the beef flavored with local black pepper, accompanied by a tang of unexpected sweetness from the lemongrass and sugarcane in the sauce. Rice is, obviously, a staple in this region. My first visit to Asia was not in more developed (read: tourist-friendly) Japan, Korea, China, or … Continue reading My Time in Cambodia

Selected Poetry by Lisette Alvarez

I recently (finally) returned to the stage after a 5-year hiatus. This hiatus was caused by a variety of factors--mostly surrounding a bad relationship in undergrad and pressure to find a more "lucrative" career path than acting. For five years, I continually psyched myself out of auditioning for anything...big or small. I thought writing, quietly, … Continue reading Selected Poetry by Lisette Alvarez

The Quickening Season

A meditation, if you will, on the cycle of the new season and the spiral of development it provides. I grappled with a number of personal issues near the end of this past year, mostly dealing with aspirations around my career. I had not accomplished my simple (though in retrospect clearly daunting) goal, which was … Continue reading The Quickening Season

Approaching the Event Horizon

On July 17th, 2014, I was at work by 7AM scanning live news feeds to send to global alert lists. I had been at this job for about a year and a half, and had seen my fair share of major breaking news–from the war in Gaza to the Boston bombing manhunt. At around 9AM, … Continue reading Approaching the Event Horizon

Violating the Prime Directive

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” - Mark Twain This oft-used quote is great for a soundbite, and cushy … Continue reading Violating the Prime Directive

Rise of the Machines and the Question of Human Value

Artificial intelligence incites a primal fear within us. From Terminator to Ex Machina, fictional AI symbolizes the underlying fear of machines usurping humanity from its place on top of the food chain. At the 2015 International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Buenos Aires, Argentina, some of the foremost minds–Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk–warned against AI military … Continue reading Rise of the Machines and the Question of Human Value

In-Group Community Policing and Religion

Or How freaking out about “Shari’a courts” is racist and myopic because the problem is a lot bigger than the Scary Brown People So certain segments of the media have a hard-on for horrific stories about Muslim communities, especially stories of honor killings. Almost exclusively stories of honor killings. The tension between these communities and … Continue reading In-Group Community Policing and Religion