Author: Xephyr Burton

  • A Worthy Death

    A Worthy Death

    Prisons exist for retribution, not rehabilitation, as the regular violence against prisoners shows. We need to get out of the business of warehousing and traumatizing people that really just need social support.

  • Entomovention


    It’s become obvious to everyone that there are many fewer insects around than there used to be, but we can’t say it’s the end of the world for insects. We actually have no idea.

  • Worms on the Brain

    Worms on the Brain

    The unlikely saga of RFK Jr.

  • The Second Hot End

    The Second Hot End

    A continuation of my adventures with an Ender 5 S1 printer, and eight new projects.

  • 3D Morality

    3D Morality

    Filament has the potential for becoming extraordinarily useful, and 3D printing allows us to use filament in intricate ways we’ve never been able to build before. At the same time, it can be extraordinarily wasteful and can allow us to burn through resources faster than ever before.

  • Stupefied


    The MAGA cult is every bit as dangerous and violent as the 4th century Christian cult, and is embedded in enough centers of authority to have the potential to ignite a civil war. The degree of calamity we face is extreme, especially if the precedents are followed to their natural conclusion.

  • Beltane Meditation

    Beltane Meditation

    This is when we again take that baton of life from past generations and hand it forward to the next. This is how we touch the past and fuel the future. This is a celebration of life, of living, of moving along that part of the wheel where we celebrate the miracle of regeneration.

  • The First Hot End

    The First Hot End

    My 3D printer experiences, including my recently purchased Creality Ender 5 S1, and a catalog of what I’ve made with it so far.

  • Noah Point

    Noah Point

    The rainbow has become emblematic of the entire Noah’s flood story, but it’s culturally relevant to ask why we think the rainbow was the most important part.