About the Blog's Name
I realize that Brainster's a somewhat unusual blog name, and may sound a bit like boasting. Believe me, I am not trying to talk about cranial capacity in a right-wing blogosphere that includes folks like Eugene Volokh, John Hinderaker and Glenn Reynolds.
Many years ago, before the internet, there were these things called Bulletin Boards that you could dial up to and do some of the things we use the internet for, like downloading files and communicating with others. Well, one day I was talking politics in a bulletin board chatroom and somebody who disagreed with me said "You're brain dead."
One of my supporters chimed in with "No, he's Brain Death, and he's come for you!" We all LOLed like geeky nerds and the next time I came on, one of my friends said "Look, it's Brain Death!" and the nickname became one I used for years while posting on usenet newsgroups
So when I decided to start a blog one fine evening after a few beers and surfing other blogs, I naturally typed in braindeath.blogspot.com, and was appalled to discover that somebody had already taken the name. So I chose Brainster just as a variation on "Brain" like the guy on Saturday Night Live in the mid-'90s who dubbed everybody "the Mikester! Mikaroonius!"