Education

Education

Education /ˌejəˈkāSH(ə)n/: The process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university. An enlightening experience. Making a meaningful contribution to any given field requires a lot of education. The quest for knowledge uncovers nuance. Nuance intrigues us. Nuance confuses us.

Let Me Explain Poverty

Posted by on Feb 15, 2019 in Life, Politics | 4 comments

Let Me Explain Poverty

                Growing up: Your dad goes to jail on your birthday Vietnam veterans smoke pot and party with your dad Your dad hits your mom You hit your dad with a bag of diapers Your mom points a gun at your dad’s face Your parents divorce You move in with your grandmother and uncle You remember the sound of your drunk, angry uncle throwing your grandmother’s cat down the stairs and breaking it’s tooth. He’s mad for who knows what, and you avoid him as much as possible You are...

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Hardware, Firmware, and Software – Biology, Culture, and Behavior 

Posted by on Dec 5, 2018 in Life, Software | 0 comments

Hardware, Firmware, and Software – Biology, Culture, and Behavior 

This article is part of larger context I have been documenting about my study of Anthropology and Computer Science, and how it changes the way you think. I often think of a person’s actions and personality in the context of three main layers – Biology/Hardware, Culture/Firmware, and Behavior/Software. For example….

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Computer Science & Anthropology

Posted by on Nov 27, 2018 in Life, Software | 2 comments

Computer Science & Anthropology

Anthropology and Computer Science don’t typically seem like they would have a lot of overlap, but they do. Each focuses on how discrete units change temporally and spacially. One focuses on human evolution, the other on engineering – one on statistics, the other on digital logic. In Anthropology, at least in the US, we study a lot of Biology, Linguistics and culture. We learn and practice methods of setting up experiments, testing and critquing, theory, reading and critiquing hundreds of papers. In Computer Science, we learn...

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Injury is an Opportunity for Growth, Not Just Recovery

Posted by on Nov 14, 2018 in Fitness | 0 comments

Injury is an Opportunity for Growth, Not Just Recovery

A few weeks ago, I injured my back boxing – badly. My left hand is numb and feels like I hit my funny bone – all the time, all day and night. It kinda sucks. I can’t squat, deadlift, run or ride a bike. These are things I really miss, but it’s going to be a few months, at best. That said, I have learned some very interesting things from this injury. I had to completely change my mindset – quickly. The week I injured my back, I still squated 310lbs three times. Then, three days later, I failed getting my deadlift...

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A Product Management Conference in Cleveland? Who’d a Thought.

Posted by on Nov 13, 2018 in Life, Professional | 0 comments

A Product Management Conference in Cleveland? Who’d a Thought.

Why would you attend a product management conference, when your time might be better spent learning technical skills or studying some new open source project? Well, the short answer is because there are aspects of product management in almost all jobs now. With the cloud and service based thinking, we all have to think about consumption, pricing & packaging (chargeback), lifecycle, and where we are going to provide value in the marketplace – even if it’s private marketplace, aka private cloud. Or, because the world loves...

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Explaining Race Conditions to Non Programmers

Posted by on Nov 9, 2018 in Life, Software | 1 comment

Explaining Race Conditions to Non Programmers

A few weeks ago, I was down in Columbus at a coffee shop. This place happened to have a bathroom which needed a key to use. I went to the counter to ask for the key because mother nature called, but the key was nowhere to be found. Somebody was already in the bathroom and had the key with them. No problem, I stood outside the bathroom door and soon enough, a gentleman appeared. In a knowing manner, he offered me the key. In a moment of self admiration for my wit, I declined the key. I grabbed the door before it shut. We both smiled, knowing...

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The Willpower it Takes to Be Homeless

Posted by on Oct 24, 2018 in Life | 0 comments

The Willpower it Takes to Be Homeless

Often, I think we are desensitized to how difficult it is to be homeless – to have very little control over our day to day life. We take for granted that we get to pick what shirt to wear, when to take a shower, when to have our first cup of coffee. Recently, this became apparent to me. Yesterday, I ran into this homeless guy I have been friends with for about 10 years. I first met him when he offered to help me paint a house I was working on, in what people commonly refer to as “the ghetto.” While his painting services were...

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The Many Versions of You – Comparing Yourself to Others in a Healthier Way

Posted by on Aug 11, 2018 in Fitness, Life | 0 comments

The Many Versions of You – Comparing Yourself to Others in a Healthier Way

“Should you compare yourself to others when attempting self improvement?” That’s what we debated this morning at the local coffee shop. It started because a young guy said, “I try not to compare myself to other people” – his intention was to imply that you are somehow a better person if you don’t. It was some sort of pop-culture, Buddhist-like reaction. It’s common wisdom right? When, I heard him say this, I thought silently to myself, that’s interesting, because I don’t even know...

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Body Hacking – Most Business Travelers Are Body Builders, They Just Don’t Know it

Posted by on Jul 30, 2018 in Fitness | 0 comments

Body Hacking – Most Business Travelers Are Body Builders, They Just Don’t Know it

If you are a road warrior, you have probably never thought of yourself as a body builder. But, if you have ever wanted loose weight, you probably are body builder and just don’t know it. For a long, long time, I hated the idea. I loathed it . Eventually, I I learned to embrace it because body builders know how to loose weight better than anyone. Here’s why. Physical fitness and looks are two separate things. One is mostly governed by how hard you work out, the other by diet. One is mostly governed by training program, the other by...

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Body Hacking – While Being a Road Warrior

Posted by on Jul 8, 2018 in Fitness | 0 comments

Body Hacking – While Being a Road Warrior

I recently read Road Warriors – Healthy Tips for Staying ‘On Plan’ by Steve Katasi and thought it was really good. We have developed a lot of the same strategies. I wanted to point people towards it and add a few additions: 1.1: Snacks: there are a TON of good options for protein bars, and powders. Also, many gas stations have Muscle Milk or other protein drinks. Just pay attention to nutrition labels. A lot of them are more junk than food. Remember macros, macros, macros. 2.2: Make Hotel Gym a Must Have Criteria:...

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