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.

An Analysis of the Demographics of Opinions on Abortion

Posted by on Apr 5, 2020 in National Politics | 0 comments

I’ve noticed that I have a lot of friends with wildly ranging opinions on Abortion. This made me curious about the statistics. Here are some observations that I found interesting about the numbers: More men in the United States are pro-choice than pro-life [1] 46% pro-life, 48% pro-choice All women over 30 years old are more pro-life than pro-choice [1] Age 30 to 49 – 51% pro-life, 44% pro-choice Age 50 to 64 – 54% pro-life, 41% pro-choice Age 65+ – 56% pro-life, 36% pro-choice Only women aged 18 to 29 are pro-choice...

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My Covid-19 Training Routine

Posted by on Apr 5, 2020 in Fitness | 0 comments

Over the past 3-4 years, the core of my training has centered around barbells, typically with some sort of undulating or linear progressions like a 5×5 or Wendler 5/3/1. Given that the gym is out of the question, while we are on quarantine, combined with the fact that we are preparing for a new baby, I just can’t build a home gym with barbells right now. I have fallen back to a training program that focuses on Calisthenics and pulls from the GoRuck training I did in 2019. Workout A: Focus on upper body. Typically done on Monday....

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The Ludicrous, Ridiculous, Nonsensical and Derisory Words List

Posted by on Apr 3, 2020 in Life | 0 comments

I am a founding member of the secret group known only as Caos. It is known to some, that I am also a Black Belt Master of Mayhem. This invests me with a total of 16 votes, by myself, enough votes to codify this even if one or two of you don’t like it. That said, this is a good list, a really good list, with a lot of great input from a lot of fantastic people. Tremendous people. People who are leaders in their field. Seriously. At least three people private messaged me today to tell me so. Really accomplished people. Very accomplished....

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Book: Helmet for My Pillow – Veteran’s Day 2019

Posted by on Nov 10, 2019 in Life | 0 comments

Hell of book to finish right before Veteran’s Day. So many good quotes: – Nor was my squad troubled by racial or religious bigotry. We had no “inner conflict,” as the phrase goes. These things happen most often in the imagination of men who never fought. Only rear echelons with plenty of fat on them can afford such rich diseases, like an epicure with his gout. – The man who has had it roughest is the man to be most admired. Conversely, he who has had it the easiest is the least praiseworthy. – It is an American...

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Cookie: Sammy Had a Plan

Posted by on Aug 3, 2019 in Life | 0 comments

The year was 1984, and I went to 4th grade at McEbright Elementary School in Akron Ohio, the failed Rubber Capital of the world. It was a lovely old, inner city school around the corner from the Summit county jail. This was the third inner city grade school I had attended, so I felt fine there. I had a lot of good friends. We used to hang out in the front yard doing ninja flips, wrestling around, and playing with Transformers. We loved playing with Transformers, we would even trade them. My best friend was this stocky little black kid named...

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My Theory on the Electoral College

Posted by on Jul 16, 2019 in Politics | 0 comments

People think the electoral college failed in the 2016, so now they want to get rid of it. Correlation, is not the same thing as causation. What if it was something else that failed? If we saw a car crash, and the airbag failed to save someone’s life, would we argue to get rid of airbags? Just because a failsafe fails in one particular situation does not mean that the fail safe is not doing it’s job. Instead, I would argue that the problem is we need more than just the Electoral College as a fail safe. Here’s why… In...

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The Will to Survive

Posted by on Jun 30, 2019 in Life | 0 comments

The Will to Survive

We recently saw a black, mangy bird with one leg at a gas station on our way back to Savannah Georgia. It had that wild, crazy look. One of it’s eyes was hazy and it’s feathers were missing in places. It was hard to look at, but it was alive and it wasn’t giving up. It came up to the car begging for food and my girlfriend told me there’s a bird withbonenleg as she fed it. I strained my neck to look out past her through the passenger window. As soon as I saw how bad of shape it was in, I told her to give it french fries...

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How Do You Define Rich & Poor?

Posted by on Jun 25, 2019 in Life | 0 comments

How Do You Define Rich & Poor?

Like any symbol, rich and poor is very hard to define because it has a lot to do with our own perceptions. To me, it appears that we have two delineated groups of people who have shared understandings of what it means to be rich: The Bottom 80% consider the top 20% rich The top 20% consider the top .1% rich (or smaller) We could break this definition down into an infinite set of categories, but for the purpose of political and philosophical debates, it appears that these shared understandings are good enough to get further into the debate. In...

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Primates Operate on Symbols, Not Data

Posted by on Jun 25, 2019 in Life | 0 comments

Primates Operate on Symbols, Not Data

Primates and most other animals have a special relation to computers, and in a lot of ways, we’re not as different as we think (Hardware, Firmware, and Software – Biology, Culture, and Behavior). One such thing, is how we analyze and use symbols to make discrete judgement. In the early days of 2D video games, a concept of a Sprite was commonly used to differentiate rendered objects from other elements of the game, like the background. Sprites are nothing more than a group of data displayed on a screen together, but humans perceive them...

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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 hungry toward the end of every month because the food...

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