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.

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 in 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...

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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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