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.

War of the Chicago Cabbies

Posted by on Jan 19, 2012 in Travel | 0 comments

War of the Chicago Cabbies

So, I was on the way back to the hotel from the Chicago office today and I got to talking with the cabbie, who was from Nigeria. We were discussing the finer points of life and digressed into talk of what languages he spoke. He spoke a little Spanish and a few words in read more

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Travel Hacking, Europe and Open Source

Posted by on Dec 6, 2011 in Travel | 0 comments

Travel Hacking, Europe and Open Source

    So, I just scheduled my first free trip to Europe. Last year I went to Belgium for about $900 total between flight and hotel, but this year the flight is free (actually $180 in fees). I am going with two friends and they each paid about $800 – $900 f read more

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Crack on Crosby

Posted by on Sep 27, 2011 in Akron Politics | 0 comments

Crack on Crosby

Crosby street is a strange place to live. It will be quite for weeks, then chaos for a couple of hours. A couple of years ago, when I first bought my house on Crosby, I was struggling to fix it up. I was painting, patching, sanding floors, etc and I was starting to get read more

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Intrinsic Value of Free Software?

Posted by on Apr 10, 2011 in Open Source | 0 comments

Intrinsic Value of Free Software?

I recently read an article by Benjamin Mako Hill called When Free Software Isn’t Better. This article addresses the fundamental argument of importance, between the Open Source engineering paradigms and political Software Freedom. For an outsider, this argument can read more

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Are the Rich Really Getting Richer while the Poor Get Poorer?

Posted by on Mar 3, 2011 in National Politics | 0 comments

Are the Rich Really Getting Richer while the Poor Get Poorer?

Dr. Steve Horowitz says “No. This is just a myth.” Here’s his explanation. It grates me when one behaves as if he or she is clearing something up but he or she doesn’t make the distinctions required to indicate just what it is that needs to be cl read more

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Pick Yourself Up

Posted by on Jan 27, 2011 in National Politics | 0 comments

After reading this, I couldn’t help but laugh a little to myself. While I can certainly appreciate some part of Palin’s message about providing a positive message to young women caught in such a difficult situation, and I share the desire that something as read more

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Code Craftsman, Code Warrior, or Just Sandwich Artist

Posted by on Jan 27, 2011 in Computer Politics | 7 comments

Background So, there is some debate in developer circles about whether programming is an art, a science, or both. Recently, I have heard the word Code Craftsman and even Code Artist used by folks in the blogosphere. On the one hand, there is little argument that written read more

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The “Moral Hazard” of Insurance

Posted by on May 9, 2010 in National Politics | 2 comments

In the insurance industry, the idea that the protection insurance offers the consumer promotes a more reckless attitude on the part of said consumer is referred to as “moral hazard”. Apparently, since we have the material possessions in our homes insured against burglary, we are less likely to lock our doors for example. While I consider this an issue of contention, I do see competitive insurance as a for profit endeavor to be a serious moral hazard. All forms of insurance seek to achieve the same end. Take a catastrophic event...

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Immigration

Posted by on May 1, 2010 in Akron Politics, National Politics | 1 comment

I think my feelings on illegal immigration have at last reached critical mass. Arizona’s new social travesty masquerading as a Law is akin to punching Lady Liberty in the bread box. I am ashamed to share a nationality with these people. No illegal immigrants are taking jobs from “us”. There is no “us” and “them”. There are millions of PEOPLE living here, fancy papers and skin color aside, that work, go to school, buy food, see movies, mow the grass, raise children, and even pay taxes. These PEOPLE are...

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Allocation and Consequence

Posted by on Feb 21, 2010 in Open Source | 3 comments

This weekend, I found the consequences of a hawk catching a pigeon in my driveway. It basically looked as though a grenade had blown it to pieces.  There were about a hundred and fifty feathers spread all over, strangely, there was not much red in the picture. This led me to a few thoughts on economics. Also, this weekend, a couple of friends of mine, were having an extremely esoteric argument about version control systems. This is all the rage in programming right now. It is wonderful that we have enough free time to discuss these obscure...

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