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.

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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Healthcare Law Henceforth

Posted by on Feb 19, 2010 in National Politics | 1 comment

I propose a new law that will empower all people. It is called the Health Care Reform Amendment Act 2010 and will henceforth be called The Law, with all the weight and profundity so implied. Past reforms have proposed ridiculous ideas such as giving all people free health care managed by the government, while others have proposed forcing individuals to buy health care. These are all ridiculous and untenable. How can one imagine a resource distribution model that circumvents the market place? I call such nonsense flatly un-American. This is,...

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Poor and Minority Effects on the Subprime Crisis & The Economy as a Whole

Posted by on Dec 30, 2009 in National Politics | 2 comments

This supposed link between minorities and the sub-prime crisis has bothered me for quite some time. Many conservatives are making the argument that illegal immigrants, minorities or the poor along with their Democratic allies have somehow created this sub-prime crisis. My fundamental argument is that the poor and minorities don’t control enough wealth to have the impact that conservatives are implying. Let’s start with some basic numbers and do some basic arithmatic. The estimated value of the stock market in the USA in 2008 was...

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Microsoft’s Mojo

Posted by on Jul 17, 2009 in Propriatary Software | 0 comments

Just read this article and, I hate to admit it; I really, really hate to admit it. I think Microsoft is right on with this one and it scares me. I see so many people looking at new technology in this down economy and that is helping Redhat because MS Server with SQL Server is about 5K/year. Compared to about 1K/year for RHEL5/MySQL, it looks pretty good. But if your cloud computing offers are about the same price, now you have competition and since Microsoft holds the home court advantage, this is bad.  People love the mushy familiarity of...

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Ultra Libertarians vs. Compasionate Anarchocapitalists

Posted by on Jul 17, 2009 in Akron Politics | 0 comments

I often read Matt Assay’s “Open Road”. For the most part I like reading his take on the open source world, but every now and then he posts something that makes me feel like I am researching lesser known connections of some political organization. Really, I didn’t know the Heritage Foundation was connected to Chechnyan Rebels. But wait, aren’t they leading the war on terror? Recently, he posted a comment about the the differences between the Apache licensing and the GPL (here). I followed one of the links to a...

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Has Web 2.0 had a Corrosive Effect on Democracy?

Posted by on Apr 27, 2009 in Computer Politics, Open Source, Propriatary Software | 0 comments

About two months ago, I watched a documentary on PBS entitled The Truth According to Wikipedia. As the title suggests, the film focuses on Wikipedia. But it’s really an exploration of how the Internet has enabled worldwide collaborative ventures, and how this has affected the way the world gathers, assembles, shares, uses, and discusses information. The creators were able to present in a clear, informative manner (a rarity for issues-based documentaries, in my experience) the reasoning of both proponents and critics of Wikipedia-style...

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