“Social media is a tool. Guns are a tool. We are on the verge of discovering some very interesting parallels between the first and second amendments.”

–Mike Rowe

Rowe continues: “People who would never associate a firearm with goodness are ironically using speech as a real cudgel Continue reading ““Social media is a tool. Guns are a tool. We are on the verge of discovering some very interesting parallels between the first and second amendments.””

STR : ER vs AR = News Story

Abstract Journalism

I’m in software development. In my line of work, the template below is a common way to report issues in order to improve our software. It occurred to me today that the same template could be applied to the journalism industry. So in a way, when I write my tickets, what I’m really doing is a abstract journalism for the website I am serving. Hmm, cool.

Steps to reproduce:
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Not #metoo

Am I just lucky? Am I a good communicator who manages partner expectations? …Or am I dumb and naive? Still, I don’t wait to be turned into a victim, nor do I try to turn my partners into demons.

I’m not sure what to make of the #metoo movement. I write some things in private logs, but I’ll share a little snippet here because it’s relevant. I once had a part-time job at a renaissance festival from age 18-22. I have a lot of stories and fond memories from that place, and I hope to share them with you sometime. However, I will say this about the sexual climate at fest: Continue reading “Not #metoo”

Article Breakdown: Blaming Reagan

Article Breakdown For: My students pay too much for college. Blame Reagan.

Article’s Main Point

“State support for higher education has steadily declined since Reagan” …therefore it’s Reagan’s fault? (implied by the title)

It’s interesting the way the writer worded  his argument in the article, because it does not actually reflect the title of the piece. I think that it might be fair (and true) to simply say that “State support for higher education has steadily declined since Reagan” but it’s harder to prove that he alone is to blame. Continue reading “Article Breakdown: Blaming Reagan”

My Sources? Just Google It!

Response: Go bleep yourself.

We have this social media platform here called “nextdoor.com“. It’s pretty handy because it connects you to people that live in your immediate neighborhood, as well as those in the next neighborhoods over. There are lots of useful things posted about local schools, events, lost pets, free stuff in the alley, etc. I highly recommend joining whether you are a homeowner or not. Continue reading “My Sources? Just Google It!”

Strengthen the Individual

Smash every idea with as much intellectual strength as you can muster.

Jordan Peterson has been taking the internet by storm lately. Yes, he has had a long career as a professor and he’s spent a lot of time reading, thinking and developing his ideas, but it just seems like only lately he’s inserted himself into the limelight, and the internet is just EATING HIM UP–myself included. I find myself utter fascinated by his insights, but they’re so new and far from my usual thoughts, that I find it hard to internalize and summarize his ideas when telling other people about them. Continue reading “Strengthen the Individual”

Dubious Claims

Trump is the new Hitler.

Every once in a while I’ll be listening to a podcast or reading an article, and someone will say something outrageous—or not even outrageous, but rather just a simple claim that I want to fact check for myself. The unfortunate thing is, I don’t have a lot of time to really run these down, but I figure I’ll list them here and maybe someday I’ll get back to them.

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The 10 Commandments of Epistemology

Be better at having discussions with people that have ideas different from your own.

I’ve made the plunge and I purchased the Atheos app. I highly recommend you do so as well if you are a lover of knowledge and would like to be better at having discussions with people that have ideas that differ from your own. While the app mostly applies to having discussions about religion, I’ve found myself using the method for navigating political/social issues too. In summary, here are the themes, or “10 commandments” of Epistemology. Continue reading “The 10 Commandments of Epistemology”