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If I Had a Billion Dollars

Congratulations! You are now one of the proud, few billionaires in the world. I dunno how you did it, maybe you started a tech company, maybe you inherited your wealth from dear, old dad, maybe you were just super lucky and won the lottery. Whatever happened, you now have a billion dollars. That's $1,000,000,000.00 in…

Blog · Essay · Heavy Handed Parable
Pizza Time! (A Math Problem)

A math problem for you all (in multiple parts): A company (Unified Sales Associates) has 1216 employees: 1000 Low Level Workers (office and factory workers, accountants, salesmen, etc). 200 Upper Level Managers (Vice Presidents and the people directly below them). 16 Top Tier Managers (President, CEO, Board of Directors). Hiring is only done through nepotism…

Blog · Essay · Nonfiction
An Open Love Letter

Here's to you, you crazy few, you proud and pure, stubborn and stalwart few. Here's to how you go against the grain, stand up for what you believe in against all adversity, and stick to what you know is right, no matter what. I'm jealous of you, and I raise my glass to you. So…

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Laws, Morality, and US

In the early 2000's I was making my first attempt at a 4 year college degree when someone forced some pamphlet sized literature on me. Those of you who've been to the more traditional 4 year colleges know it's not unusual for people to hand out (or force into the hands of) random pamphlets, magazines,…

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A Quick Guide to Critical Thinking OR How to Spot Bullshit

I recently had a couple of conversations that greatly disturbed me. One was with my former illustrator, Elaine Tipping, who mentioned that they'd never been formally taught qualitative reasoning, or the scientific method, and the other with my girlfriend, who seemed both impressed and surprised by the fact that I research and link to various…

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VOTE GODDAMN IT!

I'd like to talk to my more conservative/centrist friends. Namely: what does it mean to be a conservative and specifically a Republican. I've been doing a bit of hunting and fact gathering, as well as searching my memory for the good ole fashion values my school system taught while I was growing up, and I…