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Nov 14 2014 - I am continuing to participate in a charity event called No-Shave November (now for the third consecutive year). The ultimate goal of this stunt is to raise money for the American Cancer Society, and to promote awareness of men's health issues. I have just completed two full weeks without the razor, and the attached picture represents the current facial hair situation, which is rapidly spinning out of control. It certainly creates some awkward initial discussion during business meetings, but it ...
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Nov 03 2014 - Tracing the evolution of modern society is a complex task. The start of our explosive growth resides in the wide adoption of agriculture, which allowed us to set aside much of the time-consuming tasks of hunting and foraging and put our brains to use on efforts with less immediate need. From these agrarian roots we started to group together and develop systems of governance, a cultural structure, and the arts and sciences. Some families were able to gain and defend larger plots of land and devel...
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Nov 01 2014 - I am participating in a charity event called No-Shave November for the third consecutive year, raising money for the American Cancer Society, and to promote awareness of men's health issues. As the name implies, I will not shave any facial hair for the next thirty days. The attached picture represents the zero-day facial hair situation, and I will ...
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Sep 15 2014 - Never forget that there is a pioneer inside you. The great achievers of years ago, of today, of tomorrow, are not unique. They were not touched by destiny, sprinkled in fairy dust, or in any way given a competitive edge in this race to greatness. They are like you, like me, like all of us. What sets them apart is their relentless passion and determination to win, at all costs, in the face of failure, in the face of ridicule. Success can never be guaranteed, many will fail, but it is impossible to succeed with that pioneering spirit. Sail off toward that horizon! To death or greatness, and settle for nothing else!
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Sep 04 2014 - I am participating in a charity event and fundraising effort called the Polished Man. I will be wearing nail polish on my right ring finger for the next two weeks in order to raise awareness and money in support of charities seeking to curb childhood violence, and support those who have (or currently) suffer from childhood violence around the world...
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Sep 03 2014 - PROVIDENCE - It shocks me to discover that only 22,600 voters went to the polls in the 2012 Rhode Island Democratic Primary, accounting for only 2.7% of all registered voters. By contrast, there are 236,665 registered Democrats, and 838,066 total registered voters, currently residing in the state. That is an awful turnout for a vote that could well have decided the outcome of many local elections, including federal representatives. I cannot overstate the importance...
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Aug 20 2014 - It has disgusted me these recent months to learn of the atrocities committed by the militant group known as ISIS (IS), a roving pack of barbarians operating in Iraq and Syria. My anger, which has been intensifying with each revelation, has reached a fever pitch with the recent execution of James Foley. I no longer see any room for nuance or scholarly consideration on this matter: ISIS is evil, and a force in need of absolute destruction. When the United States first countered the terrifying efforts of ISIS to destroy the Yazidis on Mount Sinjar, saving tens of thousands of lives in the process, I can say with confidence that it represented the first time in recent memory that I believed the American armed forces to be engaged in a conflict in which they were very clearly and irrefutably on the side of right. I can only hope that the civilized world can come together, setting aside our political differences (even if only briefly), to demonstrate clearly and aggressively our position that such heartless brutality has no place in this world.
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Aug 12 2014 - O Captain! My Captain! our fearful trip is done; The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won; The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting, While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring: But O heart! heart! heart! O the bleeding drops of red, Where on the deck my Captain lies, Fallen cold and dead. O Captain! My Captain! rise up and hear the bells; Rise up-for you the flag is flung-for you the bugle trills; For you bouquets and ribbon'd wreaths-fo...
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Aug 04 2014 - Humanity is an open-ended tale of struggle and incautious achievement. We are a serial story, telling the next chapter in haphazard segments strewn over a slew of writers from all corners of our cobbled civilization, each with their own agenda and perspective. And yet here we are still, finding new venues for success, new heights to scale, new efforts to pursue. We are the plucky underdog, the speck in the night sky of distant telescopes on distant planets, refusing to accept our own fragility and reaching with all our might. Our inventions and our knowledge, collected in this remarkable cauldron of modern technology that we've been stirring for centuries, will continue to outpace our pessimism, claw through the veneer of corruption and failure, and find a way to save us all. I can play my part in this woven epic, and I can only hope each of the rest of us finds proper courage in the possible and impossible alike.
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Jul 20 2014 - The time had finally arrived! After spending many years toiling in grade school, taking tests and playing sports, trying to be taken seriously (and failing), struggling to survive with only the legal minimum of cool, I was finally at the pinnacle of my achievements! I was in my dorm, on my own, out of the house, readying for some serious education. There was about two weeks of socials and meetings for new arrivals scheduled before my first class, and I spent my time walking through the grand hal...
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