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Apr 01 2014 - I recently watched a video clip from the Smithsonian that was created in the 1930s depicting real Civil War veterans re-enacting the battle cry of the Confederacy. I was able to watch this rare video over a wireless internet connection from a computer that I store in my pocket, which has more power than the computer that controlled the Apollo rocke...
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Mar 28 2014 - I would like to offer up a random factoid: In the English nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty, there is no clear textual indication that Humpty Dumpty was an egg, despite the colloquialism. In fact, Humpty Dumpty was the name of a large damaged cannon that the Royal infantry could not repair, which caused the Royalists to lose control of the town of Colchester in the Siege of Colchester in 1648 during the English Civil War.
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Mar 26 2014 - I have an irrational love of skyscrapers. I think the reason for this love is that the skyscraper is one of the few pure, consistent, widespread monuments of human achievement. Each one proclaims loudly and obnoxiously: Humanity is here, we are awesome, and we win! I have similar feelings about the Saturn V, the USS Nimitz, the CERN supercollider, ...
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Dec 23 2013 - Because of my age, I often catch myself forgetting just how young is the space age. When my father was born, for example, no human had ever before left the atmosphere! In fact, it's only been 110 years since we first, as a species, succeeded in any form of heavier-than-air flight, and there are still 67 people currently alive who were born before the Wright brothers ever flew! The rapid and unstoppable progressional of technology can be a little jarring when you think about it too often...
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Dec 18 2013 - I recently wrote a guest column for the Sentinel and Enterprise (a local newspaper in my hometown) defending the prospect of a casino in Leominster, MA. I believe that the proposal could provide much-needed economic benefits to the city with minimal risk, and I outline my argument as follows...
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Oct 01 2013 - According to a recent CNN/OPC poll, the approval rating for Congress (as a singular political body) has dropped to an all-time low of 10%. To put that into perspective, approximately 17% of English people believe the Loch Ness Monster is real. Congress is so utterly despised by the average American that I would image that there would be little reaction beyond a mild grunt were the entire lot to be fired tomorrow. And yet, oddly enough, not a single Senator has an approval rating below 15% and ma...
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Sep 24 2013 - I do not live in the area anymore, but I am going to offer my opinion anyway (because, yes, I'm really that opinionated): Leominster, the city of my birth, currently has the 14th highest unemployment rate in Massachusetts (out of 353 municipalities) and is a full 3.1 points lower than the state average (and in the bottom 4%) according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. With 1,990 citizens unemployed as of July 2013, adding 600 new local jobs would bring the unemployment rate down to 6.9%, almost...
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Jul 03 2013 - The world is big. I am reminded of this with every roadtrip southward; I rarely even reach New Jersey before my legs numb. No matter how often or fervently people may insist otherwise, the world is not small. It is huge, massive, monumental, and a lot of it is worth seeing first-hand. It is for this reason that I love, with an all-consuming passion, traveling. There is no better method for maturity regression than to inform me of an impending vacation; I'll surely jump around and squeal like a rabbit at the thought. And yet, with many years of travel and dozens of trips, I estimate that I have seen only 0.00007% of land on my planet (and only 54 cities). I don't think I'm going to live long enough to see everything; time to step it up and get out there! The world is waiting for me...
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Jun 11 2013 - The great tragedy of the most recent spying scandal is not only the reality it unveils (although it cannot be overstated how grim that reality now is), but the universal repudiation of citizen disgust. The evils of the PATRIOT Act have driven a populace to numb complacency through a decade-long tsunami of disappointment. How many more times can Americans be shown the depravity of their elected officials, often after raising the constituent expectations to ludicrous heights of possibility, before something changes? The drum-beat of security (the modern political replacement of "thinking of the children") has held sway over American rights for too long (setting aside for the moment that even a second of such sway was far too long) and it tires me. What to do?
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Jun 06 2013 - There may be no set of images as marvelous, awesome and humbling than those of the ultra-deep field of the Hubble telescope. I can very nearly imagine the sensation of those daring astronomers peering into the inky darkness and finding, not emptiness, but a vast expanse of stars and planets, shrouded only by distance and time. What we once thought to be nothing but useless space was actually home to more matter than the human mind could possibly conceive; a speck in the night sky teeming with life (likely) and rock and fire and all the colors of the rainbow. It is sometimes even painful to consider just how infinitely small our place in the cosmos truly is...
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