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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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Jul 17 2014 - Born and raised in Massachusetts; I spent my youth north of Worcester, was educated in Boston, and spent several years in the Back Bay. I know where the best restaurants are, have a favorite Newbury haunt, have walked every inch of the freedom trail, can direct the best routes through the city and into metro-west, and know the best spot to watch the fireworks. In many ways, I still feel quite close to the middle colony, and I will always keep a special place in my heart for my old home. But I have been adopted by Rhode Island! I have found the pleasures of 384 miles of coastline and islands, apple farms and mansions, WaterFire and Watch Hill, coffee milk and Federal Hill, the Bristol parade, Roger Williams Park, and some of the best rolling woodlands in the northeast. What was once only the product of a worklife decision, Rhode Island has burrowed it's way into my heart and made a nest. And as a consequence, in ways not felt since my Boston departure, I find myself caring, often deeply, that my adoptive state succeed. A pure New England man, deep to my core, I have now many homes, and must help keep them stand tall and strong.
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Jul 11 2014 - I consider myself a relatively engaged individual; I stay on top of local, regional, national, and international news, and try to be relatively well informed of the happenings in political and economic theater. The tragedy of engagement, however, is the overwhelming sentiment of negativity; the news cycle, for obvious reasons, puts emphasis on the negative, and much of politics has an unfortunate tendency to be reactive instead of proactive. Every once in a while, I have to encourage myself to withdraw from the fray, even if only for minutes, take a long and deep breath, and spend just a little while looking at trees (or the stars, or mountains, or the ocean) and remember that we'll all be dead someday. It helps me keep my balance and perspective; these things may be important to us, but there is a grandness and fragility to existence that supercedes our struggles -- because of our impermanence. I find strange comfort and increased passion in knowing that.
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Jun 13 2014 - It was refreshing to see such a large public company like Tesla Motors be so eager to release their patented technology for public consumption. Patents have a noble purpose, but they have been abused and misused for decades to stifle innovation for unnecessarily long periods of time, and are long overdue for a legislative revisit. Tesla will certai...
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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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