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I converted my essay from last week into a YouTube video for people who hate reading.

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When I was a kid, my friends and I used to pass notes in class. Sometimes, to prevent the teachers from reading the notes, we used a a simple letter substitution cipher. A=Z, B=Y...you know, that sort of thing. We apparently thought that our teachers would never be able to decipher this fiendishly c...

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BioWare is, perhaps more than any other game developer, famed for fantastic writing and storytelling. Games like 2003's Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) and 2007's Mass Effect (ME1) cemented that status. Those were nearly legendary games that, while perhaps falling short in the combat/...

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A Theory of Secular Morality

Categories:  Personal
Tags:  Morality Atheism

One of the most common objections---perhaps the most common objection---that religious people have towards Secularism is that, without God, there can be be no basis for morality. Essentially, this argument means that there can be no moral system that humans can create and live by that is derived f...

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I Don't Beleive

Categories:  Personal
Tags:  Religion Atheism

I was raised in a conservative, fundamentalist, Pentecostal home. My great-grandfathers were founding ministers of the Assemblies Of God Pentecostal denomination. Both of my grandfathers and one of my grandmothers was an ordained minister in it. So was my father, uncle, aunt, and, eventually, the so...

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Electronic Arts released a public beta for Star Wars: Battlefront II this weekend, and I played it. There are some things about it that are nice. The gameplay, for example, seems solid, and the graphics—as much as you can tell with a very limited number of maps, anyway—seem nice. Sadly, ot...

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Political Realism

Categories:  Personal
Tags:  Politics Economics

This is not a political web site. Nor do I want it to be. But the things that are happening in the country right now certainly have me thinking about politics. As a result of that thinking, I have some observations that I want to get off my chest.

I don't really care where you fall on the politica...

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Steve Jobs changed the world three times, by my count.

The first time was at the end of the 1970s. Prior to Steve, no one in the computer industry thought that computers were suitable for the home, or that regular people would ever want them. Sure, there were homebrew computer hobbyists, but they...

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Have you ever tried to sell a car or motorcycle on Craigslist and wondered why no one called you? There’s probably a simple explanation for that: Your Craigslist ad sucks. Think about it. You’re trying to get a total stranger to come to your house and give you thousands of dollars. If you expect tha...

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Wish List

Categories:  Automobiles Motorcycles Personal
Tags:  Random

"What if I could build my dream garage," I sometimes ask myself. "Any car or motorcycle could be mine. What would I choose?" Now, you might think the answer might be some supercar, like an exotic Lamborghini, but you'd be wrong. Not only because cars like that are so expensive and, at the same time,...

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