Antonio Banderas Speaks Out on the Need for Latino Unity and How the U.S. Facilitates It

Posted by in Misc, Politics on 26. Mar, 2016 | No Comments Yet

Antonio Banderas received a Platino Award last year in a ceremony in Marbella, Spain. The actor took the chance to call for more Latino unity across Spanish-speaking countries as well as to recognize that the United States is where he has ironically seen the Latino best come together.

Reading Analysis for 2015

Posted by in Misc on 11. Feb, 2016 | No Comments Yet

I thought it would be interesting to do some basic analyses on what books I read in 2015. Because #nerd.

Lane Merging: You’re Doing It Wrong

Posted by in Misc on 25. May, 2015 | No Comments Yet

Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned lane merge and the accompanying traffic backup? There are usually a number of different personality types that can be observed at every merger: The early mergers. The ones who drive as cautiously and defensively as possible. Late mergers are their arch enemies. The late mergers. They often fly down that […]

Can a Slave Owner Be a Good Man?

Posted by in Misc on 29. Nov, 2014 | No Comments Yet

Solomon Northup documented his experience being kidnapped into slavery in his memoir Twelve Years a Slave. Here I consider the unusually charitable words he wrote about his first owner, a man who he said was simply “looking through the same medium with his fathers before him”.

Virginia Woolf: Had Shakespeare Had a Sister…

Posted by in Misc on 04. Jun, 2014 | No Comments Yet

An excerpt from Virginia Woolf’s feminist classic “A Room of One’s Own”, in which she imagines what it would have been like if William Shakespeare had an equally gifted sister.

The Paralysis of Knowledge

The Paralysis of Knowledge

Posted by in Misc on 21. Nov, 2013 | No Comments Yet

Is knowledge really that dangerous? Are the little worlds that each one of our mortal brains have constructed really that fragile?

Don’t You Dare Bury Me

Don’t You Dare Bury Me

Posted by in Misc, Science on 30. Mar, 2013 | No Comments Yet

When I die, I’ve often thought that I’d love to be involved in a grand display of some kind. We spend so much money on funerals, so why do they have to be so boring and uninventive? With that much money, I’d hope for something unique and spectacular. But isn’t that ultimately a waste?

Bringing Useful Stats into Soccer

Bringing Useful Stats into Soccer

Posted by in Misc, Technology on 14. Oct, 2012 | No Comments Yet

I take a look at how cool new technology might open up sports like soccer to a new world of statistical analysis.

Successfully Marketing Refis to Oddballs Like Me

Successfully Marketing Refis to Oddballs Like Me

Posted by in Misc on 15. Jan, 2012 | No Comments Yet

Like any homeowner, I get tons of junk mail from all kinds of companies trying to hawk various loan options. By far, the most common offer is an attempt to sell me on a 30-year loan, at a low APR of course. But Emily and I are hoping to pay off the home as soon as possible, not as late as possible.

What Simple Minds Cannot See

What Simple Minds Cannot See

Posted by in Misc on 27. Mar, 2011 | 1 Comment

Recently Rush Limbaugh was mocking a Diane Sawyer segment wherein she praised the Japanese for finding time and space to utilize recycling programs in the refugee shelters amidst the mass destruction that the earthquake and tsunamis have caused. But this post isn’t necessarily about him. It’s about what people miss when they engage in simple-minded thinking similar to his.