Lawrence Lessig’s superb presentation ~ Republic, Lost

Absolutely brilliant presentation by Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig, based on his book, Republic, Lost. Here's to the root strikers! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RFlSXjeMgc We've lost faith in our government because it is corrupt. The constitution declares...

Backseat logic

Kids in the BACK SEAT cause ACCIDENTS ACCIDENTS in the BACK SEAT may cause kids SO....NO BACK SEAT = NO ACCIDENTS

“Trump is a low-information voter who got elected president”

I was watching the May 12th edition of Real Time with Bill Maher, and Obama's former speech writer Jon Favreau was on and said this about Trump: Trump is a low-information voter who got elected president. ~ Jon Favreau, Former Barack Obama speechwriter Exactly right!...

Iceland’s response to the economic crisis ~ What can we learn

The ascertain here is that during the housing/derivative/financial crisis, bailing out the banks was NOT the ONLY solution. It was merely the best solution for banks that by-and-large caused the crisis. The victims of the crisis, the home owners, did not benefit from...

Columbia River Gorge Hikes 2015

Displayed below are a collection of photos taken during a few hikes in the Columbia River Gorge during 2015. Most from my phone, so quality isn't super. Still, some good shots.

Gun expert’s guide to choosing your conceal carry handgun

This "gun expert" made me laugh—even though laughter and guns should not be mixed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLUwxH-joW4

America is NOT the greatest country in the world ~ Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom

It's what we want from politicians or news people--a little honesty--so obviously it's fiction. But it's also a deliciously devastating reality check of a monologue that's delivered perfectly by Jeff Daniels in the HBO series The Newsroom. America is not the greatest...

xkcd’s advice on creating memorable passwords

xkcd comic offers some helpful advice on creating memorable but still difficult to hack/guess passwords.   "Through 20 years of effort, we've successfully trained everyone to use passwords that are hard for humans to remember, but easy for computers to guess."...

The value of social competition in changing human behavior

Social competition appears to be a vital part of the solution to getting humans to change their behavior. Focusing on doom and gloom just isn't the right message.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkZ7BJQupVA

Playing video games can improve brain function

Gamers are saying, "We told you so!" Parents are saying, "WTF!?" According to recent studies, playing video games can increase brain function and improve: creativity decision-making hand-eye coordination night vision But at what cost? According to one analyst, if you...

Invictus ~ William Ernest Henley,

I don't recall ever being so struck to the core by a poem... Invictus ~ William Ernest Henley Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not...

The Traveling Wilburys – End Of The Line – Lyrics

  The Traveling Wilburys Lyrics "End Of The Line" Well it's all right, riding around in the breeze Well it's all right, if you live the life you please Well it's all right, doing the best you can Well it's all right, as long as you lend a handYou can sit around...