Quick Hits: Lucky or Skilled?

I was overseeing a surgical procedure using one of my company's products today, and the doctor got everything right the first time (which is pretty rare). He turned around and looked at me and said "Hey, I'd rather be lucky than skilled any day of the week!"... Somehow, I hope my doctor is both lucky …

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One Trick Ponies? Western Civilizations and Eastern Civilizations, a comparative view

Through sheer military might, pragmatism and some good stoic thinking, Rome managed to dominate the Mediterranean for centuries. The Greeks were an amalgamation of city states and philosophers that could campaign and do battle quite good, but were too fractured to be a complete and dominating power. Compare this to some of the dynasties in …

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Video Games, Film and Books: Criticisms of Media Mediums

People are continually shifting how they create and consume their media and information. Cave paintings were once the pinnacle of human media, but we've come a bit further since then... With each new iteration of media though, there is bound to be some criticism. Video games are for weak minded man-children that never grow up …

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The Hypocrisy of Communism: From Revolution to Implementation

What always struck me about communism was the blatant hypocrisy of the revolutionaries and leaders; instead of building examples of Marxist and communist economies, societies and governments they were more interested in imposing communism on the masses. This created the need for a centralized, totalitarian government that could crack down on the people. The biggest, …

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Quick Hits: Allegory and Writing

Allegory is as popular as ever. Unfortunately, I think it is overused. In the latest article I talk about two authors who successfully wrote allegorical works, and why I think it resonated so well. Nowadays, most allegory is low hanging fruit. It's all "Drumpf is just like Voldermort!!" or "Muslim refugees are just like the Orcs …

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Criticism Through Literature: Science Fiction and a Combat Veteran Writer

One of my favorite books is The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. It's an allegorical tale of his time in Vietnam, set in the "future" of 1996 (the book was published in the 1970's). A soldier goes on a journey through multiple planets, engagements and thousands of years to finally reach the conclusion of the war. …

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Quick Hits: Violation of The Marquess Of Queensberry Rules

I love boxing. Some of my earliest memories are watching Mike Tyson fights with my old man, or going to Atlantic City and watching fights with him too. The raw, unbridled nature of the sport attracted me, but as I got older I came to appreciate the rules and regulations of the sport even more. …

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The Importance Of Books In The Digital Age of Partisan Politics

Anybody can become a youtube or instagram star these days. Countless folks write a status on facebook or shoot out a tweet to the void, think nothing of it and go to bed... only to wake up hours later and realize their post has gone viral. This is good and bad; the common people have …

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