Back in the 90’s I was stationed in Tennessee for a few months where I was learning the basics of aircraft electrical systems. We had four-man rooms and every floor had a communal “head”, aka, a bathroom. There were toilet stalls on one side, sinks and mirrors on the other, and a large open room […]

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My mission

My question at the end was a very real question, what can I give to the soldier that agrees to meet me at a bar late at night because his life is going to hell? What positive difference can I make, other than the proper use of tactics and weapons, that I can give to soldiers before they deploy next year?

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Why Papers is Freaking Awesome

I wish this program had existed earlier in my college career, and that I had known about it earlier. Papers, by Mekentosj, is pretty freaking awesome. I used to have to carry around a stack of photocopied research articles. I don’t remember what my library copy budget was at the University of Houston, but I spent a lot. Kids today have it easy, they can go online and download electronic copies. In my day we had to walk uphill in the snow to find a journal (if the college subscribed to it) and wait your turn at the photocopier, print it, staple it, and then you had to carry around a stack in your backpack. If you want to share with someone, you had to make more copies.

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Mac kills PC in so many areas. I find that my workflow crashes to a halt when I have to go into the office and use their Windows systems. I hesitated in downloading any Microsoft programs onto my Mac because I don’t like anything about them, how they are organized. Even using Excel, which is […]

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Because of a current job with the National Guard I wear my uniform every day.  At least until October 30 when our funding is cut and I’ll be out of a job again.  At the same time I am attending Portland State for my last three classes for my degree in philosophy.  So it is […]

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First day of class

Oh what optimism one has on the first day of class.  How many times have I, and others like me, purchase their textbooks and hold them in their eager hands and declare solemly that this time… time time our academic piety will reach new heights, that our reading will broaden, that our wisdom will deepen, […]

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it is almost over

I am really looking forward to spring break. HA. I love the subjects of the classes, but sheesh… I loaded up too much. I can’t write more… but I have added pressure to graduate by 2008. Hmmm. Right now I am sitting in a coffee shop on campus and am downloading updates to World of […]

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quick rough on ethics article

David Schmidtz’s article “When Preservationism Doesn’t Preserve” is an exploration of the practical concerns in that murky area where grand and wide ethics meets the dirt. Majora Carter, a Brooklyn environmental and social activist, has expressed that mainstream environmentalists concerns and stereotypes are far removed from the norms and concerns of people in her South […]

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utilitarianism again

In my ethics class we went into Singer’s defense of animal liberation.  I learned that he did this from a Utilitarian view, not a rights-based.  So, I looked up utilitarianism on wikipedia and found this quote from Singer. “ “If I have seen that from an ethical point of view I am just one person […]

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