Author Archives: jamesreastwood

Don’t Hold Your Breath Waiting for the Nanobots

Since I was at most a teenager, I’ve considered myself a futurist. Blame it on all the sci-fi I read. I can remember countless conversations, usually with my older brother, about “what happens next,” including the conversation in 2007 in … Continue reading

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Artistry Across Media or My Three Favorite Film Adaptations

With The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey due out in theaters soon (er or later), a lot of fans are debating the merits and demerits of Peter Jackson’s film adaptations of Tolkien’s works – a debate with which I am intimately … Continue reading

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A point on political rhetoric

I really hate the cliche “A rising tide lifts all boats.” In economic terms, GDP growth does, in fact, provide a lot of opportunities all across the economy, but it’s hardly the only economic goal worth pursuing. Specifically, the policies … Continue reading

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Capital Gains vs. Income

I’m watching the Iowa Republican Presidential Debate right now, and one of the candidates (I believe it was Gingrich, but I was out of the room and my voice recognition isn’t quite that sharp) said he supported 0% capital gains … Continue reading

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The Government is Still in Our Hands

One of the dominant memes in recent political commentary (at least at the popular level) as been the failure of the two-party system. The ongoing (as of July 8th) standoff in congress over the debt ceiling is indicative of a … Continue reading

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More Things That Conventional Engineering Analysis Would Never Tell You

As promised, today I’ll write about our nation’s food supply and how attempts to “engineer” it wound up drastically reducing the quality of our food. Sometime in the first half of the 20th century (I’m a little fuzzy on exactly … Continue reading

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Experience Tells Us What Engineering Cannot

Here at the beginning of the 21st century, as our society struggles to move beyond the information revolution into a more complete, holistic post-industrial society, I notice a regressive trend in many areas of society. Now that we have applied … Continue reading

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