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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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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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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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Changes of Scenery

In the fall, I’ll be starting a Ph.D. program in Materials Science and Engineering. I’m excited about it. I don’t yet have any real idea what research project I’ll be working on, but Marco Rolandi’s group is doing some very … Continue reading

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Put the Brakes on $4 per Gallon Gasoline at the Pump!

Repost from Facebook, which explains the more casual tone: (I stole my title from David Vitter, whose strategy was “Drill more wells in the Gulf of Mexico!!!!”) You want my opinion on how to end our dependence on foreign oil? … Continue reading

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Cracking the Whip

Last fall I went on a mission trip to the other end of the state with a group of twenty or thirty people. We traveled in a convoy of about six or seven cars. On the way back I was … Continue reading

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Mix-and-Match Careers, or How to Find Work in the New Economy

Richard Florida has been writing for The Atlantic for at least several months now (I started reading in April or May, so I can’t reference anything earlier) about his ideas: the Creative Class and its influence on cities and regions … Continue reading

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