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The Enemy of the Good

For whatever reason I have devoted more digital ink than is probably warranted to the subject of debts great and small, avoiding them and paying them off, etc., etc. I must confess to have given few figs to all things financial for most of my life, no doubt accompanied at times by the sweet bliss of ignorance. I have been fortunate to not have made too many major financial blunders, now more...

When Math Bites Back

I came across an interesting article that’s been floating around for the past few days about student loan debt, and decided that some of its arguments were worth examining. Original in quotes. “Go to college”, they told me. “It’s the only way you can get a good, well-paying job.” Keep this opening line in mind. I graduated college in 2007. The economic downturn started right before I graduated. I...

99 Designs Away From Financial Peace

This past year or so I’ve become a pretty big Dave Ramsey fan. For much of my life I haven’t paid much attention to personal finance, but largely due to his books and radio show (as well as to Megan being a financial genius) I’ve come to be more intentional with not only how I spend money, but also how I perceive it. All in all, I find his financial methods to be incredibly sound and have found...

Even E.T. Needs Jesus

Speculation about the nature of extraterrestrial life is perhaps fascinating, posing all kinds of intriguing questions. In a recent article entitled Is Your Religion Ready To Meet ET?, we are served up a volley of “cosmotheological” questions that the author believes will be appropriate and no longer merely speculative after (or, better put, if) we ever discover conclusive scientific proof for...

Wikimorality

Some of my favorite bloggers have had their fun with the results of a recent contest that sought to crowdsource a new set of 10 Commandments for the 21st century. And while I cannot hope to match either their eloquence or erudition, I thought it might be an enjoyable exercise to have my own run at it. In an interesting twist, each crowdsourced commandment has a rationale associated with it...

Rhetorical Effect

Words are powerful things, having the potential to change the way we think and shape our perception of things. Rhetoric was for this reason the sine qua non of the influential man in ancient times, for to hold men captive to your words was the power to mold the world as one saw fit. Rhetoric may have lost much of its ancient luster in the age of 140 character tweets, hashtags and memes, but we...

When Worlds Collide

In a previous post I critiqued the supposed intersection of blockbuster movies and blockbuster video games argued here; namely, how there is a substantial difference between the bigness of games like Skyrim and the over-the-top-meant-to-distract-you-bigness of blockbuster films. In my original post I quoted what the author felt was a good example of a “big” game done right: the most recent...

$hiny $hackles

Sometimes the modern world seems so absurd that one can be tempted to think we’ve already reached some sort of apogee of ridiculousness (or nadir, depending on how you look at it). But fortunately (or unfortunately!), there seems to be no upper (or lower) limit to the heights (or depths) of stupidity that humans can attain. Which is, of course, wonderful news for the blogosphere, and potentially...

It’s A Trap!

One of the of hidden places on the internets to find hilarious things is any kind of tech forum. The level of amusement is directly proportional to the level of fanboy-dom present, which makes any sort of Apple-related news site a veritable treasure trove of instant entertainment. This particular species of jocularity is generally marked by poor syntax barely masking ignorance, and once the...

I Took An Arrow In The Knee

I have to admit to being a pretty big Skyrim fan. I am currently on my fifth character, a Khajiit archer who is quickly leveling up his Sneak ability. Eventually I will level up his Smithing and Enchanting skills enough so that I can craft a Dragonbone bow that has both Lightning and Soul Capture abilities, a necklace and ring that gives me +40 Archery and health (each), and a Dragonbone helmet...

So You Want To Be A Graphic Designer…

When it comes to careers, the aphorism is no doubt correct that the grass is always greener on the other side, but that is especially true if you know how to take that green’s hex value and convert it to its nearest CMYK equivalent. And if you found the preceding remotely amusing, you may have a blossoming career in graphic design. Or you may just have no life, which is by no means a mutually...

Gotta Give ‘Em Credit

I don’t normally make a habit of clicking on the obnoxious ads at the bottom of articles. I actually try and make sure to never visit any ad that is contextualized via either Facebook or the ever ubiquitous tentacles of The Google. However, today I couldn’t help but click through to what I assumed would be something ridiculous, an ad for an article entitled Top 3 Reasons to Get A New Credit Card...

March of the Idiots (IV)

We humans are peculiar creatures among all the animals, for while the rest of the critters that roam this spinning rock do not try and obfuscate the reality of what they are or the things they do, one species has the innate capacity to wordsmith that which is not from that which is. This is, of course, accomplished most effectively with that most handy of linguistic devices, the euphemism...

Desiring and Learning

I never really quite know how to begin writing about things that are based largely around my own experiences. With most of my posts I try to begin with some sort of rhetorical flair, a compelling exordium which Quintillian himself would approve. Well, I suppose that may be reaching too far; most times I would be satisfied with his shade at least checking off the box for a strong introduction...

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