When I was 18 I was fortunate enough to go on a trip to Italy and France. In Paris, I had a profound experience with kind strangers who opened their bar after hours to prevent us from walking through a bad part of town. While there they served us unlimited wine and bowls of peanuts […]Read more "Ugly Americanism"
So I accidentally wrote an essay on stupidity in response to an article about stupid people having more friends. My accidental essay was responding both to the main article and a comment claiming it was more about introverts vs extroverts. I think I make sense here, and for this being a stream of thought, I […]Read more "Accidental Essay on Stupidity"
Sometimes I feel like the world is a broken record. It never seems to change. The patterns persist, and I spend far too much time caught up in the net. But this year (2015) there is a feeling that has fallen over the Earth like dry heat. At first, it’s comfortable—perfect even—but soon you feel […]Read more "On Modern Times"
Anyone with internet access has to be aware of the life sentence handed down to Ross Ulbricht, the founder of Silk Road, which served as a virtual black market for whatever drugs a person desired. Like most things in this country, the prevailing voices fall towards the fringe: Ross is either a Libertarian hero who has […]Read more "Silk Road, Ross Ulbricht, and Our Collective Stupidity"
Don’t be a stranger. Feel free to follow along @ (I deleted my instagram)Read more "Some Grams from My Instagram (unreleased excerpts and other pieces)"
In one hundred years, from 1900 to 2000, the global population grew from 1.5 billion to 6 billion, a 4.5 billion person increase. By 2050 the global population is expected to reach between 9 and 10 billion. The causes of such massive population growth are the result of advances in healthcare technology, lower mortality rates, […]Read more "Vertical Farming: A Solution to the Future (Chap. 42 in Life On a Treadmill)"
This morning I was woken up from a dream where President Obama was lecturing America on terror, religion, and why we need to realize we’re all on a giant carbon ball orbiting through space. Then I realized I fell asleep with CNN on like the old man I am, and that Obama actually gave that […]Read more "Obama, The Muslim (Chapter 10 from Life On a Treadmill)"
It was a handful of years ago when I remember reading a story about a man being arrested for directing traffic in a diaper while performing martial arts with a stick. I laughed at it, made jokes, and shared it with friends. Even more recently, Sussex County and anyone with internet access mocked a Newton […]Read more "We’re All Guilty of Mugshot Shaming"
It was 2008 when I finally learned what, “Fuck it,” meant. I was just one year into my time at Champlain, a college I got in to partially because of political op-eds I had written for local newspapers. In 2000, right around the time I was beginning high school, I took an interest in politics. […]Read more "We’re Living in a Fuck It Kind of World"