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Quit While You’re Ahead

Sometimes, especially when you find a way to beat the house, it’s a good idea to cut your losses and run. If you stick around too long, you invite disaster.

Such is the story of a couple of guys who discovered a gilded bug in a staple casino machine – video poker.

http://www.wired.com/2014/10/cheating-video-poker/

Anti-Social Networks

A powerful message on the decline in face to face interactions as a result of our increasingly self-focused society. Something to think about, especially as we enter this time of the year where connecting and celebrating with family and friends becomes even more important.

As an introvert, I often have to force myself to go above and beyond my comfort zone to spend time with others, but it helps me to stay grounded in a world that seems often times very distant and insensitive. Stay grounded, and don’t rush for the outlet the next time your gadgets land in the ‘redzone’ – embrace it.

Why we live in an anti-tech age

Thought provoking article. It certainly seems to ring true, although I do LOVE tech-apocalypse films and books.

“We live in a financial, capitalistic age, we do not live in a scientific or technological age,” said Thiel. “We live in a period were people generally dislike science and technology. Our culture dislikes it, our government dislikes it.”

Why we live in an anti-tech age | Computerworld.

Reconciling Biology and Faith

I don’t often read the New York Times, but I stumbled across a very interesting read for those who argue that biology and theology cannot coexist. Spoiler alert: They can, and do.

As a Christian and a Scientist, I think that if you are unable or unwilling to accept that God could be so incredibly powerful to set the beautiful process of evolution in motion, then your opinion of God is small and should be reevaluated. The Natural world is something to be explored and appreciated, not simplified and ignored on the basis that it’s contradictory to narrow-minded theological thinking. As sentient creatures, we have free will and have the power to ask why and how. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

Instruction of biology/science without evolution on the grounds that it is ‘insensitive/contradictory to religious teaching’ is irresponsible and unacceptable.

 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/28/opinion/sunday/god-darwin-and-my-college-biology-class.html

A fall without school

After 16 consecutive school years, this fall marks the first time that I haven’t been in ‘school’. It’s a nice feeling.

Instead of attending classes, I get to spend time on campus with the fresh faced kids trying to make a name for themselves and living away from home for the first time. I’m working at my temp IT job, keeping an eye out for my next destination once my time here ends.

I’d have to say that the best things about not having to go to class but still being on campus as a youngin’ are:

  • I have money thanks to a job and the ability to work instead of go to class
  • No more exams. Or notes. Or HORRIBLE labs
  • I can finally park on campus. Since I am allowed to have an Employee parking pass (quite possibly the most valuable asset on campus.)
  • A lot of friends are still around so I can still hang out with ‘college’ kids and it’s not strange. I’M NOT OLD YET! =D

Sadly, I do realize that the proverbial “Best years of your life” are over. I certainly learned a lot about life while completing my undergraduate degree, but I also know there are even greater challenges ahead. It’s nice to at least spend a few more months here on the campus where I’ve lived the past four years.