Concerns From the March for Science

May 4, 2017

This past week saw thousands of people across the country converge on Washington D.C. and other cities to participate in a March for Science. The protest was billed as non-partisan, but the timing and circumstances around the march taking place on Earth Day hardly seems like a coincidence, and the march was rumored to have been inspired by a “throwaway line on reddit” by somebody who said: Q: The March for Science…

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P90x3 Challenge Finale: Disappointment and Hope

April 18, 2017

The 90 days are up. So what is the verdict of my P90x3 Challenge Finale? As the title suggests: disappointment, but also hope. First, a quick update on what has happened since the last check-in. After being discouraged by my progress up to that point, I had vowed to do better by cutting back on the fast food breakfasts and working out harder. I had mixed success. I was able…

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Board Game Review: Secret Hitler

March 29, 2017

Have you ever played a game of Cards Against Humanity and thought, “This game is great, but it needs to involve more lying to my friends and references to Hitler”? Do you not know what Cards Against Humanity is, but do know you like social deduction games? Do you not know what a social deduction game is, but do enjoy the bluffing of poker and have a good poker face? If you…

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A Knee Jerk Reaction to Trump’s First Two Months

March 23, 2017

There’s definitely a danger in drawing too many conclusions from the first two months of a new presidential administration. The sample size is incredibly small, with virtually no time to work with Congress on crafting any kind of meaningful legislation. Most cabinet members have only been on the job for a few weeks, so it’s largely unfair to judge their performance yet. Still, between Supreme Court nominations, executive orders and cabinet…

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P90x3 Challenge First Check-In: Slow Progress

March 2, 2017

I ended the P90x3 challenge kickoff with “See you in a month for the first check-in”. I know it’s been longer than a month, but my editor convinced me that a check-in for the sake of a check-in just wasn’t a good idea, so I compromised and decided to check-in at the halfway point. So now that I am half done with my P90x3 journey, how are things going? The short answer?…

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Is It Possible Tom Brady Isn’t a Great Quarterback?

February 6, 2017

Consider this: Tom Brady isn’t a great quarterback. That’s a bold statement, isn’t it? How can anybody possibly believe that Tom Brady could possibly be anything less than one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time?  He’s been to the Pro Bowl 12 times, been a Super Bowl MVP four times and played in a record seven Super Bowls. Oh, and he just won his record 5th Super Bowl ring while throwing…

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Worried About Trump’s Presidential Power? Blame Obama.

January 20, 2017

The coming peaceful transition of power from the previous administration to the next is rapidly approaching, and it’s still difficult to know what to expect from the incoming administration. Much like the contradictory (and often confused) rhetoric from the president-elect during the campaign, there are some reasons for cautious optimism for libertarians from Trump’s cabinet nominees, and also reason for concern about presidential power. Regardless, one thing that is certain is that…

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P90x3 Challenge Kickoff

January 19, 2017

With the death of the Xbox Fitness Challenge and a New Year upon us, I’ve been searching for a new form of motivation to get in shape and eat healthy. I think I’ve found the next step: It’s time for the P90x3 challenge. My wife had bought me the P90x3 DVDs a few years ago as a birthday gift. I had tried countless times to go through all 90 days, but always…

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Quick Take: Justin Fuente’s First Year at Virginia Tech

January 11, 2017

With the conclusion of the 2016-2017 college football season after an amazing BCS National Championship Game (congratulations to the Clemson Tigers), I thought it would be a good time to collect my thoughts on Justin Fuente’s first season as head coach of the Virginia Tech Hokies. When I heard that Frank Beamer was retiring a little over a year ago, I definitely had conflicting emotions. As a member of Virginia…

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App Review: Pact

January 10, 2017

To help out a podcast at my work that was doing a series on apps to help people be happier, healthier, wealthier and more productive, I volunteered to try out Pact for a month. And in honor of the New Year, I decided to write a review for Rampant Discourse. So here are my impressions after 4 weeks (and running) using Pact, the app that claims to let you “Earn…

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