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My First Year of Bullet Journaling

On New Year’s Day, I and an anonymous community whom I’ll never meet all shared in a common activity. I sat at my desk (others on beds, floors, sofas or maybe even toilets) to close out my 2016 Bullet Journal and to begin my 2017 Journal. What is a Bullet Journal? Before I describe bullet […]

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Why Global Warming Might Not Matter: A Word for Ideologues

Just to get it out there, I don’t really care about Global Warming and, regardless of how you feel about it, that shouldn’t bother you one bit. To be fair, I would care more if I knew what I should believe. (And I would know what I should believe if I cared more.) I’m reminded […]

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Why Every Christian Should Join a Church

Over the past few months, I feel like I’ve been talking about church membership more frequently.  Most times it has been just sharing my thoughts with a few guys I’m discipling, but a couple times it has been almost a combative defense of church membership.  The Bible is clear that Christians are not supposed to […]

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Minimum Wages Need Not Be Arbitrary

For the past year or so, our Nation has been debating minimum wages.  Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, arguments on both sides are utterly indefensible because they are based primarily on emotion and full of conjecture and anecdotes.  To be sure, this same debate comes about every five to ten years and it will continue […]

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Hi! Hey! Hello, dear. (Punctuation and Salutations)

Dear Reader, Writing emails (Sadly, I never send letters anymore) always gives me more than a brief moment of frustration and anxiety because I often don’t know how to open then.  Should they be formal or informal, personal or professional, properly punctuated or commonly punctuated?  Similarly, I get a little anxious when I come to […]

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Let’s do Lunch!

I like to eat. People who get to know me figure that out really quickly. The last team I led was known for our mutual enjoyment of food. We had Taco Tuesdays, Waffle Wednesdays, Take-out Thursdays, and lunches at Fogo de Chao–not all in the same week but on a regular and frequent basis. Oh, […]

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Appreciating American Prehistory

Today being Columbus Day and me living in England, I’m taking a few minutes to reflect on the richness of American Prehistory.  When it comes to Columbus Day, I’m one of those cynical people who rather laugh at the idea that we set aside a day to celebrate a huge navigational blunder that ended up […]

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Deep Learning: Installing Keras

In my previous post, I mentioned building a neural network using Keras that was able to classify thousands of Reuters documents in under 10 minutes.  Sadly, installing Keras took more effort than I wanted–longer than actually building and training the network.  So, I worked out the kinks and scripted the process to go from a bare box […]

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My Dive into Deep Learning

I spent last week in a Deep Learning workshop and I came away both encouraged and disheartened at the same time.  (For the uninitiated, Deep Learning has no formal definition; however, I would loosely define it as a new name given to the class of machine learning techniques that combine many nonlinear functions in order to approximately model abstractions of […]

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Post-Soviet Ukraine

In 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed. The pressure had been building for a while but the secession of Ukraine was the tipping point. Interestingly, Ukraine itself was a federation of sorts and the Ukraine that left the USSR was not the same geographic region that entered it almost 70 years prior. One of the interesting […]

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