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The importance of the noble keyboard warrior

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The moniker “keyboard warrior” is generally regarded as an insult on the internet–one associated with angry nerds vehemently shouting their opinions into the void. It’s also associated with those who argue for things like wearing masks during a pandemic or social justice. The keyboard warrior, in this context, is portrayed as a weak coward, hiding behind a screen, afraid to …

I’m back (for reals this time)

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This post should be short and sweet, but the gist is: I’m back. I’ve got a few posts in the works, and I’m working on some potential guest-posters. Life got real interesting for me for a while (mostly good things), and a new family member kept me quite busy. Like I said, it’s been a good kind of interesting! As …

A humble nerd’s perspective on the 2016 election

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I’m guessing that I’m not the only one that’s spent a lot of time today thinking about how we got to where we are today.  Let’s just say it’s going to be hard for me to write this post without prolific use of profanity.  You’ve been warned. Despite the pile of burning feces that has been the 2016 election, I love my country. …

The iPhone 7’s jack problem: Proof Apple cares more about their walled garden than their customers

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Look, the obvious problem with the iPhone 7 is the missing headphone jack.  The industry simply isn’t ready to ditch it as there isn’t a good replacement for it yet.  But that’s not the only thing that ticks me off about the new iPhone. Here’s a list: No fast charging What appears to be a only modest boost in battery life …

Nerdy advice on how to live a better life: argue, disagree, and think

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I know, this isn’t a Ghostbusters review.  I really need to write that thing.  For now, please believe Nerdist when they say that it won’t ruin your childhood (though I think I liked it more than they did). Anyway, I’ve been contemplative lately (which means this will likely be a long post).  Specifically, I’ve been pondering the fact that the information …

Cleveland, the RNC, and peace (a humble nerd’s perspective)

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I was all set to write a review of the new Ghostbusters movie (which I saw last night, and will still review), but there’s something a little more important weighing on my mind. Right now, Cleveland (my back yard) is hosting the Republican National Convention (RNC). Most of us locals are not exactly excited about this (no matter which side …

Privacy vs. Safety – OR – To decrypt or not to decrypt

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Fair warning, this will most likely be a controversial post.  While I’m generally in favor of a citizen’s right to privacy, and I support companies that actually go to bat for our civil liberties, I’ve gotta side with law enforcement on this one–well, sorta.  Let me be absolutely clear, this isn’t a question of where my political loyalties lie, but …

Movie review: Grumpy Katniss doesn’t like cats (Mockingjay Part II)

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Before I start this movie review, let me just add a disclaimer. I firmly believe that Mockingjay was the weakest of the written trilogy (the actual books). There was a lot of filler in there that made the story seriously drag, and I was prepared for the movies (needlessly split into two parts) to be more of the same. Turns …

Fear and Uncertainty (a poem that seems appropriate)

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This is a poem that I’ve been writing off and on for a few weeks. I know it’s not the usual shtick for my blog, and it’s not likely to win any awards (I’m no great poet). However, given recent events, I’ve decided to post it anyway. Hopefully it’ll give you some food for thought. So, without further ado, I give you …

It’s good to be a nerd: Recurring series coming soon!

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I am, if you hadn’t noticed, a self-proclaimed nerd. Actually, that’s not entirely accurate because others have also proclaimed my nerdiness to the world. Given the overwhelming evidence, and the corroboration of my peers, friends, and family, I think it’s reasonable to say that the moniker fits. Being a nerd can give one a unique perspective on a lot of …