Category Archives: Abstract

Why Abe Lincoln Would be Homeless Today

“Let no man live who is wiser or better or more famous or even handsomer than the mass. Cut them all down to a level: all slaves, all ciphers, all nobodies. All equals.” – CS Lewis, The Screwtape Letters We have, in American culture, most curious ideas about equal opportunity.  Where once we valued inventive [...]

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Sex is a Ghetto

We’ve got a big problem in this country with intellectual honesty.  After all, 46% of Americans still believe that God created man in the past 10,000 years.  Any educated person accepts that the earth is not flat, that there is no tortoise carrying the world on its shell, and that knowing a lot about plants [...]

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Good habits

Consider this quote by Aristotle: “Excellence is an art won by training and habituation: we do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have these because we have acted rightly” Wow. If this is a true statement (and I believe it is), then a man ought to build his life [...]

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Evolving

For the past few months, I’ve been exploring software design patterns, both at their roots and in their modern implementations. I’ve been exploring new languages and deepening my understanding of the languages that I already use. Man can I ever tell ya, it’s been exhilarating. I started reading a new book last night, given to [...]

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How Well Do You Understand “Static” Variables?

Today I realized that I did not completely understand the “static” keyword as it applies to variables, which is used in many programming languages. If you weren’t aware of the full breadth of how the static keyword alters a variable, this post should be a mind blower. So, let’s start simple. Take the following example [...]

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Good Charity, Bad Charity – The Chicken Story and How it Changed My Life

I spent about a year in Hawaii when I was 18/19. Lots of fun times, with a couple life changing experiences mixed in with some time that otherwise went by way too quickly. One of those I felt like recounting today. The Chicken Story In Hawaii, there are chickens everywhere. The locals told me that [...]

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Frameworks and Knowledge Workers

What is a Framework? Essentially, it’s a buzzword to describe a packaged approach to completing work. It’s a way of building things, using strategically agreed upon components. The people who determine the components the framework will utilize can begin as one or a few original architects, and can morph into something that seems to have [...]

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Master of the Agora – Those Who Create Marketplaces, and Those Who Participate in Them

A Parable Imagine you live in an ancient time – perhaps you are a Greek.  Each morning, you wake up and milk your cows, and then you walk three kilometers to the market, where you sell your milk.  You are not the only milk seller – this market is very large – and there are [...]

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Why another blog?

I had a blog once at CalvinFroedge.com.  Eventually, I decided it was too often only a display of an arrogant teenager’s out of control hubris and not enough the well-crafted thoughts of a man who thinks about things before he writes them, and writes them because he means them. Now I think I have something [...]

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