New Bucket List Page

I may be a little late to the party, but they say late is better than never, or something like that.  For a long time I have known there are some things I wanted to do before I kick the bucket.  I’ve had a sort of mental bucket list for a few years, but there is something about writing it down that makes it more real.  So, here it is.  Or rather, HERE it is. Maybe I shouldn’t make it public, but I figure, what’s the harm.  It’s really only here for me, so feel free to disregard.  See you Continue reading New Bucket List Page

Extraordinary Compliment

Is it really a compliment to call someone extraordinary?  On the surface, it would appear to.  I mean, just look at the Dictionary.com definition for the word.  How could it not be a compliment? extraordinary [ik-strawr-dn-er-ee, ek-struh-awr-dn-er-ee] adjective 1. beyond what is usual, ordinary, regular, or established: extraordinary costs. 2. exceptional in character, amount, extent, degree, etc.; noteworthy;remarkable: extraordinary speed; an extraordinary man. 3. (of an official, employee, etc.) outside of or additional to the ordinarystaff; having a special, often temporary task or responsibility. UrbanDictionary.com offers a very similar definition. extraordinary (1) a very special thing (2) something ordinary with something extra oh! this is Continue reading Extraordinary Compliment

Bitlocker is Awesome, and Sucks

I have been using Bitlocker for a little while now.  On the whole, it seems to do its job well enough.  I mean, it encrypts data to keep unauthorized people from accessing it.  That is its job, and that’s what it does. The setup process is a bit difficult, if you don’t want the default settings.  By default it uses 128 bit AES encryption.  I prefer 256 bit, though it is arguable that it is overkill in today’s world.  However, the U.S. government requires 128 bit encryption or better for anything classified Secret, and 256 bit encryption for anything classified Top Secret.  They see Continue reading Bitlocker is Awesome, and Sucks

My Windows 10 Saga

I decided to be an early adopter on Windows 10.  It hasn’t been without its pitfalls.  Although, some of the issues I’ve had were totally my fault.  As fun as it is to blame all the problems of the world on Microsoft, I have to own the ones I caused.  So anyway, here goes. I was excited about the release of Windows 10, so the morning of July 29th I got up early to make sure I could get the download started before I went to work.  I was greeted by a message saying they would be releasing it in Continue reading My Windows 10 Saga

30,000 Mile Marker

So, I looked down at the odometer on my motorcycle and noticed I was getting pretty close to 30,000 miles today. Okay, I was very close. So, I decided to capture the moment of going over the 30,000 mile mark, and I posted it to YouTube here. I am aware, as I said on the YouTube post, likely nobody will care, but I still think it’s a pretty cool mile stone.  Here’s to many more safe miles.  Don’t ask how I shot that video.  I was totally not riding down the road one handed with my phone in the other Continue reading 30,000 Mile Marker

Hooky at Center Hill

I had an interesting time today.  And it all started when I was simply trying to go to work, of all things.  I mean, how irresponsible of me.  I’m a terrible person. So, I get to the turn off for the highway that the shop is on, and there is a police officer blocking the road.  He tells me that the road is blocked all the way from the four lane to the county line.  Well, the shop I work at is a good mile before the county line, so I ask, and he said to try the back way Continue reading Hooky at Center Hill

Inequality vs. Equality

Throughout the history of humankind, there has been inequality in every aspect of life and society.  There has been much debate about how to end or lessen inequality.  However, seldom has an argument been made for the benefits of inequality.  In order to completely abolish inequality, every person in society would have to be treated on an equal level.  Every individual would have to have equal consideration in politics, regardless of wealth or connections.  Every individual would have to have an equal share of wealth and authority.  Every individual would have to be treated equal to every other individual by Continue reading Inequality vs. Equality

A True Democracy in the Age of the Internet

It seems that everybody has a different idea of what the word Democracy means.  A search of the Internet yields a wide field of views on this subject.  Nearly every governmental system on the planet can fit within somebody’s definition of a Democracy.  The definition of a True Democracy can be even harder to nail down.  Every link followed leads to a different idea of what a True Democracy is.  For the purposes of this essay, the term True Democracy refers to a system of governance in which every citizen has equal voice in all of the decisions of the Continue reading A True Democracy in the Age of the Internet

An Historical Interpretation of the Second Amendment

The debate over gun control versus the right to keep and bear arms is old, and has been a source of controversy and heated debate for a large portion of the United State’s history.  The gun control advocates interpret the second amendment to attribute the right of “the people” to bear arms to a “well regulated militia.”  The “right to arms” advocates interpret  the second amendment to attribute the right of “the people” to bear arms to each individual.  Only one of the two groups can be correct, and the interpretation of it tends to hinge on whether one exams Continue reading An Historical Interpretation of the Second Amendment

Buried in School Work

While I was on the inside, I didn’t have too much trouble keeping up with the homework of two classes. But, now I have a full time job I have to do first. I find that the homework is harder to get to. And this is only with two classes. I can’t imagine how I would try to keep up with five classes. Not with a job too. So, my hat’s off to those that do juggle a full time job and a full load of classes. I don’t think I could do it. And that means I’ll be going Continue reading Buried in School Work