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Heroes are everywhere

Posted by Brian Thomas on

I've been thinking about this idea of heroes.  First, it's because an area child did something heroic that really did help save a life.  Also, because Stan Lee died and I have been seeing a lot of memes about heroes.  It's not that I am against heroes (or especially superheroes), but I sometimes feel a little uncomfortable with the public recognition. I was thinking about the lives that were lost in the current wildfires or the people struggling to escape oppression and, literally, putting their lives as risk to bring themselves and their children our of deadly and war-torn environments....

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Facebook is down November 12, 2018

Posted by Brian Thomas on

Is Facebook simply the aspartame to the sugar of reality?  How many people around the world had the same collective gasp of concern when they were confronted with this error message? How long before business advertising begins to suffer, friends begin to wonder how they will check up on each other, and bored people at bus stops will have to (gasp!) engage in conversation while they wait? Surely social media connects us, but what does it connect us to?

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Star Wars, the Last Jedi, and Russian trolls

Posted by Brian Thomas on

I don't have a solution to this, but I hope that it is a cautionary tale to all you Star Wars Nerds out there.  Don't assume that we are living in a divided and hate-filled world.  We might disagree, but that angry fan you are arguing with on Reddit might be nothing but a Russian troll or sock puppet.

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What is a running nerd?

Posted by Brian Thomas on

I feel a little out of place having running stuff on this site. I know that this store is mostly oriented towards gear and gadgets with a pop culture orientation (e.g. Steven Universe, My Hero Academia, Legos, etc.).  Call it an ego driven indulgence, but I really like to run so it stays. Actually, I've run a lot.  I've run races from 5k to multiple 100 mile races. That makes me a runner. And I'm kind of a nerd about it. What do I mean by saying that I'm a running nerd?  Well, I really love the gear and gadgets...

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Middle school, love, acceptance, and the Noname Nerd

Posted by Brian Thomas on

My older son wears pink to middle school. He recently gave up on soccer in exchange for learning how to fence. He knows the year that every Marvel movie came out and likes going to comic book conferences and watches way to much Youtube. He not awkward, at least any more than other 13 year olds, and is remarkably poised, responsible, confident, and has a strong sense of social justice. Still, he barely knows the rules to football and is painfully aware that his life is not entirely conventional. My younger son is a louder version of the older brother he idolizes and...

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