New Strings: A Guitar Post

Before I started boxing I played lots of guitar. I am no virtuoso but I was able to get good enough that I was satisfied with my progress in music. It seems to be  a common thing where you go through a period where you don’t play music at all for a year or so….

My View on Religion

Since I have a few articles dealing with religious subject matter I offer this clarification. I feel faith has a big impact on culture and it is important to understand regardless how you feel about it.   I don’t identify with any religion. I’ve read and studied the bible a bit. I think it has…

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz

This is one of the best albums I’ve listened to in a long time. So many good songs on it. Julian Casablancas, the singer of The Strokes, has been improving steadily as a musician. There is a world of difference between the current stuff and early strokes in terms of complexity and musicianship. The album is…

The 80/20 Rule or The Pareto Principle

I was talking to someone at the gym today and said 80% of your gains will come from 20% of the exercises and he seemed surprised. I explained the 80/20 rule to him and figured it would make for a good post today.  I feel most of your gains with a barbell will come from…

George Carlin Sums it All Up

This is the most educational, thought provoking, passionate speech I’ve seen.

This guy knows how to think and play on emotions. I hope to be as good at self-expression as he is one day.

Why Expectation of the After Life is a Sin: What Your Pastor Never Told You

“Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies it remains alone; but if it dies it bears much fruit” John 12:24 ESV
Very frequently I see people assuming they will be admitted into the afterlife, as if they are entitled to such a glorious gift. Consider this passage from Luke 13:22-30

The Elephant and the Rider:A Theory on Hypocricy

The analogy is your body and the automatic process of your body are like an elephant and our conscious mind is the rider. By evolutionary logic the elephant came first. Humans eat, sleep and mate like all other animals. Our ability of language and consciousness evolved much later since they are a distinguishing feature of humans.

Thoughts on Chess

  Chess is an iconic game of the western intellectual. It is simple to learn the rules but very hard to master. Since most people know how to play it but don’t understand the game on a deeper level I thought I would try to explain it. I am a decent player (1580 on chess.com…

The Decline of Honour: Honour as Political Policy

Standards for male honour are generally consistent throughout all cultures. Honour has always been associated with warriors. Battle requires group cohesion and unity for a side to be victorious. A man’s place in the social hierarchy will be based on his abilities compared to his peers. This creates a competitive atmosphere in which each man wants to prove himself so he can earn the most respect. Once the hierarchy has been formed it is generally stable.

SonyMDR-ZX110NA Review

Merry Christmas! I tried to stay up so I could meet Santa and get a picture of his sleigh and reindeer this year. I saved alcoholic beverages specifically for him. I even had non-alcoholic options if he’s concerned about DUI. I ended up falling asleep before he came but when I woke up he brought me some new headphones! I didn’t write him a letter and somehow he knew I wanted a new pair.

The Reserve | Book Discussion

I liked the concept a lot. If this is considered the author’s bad work his other books must be really good. I would rate The Reserve highly partly because I had very low expectations when I started (it was a buck, the cover wasn’t that interesting and I never heard of Russell Banks).