Examine whether you really stand with Trump

This article is my response to a Trump supporter on Facebook. Instead of stoking a political fight, I hope I can get some people to truly listen. Remember that politics is supposed to be about coming together in support of our common values and mutual benefit, not about a seemingly intractable rift.

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Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash

The reason politics has become so contentious and divisive is that both liberals and conservatives feel like politics is more than a difference of opinion, it’s of almost existential importance. It’s about whether America will survive as a country that they want to be a part of. It is troublesome to think about the ways our lives might change under the wrong presidency. …


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The movie poster for The Frame.

Note: I wrote this in 2019 but never got around to posting it.

One night several weeks ago, after giving up on finding something on Netflix to watch, I stumbled on Jamin Winans’ The Frame on Amazon Prime. Most of you have probably never heard of this movie or its writer/director - he’s made very few movies, and they’re all very low budget. I’d seen his prior film, Ink (2009), after randomly coming across a Reddit AMA by Winans promoting it. I honestly don’t remember much about it, but I liked the feel and its and attempts at being poignant and emotionally intense. I’d also seen the poorly made trailer for The Frame before, and mentally filed it as a maybe. …


The movie poster for Escape Artist A picture of a man and woman on an empty city street It reads: “You’re Being Lied To.”
The movie poster for Escape Artist A picture of a man and woman on an empty city street It reads: “You’re Being Lied To.”
“You’re being lied to?” Even the poster leaves something to be desired.

Note: I wrote this in 2019 but never got around to posting it.

Escape Artist is not a good movie. It objectively just isn’t. The production quality and acting is clearly amateur and very low budget, and the writing, while interesting and sometimes powerful, leaves much to be desired. I was excited by the premise — one person writes his thoughts about the state of affairs, gains a following, and actually changes the world. This idea spoke to me because I feel that might be part of my purpose. It’s naive and idealistic to think that could be me, or that it’s even possible for a random person to have a real impact on the world. However, a sufficient number of people who are motivated by a common goal certainly can. As the film says, “Can no one person change the world? …


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Most people who have any significant experience with the American healthcare system understand just how broken it is for all but the healthiest (or wealthiest) of people. The main problems stem from the medical insurance system and other financial matters, but also include access to timely, quality non-emergency care, fragmented medical records, and the lack of emphasis on preventative care. Much has been written about all of these topics and many other issues that plague the industry, and based on that and my own experience I can see one common root cause: the valuing of profit over the basic principles human decency. As a society we’ve accepted the reality of profit morality in business, but surely an industry that exists to heal and care for people should feel a different set of motivations. …


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If you’re anything like me, you’re disheartened with the condition of our democracy (republic). The election of Donald Trump was a catalyst for my realization about the state of our political system, but the attempts to erode democracy in the United States are nothing new. Over time, we have come to see the state of our political system as normal, and even accepted the compromised state of our democracy as just “the way things work.” While the government established by the Constitution was innovative and disruptive for its time and has served us well, any such document is only as powerful as the leaders who are sworn to enforce it allow it to be. Checks and balances certainly help hold the individual branches of government accountable, but they are weak against the prolonged, concerted effort to unite the three branches. Throughout history, it seems that a government left unchecked will tend toward the consolidation of power, and the United States is not immune to that phenomenon. …


Warning, this article has spoilers for Daredevil seasons 1 through 3. If you plan on watching the show, I suggest you do so before reading this.

There has been an explosion of gritty, dramatic adaptations of comic books in the past decade or so, and writers have been able to provide apt insights on the struggles of life and on political issues through these stories. Netflix’s Daredevil is no exception, exploring many poignant themes including religion, loss, justice, and corruption. Although the show directly addresses many deep and important topics, there are many other underlying themes that are more subtle and could therefore go unnoticed without the proper illumination. …


Growing up playing LucasArts classic adventure games gave me a deep appreciation (nostalgia, perhaps?) for games that capture that feeling I remember so fondly. The feeling of looking at unvoiced dialogue text over pixelated graphics and listening to crude MIDI music while contemplating what to do to progress the story may not sound appealing, but game developers at that time had to artfully use the means they had available to create and entertaining and engaging experience. LucasArts mastered that art, and even with the incredible advances in game development, their games have stood the test of time. Before the Internet was a staple of everyday life and instantly available in our pockets, we had to actually take the time to retrace our steps and Look At, Pick Up, and Use everything, sometimes for hours or more, in an attempt to solve often abstruse puzzles. …

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Philip W

I’m an electrical engineer and programmer trying to channel my creative side

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