Category: Society

Essays about society, religion and politics

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The Olympic Costs of Hosting the Olympics

Ever since the modern Olympics were started in the late 19th century, hosting the games has become one of the biggest honors a city (and country) can have. Equally prestigious is the quadrennial FIFA...

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Joining the Borg Collective

The greatest enemy on Star Trek: The Next Generation is the Borg. The Borg are a hive mind made up of sentient humanoid species from around the galaxy. The Borg like to assimilate any...

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Architectural Detail and 3D Printing

Why doesn’t my local supermarket look like the Cathedral of Notre Dame? Or the Sagrada Familia? It sounds like a silly question. Obviously the great cathedrals of Europe took centuries to construct and untold...

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The Ups and Downs of Teardown Houses

Real estate is expensive in Dallas, so the trend is to replace small old houses with bigger, newer ones. These teardown houses are a controversial subject in the Metroplex. From a preservationist standpoint, they...

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#lovewins: Fifty States of Gay

I was driving in my car when the DJ came on the radio to announce the news. In the landmark case of Obergefell vs. Hodges, the US Supreme Court has ruled that state and...

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Valet Parking on Lower Greenville

Looking for parking is always a stressful proposition, especially in Dallas. My adopted hometown is a car-centric city with scattered pockets of walkability. These little pockets are usually centered around bars and nightlife, with...

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What Does It Mean to Be a Texan?

I had a discussion (argument) with a good friend about what it means to be a Texan. I said that, after 7+ years of living in Dallas, I felt I could call myself a...

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American Musings on Scottish Independence

On Thursday, September 18, 2014. Scotland will vote on whether to declare independence from the United Kingdom. As an American of English, Scottish and Irish ancestry, I have been following the debate. I’ve never...

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Avoiding Human Extinction

I’m amazed that human extinction isn’t more of a political issue. It should be. The survival of our species is the most important issue we can address. I’m not being hyperbolic. As living creatures,...

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The Eight Deadly Sin

I’ve always liked the concept of the Seven Deadly Sins: wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony. What makes this list so amazing is that you don’t have to believe in God or...