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John McGuinness
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Imagine the NCAA didn't exist...
There was no intercollegiate sports.  In general, football and basketball players went straight from college to the pros. There were general complaints, both from coaches and from fans, that these athletes were not prepared to compete at this level, both in...
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Salute to John Calipari...
Before going any further, let me acknowledge: The idea that the competitors in big-time college athletics (i.e. men's basketball and football) are student-athletes is a joke.  When there's a game on a Wednesday night in the middle of the school year between...
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Rare self-bragging post
I was a major part of a team that took Honorable Mention in a 2-day "Hacakthon" at Amazon this week.  It required us to come up with an idea to improve customer service (which was from someone else on our team), and implement a working prototype of it (whic...
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Fast (from food) during Lent...
In discussions about how we Catholics should approach Lent, even since I was first aware of the concept, there have been searches for alternatives to a literal interpretation of the "fasting" part of "prayer, fasting, and alms giving."  e.g.  why not "fast"...
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More than just a Bad Contract
Jonah Keri came out with his annual "bad contract" column last week. The top (or bottom) five: Alex Rodruguez Albert Pujols Ryan Howard Mark Teixera B.J. Upton Josh Hamilton John Danks Chad Billingsley Carl Crawford Brandon League Jonathon Broxton Ricky Rom...
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The Tanking Culture
Zach Lowe writes about the rule changes the NBA is considering to confront tanking. And, yes it is a serious problem. The NBA sells competition.  But, if say, 25% of the teams are not trying to win, that means that on any game has about a 50% chance of invo...
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Teams that can never substantially change their uniforms
After witnessing the atrocity of UCLA's navy blue sleeved uniforms last night, I submit the following list of teams that can not substantially change their uniforms because they are iconic. By "substantially," I mean go to a different color scheme, or remov...
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Who's monitoring the monitor?
(Uncle) Bob Martin posts about the need for a "foreman" on software teams who, among other things, is the keeper of commit rights for the team. His first post on the matter was resisted by people who valued teams -- Martin responds that they are basing this...
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    Software Development Engineer, 2013 - present
  • SBS-Creatix : Thomson Reuters
    Senior Software Engineer, 2012 - 2012
  • BJC HealthCare
    Technical Specialist, 2006 - 2011
  • MasterCard
    Senior Software Engineer, 2000 - 2006
  • Busch Entertainment
    1998 - 2000
  • Datex-Ohmeda
    1997 - 1998
  • ITT Technical Institute
    Adjunct Instructor, 2008 - 2010
  • Borders
    2004 - 2006
  • A123Systems
    Software Engineer, 2011 - 2012
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Catholic husband, father, and software engineer living in Seattle.

  • Washington University (St. Louis)
  • Holy Cross High School (Delran, NJ)
  • Sacred Heart School(Mt. Holly, NJ)
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The Challenge of Pluralism

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Go Ahead, Let Your Kids Fail

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Public Education’s Weird Ideological Divide

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Reihan Salam - Yoga Bodies and the Illusion of Integration

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Against the Rage Machine

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The New York Times Company

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Pope Francis and the Ghost of Sargent Shriver

How the new pope is implicitly challenging Catholic liberals to prove that their worldview has a future.

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Richard Cohen Insists That the Tea Party Hates Race-Mixing

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The Francis Era: Synthesis or Civil War?

Can Francis-era Catholicism move beyond its post-Vatican II internal conflicts?

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Disputations. ''For true and false will in no better way be revealed and uncovered than in resistance to a contradiction.'' -- St. Thomas Aq

Feminism and the Razing of the Village - The Federalist

Feminism promised to empower women. Instead it destroyed their support system.

Why Mothers Should Never, Ever Know Best

When you’re pregnant or a new mom, people like to bestow all kinds of useless advice on you. Pearls of wisdom like “enjoy every moment” or “

A Modest Proposal to Help Americans Exercise Their Faith

Surely employers should have to help Americans exercise their faith, right?