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What fascinated me about the idea of science vs. faith, having lived amongst believers, as a believer - it never dawns on the most adamant and determined believers that the problem isn't with the science but instead with their understanding of their faith.

Said differently, amongst many believers that I've encountered, there is such an arrogance about how one understands the tenants of their faith that they are never able to consider that their assumptions drawn from the scriptural texts may be incorrect.

And so their ignorance has a protective shield of "faith" around it when that thing they so viciously hold dear as truth is actually a rabid and gross misunderstanding of the scriptural text they claim to adhere to. And any attempt to correct that misunderstanding is perceived as an attack on their faith.

And so, rather than finding the highest, most edifying traits as found in many a faiths (Compassion, Grace, Love et cetera), these ignoramuses leverage a malformed understanding of spiritual texts to justify the most base and vile of attitudes and beliefs - turning hate, suspicion and intolerance into virtues of their "faith".

*And if there ever was a great evil, a demon, a great Satan so conjured, it's when true believers codify their prejudices, hatreds and fears and project them onto a god they call the only true god, even if their god so conjured stands in evil opposition to the god of their scripture.

I've seen this phenomena first hand amongst the right wing evangelical Christian fundamentalist communities and it seems to me to be very similar to right wing Islamic fundamentalism as well.
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+G.K. Nelson were you a randy raccoon in a past life?
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Listening to the The Complete Sherlock Holmes: The Heirloom Collection (Unabridged) on Audible.com

Immensely enjoyable and oddly timeless.
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I found this quite interesting. There is much unreported history in the world. Pre-colonial African states, and pre-Columbian North America are two particular interests.  As ever, it they are on the endless list of things to read about. One day.

The middle two pages are seeing some server problems, which also seem to be preventing a detail card below, but the info there is interesting.

The image below is from this entry. Such looooovely stone work.

Ajuran Empire (13th century – late 17th century)
The Ajuran Sultanate was a Somali Muslim empire that ruled over large parts of the Horn of Africa in the Middle Ages. The empire left an extensive architectural legacy, being one of the major medieval Somali powers engaged in castle- and fortress-building. Many of the ruined fortifications dotting the landscapes of southern Somalia today are attributed to the Ajuran Sultanate’s engineers.

http://atlantablackstar.com/2014/10/24/10-african-kingdoms-no-one-talks-about-but-should/

once again, via +Maserati Rick 
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If you're drinking Silicon Valley Kool-Aid, then Uber is the pioneer leading us into a new economy. If you're not, then you might see a company determined to avoid all the traditional responsibilities of an employer. This is a long--but revealing--story of how they brought out the big guns to try and invade Portland. It isn't pretty. Uber is just a new-age corporate raider.
To conquer America’s quirkiest city, the company unleashed its biggest weapon
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Collection of fairytales gathered by historian Franz Xaver von Schönwerth had been locked away in an archive in Regensburg for over 150 years
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What four years looks like on Google+ for a regular, average user.

I'm neither +Derek Ross nor +Yonatan Zunger, but even for a regular dude who just posts stuff he finds interesting, this platform has been my single best place for engagement with other social media users, blowing away the engagement I get on Facebook (and let's be honest, my Twitter is a barren wasteland). 

When people ask why I'm so enthusiastic about this platform, here's why.

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+Jon Eckberg , I have over 1800 followers (some portion of which are 'spam', 'bots', etc). I don't think I'm ever close to 33% as popular as Yonatan Zunger.
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Limes.  The acid does a great job in breaking down organics.  Smells a lot better afterwards.   Use this as an excuse for mojitos this summer.  :)  
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I'm good with words. I can be an excellent, even diplomatic, communicator in various styles, vernaculars, points of view. I'm good at thinking critically , empathically and strategically. I think long term, act short term and do not enjoy mid terms. I'm handy with a command prompt, a camera and textual presentation. And I'm generally pretty good at haggling prices and making deals. Technical writer, diagrammer, story teller, merry maker. I can build an elaborate Intranet to be amazingly efficient, a pleasure to use daily, serviceable for everyone in your organization and productive as fuck - as long as Sharepoint has NOTHING to do with it. I can scope projects, provide post game analysis, identify process black holes, find money synergistically, fix your SMB/SME or home network, make you laugh, question long held beliefs or assumptions, champion change, work a room and close down the bar.
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  • Current Employer
    Family Man w/ a skill set, 2012 - present
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    IT Director, 2004 - 2012
    Started as sys admin, became IT Manager, then IT Director. Proudest of the 802.11a PTP wireless bridge spanning 1000 ft to bridge an expansion office of 30+ ppl to our LAN. Also pretty happy with forklifted corporate communications infrastructure I built using Asterisk (VOIP telephony across the corporation including call center), Hylafax (for high volume incoming fax job ordering and automated document imaging) and Google Apps (email, corporate instant messaging, heavily utilized Intranet and document collaboration.)
  • FedEx
    Intranet Analyst & Technical Writer
  • Turner Broadcasting
    Cultural Consultant
  • Fritz Companies
    Technical Writer, Intranet Web Master, Jr. Sys Admin, Support Tech
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Introduction

Read about how my love affair with +Motorola Mobility started after an amazing product return process, watch me fall out of love as things fall apart and see if Moto woos me back:



Getting On With The Introduction
My use of this Google+ account is personal, amateur and likely offensive.

If you think you know me and where I work - you are wrong. You have me mistaken with a Thom that has thrived as an IT professional since 1997. That ain't me.

I know that Thom - we share a resemblance but he is way more boring and responsible.

For all anyone knows, I am a fictional character created for one or more people's entertainment and/or vexation.

Does that excuse my excesses? Probably not. I try to walk in love - sometimes I don't do so well.

I like class based delimiters of language (fuck you vs. you're fired), long elaborate setups mixed with esoteric punchlines, fart jokes in Old & Middle English (as long as that shits translated), taking photographs with my phone, gadgets, Android, reading about hacking, sci-fi, watching the watchers, judging the judgers, being the fool, donkeys, rhinos, monkeys, being a dad, oxygen, water, engaging narrative in my native tongue ...

Spent a lot of time contrasting & road testing Christianity, Westernized Buddhism, my take on Taoism & Atheism as belief systems. You might say each system contributed to my experiments with truth.

I want more than flip hipster humor. Cooler than thou types - it's okay - one day you'll understand.

I am an ass.


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maybe one day. until then. mayonnaise
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  • Lee University
    English Literature, Interpersonal Communications, Theology & Philosophy, 1990 - 1994
    Interpersonal & Group communication theory, English Literature, Composition, Literary Journalism (as a study and a practice), print publishing (newspaper & periodicals,) Oratory & Rhetoric, Copy writing, Creative writing, Christian Canonical Text studies & Christian Theology, comparative religious studies, modern philosophy.
  • University of Memphis
    Fiction Writing, Chinese Philosophy, 1996 - 1996
    Wrote and criticized short stories, studied Chinese philosophers mainly from the Confucian school and Taoist school of thought. Also audited a magazine production class and hung around the school newspaper some.
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Pretty much the standard Hampton Inn. Well kept, clean rooms. TV had working HDMI port and we had strong WiFi so the kids could watch Netflix instead of cable TV with tons of ads. Pool looked very clean and inviting. Minus one star for no yogurt nor cream cheese (for my bagel) at breakfast. Great rate so close to the Gulf shore.
Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
Worth the wait? Depends on your mood and the level of nostalgia you have.
Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
It looks like a bar - and it is, but it is so much more. The food is fresh, high quality and expertly prepared. A grade above typical Memphis bar fare. Good food for your money. The down stairs (the subterranian "Underdog") is smoke free and one the best lunch locations Downtown. Great music, always a decent selection of craft beers on tap and attentive staff.
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
The sweet iced tea tastes as if it has soured slightly. The lemonade for my oldest son is syrupy. I asked for a diet coke, it tasted funny as well. I like the Greek salad dressing. The Greek salad was enjoyable even if far from impressive - a life's journey from the perfection of Manos' perfect Greek salad at his Gondolier restaurant in Cleveland, TN - today's starter iceberg lettuce, olives, feta, onions et cetera. My wife's side salad was iceberg lettuce, tomato et cetera with bleu cheese dressing that I'm hoping wasn't home made. My wife got the cheese steak sandwich and I got the chicken gyro. My boys got kid's cheese pizza. The fries were bland and not exactly crispy. The gyro looked good on the plate, and I enjoyed eating every bite of it. The cheese steak sammy was competent. Our booth sat next to a broken window. That didn't stop my two pizza eating machines. At 7:30 on a Saturday night, it is telling that other than two small tables, we were the only guests peopling the place. I think I heard three pick up orders phoned in while we ate. I get the feeling that no one really enjoys running this restaurant. The food is meh, the building could use some TLC. This joint could be awesome. But today, it is far from it.
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Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
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An amazing joy. Greatest muffuletta on the planet.
Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
Staff is helpful, the rooms ocean side made me feel like I was in a movie or beer commercial. Room 106 might be a nonsmoking room now, but it is obvious from the smell that it spent years as a smoking room. The smell was slight and easy to forget about once we were in the room for a bit. It is magical to be able to walk out the door if the hotel and be right on the beach ocean side. And don't think about it, just charge the daily rental for the beach lounges under the umbrella to the room. Best $30 we ever spent.
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Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
This branch is fine. The institution is so technologically backwards I have decided to remove my money and go with another institution. I've been a member for 17 yrs. After they changed their online banking software that required me to shorten my username (12 or less characters) AND password (8 or less characters) I can not trust them with my money. Only idiots would shorten the maximum username and password length to something so short. I know there are national banks & brokerage firms doing it - they are idiots and you should move your money. Don't take my word for it, go to stackexchange or reddit security forums and read about cryptographic security. Not only is it insecure, but they are disrupting my system for keeping my credentials safely non-duplicated whilst being able to remember them.
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Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago