The Human Machine

The human body never ceases to amaze. What other machine or system actually gets stronger when coordinated stress is applied to it? Think about it: a CPU just gets extremely hot when overtaxed… The human body gets extremely hot and adapts. Likewise, a program only “learns” in so far as what it has been programmed to […]

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Nerdiness vs. Athleticism

Nerd or athlete. Smart or strong. Mind or body. So many people talk as if you have to choose one or the other. Sure, chances are you’re always going to better at one or the other, but you only live once. Develop both! It seems to me that some “nerds” choose to completely ignore their physical […]

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Using Samples in Your Music is Not Cheating

This is a pretty common topic among modern-day computer musicians. In this day and age, so many people create music using samples and loops for the basis of their songs. Is this “cheating”? I don’t think so. Where do you draw the line, anyway? If you use a microphone to record a set of drums […]

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Make Money Online by Talking About Making Money Online

Make money online! Those three words are like gold to the eyes of those who are looking for a quick, easy, and steady way to make money so they can quit the dead-end jobs that they hate. There are so many ways to make money online… If you are innovative and persistent, and hopefully have […]

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Endangered Species

This essay was written in April of 2008 by Ryan C. Stebbins. The protection of endangered species is a controversial topic, but an important one. As the dominant species on this planet, humans need to act responsibly regarding the treatment and management of the other living creatures with which we share this world. The Endangered […]

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Smoking

This essay was written in March of 2008 by Ryan C. Stebbins. It is common knowledge that smoking is harmful to human health. Smoking has been recognized as a leading cause of disease and death for at least 40 years, and few subjects have received such extensive study. Thousands of scientific studies confirm that smoking […]

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Global Warming

This essay was written in February of 2008 by Ryan C. Stebbins. Global warming is a topic very often discussed today, but it is also a topic about which most people are poorly informed. First of all, one needs to have a basic understanding of how global warming works. After solar radiation warms the Earth, […]

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Gun Control

This essay was written in January of 2008 by Ryan C. Stebbins. Gun control is something that is very often discussed and disputed within the United States. Many issues regarding the subject are argued over, such as whether the right to bear arms is an individual right, whether gun control is unconstitutional, and whether gun […]

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Will "Virtual Reality" Ever Exist?

This essay was written in January of 2007 by Ryan C. Stebbins. Virtual reality: will it ever exist? Before such a question can be answered, you must first decide what exactly the definition of virtual reality is. Is virtual reality merely a way to simulate a specific activity available in reality? If so, then virtual […]

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