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The Sunset and Spirits

Posted on Apr 2, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

A trip to a mountain top turns into a flight of irrational terror.

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north dakota sunset, spirits, fear, irrational fear, panic, ghosts, horror,

New CS:Source Map de_tension

Posted on Nov 16, 2009 | Last Updated Nov 12, 2011
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My return to mapping is official with the remake of de_tension for CS:Source. This new map includes a novel mapping technique developed by Andrew Penry and myself called Dynamic Mapping.

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cs map, custom source map, counter-strike, new, ww, ww_, wallworm

Why I believe in free will

Posted on Sep 1, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

Why a skeptic believes in free will.

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free will, metaphysics, belief

CandleWatch - Rekindling the love for candlelight

Posted on Dec 9, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 8, 2011
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CandleWatch is a new jar candle accessory that automatically extinguishes jar candles.

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candlewatch, candle accessory, fire safety

The Blue Van

Posted on Mar 22, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

The Blue Van produced scorn from bystanders, but was a superb piece of machinery.

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blue van humor Shawn Olson

Bob Mauk, purring his heart into his work

Posted on Jan 15, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 30, 2011

Interview with wildlife artist Bob Mauk, originally printed in the Westside Messenger.

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bob mauk, wildlife, artist, columbus

Pet People

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 26, 2011

A Chalkboard column by Shawn Olson about regulars at a pet store.

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pet owner habits, peculiarities of pet owners, pet store, pet people, anima

A World Without Pain

Posted on Sep 2, 2005 | Last Updated Nov 8, 2011

An essay in reaction to the New Orleans disaster following hurricane Katrina.

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new orleans, hurricane katrina

Educational Drop-Outs

Posted on Feb 9, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

Observations on high school drop-outs and society.

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education, high school drop-outs,

Reviewing the Slate

Posted on Feb 26, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 5, 2011

Review of Steven Pinker's book The Blank Slate and the common notion that we are all born without predispositions.

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blank slate, human nature, steven pinker, cultural relativism, feminism, brain, psychology
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