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Subjects in the Classroom and Life

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

A discussion on the utilitarian value of the subjects our schools teach. This editorial on education was one of the last pieces Shawn Olson printed as a Messenger writer.

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educational subjects, subject relevance in education

My Experience at Westland High School

How an honor-roll student can lose heart and drop out
Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 26, 2011

An overview of Shawn Olson's experience at Westland High School.

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westland high school, student teacher conflict, smart kid, honor roll, drop out, dropout

What are Meta Tags Anyway?

Posted on Aug 12, 2007 | Last Updated Nov 11, 2011

Discussion on meta tags, including their legitimate usage, abuse and misunderstanding.

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meta tags, keywords, description, internet, seo, search engine optimization

Software Activation, Licensing and Piracy

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 | Last Updated May 15, 2013

The problem with software activation systems in the Internet Age and the inflated claims that piracy costs billions of dollars a year.

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software, piracy, activation, license, internet, society, business

Moments with Ethan

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 | Last Updated Jun 2, 2014

Photos of my son Ethan Olson over the last few years.

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ethan olson, photos

Renaissance Man

Posted on Mar 17, 2005 | Last Updated Nov 8, 2011

An essay on the extinction of the Renaissance Man or polymath in human history.

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renaissance man, polymath, society, knowledge

Trouble on SMO.net

Posted on May 29, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

Productive and aggravating week.

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shawn olson newsletter, May 2003

Computer Art

Posted on Dec 12, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 30, 2011
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Samples of my art designed on a computer.

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computer art, computer graphics, corel draw photopaint 8 10

CorelDRAW & PHOTO-PAINT Colors

A brief overview of the color tools in CorelDRAW and PHOTO-PAINT, including a video tutorial and new features in CD X5.
Posted on Mar 3, 2010 | Last Updated Nov 12, 2011

This article demonstrates some of the new color features in CorelDRAW X5. The video demonstrates the basic methods of selecting colors in CorelDRAW and PHOTO-PAINT. New and experienced users can benefit from the video.

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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
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