Posted by: Frank | September 3, 2022

Frank blogged on September 03, 2022 at 11:43AM

Finished reading: Allow Me to Retort by Elie Mystal 📚

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Posted by: Frank | September 3, 2022

Frank blogged on September 03, 2022 at 11:23AM

“Remember, Madison and the other authors of The Federalist Papers didn’t think amendments to their new Constitution were necessary. More than that, they thought a bill of enumerated rights could be dangerous. They worried that if they specified a few rights, some fools in the future would conclude that their list of rights were the only rights people had or should have. They worried that the federal government would grow to take power over everything but the few special carve-outs they bothered to enumerate.

Like privacy and personal autonomy.

Allow Me to Retort: A Black Guy’s Guide to the Constitution by Elie Mystal

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Posted by: Frank | September 2, 2022

Frank blogged on September 02, 2022 at 04:14PM

Seven Tools for Critical Thinking

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Posted by: Frank | September 1, 2022

Frank blogged on September 01, 2022 at 09:49AM

Currently reading: Allow Me to Retort by Elie Mystal 📚I have the last chapter left.

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Posted by: Frank | September 1, 2022

Frank blogged on September 01, 2022 at 09:40AM

Yesterday I had a Raspberry Pi crash after a system update and fail to boot. I figured out what went wrong and learned some things along the way. Breaking this is how one tends to learn.

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Posted by: Frank | August 30, 2022

Frank blogged on August 30, 2022 at 05:23PM

Just discovered Steve ‘n’ Seagulls. Who says Twitter isn’t useful?

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Posted by: Frank | August 29, 2022

Frank blogged on August 29, 2022 at 09:30AM

I’ve been seeing this little one and it’s mother eating together at a spot along my evening walk, but it’s venturing further away from mom each day. Last night I came upon it alone at a spot where we could look at each other and I took this picture.

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Posted by: Frank | August 27, 2022

Frank blogged on August 27, 2022 at 11:29AM

Part of the backlash against Biden’s plan to forgive federal student loans is really a backlash against education. College education has become stereotyped into identities that some dislike. The fact that American society has pushed the necessity of a college degree for one to get a good job and have a good life is also problematic and wrong.

Scary thing is, true education in which one practices critical thinking and decision making is more critical now than ever. The United States is not and was not ever intended to be a pure democracy. Our government is a representative democracy, which by definition means there are gatekeepers, some voted in to positions (Congress, the President), some appointed by those we voted for (Supreme Court, Attorney General, Secretary of State), and some defacto (political parties, the Press).

Technology is eroding away the whole idea of gatekeepers upon whom our country was built, which slides us towards pure democracy. At first this might seem like a good thing, but what it really means is that more responsibility is with citizens. From within democracy tyranny can easily emerge, all it takes is to convince enough people that the tyrant’s cause is virtuous.

The guardrails against tyranny is education and free speech, and liberty to practice both. Critical thinking and systemic decision making. If we are left to not trust politicians, journalists, or anybody else for that matter, then we need to be able to trust ourselves. Education does not necessarily mean a college degree, but it does mean an openness to idea that one might be wrong, the desire to understand why, and the willingness to change one’s mind.

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Posted by: Frank | August 24, 2022

Frank blogged on August 24, 2022 at 01:19PM

I’ve been using the Google Pixelbuds Pro for a few weeks now with my Pixel 4a phone and my iPad Mini 6, and I have to say that I am surprised by how well the Pixelbuds work with the iPad. The multipoint audio works between the Pixel 4a and iPad work as expected and the playback controls work with the iPad too.

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Posted by: Frank | August 21, 2022

Frank blogged on August 21, 2022 at 06:11PM

On Friday I came across an article by Jess Martin that summarizes a conference about tools for thought that occurred on August 16, 2022. I have not yet finished watching the videos embedded, but I did update Writings On Organizing Information with what I gleamed so far.

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