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June 26, 2017

So for the last month, I’ve been blogging every day except Sundays. What do you guys think? I haven’t seen much of an uptick in views or comments, but I haven’t seen much of a decline either.

Also, what do you think of the stuff I’ve been blogging about? It’s all stuff that’s been on my mind lately, but not all of it is writing or book related. Should I tone it down a bit and focus more on books, or do you guys enjoy reading about that stuff too?

One thing I definitely need to do is engage wi...

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Published on June 26, 2017 08:00

June 24, 2017

This post is an excerpt from the original, but I think it gets to the point much better. Three years on and I don’t regret the decision at all.

I joined Facebook in 2006 when I was 21. I was just getting ready to head out to college, and at that point only college kids were on the site. It was a cool new thing and seemed like a great way to make and keep in touch with friends. Since I was moving away from home and starting a new phase of life, that was important to me.

My first year, I searc...

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Published on June 24, 2017 08:00 • 1 view

June 23, 2017

How will your life impact the world in a thousand years?

It’s an easy question to dismiss. After all, how can one person possibly shape the course of history? Even if we accept the impact of certain great men, how can we have the hubris to think that we might one day join them?

But the truth is that our lives have more impact than we realize. Each one of us is literally a product of our ancestors. Their decisions, for good or for evil, have put us where we are today. We also have a hand in sh...

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Published on June 23, 2017 08:00 • 1 view

June 22, 2017

Financialization is what happens when the people-in-charge “create” colossal sums of “money” out of nothing — by issuing loans, a.k.a. debt — and then cream off stupendous profits from the asset bubbles, interest rate arbitrages, and other opportunities for swindling that the artificial wealth presents. It was a kind of magic trick that produced monuments of concentrated personal wealth for a few and left the rest of the population drowning in obligations from a stolen future. The future is n...

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Published on June 22, 2017 08:00 • 1 view

June 21, 2017

A few years ago, I deleted my Facebook account. There were many reasons for this, which I detailed at the time. Basically, I had major issues with their privacy policy and completely lost trust with the company. I got out because I no longer wanted to be their product.

Unfortunately, the network effect that makes social media sites so much “better” as their user base grows also makes it that much harder to stay away from them once they get huge. I got a new Facebook account back in 2015 to st...

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Published on June 21, 2017 08:00 • 17 views

June 20, 2017

February 3rd

Every new chapter in life begins with something that removes you from a comfort zone.

February 4th

A successful procrastinator is a failure at everything else.

February 5th

Those who cannot manage their time are often the most impatient.

February 8th

The most powerful story in the world is the one we tell ourselves.

February 21st

It’s very difficult to trade up for better problems. Normally, we trade sideways. This is why it’s so important to choose to be happy, regardless of cir...

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Published on June 20, 2017 08:00 • 2 views

June 19, 2017

The Open Source Time Machine The Open Source Time Machine $0.99 Author: Joe Vasicek
Genres: Science Fiction, Short Stories, Time Travel
Tag: 2017 Release
The day Carl Kearsley proved that time travel was impossible was the day he received a visit from his future self. But was it too late to finally realize his dream? The answer would change the course of his life for all time. More info →Buy This Book Online Buy from Amazon Kindle Buy from Apple iBooks Buy from GoodReads Buy from Inktera Buy from Kobo Buy from SmashwordsThe Open Source Time MachineBuy now! The Open Source Time Machine and Other Stories The Open Source Time Machine and Other Stories $2.99 Author: Joe Vasicek
Genres: Action & Adventure, Scien...
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Published on June 19, 2017 08:00 • 2 views

June 17, 2017

A lot of my blog posts this week had to do with money, wealth, and politics, so when I was searching for an old post to bring back, this one made me stop and reflect for a while.

My opinions and perspective have changed a bit since I wrote it, but the fundamental message is still one that I agree with. I’ve trimmed out some of the parts where I think I was wrong, and left the stuff that still resonates. Hopefully it resonates with you as well. Either way, feel free to let me know.

I’ve been...

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Published on June 17, 2017 08:00 • 4 views

June 16, 2017

So it’s the middle of June, and I really should have finished Patriots in Retreat by now, but it’s been difficult to stick to any kind of writing routine, and the story is at that place where everything seems broken and writing through it is like slogging through a swamp.

Call me crazy, but I’m starting to think that’s not healthy. In Brandon Sanderson’s English 318R class at BYU, he always said the most important thing was to power through and just finish the damn thing–that you can always g...

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Published on June 16, 2017 12:00 • 2 views

How did Trump become the leader of the most powerful nation on Earth?

A lot of people are asking that question, while a lot of other people already know (hint: it wasn’t the Russians). But I want to get beyond the circus that is Washington DC, and answer that question by asking another:

Can politics solve our nation’s greatest problems?

I think there is a dawning realization among Americans that it doesn’t really matter who lives on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Republican or Democrat, the outco...

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Published on June 16, 2017 08:00 • 2 views