Monthly Archives: December 2014

How to Turn Computer Games into Lesson Plans

Thank you to Edudemic for publishing me!

I was a child of the ‘80s. I started kindergarten in ’77, and proceeded to have the typical educational experience throughout the entire decade to follow before finally heading off to college in ’91. This means that, like pretty much every other American child of my day one of the pinnacle, memorable experiences of my childhood was playing computer games in school.

I’m sure that a number of you reading this are now scrunching your eyebrows together in confusion. Computer games? In school? In the ‘80s? What?

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12 Days of Anime: Gunslinger Girl, gifts, and humanity

Much thanks to Study of Anime for publishing me!

My apologies for the lateness on my rebroadcast of this. It originally posted eight days ago, but I hadn’t followed up to check on its status. Mea Culpa.

A few years ago I was a deployed solider in Afghanistan desperate for entertainment. Anime DVDs had become the primary source of such entertainment. They were easily purchased, easily shipped, and easily packed away in the very limited kit I could port from FOB to base to who knows where.
One of the series that I got into at the time was Gunslinger Girl. This grim series fitted my mood of the time. Young girls, turned into cyborgs and used as living weapons, drugged into remorselessness? Daaaaaark. It suited.

Avoiding the E-Room

Much thanks to Wellness for publishing me!

Okay, great. It’s happened again. You’re sniffling, wheezing, congested, and your head feels like the morning after a Keith Richards party. The office cough has gotten around and you’ve caught it. Congratulations! It’s time for another visit to the dreaded emergency room, with all of the wait time and out of pocket costs that entails.

Or is it?

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The Silent Service and the Turkey Shoot

Thank you to Military History Online for letting me give recognition to an under appreciated group of WWII heroes.

They called it the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot. American pilots flying from fifteen carriers met Japanese pilots from nine carriers and four islands in the waters just off of Saipan. The resulting battle was the greatest carrier battle of World War II.

At the end of the fighting Japan had lost 80% of its employed aircraft, three carriers, and two oilers, and had failed to achieve any of its objectives. The U.S. carrier pilots were lauded and toasted for their victory, and are credited for effectively ending the Japanese carrier threat. In the seventy years since the Battle of the Philippine Sea took place it has been known as the pinnacle moment for Navy Aviation.

The truth is far more complicated. While the Navy air arm did account for many of the relatively cheap Japanese planes from the carrier force, and their inexperienced, it wasn’t them that delt the harshest blows in the Marianas. Instead, it was the U.S. submarine fleet that did the lion’s share of destroying the virtually irreplaceable ships of the Japanese carrier fleet.

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Five Offbeat Medical Careers

Thanks to Career Addict for publishing me!

Alright, so you’re interested in the medical field, but you also march to the beat of a different drum. You’re simply not interested in doing the same thing everyone else does, whether that’s becoming an oncologist, an LPN, or even an EMT. You want to leave the beaten path. So what are you to do?

Well, how about doing something offbeat. Even within the carefully (and wisely) regulated world of medicine and health professionals there are certain careers that are naturals for the rebel in you. Here are five career paths that are clearly the road less taken.

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The Pipeline to the High Ground

And now the third article of my regular gig over on The College Conservative.

Congress is about to head into its Christmas Recess, and will soon be closed for business until January. When Congress returns, it will be the Republican-led 114th Congress calling the shots instead of the split 113th. I have a radical proposal for the Republicans of the new Congress: be gracious in victory, and stick a thumb in the eye of the White House in the process. You can do this by taking the high ground and doing more than paying lip service to the idea of bipartisan cooperation. Let’s get the final phase of the Keystone XL pipeline approved in 2015.

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Piracy and Papacy: The Legacy of Thibauld’s treasure

Thanks to Peter over at The Medievalists for publishing my article.

Piracy and the Papacy are not two things one ordinarily associate together. Pirates are usually viewed as particularly violent Caribbean sailors swashbuckling their way through the 17th century while popes are generally thought of these days as elderly priests closeted in Rome dealing with an increasingly large rap sheet of public relations disasters. Pirates and popes seem to be two things that simply would not intersect owing to both time and distance, but in 1357 intersect they did. The result was a court claim that resulted claims for damages that wound up providing us one of the finest medieval cities to survive today.

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