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Re-dedicating myself to some of my favorite hobbies, starting with photography For years I’ve collected hobbies—seemingly always finding a new one shortly after growing bored with the last one. But recently I realized just how much I’ve let two of my passions — photography and playing music, languish. So rather than let either fall by the wayside I’m throwing myself right back in the deep end. In his book Outliers, Malcom Gladwell suggested that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master something. Here’s to the first few being knocked out. Shooting with an SLR since 2005, I’ve taken a lot of photos over the years. Thanks to the wonders of editing RAW photos a lot of new life can be breathed into old photos. Now, rather than just jump back out shooting again it’s time to slow down and practice one part of photography that I’ve never been an expert in—editing.…

What would a more modern interpretation of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution look like? A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. One of the origins of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution can be found in William Blackstone’s “Commentaries on the Laws of England” which helped shape England’s own Bill of Rights. The specific passage is similar to the 2nd Amendment, as is one of the key reasons for its being: [T]he right of petitioning the king and parliament for redress of grievances Examples of citizens rising up against the goverment by leveraging this right are many, but the first test of the America’s new system was with 1794’s Whiskey Rebellion where arms were taken up to resist tax collectors. At the time is was absolutely possible for…

AP/Sigmund Freud MuseumIn “Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me.” – Sigmund Freud Ever since Medium launched, I was intrigued by the idea of a blog platform that wasn’t centered on one’s own profile. At first, it wasn’t something that appealed to me – why would I want to write somewhere that didn’t inherently grow my own audience? As I saw more and more written here, a change started to occur in my thinking. The basis of my friction with Medium was in my own ego. On the internet, we’re constantly surrounded with and barraged by things that can boost or damage our ego, though mostly just things to bolster. With or without realizing it, we’re seeking out more followers, more likes, more comments, more page views, etc. etc. etc. to feed our ego. So with Medium, where there isn’t a public display of follower count (or at…