I was going through my Downloads folder the other day and doing some sorting and throwing out of old torrents and what not, and noticed a several articles that I had read in the past year. Just PDFs that I had downloaded and read. Some of them were sources I used for classes at UNCA, some were just points along my personal learning journey. I think they were pretty interesting and eclectic, and had good memories of reading them. So I’m sharing them, with a brief description. I’ve put them in alphabetical order. PDFs will open in a new window.
- Ambient Temperature and Violent Crime: Tests of the Linear and Curvilinear Hypotheses
- Do changes in temperature correlate to crime rates? If so, what is that relationship? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Published 1984, Vol. 46, No. 1, 91–97. 6 pages. 775 kb.
- Apollo 11 Technical Crew Debriefing
- Aldrin, Collins and Armstrong discuss the entire Apollo 11 mission, from suiting up to moon landing, returning to Earth and comments on the nuts and bolts of how everything worked from the viewpoint of the men who had to make it work. National Aeronautics and Space Agency, July 31st 1969. 156 pages. 1.2 mb.
- Handgun Wounding and Effectiveness
- There is a lot of misinformation about what makes a gun deadly, and what exactly the effects of a bulletin on the human body are. Here is a frighteningly well-researched study by the FBI on just that. Bonus: “FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT DISSEMINATION ONLY.” US Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation. Published July 14, 1989. 16 pages. 203 kb.
- Hydrofracking: The Need for Responsible Gas Drilling Regulation and the Role of Natural Gas
- Looks at the problems of hydrofracking, and assesses what could be done to make it safe way to access energy. More articles from the publisher, an independent energy thinktank, are available here. I don’t smell petro-dollars here, but as always, reader discretion is advised. Energy Vision. 2011. 14 pages. 720 kb.
- McMahon-Hussein Correspondence: Comments and a Reply
- Why does the state of Israel exist? What established the borders? Who was involved in those decisions and how did that make them? McMahon-Hussein is a big piece of that story. Arnold Toynbee addresses these questions from an academic, not a political viewpoint. Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 5, No. 4 (1970), pp. 185–201. 18 pages. 518 kb.
- Road to Riches
- Where does wealth come from? Over thousands of years, the standard of living of humans has crawled slowly forward, until about 250 years ago in Western Europe. Why? Given Mitt Romney’s recent comments about the economic advantages of Israeli culture. The Economist, Dec 23rd 1999. 8 pages. 228 kb.
- Power Notes: Slide Presentations Reconsidered
- Most PowerPoint presentation are awful. But it can be used with purpose and serve to enlighten rather than bore and distract your audience. IIID International Institute for Information Design Swinburne University of Technology. 2011. 67 pages. 7.2 mb.
- A Steampunk’s Guide to the Apocalypse
- A fun and stylish look at how the technology of the past could help you survive the disaster of the future. Steampunk Magazine. October 2007. 31 pages. 7.9 mb.
I have a lot of work ahead of me.
My friends and I have been bubbling with talk of a move to New York City. Not immediately or anything, but the prospect excites me greatly. I’ve always had this self-defeating attitude that I was not good enough for New York City, but I’m trying to shed my self-imposed limitations and level up, to borrow an RPG term. As the song goes, if you can make it New York you can make it anywhere, and I’d like to see if I’m made of that stuff. I think there could be a lot for me there.
But I still am feeling the old frustrations, the old struggles, the old weaknesses that peck away at my potential. There’s all these things I feel I could be truly great at, the things I feel I have inside me that I can’t get out — I could be a great piano player, I could be a great designer, I could be a great ________. What stops me?
And so, I’m on big self-improvement kick again.
ONE: I’m going back to school, and I’m really excited about it. I have a great schedule — just Tuesdays and Thursdays. I’m taking Literature Based Research (again, because I’m lazy and a terribly non-prolific writer), Cultural Anthropology (awesome), and Music Theory I (4 credit hours, easy A.) I may yet be able to add a 1 credit Yoga.
TWO: Music has to be a bigger part of my life. I’m playing semi-seriously with a friend of mine, Elias, and we’ve had some killer songwriting collaborations. First time in a long time I’ve felt like I really had a great musical partnership that wasn’t a student-teacher thing.
THREE: Reading. I’ve been reading a great deal more lately. I ran into Malaprop’s I bought an awesome called Osman’s Dream, a start to finish history of the Ottoman Empire. But before I start that monster (660 pages!) I have to finish the Steven Pinker book that Laura bought me months ago, The Stuff of Thought by September 8 because the author will be at Malaprop’s that night. For as much of a nerd I am, I have never been to an author event at a bookstore, and I’m looking forward to it. I should develop a good question for him.
FOUR: I must write. I’m feeling flush with words and prose and have been re-reading some of my old material and I have to say I don’t know why I gave it up.
SUMMARY: Apollonian interests must triumph for this next phase in my life. The endless Bacchanals that have gripped my life and lifestyle must be brought into line with my larger goals. I’m on the verge of something, and I aim to vault myself over the edge.