Category Weekly Features

More Than Just A Sequel: The Empire Strikes Back

Picture the scene: It’s 1980, summer’s approaching, and I’m impatiently awaiting the release of the most anticipated movie sequel of my fifteen years. Everyone knows there’s no way it can top its predecessor, so we’re settling for hoping it’ll at least measure up and remain true to the spirit of the original. Not only would that new installment turn out to be better than I could’ve hoped, it would eventually

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An Open Letter to My First Love

Recently I ran across an article called, “We Only Fall in Love with 3 People in Our Lifetime—Each One for a Specific Reason,” whose premise is simple: our first love teaches us how to love; it is our “idealistic” love. Our second love teaches us boundaries; it is our “hard” love, the one in which we experiment with different types of people to find the right fit. Our third love

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Abby

The Vicious Pixies began their last song of the night. Abby Simone prowled from one edge of the stage to the other, lost in the opening notes of an unhinged variant of “A Tisket A Tasket.” The keyboardist played a sparkly sequence of notes on a xylophone while a backup singer ran her fingers across a row of chimes in steady intervals. The drummer worked the brushes, and the bass

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Squirrel Hockey

Those who live in Colorado know how beautiful the scenery is, no matter the season, and the wildlife abounds. As the cities grow, though, they have been encroaching on the habitats of local animals. Deer are common sights in yards of homes near the foothills, and pronghorn are abundant on the plains, whether houses are around or not. It surprises me how domesticated these animals can get around our house,

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The Neuromorphic Reckoning

You can read and interpret these words because of electrical brain activity triggered by your eyes. You’re responding to sensory input in order to create meaning from this interaction with my words. I mention this because IBM and DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) have created neuromorphic silicon chips, or silicon neurons, that do something similar by mimicking activity in the cortex of the human brain. In other words, the birth

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The Arrogance of Ignorance

“Why do we have to study these different religions, Mr. Parent? Everybody knows that Jesus Christ is our lord and savior.” There was a stunned silence in the room as my eighth grade students pondered what the boy had just said. Then pandemonium ensued and I had to resort to my bag of teacher tricks to restore order in my social studies class. The boy had been home schooled most

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