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BenEspen

Member since February 05, 2012

About BenEspen

I am nearly an Arizona native, having lived in Flagstaff, AZ for almost all of my life. I was born in Colorado, so I have spent my entire life in the Western United States. I currently live about an hour from the Grand Canyon, and have hiked it three times so far.

My wife and I were married in a pink gothic revival church in downtown Flagstaff. Yes, the church is pink, at least on the outside. It even has pink gargoyles.

My education is in physics and mathematics (Northern Arizona University, 2003), but I work as a medical device engineer. I have nine years of professional experience in the manufacture and design of medical devices. I am also interested in philosophy, particularly Thomist philosophy, with a focus on philosophy of nature and of statistics.

A fair summary of my interests can be gleaned from my reading log.

I served on the school board of San Francisco de Asís parish school in Flagstaff, AZ for four years, with a one year term as board chairman.

From April 2009 to April 2010, I was the secretary of the Dead Philosophers Society, the student society for distance students at Holy Apostles.

Unless some misspelling was involved in the past, Espen is Danish and means "Bear of the Gods". The name is a Danish form of the Old Norse name Asbjørn. In Scandanavian countries, Espen is a first name.

BenEspen (aka Benjamin Espen )

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Composite: Soil Map of the United States. Atlas of American Agriculture. - David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

Composite: Soil Map of the United States. Atlas of American Agriculture. - David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

I have no idea what all these soil types are, but map is scrollable and zoomable, and it looks awesome!

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Grilled Cheese Cheat Sheet

Grilled Cheese Cheat Sheet

If you're looking for some grilled cheese off the beaten path, give some of these combos a try!

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Curiosities: Incredibly Interesting Pictures

Curiosities: Incredibly Interesting Pictures

Hockey has always been serious business

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Retro Futurism | Ubersuper

Retro Futurism | Ubersuper

Golden age scifi, nothin' better.

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Rarely Seen “Enchanted” Moments of US History (Megapost) | Earthly Mission (to Extract the Juice of the Internet)

Rarely Seen “Enchanted” Moments of US History (Megapost) | Earthly Mission (to Extract the Juice of the Internet)

The only downside to the historical picture posts is you get a lot of repeats that just orbit around the Internet. This one has lots I've never seen

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Gerard Depardieu admits to drinking 14 bottles of wine a day | Daily Mail Online

Gerard Depardieu admits to drinking 14 bottles of wine a day | Daily Mail Online

Now you know who was skewing the average so far to the right here... http://gentlemint.com/tack/225565/

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Curiosities: More Rare Photos from History

Curiosities: More Rare Photos from History

And something with a historical flair.

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10 Years Of War In Afghanistan >> TotallyCoolPix

10 Years Of War In Afghanistan >> TotallyCoolPix

I'm in love with the power of images like these. I guess that is why I share them so much. Check out #39 especially.

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Weird weddings: A look at the most awkward bridesmaid photos of all time | Daily Mail Online

Weird weddings: A look at the most awkward bridesmaid photos of all time | Daily Mail Online

Stolen from Awkward Family Photos, but still awesome!

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Vertx EDC Gamut Review Part 3 - Loaded Pocketz

Vertx EDC Gamut Review Part 3 - Loaded Pocketz

In the final installment, we show how the Gamut can be setup for CCW using Vertx's Tactigami accessories.

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Announcing the Gentlemint Podcast.