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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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Rethinking Nero

Rethinking Nero

And you still find Roman bridges and aqueducts still standing all over their former territory.

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Takkoku no Iwaya Bishamondo| Atlas Obscura

Takkoku no Iwaya Bishamondo| Atlas Obscura

This sounds like it would make a great movie.

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I Rose Like a Rocket: The Political Education of Theodore Roosevelt - PAUL GRONDAHL

I Rose Like a Rocket: The Political Education of Theodore Roosevelt - PAUL GRONDAHL

McManus had been milling about on the third floor of the Capitol with a crew of his sycophants, who were stirring up a plan to knock Roosevelt down a few notches and to pound some of the Harvard pretention out of this young, cocky newcomer. McManus was rallying coconspirators around ...

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Black Burgers Back in Japan - IGN

Black Burgers Back in Japan - IGN

I've never tried squid ink sauce, but it is also popular on pizza.

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Northern Research on Twitter: "“Net Change in Forest Density, 1873-2001,” is 128 years of forest #history at a glance.

Northern Research on Twitter: "“Net Change in Forest Density, 1873-2001,” is 128 years of forest #history at a glance.

Per ben.terry's request, here is some historical data about forests in the US. It looks like you get about the same map in the 1870s. =) Go here: http://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/pubs/43744/ and download the pdf.

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AirLegs Augment Your Cardio by 10%

AirLegs Augment Your Cardio by 10%

It looks unwieldy, but he says he has some data to back it up.
Also, this guy is representing my home state [http://jasonkerestes.com/index.html], but not my alma mater. [boo]

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instantwatcher.com - Streaming Movies and TV to watch instantly on Netflix

instantwatcher.com - Streaming Movies and TV to watch instantly on Netflix

This service catalogs everything available on Netflix. Handy if you like browsing like me.

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26 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About RoboCop -- Vulture

26 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About RoboCop -- Vulture

I watched Robocop on Netflix, and it holds up well after 27 years. Some of the special effects look bad on HD, but you can't blame them for that.

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Sidu River Bridge| Atlas Obscura

Sidu River Bridge| Atlas Obscura

"This highest bridge in the world spans such a great chasm that it had to be established using rockets". Nuff said.

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Lying, Greedy, Promiscuous Feminist Bullies are Tearing the Video Game Industry Apart

Lying, Greedy, Promiscuous Feminist Bullies are Tearing the Video Game Industry Apart

I had heard a little bit about the kerfuffle surrounding Zoe Quinn. It looks like everyone involved is a little bit dirty, both Quinn's defenders and her detractors.

I never read videogame journalism, and this is probably why.

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30 Family Secrets Hiding in English Surnames | Mental Floss

30 Family Secrets Hiding in English Surnames | Mental Floss

It may surprise some hipsters to learn that in Old English the “-ster” suffix was used to form feminine agent nouns. A man who baked was a baker; a woman who baked was a baxter.

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Fred On Everything| Cop Notes

Fred On Everything| Cop Notes

Fred's been around the block, I respect his opinions.

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Announcing the Gentlemint Podcast.