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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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Hess' Triangle| Atlas Obscura

Hess' Triangle| Atlas Obscura

That and spite was worth $1000 in 1938.

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Bill Thompson of 'Wallace and Ladmo' dies

Bill Thompson of 'Wallace and Ladmo' dies

Imagine Sesame Street with the writers of the Daily Show. That was Wallace & Ladmo. I grew up watching this show, and everything they say about it is true. Bill Thompson gave me a lot of good memories as a kid.

Unfortunately for the rest of you, if you didn't ...

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Real Man's 4WD Track - YouTube

Real Man's 4WD Track - YouTube

I wonder how many topple off the front?

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The Rapture of the Deep: Descending into Germany's Harrowing Underground Realm | Atlas Obscura

The Rapture of the Deep: Descending into Germany's Harrowing Underground Realm | Atlas Obscura

With a bonus King in the Mountain reference. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_in_the_mountain

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17 Death-Defying Photos That Will Make Your Heart Skip A Beat

17 Death-Defying Photos That Will Make Your Heart Skip A Beat

I know you guys wouldn't climb into a narrow underground crevice rapidly filling with water, but how about these?

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Infographic Shows Incredible Depth Of Earth's Oceans - Business Insider

Infographic Shows Incredible Depth Of Earth's Oceans - Business Insider

I *hate* infographics. Most are just poorly disguised advertising or trite facts. An exception is this one. Fun, informative, and well-done.

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Bio Motion Lab: Walker |

Bio Motion Lab: Walker |

It was a little tricky to put this one up, I had to find an article about it instead of just tacking the simulator itself. A fun toy.
www.biomotionlab.ca/Demos/BMLwalker.html

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28 Brilliant Garage Organization Ideas

28 Brilliant Garage Organization Ideas

"Brilliant" might be a stretch, but some of them are pretty good.

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10 maps that show how much time Americans spend grooming, eating, thinking and praying - The Washington Post

10 maps that show how much time Americans spend grooming, eating, thinking and praying - The Washington Post

There are some important caveats in how the data is reported, but a really interesting set of maps.

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Styrian Armoury | Atlas Obscura

Styrian Armoury | Atlas Obscura

I missed this when I was in Austria, but I will check it out next time!

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The Real White House - Taki's Magazine

The Real White House - Taki's Magazine

As a nice illustration of what I meant in the comments to the Bowe Bergdahl tack. http://gentlemint.com/tack/215792/

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18 Photos To Remind You That Growing Old Is Inevitable, But Growing Up Is Optional

18 Photos To Remind You That Growing Old Is Inevitable, But Growing Up Is Optional

The tube arm thing is awesome. Home Depot will never be the same again.

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Bowe Bergdahl: America's Last Prisoner of War by Michael Hastings | Politics News | Rolling Stone

Bowe Bergdahl: America's Last Prisoner of War by Michael Hastings | Politics News | Rolling Stone

Investigate reporting from 2012, great background on Bergdahl.

Thoughts: This guy probably should have never joined the army. He didn't have good reasons for joining up, and he clearly didn't fit it. He was in a terrible unit however, a competent commander may have been able to make ...

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Kitum Cave | Atlas Obscura

Kitum Cave | Atlas Obscura

Elephant graveyard and nasty viruses too!

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65 Amazing Facts That Will Blow Your Mind | Mental Floss

65 Amazing Facts That Will Blow Your Mind | Mental Floss

I feel bad for the guy who sold his stake in Apple in 1976, but maybe Steve was mean to him.

Also, the Turquoise arches in Sedona aren't an example of Sedona singling out McDonalds, they treat everyone that way. You can't build anything more than two stories ...

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The 34 Greatest Dad Jokes Of All Time

The 34 Greatest Dad Jokes Of All Time

The 34 Greatest Dad Jokes Of All Time. Jokes So Bad, You Can't Help But Love Them

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floatingsheep: New Book Chapter on the Geographies of Beer on Twitter

floatingsheep: New Book Chapter on the Geographies of Beer on Twitter

Here in AZ, we can do with either Corona or Dos Equis.

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Wehrmacht Veterans Created a Secret Army in West Germany - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Wehrmacht Veterans Created a Secret Army in West Germany - SPIEGEL ONLINE

This reminds me of Gladio in Italy about the same time. An underground network of partisans was created to fight against the Communists in case things went pear-shaped in Europe. http://www.nytimes.com/1990/11/16/world/evolution-in-europe-italy-discloses-its-web-of-cold-war-guerrillas.html?pagewanted=all

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5 Colonial-Era Drinks You Should Know | Serious Eats: Drinks

5 Colonial-Era Drinks You Should Know | Serious Eats: Drinks

Applejack is one of my favorite liquors from the colonial era. Good for breakfast cocktails

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Ex Libris: The Bookplates of 31 Famous Men | The Art of Manliness

Ex Libris: The Bookplates of 31 Famous Men | The Art of Manliness

I don't often mint the Art of Manliness, not because I don't like it, but because I'm looking more for the unusual and overlooked. But this post is awesome!

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Announcing the Gentlemint Podcast.