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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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Brent's Sharpening Pages

Brent's Sharpening Pages

excellent instructions on sharpening chisels and planes

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NRA Sharp

NRA Sharp

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Buying a gun silencer just got a lot easier - Feb. 13, 2015

Buying a gun silencer just got a lot easier - Feb. 13, 2015

I've considered the living trust route myself.

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The whole city of Florence can fit in one Atlanta cloverleaf : TreeHugger

The whole city of Florence can fit in one Atlanta cloverleaf : TreeHugger

Someone once told me that cars eat their destinations.

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Spiders On Drugs - YouTube

Spiders On Drugs - YouTube

An oldie but a goodie. I can't remember if I have put this up before, but it is still funny.

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Zao Fox Village| Atlas Obscura

Zao Fox Village| Atlas Obscura

I feel like they are all about to steal my wallet....

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Ultra-Fast Nuclear Detonation Pictures

Ultra-Fast Nuclear Detonation Pictures

These are some of the most remarkable pictures I have ever come across. I first saw them about 10 years ago, and I just today stumbled on them again. This is a nuclear fireball captured just milliseconds after detonation. A new technology had to be invented to take these photographs ...

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Wasted: How the Craft-Beer Movement Abandoned Jim Koch

Wasted: How the Craft-Beer Movement Abandoned Jim Koch

I feel an urge to buy Boston Lager to annoy a hipster.

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History Now: 20 Incredible History Pictures pt.8

History Now: 20 Incredible History Pictures pt.8

More from the Gentlemint users' favorite series!

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14 Photographs That Shatter Your Image of Famous People | Cracked.com

14 Photographs That Shatter Your Image of Famous People | Cracked.com

The title is hyperbole, but the pictures are fun.

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20th Century War Machines on Photography Served

20th Century War Machines on Photography Served

Sorry, the pictures didn't come through, but I think this one is still good!

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The 7 Biggest Dick Moves in the History of Online Gaming | Cracked.com

The 7 Biggest Dick Moves in the History of Online Gaming | Cracked.com

I raise this beer to the folks who thought to themselves, "Hey, this is just a game...."

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World History Maps by Thomas Lessman

World History Maps by Thomas Lessman

There are a ton of great maps here.

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50 Incredible Photos You May Not Have Seen Before - Tackk

50 Incredible Photos You May Not Have Seen Before - Tackk

This one is a little different. No such much history has contemporary great pictures, right time, right place, plus a few neat infographics. Some infographics are just a boring article in picture form, but these are pretty good.

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Announcing the Gentlemint Podcast.