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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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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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17 Photos With The Creepiest Backstories.... WARNING You Might Have Trouble Sleeping After #12 - Pansy Panda

17 Photos With The Creepiest Backstories.... WARNING You Might Have Trouble Sleeping After #12 - Pansy Panda

A bit macabre, but I take it as you never really know what the future holds. Memento mori.

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World's Largest Organism| Atlas Obscura

World's Largest Organism| Atlas Obscura

A forest lit up by the mushroom that is slowly destroying it

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The Legalities of Shooting People | Monster Hunter Nation

The Legalities of Shooting People | Monster Hunter Nation

This is not legal advice. I [and the author] are not lawyers. If you want legal advice, hire a lawyer. That being said, you should read this.

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How to name animals in German

How to name animals in German

Most the the names make sense to me. A capybara does seem like a water pig.

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40 Maps They Didn’t Teach You In School | Bored Panda

40 Maps They Didn’t Teach You In School | Bored Panda

I never get tired of maps. I like being able to compress subtle insights into an easy to understand image.

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The Plunge «

The Plunge «

I only hope I can be as brave and dedicated as Shavarsh Karapetyan.

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Gustave Eiffel's Secret Apartment| Atlas Obscura

Gustave Eiffel's Secret Apartment| Atlas Obscura

Not only an apartment, but a laboratory too!

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LeMat

LeMat

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Project HARP Space Gun| Atlas Obscura

Project HARP Space Gun| Atlas Obscura

A giant gun for shooting things into space. Nuff said.

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Dropping Objects in World's Largest Vacuum Chamber | WIRED

Dropping Objects in World's Largest Vacuum Chamber | WIRED

It must take forever to pump out that chamber.

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