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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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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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Early guess at post-WWII political settlement

Early guess at post-WWII political settlement

This map is fun. It was apparently made in 1941 and published in 1942. Check out the the Wikipedia article. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outline_of_the_Post-War_New_World_Map

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Quadcopter Are Boring, but DeLorean Quadcopters? Now We're Talking.

Quadcopter Are Boring, but DeLorean Quadcopters? Now We're Talking.

I loved these movies when I was a kid. Thanks for making my childhood dreams become real.

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GM6 Lynx 50BMG Reciprocating Bullpup - The Firearm Blog

GM6 Lynx 50BMG Reciprocating Bullpup - The Firearm Blog

I'm pretty sure I don't want one of these, but the reciprocating action is fun to watch.

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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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Announcing the Gentlemint Podcast.