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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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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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Waterfall Swing - World Maker Faire - YouTube

Waterfall Swing - World Maker Faire - YouTube

Clearly too much time on their hands, but pretty spiffy.

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20 Gifs That Teach You Science Concepts Better Than Your Teacher Probably Can

20 Gifs That Teach You Science Concepts Better Than Your Teacher Probably Can

The title is oversold, but some neat images. Also, the caption of 17 is wrong, that is clearly a gas on fire in that jar.

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How to Build a Better Sawhorse | The Art of Manliness

How to Build a Better Sawhorse | The Art of Manliness

These are not the easiest sawhorses to build. However, they are extremely strong, durable, collapsible and versatile.

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Doctors Pulled a Tooth Out of a Man's … What?

Doctors Pulled a Tooth Out of a Man's … What?

Journal article here: http://www.amjcaserep.com/abstract/index/idArt/890710

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40 Must-See Historical Photos | DeMilked

40 Must-See Historical Photos | DeMilked

Sometime I should calculate the velocity of these photos. You see new ones come in, and some other ones just keep going around and around.

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Missile Guidance Systems

Missile Guidance Systems

Guided missiles for dummies

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I tried to find gritty Star Wars art - Imgur

I tried to find gritty Star Wars art - Imgur

I think in my head, this is always how Star Wars really was. I haven't watched the movies in over ten years. Now that I have kids, I'm sure I will pick them back up again.

And I already thought the Empire was way cooler than the Rebel ...

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Urban Exploration: Flashlights and Spider Bites in Melbourne's Maze Drain [Australia] - The Bohemian Blog

Urban Exploration: Flashlights and Spider Bites in Melbourne's Maze Drain [Australia] - The Bohemian Blog

I've been caving. Never in a city however. Not for the claustrophobic.

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Your ‘Craft’ Whiskey Is Probably From a Factory Distillery in Indiana - The Daily Beast

Your ‘Craft’ Whiskey Is Probably From a Factory Distillery in Indiana - The Daily Beast

I find this extremely funny. I see locavores as silly, and the idea of taking advantage of them to be delicious irony.
If you really want to be a locavore, know the people who make your food.

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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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