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Chris.walljasper

Member since February 12, 2012

Chris.walljasper (aka Chris Walljasper )

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My Grandad - One of the Toughest Old Farmers I know

My Grandad - One of the Toughest Old Farmers I know

From the podcast Stories of a Renaissance Man in Trianing - The Black McCains. In honor of the anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr., this is a collection of stories told by my septuagenarian grandfather and his siblings about the black family they knew while growing up in ...

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Guns in Chicago - Hitting Close to Home

Guns in Chicago - Hitting Close to Home

Some interesting statistics on gun violence in America's "Murder capital".

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Occupy Chicago - One Year Later

Occupy Chicago - One Year Later

Regardless of what you think of the government and their decisions, the Occupy movement is an interesting look at taking control of how we live our lives. Occupy Chicago is one example thereof.

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Be civil: Don't let the vitriol ruin your friendships

Be civil: Don't let the vitriol ruin your friendships

Musings of a Renaissance Man in training: One Vote, Two Vote, Red Vote, Blue Vote. An anecdotal look at what's important to voters from one man's facebook page.

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Google Maps our Frontiers, Ruins it For the Rest of Us

Google Maps our Frontiers, Ruins it For the Rest of Us

Musings of a Renaissance Man in training

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Very Cool Southern Wedding

Very Cool Southern Wedding

This was one of the most laid back weddings I've ever been to - Green Rivers, Sweet Tea, Giant tent in a field, everything great about a summer afternoon!

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A Great Man, A Great Mind - Ray Bradbury

A Great Man, A Great Mind - Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury was my introduction into Science Fiction, Post-Modernism, and some of the most thought provoking narratives of my youth. He will not be forgotten.

Musings of a Renaissance Man in training: The Illustrated Mind

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Wise words...

Wise words...

All the racially charged activity in the media as of late had me hankering for some MLKJr reassurance.

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I love Iowa...

I love Iowa...

This is a shot from my Grandfathers backdoor. A quintessential view of Southeast Iowa.

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Contact - An Exploration of Science, Religion, and Space

Contact - An Exploration of Science, Religion, and Space

I watched this film last night...I guess I forgot how amazing it was.

Not only is the sci-fi awesome, but the philosophical discussions are pretty great too.

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Flamethrowers and Cacti - Lessons from a Renaissance Man

Flamethrowers and Cacti - Lessons from a Renaissance Man

An old professor of mine once shared with me a nifty trick involving cattle, a cactus, and a flamethrower...

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Be like Water

Be like Water

My favorite Bruce Lee quote. What an amazing mantra.

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This is how I feel when I run...

This is how I feel when I run...

I am not a runner, but sometimes you just have to get out there and move!

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Simon and Garfunkel - We've All Gone to Look For America from Bookends (1968)

Simon and Garfunkel - We've All Gone to Look For America from Bookends (1968)

I was listening to these guys over the weekend. Anyone who claims that music is not poetry has obviously not heard Paul Simon's lyrics.

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Surfing - An experience every man should have

Surfing - An experience every man should have

My first experience surfing...truly a memorable experience.

Every man should try to surf at least once in their life!

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Mister & Me - A very Manly Comic Strip about the Adverntures of a Boy and his Father

Mister & Me - A very Manly Comic Strip about the Adverntures of a Boy and his Father

This nerdy comic appeals to the little kid in all of us...as well as the father in all of us.

I hope I have half as many adventures with my son as this guy does with his.

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Unsung Manly Movie Quotes for Every Occasion | The Art of Manliness

Unsung Manly Movie Quotes for Every Occasion | The Art of Manliness

Some great quotes that don't get the credit they deserve.

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If You Can't Laugh at Yourself...

If You Can't Laugh at Yourself...

A couple of actors who've mastered the art of self-deprecation with a classy wink and a nod.

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Punch Brothers

Punch Brothers

These guys are incredibly talented musicians.

Alt-Country at it's finest.

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William Elliott Whitmore

William Elliott Whitmore

If you have not listened to this man's music, you are doing yourself an incredibly emasculating disservice.

Do it. Now.

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10 Most Controversial Comedians of All Time

10 Most Controversial Comedians of All Time

A great list of awesome comedians, from yesterday and today.

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Musings of a Renaissance Man in training: Containing Houdini

Musings of a Renaissance Man in training: Containing Houdini

Some fascinating information about a peculiar man.

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The Machine Stops, by E.M. Forster

The Machine Stops, by E.M. Forster

A chilling tale, written in 1909.

The Machine Stops is a sci-fi essay that elludes to many technologies that we use today, and is a caustic yarn warning against dependence on machines.

The ebook is free! check it out.

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Radiolab

Radiolab

An amazing podcast that involves incredibly tangential explorations of science related topics.

Fascinating!

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This American Life

This American Life

An amazing podcast. I never listen to an episode without coming away with another piece of interesting information.

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Mumford & Sons

Mumford & Sons

If you haven't checking out this album, you are doing yourself a manly disservice.

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Belmont Barbershop, Chicago's barbershop

Belmont Barbershop, Chicago's barbershop

The best barbershop I've ever been to. Great ambiance, great barbers, great haircuts and shaves.

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Babies are Coming for You!

Babies are Coming for You!

Babies, while seemingly adorable, are actually dangerous creatures who are ruining our economy and destroying our families.

Be warned. Don't let the babies get you.

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The Pillow Tie, and other asinine products from SkyMall

The Pillow Tie, and other asinine products from SkyMall

Some of the choice products I was tempted to purchase during my last flight...

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It's Shacon for the Rest of Us: Musings of a Renaissance Man in training

It's Shacon for the Rest of Us: Musings of a Renaissance Man in training

I love milk shakes. I love bacon. I love Shacon!

To clarify, we made this delicious treat well before Denny's came out with their "Maple Bacon Shake."

Posers.

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I Want a Big One!

I Want a Big One!

George Bailey knew travel, and had big dreams for adventure. Even though he never left Bedford Falls, he was a great man and a hero to all.

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Kurt Vonnegut, self portrait -- Vonnegut.com

Kurt Vonnegut, self portrait -- Vonnegut.com

Vonnegut is known for his writing, but his art is just as great.

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Templeton Rye-Prohibition era whiskey

Templeton Rye-Prohibition era whiskey

The drink of choice for mobsters including Al Capone. Made in central Iowa, delicious everywhere.

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