The Two Faces of Racism in Everything That Rises Must Converge

Last year, while most people took a quarter off and enjoyed summertime in the Pacific Northwest, I took a writing class in Seattle. At some point (the 3rd or 4th week, I think), the class read some of Flannery O'Connor's short stories and shared our thoughts about them on a discussion board. It was insightful, … Continue reading The Two Faces of Racism in Everything That Rises Must Converge

Information Revolution In the Age of Data

The word “data” has been slowly moving farther away from its philosophical origins and has become more entwined with technology. In today’s high-tech, information-at-your-fingertips world, data has become a commodity more precious than black gold. Governments and big corporations all over the world are more likely to make decisions based on numbers, analytics, and algorithms … Continue reading Information Revolution In the Age of Data

George Orwell “Shooting An Elephant” Analysis

Shooting an Elephant is a narrative essay written by 1984 author, George Orwell. The essay's themes include imperialism, oppression, and redemption. It's told from the first person perspective of an Indian Imperial police officer—presumably Orwell himself—who has an epiphany while responding to a call about a rampaging elephant. Orwell masterfully uses narration and description to … Continue reading George Orwell “Shooting An Elephant” Analysis

Obesity: The Invisible War Ravaging The Pacific

Seventy-five years after World War II swept through the Pacific, culminating with the world's first use of nuclear weapons against another country, an invisible war still rages in the region—the war against obesity. According to this 2012 study on obesity, our people are the winners—in terms of being the most obese—compared with all other racial … Continue reading Obesity: The Invisible War Ravaging The Pacific

Happy Thanksgiving, and RIP To All The Delicious Turkeys That Gave Their Lives

Last Thanksgiving was my first with a new kidney, so naturally I was grateful to my anonymous donor. This year I'm just thankful to be alive and breathing. Okay, I admit that sounds totally lame—and vague as hell—but it's really how I feel. Honest. Maybe because I've been through so much hell pre-transplant, I'm somehow … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving, and RIP To All The Delicious Turkeys That Gave Their Lives