Walt Disney created Disneyland to provide an area where dreams came true. Born in rural Kansas, Disney used his imagination (or maybe his exposure to animals on the farm) to create caricatures that began to define him. Mickey Mouse first appeared in Steamboat Willie but not until Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs did Disney became synonymous with fantasy … Continue reading Disney’s Dream Dead?
Take American Football: violence, breaks, commercials, unnecessary rules. A snapshot of American Culture? Perhaps..., Canadian Hockey: ice rink, quirky halftime rituals. A snapshot of Canadian Culture? Perhaps..., Football (the checkered ball sort): fluidity, good pacing, minimal abrasive contact, diplomatic relations between players and referees. A snapshot of culture outside North America sans Mexico? Likely. The … Continue reading What American Culture and Foreign Policy can Learn From “Soccer”
Let's say you lose your car keys. Or you put paper the wrong way in the fax machine. Or you forget to take the bikes off the roof-rack before pulling into the garage. We all make mistakes; some more serious than others. Too often, however, we let the small errors compound into bigger ones by … Continue reading How To Limit Mistakes by Being More Aware
There is a lot to learn in the garden. Or on a construction site. Or an assembly line. Too often our work involves devices that are operated by the click of buttons. Working on a data sheet or typing up office reports involves coordination between fingers and buttons. Even companies themselves are controlled by the … Continue reading The Importance of Manual Labor in a Tech-Heavy Marketplace
Let's say you're driving along the freeway and someone cuts you off. If an accident is imminent, the impending reaction would be fear. Or, in the case that you're in rush hour traffic and you get cut off by a BMW you might get angry. Either way, an unexpected outcome produces some sort of emotional … Continue reading Why Misguided Perspective Produces Hate
Being a jobless young professional writer is a lot of work. First, there's the relationship between society and the job market. Friends and family will have you believe it is imperative to be employed. Employment has its benefits, don't get me wrong, but it also has its drawbacks. Being in a bad job can be … Continue reading The Dilemma of the Unknown
Airstrikes against the Islamic State may not be enough to prevent their capture of more land despite being cornered. Recent airstrikes against the radical Islamic jihadists of the Islamic State have not prevented their capture of Kobani, a town near the Turkish-Syrian border. The move represents the culmination of a sweeping land grab by the … Continue reading The ISIS Threat