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bio website verbally.flimzy.com
location Guadalajara, Mexico
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seen Apr 7 at 18:05

I'm a full-time software developer, working from home for a company in Atlanta, GA. I from Wichita, KS but have been living in Guadalajara, Mexico for the last year, and will stay here until sometime early 2012.


Jun
7
comment How tall was George Washington?
This answer basically seems to confirm the question: Sources say he was 6'0"-6'3". I was hoping for something more thorough. I realize no consensus will ever be reached (barring uncovering new evidence), but I would be interested to see a summary of the available evidence for the various opinions. Your answer does offer evidence for both the 6'2" and 6'3½" measurements, but not much in the way of an analysis, or evidence for the other prevailing views.
Jun
6
comment How tall was George Washington?
@Voitcus: Having lived in places other than the U.S., I, too, prefer metric. Question updated.
Jun
6
comment How tall was George Washington?
@Voitcus: I almost always do that, but considering the context, and that all relevant historical records are in imperial units, I didn't do that this time.
Jun
27
comment What role did the space race play in reducing the nuclear threat during the 1960s?
Interesting, and concise analysis. Thank you.
May
4
comment What role did the space race play in reducing the nuclear threat during the 1960s?
If moon landing was relevant to ICBM technology, then the Russians wouldn't have abandoned their moon landing effort once the U.S. accomplished it, but would have re-doubled their efforts to prove catch up on the military front.
May
4
comment What role did the space race play in reducing the nuclear threat during the 1960s?
That argument makes sense for space craft that orbit Earth, but beyond that, the things necessary for a moon landing (dockable spacecraft, space walks, life support systems, and all that is necessary to land and take off from the moon) have nothing to do with ICBMs. I think the point the museum was making was that JFK was trying to push these other goals, that have no (direct) military application.
May
4
comment What role did the space race play in reducing the nuclear threat during the 1960s?
@jfrankcarr: Ah, thanks.
Feb
15
comment Has there ever been a serious effort to reform the US Electoral College system?
@KeithThompson: I suppose in a technical sense, it provides a boolean answer, along with a lot of personal opinion. But that boolean answer isn't very useful, IMO. Although considering the other up-votes, there are obviously those who disagree with me.
Feb
15
comment Has there ever been a serious effort to reform the US Electoral College system?
This doesn't even attempt to answer the question from what I can see (although I must admit, I didn't read every word), and sound like an editorial, with a few (irrelevant to the actual question) historical facts interspersed.
Feb
15
comment Has there ever been a serious effort to reform the US Electoral College system?
This doesn't really answer the question, and sounds mostly like an op-ed.
Feb
7
comment Which came first: polytheism or monotheism?
Thank you for the thorough and respectful answer.
Nov
26
comment When did polygamy start becoming illegal?
I don't believe "Christianity" does ban polygamy. It was a common practice throughout the Old and New Testaments, and was never forbidden by scripture. That's not to say certain modern Christian sects don't ban it, though...
Nov
12
comment How was the literacy rate of Americans impacted by the establishment of public schools?
Public schools were not established in america all at once. That doesn't mean some interesting trends can't be gleaned, but there wasn't an "instant" at which public schools were made a reality, as the question seems to imply.
Nov
7
comment Which came first: polytheism or monotheism?
I'm having a hard time understanding how polytheism is "simpler." It's clearly not simpler in a "mathematical" sense, as polytheistic religions tend to have very complex systems explaining the relationships between their various gods. In what sense is polytheism simpler than monotheism? Perhaps point me to a resource, since this is starting to get off topic for comments :)
Nov
4
comment Which came first: polytheism or monotheism?
The Catholic tradition of praying to saints as "gods" is very common here in Mexico, too, but if anything, this is an example of "polytheism" growing out of monotheism, is it not?
Nov
4
comment Which came first: polytheism or monotheism?
Why the down vote? Is this a bad question some how?