The 21st Century Thought Police

Trump twitter ban
Trump twitter ban
What was once a thriving page is now reduced to a shuttered relic of a soon to be forgotten era

On Friday, January 8th of 2021, Twitter permanently suspended President Donald J. Trump’s account. Before the ban, POTUS was well known for his Twitter presence, and while all the myriad ramifications of this ban are complex and opaque, it certainly will bring about a new era of communication between people.

Politics in America are unmistakably novel in the modern-day. According to a PEW study, nearly half of Americans aged 18–29 receive their election news primarily for social media. This doesn't surprise me. During the months leading up to the 2020 presidential election, political videos with strong claims (though often misleading…


How to transform anger into a higher form of energy

Angry guy
Angry guy
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Anger. Bliss. Love. Hate. These words all describe forms of passion, yet their difference can only be described as polar. Passion, in all its forms, serves to motivate and bring about action. One seldom hears of a passionless murder and a moment without passion is equal to a movement wasted. Passion forms the basis for most human endeavors and scales up the creative and destructive forces.

Anger and hate are undoubtedly forms of passion. They are strong, motivating emotions which can cause devastating outcomes. The notion however that anger can be used as motivation for good is, in my opinion…


Failure is a given if immediate rewards aren’t considered

Achievement Paragon
Achievement Paragon
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I recently have increased the intensity of my workout routine. I also have committed to spending several hours doing college homework every day. The majority of the benefits from these two activities will come later, but if I don’t see any result now, then I will lose the motivation to continue.

Many people create unrealistic goals for how they want to act. Maybe they make a resolution to do one hour in the gym every day. Or maybe they commit to reading a book every week. Yet, frequently they fall out of the habit before it even fully becomes a…


A candid look into the working class struggle

A factory/warehouse, though not the one I worked in
A factory/warehouse, though not the one I worked in
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I just returned from a training session in a warehouse. For the sake of the company’s anonymity, and so as not to breach the non-disclosure agreement I signed, I will not give too many specifics as to the company or the exact nature of the work done. Rather, I seek to illuminate a world into which many never venture, and from which many more never venture out.

The first thing that struck me as I waited for my training to start was how busy everyone was. Those who were not actively on task seemed to be constantly on-call and diagnosing…


The huge problem with the closed-note test

Meme
Meme
A visual summary of this article

I just took a difficult midterm for my Intel Assembly Language class. It covered four chapters of the textbook and had a string of challenging coding questions which were less about problem-solving and more about memorization and hexadecimal arithmetic skill. I scored an 88%. Not my best but there’s nothing wrong with that score.

I’m proud not to have succumbed to temptations in the forms of the Google search bar and the eTextbook which were just one click away the whole time. …


What Jack London’s Personification of Animals Suggests About Our Instincts

White Fang looks out at the reader
White Fang looks out at the reader
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In many of his novels, Jack London gives animals — wolves and dogs — compelling personalities and human-like feelings. This perspective makes us see how similar all forms of life are. In White Fang and The Call of the Wild, London weaves two engaging narratives that are in a way opposites. The differences between the two main characters, a wolf and a dog, respectively, highlight shared traits and thereby provide insight into the nature of life itself.

The Call of the Wild follows the life of a dog named Buck, from his puppyhood through various stages of his captivity and…


Ideas that aren’t at all limited to teaching

Tutoring on a blackboard
Tutoring on a blackboard
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I am a math and computer science tutor and would like to share some of the greatest insights I’ve gained from teaching. Being a tutor is fun and rewarding because it shows me things I know well, teaches me new stuff, and makes the things I don’t understand obvious. The following are ideas, concepts, and practices that have made my tutoring sessions more successful and more beneficial to my pupils.

The Importance of Listening

My assumption when I started tutoring was that I would explain most of the time and that my students would primarily listen. To some extent my assumption was correct, but…


Improving your abilities is a great way to spend time while minimizing the spread of COVID-19

Learning at home
Learning at home
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If you’re like me, you probably weren’t thrilled at first to learn of the necessary social distancing measures. Most people I know value social contact as highly as life itself because life and social life are ultimately inseparable. However, by temporarily isolating as much as possible, we can greatly reduce the risk of infecting the people we love. But undoubtedly the absence of social contact, while necessary, leaves a colossal void. To make our lives whole again and live sustainably until the threat of infection has passed, we can learn and do new things which will bring us out of…


With complete control over the content and design

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Image for post
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Making a website can be challenging. It can be hard to know where to start. A lot of guides are too niche or rigid. What you need is complete control over the look of your website and a solid understanding of the elements that determine how it will look and feel to your target market.

In keeping with Medium’s elegant minimalist design, I will show you how to create a unique, personalized, powerful website without having to depend on a limiting and costly third-party content management system like WordPress, Wix, or Drupal. A fair warning — the tradeoff for such…


Because using the mouse is so last year

Dated Computer Mouse
Dated Computer Mouse
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If you are like me, you probably use a computer at least once a day. Maybe even several. Of the time you spend on your computer, I’m willing to wager that a large portion is spent online. Of that time, quite a lot might be spent clicking on stuff. This guide will show you how to click in an easier, less repetitive way, which can be easily customized to your precise clicking needs.

Step One: Fire Up Google Chrome

I will demonstrate this by creating a simple function to click a button on this website I built, but you should be able to use the idea…

Thomas Molnar-Brock

I like to write about technology and personal growth.

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