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Better Safe than Sorry

by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on

We live in an unprecedented time wherein the world’s dangers are such that we must be overly cautious. I think we can all agree that it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Totalitarianism– often implemented in the name of safety and of the common welfare– brutally murdered and starved 100 million people in just a few decades last century, forcing countless others to suffer unimaginable horrors and adversities that would grind our pathetic, soft, safe 21st century first world minds and bodies to oblivion in mere minutes. Some live under these kinds of regimes to this day and suffer all manner of oppression, injury, starvation, disease, and death while their well-fed and well-weaponized leaders tell them the sacrifices are for the greater good.

For you to sacrifice something for me is called charity. For me to demand a sacrifice of you is called selfishness. For me to use the government’s guns to force that sacrifice out of you is called state-sponsored slavery, or just communism. It doesn’t matter if the demand is for someone to give up providing for their families or for someone to give up free speech– the principle is the same.

I can’t think of a more selfish, miserable, and pathetic existence than demanding control of others’ lives and resources so you can more easily delude yourself into feeling safe. Over a million people in our great nation’s history have died to make you free so you can make your own decisions on how to best secure your life and property. Show a little respect for the blood used in that exchange and stand aside so others can take statistically minimal risks while preserving their own freedom, even if you won’t join them. After all, your freedom to abstain was also bought with blood.

Your safety is ultimately your own responsibility. When you demand that responsibility be taken away from others or give it up yourself for the government to handle, you encourage opportunists to become tyrants.

If we need to be overly cautious about anything, it’s better to be safe than sorry with our liberty.

Old Glory is raised upon the wreckage of the World Trade Center


by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on

“Mutual aid” is a new buzzphrase that simply means “being neighborly”.

Same with “social distancing”. Twenty years ago we called it– at worst– “quarantining”. At best, “being careful”.

Stop making up hipsterisms for concepts that have existed forever and passing them off as original ideas. You’re embarrassing yourself.

Oh, and get off my lawn.

I retired at 28 because of Adobe – Part I: The Policy

by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on

Maybe “retire” is a strong word, but hear me out: I effectively retired for five months and still received regular paychecks while in Adobe’s employ. It wasn’t me taking advantage of a policy loophole or sneakily subcontracting someone else to do my work remotely. In fact, Adobe encouraged me to do this, no strings attached. Read on for why and what happened.

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Christmas 2019 Santa Tracking Teletype Broadcast

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NORAD has been tracking Santa on Christmas eve for generations. Google has recently taken a greater market share from NORAD (after once being on the same team). However, with all these fancy apps and sites and games and visuals, there has been a marked absence from the Santa tracking wars from the very beginning– something so simple and pure, perhaps nobody has really thought to do it. No longer; as of Christmas 2019, that void is now filled: live Santa tracking via teleprinter is now a yearly event.

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Halloween 2019 Teletype Broadcast: The War of the Worlds

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Somewhere between the day I got my prized possessions of the Teletype Models 15 and 19 and the day my oldest boy became interested in Christmastime, I came up with the scheme to run a Santa Tracking broadcast via teleprinter. From that hatched the less ambitious yet no less creative idea to run a Halloween night story broadcast.

That being said, what story is more fitting for teleprinter news adaptation than the radio adaptation of The War of the Worlds by Orson Welles?

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Teletypes at Local Schools' STEAM Events

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While at the 2019 Thanksgiving Point Mini Maker Faire, I happened to meet up with Beth Drees, who helps run the DIY Festival in Salt Lake City. Apparently this is a maker-faire-esque event that’s been going on for twelve years now, and I only just heard about it.

She invited me to bring my machines around to a few schools’ STEAM events (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) in conjunction with her organization, Craft Lake City, the events being sponsored by Google Fiber, apparently. Well, whaddaya know, Haddi- Man?

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