What Is The Length Of An NFL Running Back’s Career?

May 16, 2012
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The topic comes up every year: how long is the average football player’s career?  People are particularly interested in the length of an NFL running back’s career, since it seems that injuries often cut their careers short.  This is often given as 4-5 years, with some estimates coming in as low as 2.5 years. As […]

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Review Of The Hunger Games Trilogy

May 09, 2012
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In the past, I’ve never been one to follow the hottest book trends.  I read whatever I felt like reading.  Generally, the authors were well known authors, but usually not the very hottest ones.  Lately, however, I seem to be picking up the latest “hot” books.  First it was Stieg Larsson’s Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, […]

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Should Cole Hamels Have Hit Bryce Harper?

May 08, 2012
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Photo: Bryce Harper On Sunday night, Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels hit Nationals rookie outfielder Bryce Harper in the back with a pitch.  This was not mere accident – Hamels freely admitted to hitting Harper on purpose. Why did he do it? Hamels’s explanation was that he felt that Harper approached the game in a disrespectful […]

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Fiction Contest – Win Prizes!

May 07, 2012
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In an effort to cultivate writing among our base of readers, I am announcing the first annual Soap Boxers Fiction Writing contest. Prizes: The first place winner will win a $25 Amazon gift card.  You can buy nearly anything from Amazon, but I’d personally suggest using the $25 toward a Kindle. A random voter will […]

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What’s Your Point Of View?

May 04, 2012
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When I write, I am a god. No, I don’t mean that I believe that my work is as good as the legends of fiction.  I mean that I most often write from the third person omniscient point of view.  The narrator in this point of view is detached from the characters and can see […]

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Is Albert Pujols Washed Up?

May 02, 2012
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Prince Albert in a slump The big news around baseball so far has been the performance of Albert Pujols. Much was expected after he signed a $240 million contract with the Angels. So far, Pujols has managed exactly zero homers. As a point of references, that’s exactly how many homers I have this year. I […]

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Are Capital Gains A Form Of Double Taxation?

Apr 30, 2012
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Back in February, my friend Lazy Man discussed the different tax rates paid by the Brothers Buffett. The gist is that Jimmy gets hammered with a 35% tax rate on his earnings, while Warren wheels and deals his way to a rate near 15%, due to the majority of his income coming from capital gains. […]

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Impressions of Olympic Wrestling Trials

Apr 25, 2012
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Why Iowa City? This year’s US Olympic Wrestling Trials were held in Iowa City, where I live. For those unfamiliar with the sport of wrestling, this may seem like an odd choice. To those who are familiar with wrestling, it probably seems very logical. The University of Iowa – located in Iowa City – has […]

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Review: 11/22/63 by Stephen King

Apr 20, 2012
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A vice president at Monster.com once attempted to pay me for a freelance job with a lightly used copy of Stephen King’s It. This is an absolutely true story, and the craziest part is that I accepted the offer! Why would I accept a job for such meager pay? Well, there are a few good […]

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Product Review: Roku

Apr 18, 2012
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Recently, my wife and I tried out Amazon Prime, mostly for the free Amazon Instant Video selections.  Although I used the free month to watch the Swedish version of the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, the overall selection of movies left something to be desired.  So we’ve decided to go to NetFlix instead.  I’d been […]

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