The Vault

This archived content is from multiple blogs across multiple domains, all created, loved, and eventually abandoned by me. No, I’m not proud of that, but life goes on, and perspectives change. Perhaps something in the archives will be of value to someone, and so they shall remain in perpetuity. Posts which have been updated for content or style will be moved to a more appropriate category — this is the plan for all posts across the site.

a young girl, missing one of her bottom teeth
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Jet Fuel Can Catastrophically Weaken Steel Beams

“Jet fuel can’t melt steel beams!” the conspiracy theorists exclaim. But why is that so hard to believe? In light of what three out of ten Americans believe about a certain ancient city, though, it’s no wonder that there’s a celebrated ignorance on what it takes to knock down structures men and women build.

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Every Viewer an Editor

What will the future of movielike entertainment look like? I picture a blending of video game role-playing customization, choose-your-own-adventure books, and modularity becoming the new entertainment norm.

Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden while the serpent tempts Eve
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The Shadow of Death

Oblivion. Endless… null. Death. After life, what? Every religions gives us something to imagine, but what if reality is all the more cruel? I’ve wondered about this since early grade school, and I’m no closer to being comfortable with my thoughts.

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There and Back Again

I was once a fervent Christian til a moral crisis robbed me of my faith; years have passed, but I realize now that in my unbelief, God was always faithful, waiting patiently for me to return.

the Rick Beckman archive
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