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

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.

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.

Periodic Parties

Idea for cel­e­brat­ing the birth­days of sci­ence lovers: For every birth­day, cel­e­brate in a man­ner which coin­cides with the match­ing ele­ment on the peri­od­ic table. Turn­ing 10? Break out the neon and par­ty like it’s the 80s/90s. Sev­en­teen coin­cides with chlo­rine, so hit the pool! At 28, rit­u­al­ly burn in effi­gy any Nick­el­back mer­chan­dise you …

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Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden while the serpent tempts Eve

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.

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 Ascent Begins…

A look back at my past as a reli­gious but unfo­cused blog­ger, the jour­ney to ascend Olym­pus, to chal­lenge the claims of reli­gion, begins now.

Gluten: The Facts and The Fad

Learn a few basic facts about gluten and celi­ac dis­ease; includes an info­graph­ic (along with a tran­script). I learned some­thing from it, and I hope you do too.

The Hastening Sun — Ecclesiastes 1:5

It’s hard­ly any secret that the Bible speaks of a flat Earth. [ref]…unless of course you have a bias which requires the Bible to speak of a spher­i­cal Earth.[/ref] It was writ­ten, after all, when cos­mol­o­gy was a col­or­ful array of imag­i­na­tive ideas from all over the world — Atlas car­ry­ing the Earth, the sun …

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Rick Beckman