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Orange Black Blue

  I wrote and recorded the music in this short film for my MUS 142 course at Montgomery County Community College. I call it Orange Black Blue because those are the colors in the background of each short clip. Video... Continue Reading →

Shhh!

My friend Tim Simmons and I have been recording music under the name Secret Goldfish. Here's one of our new tunes: You can download this song and all of our music for free at our website, and you can follow... Continue Reading →

The Furtherance of Good

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Book Review: Does Not Love by James Tadd Adcox

Thanks to Monkey Bicycle for publishing my review of Does Not Love by James Tadd Adcox: Book Review: Does Not Love by James Tadd Adcox.

Zutroy, the Sad Penguin

I'm trying to get more students to drop by during my office hours for help with coursework. Here's what I came up with...

John Williams – Musical Punster?

Okay, "pun" probably isn't the right word, but listen to the first six seconds of "Can You Read My Mind" (the love song from Superman), and compare it to this phrase from "This Is It," the theme from The Bugs... Continue Reading →

Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-first Century” explained

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A Piketty guide for lifelong learners.

When Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-first Century” was published earlier this year, it was something of a sensation. That’s no small feat for a chart-heavy doorstop on “the dismal science” of economics.

A fair portion of the book’s notoriety was due to its subject matter: wealth distribution, an intensely political topic if ever there was one. (Watch Piketty’s TED Talk: New thoughts on capital in the twenty-first century.)

What makes this French economist’s conclusions worth global notice? The short answer is that Piketty and his research team amassed a mountain of data, much of it going back centuries, suggesting that the concentration of wealth in ever-fewer hands is not an anomaly or a recent development. Check out the infographic below for a longer explanation:

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As the data visualization above suggests, this is simply how capitalism works. Without a significant force to counterbalance rising…

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