Author Archives: Andrew Debbins

Tech Titans

If you live within reach of Western civilization, it’s almost guaranteed that you have seen Microsoft’s latest major ad push for Windows 8 and the Surface. “Click in,” am I right? Anyways, it should be pretty obvious to every consumer … Continue reading

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My Relationship with My Wristwatch

So much has changed. I’ve graduated from college. I’ve moved to Washington, D.C. I’m purchasing a new car. I’m applying for a Virginia dirver’s license. I have insurance. I have an apartment. I get things in regular mail, now. It’s … Continue reading

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An Encore for Live Music

This will be a brief post. I recently played what might end up being the last public show with my college band, Oddish. Needless to say, it was awesome to be on stage in front of all our friends and … Continue reading

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Hearing an Objective Voice on Hydraulic Fracturing

I had the good fortune of stumbling onto a refreshingly objective voice on hydraulic fracturing this week. Tom Wilber, a journalist and author covering Marcellus and Utica shale gas development, gave a talk on the subject of his new book … Continue reading

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The Major I Wish I Had Made

At colleges with liberal curricula  like the University of Rochester, students sometimes have the opportunity to design their course of study, and those with enough foresight can even create a new major just for themselves. The titles of the majors … Continue reading

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On the Endless Possibilities of Google Glass

Rather than marvel at how cool Google’s Project Glass is, it’s perhaps more interesting to imagine the potential impact of this technology on society. We can then take advantage of Google’s outreach efforts in the design process to mold the … Continue reading

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Cutting the Red Tape to Deliver Offshore Wind Energy

            Every time the coalition, America’s Power, runs a TV spot proclaiming the economic benefits of clean coal technologies, it becomes easier for the average American to forget that there is an infinite source of energy flying above our heads … Continue reading

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Writing a Paper on the 1973-74 Energy Crisis

For my capstone course in the History Department at the University of Rochester, I have chosen to write a research paper exploring the cultural currents of the “energy crisis” in the 1970s. I’ve spent the last two weeks reading far … Continue reading

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The Truth about the Energy Crisis

Energy is an enormously salient contemporary issue. From the pending lift on the ban of Hydraulic Fracking in New York State to Obama’s deferred decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, the voices yelling about the environment our energy are getting … Continue reading

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Democracy in its Twilight

All I could think about during my trip to our capitol was the fact that Congress has only a 9% approval rating. Seriously, what are we DOING when our representatives don’t represent us?

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