Author Archives: rben13

About rben13

I'm a writer/programmer/QA Analyst living near Boston with my beautiful wife, Heather, and our two cats, Aran and Sam.

How Did We Give Up On Space?

America no longer has a space launch vehicle that can carry astronauts to orbit. Eventually, we hope there will be a commercial program that can do so, but the commercial efforts lately have simply demonstrated what happens when profit is … Continue reading

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Assasin’s Creed: Unplayable

UbiSoft has done something I though impossible. They’ve made a bigger mess of launching Assassin’s Creed Unity than Sony did launching Star Wars. I can’t play the game at all, because it blows up playing the opening cut scene. It … Continue reading

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How The Daily Show Got It Wrong About Opiates

There seems to be a growing movement that wants to ban all opiates, regardless of the harm it would do to chronic pain patients. Since I’ve been a chronic pain patient for the past fifteen years, I feel I’m a … Continue reading

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Mentoring for FIRST Robotics – Non-Guilty Pleasure.

For the last six months, I’ve been mentoring over at Walpole High School for the robotics team, the Walpole Robo Rebels. It’s been a great experience. FIRST, usfirst.org, is an organization that believes we need to teach our kids how … Continue reading

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GOP Learning Disabilty

Apparently, the GOP can’t learn from its own mistakes. Instead of admitting that they screwed up, the ultra-conservatives in the party are doubling down and trying to spin the whole fiasco as if it was Obama’s fault. It is the … Continue reading

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