Life and Death with the Nexus 6 (video)

Over the years, my primary smartphone and tablet have always been members of the Nexus family. I’ve had ample opportunity to try other Android-powered devices, but I always keep coming back to Nexus. The last few weeks have been especially hard on my family. My wife’s father, Ed, fell. He hit his head and broke his hip. After a troubled night…

Miley Cyrus says “forget Jesus … Stars died so you can live” quote is “beautiful”

Earlier this month teen icon Miley Ray Cyrus posted a photo on twitter, calling it “Beautiful”. The picture was of Lawrence Krauss, a theoretical physicist, and one of his quotes. “You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements (carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, all things that matter for evolution) weren’t created at the beginning of…

Church-Owned Newspaper Runs Racy Ad Across Woman’s Breasts

While reading a news article I was forced to read the following ad (it interrupted the flow of the article). The ad features an attractive young woman in front of a laptop wearing a t-shirt with “I’m a HOTSPOT” written across her breasts. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with people drawing attention to intimate parts of their bodies, inviting you…

Experiments with Homemade Wheat Gluten

Gluten is a vegetarian alternative to meat. When prepared and seasoned correctly it can be almost indistinguishable from hamburger, ribs, chicken strips or chicken nuggets, or sausage. My buddy recently wrote an article on how to make wheat gluten at home. My wife had just ground some hard white wheat earlier in the day, and I decided to see what…

Beneath These Red Cliffs: An Ethnohistory of the Utah Paiutes

I’m Paiute, so when my brother picked up a copy of this book I was compelled to read it. I’m typically not into recreational reading of history at all, let alone “ethnohistory,” but wanting to know more about my roots I borrowed the book and am quite impressed. The Mountain Meadows Massacre from the Paiute perspective is given. The taking…

Glenn Beck Asks the Worst-Case Scenario Questions

“We must dare to think about the unthinkable things, because when things become unthinkable thinking stops and action becomes mindless.” — Former Arkansas Senator William Fullbright. Worst-Case Scenario #1: What would be the impact of a complete financial meltdown Worst-Case Scenario #2: The USA is no longer the “world’s policeman” – so who is? Worst-Case Scenario #3: What if civil…

Tolerance?

Preface I really have a hard time writing this post, for a few reasons that I’ll get into. My wife runs a Preschool and Daycare out of our home, she caters to younger children, those with mild-special needs, and the children under her care have a broad slice of ethnic diversity (dark skin, tan skinned, white skinned; Turks, Native Americans,…

Separation of Topics

I’m trying to separate my articles by placing them on the site that they’re most applicable. Hopefully this will help each site be more relative to its visiting audience. This means my posts will be split between (presently) three sites: www.JoeLevi.com: “Greener Living through Technology,” local involvement/activism, self-defense, and self-reliance. Natalie.JoeLevi.com: personal and family stuff, Asperger’s Disorder/Asperger’s Syndrome, parenting, raising…