Author Archives: kengloeckner

Chaos, the Categorical Imperative, and my morning commute

A few months ago, I read James Gleick’s Chaos. In it, Gleick provides several essays about what was an emerging field of research: chaos, complexity, and dynamic systems. Beneath the shiny surface of these fancy words are some genuinely shocking truths about our world. Even within the simplest and apparently deterministic systems are points where […]

Winter 2014

Overview Bonnie and I were married on August 16, 2014. Instead of doing a standard wedding registry of household items, we decided to use Wanderable (essentially an online honeymoon registry) to help us finance our honeymoon. Bonnie had traveled once to Bristol, UK but I had never been across the Atlantic so this trip was something new […]

Top Books of 2014

Since I’ve started using GoodReads to post reviews, it doesn’t make much sense for me to duplicate those here. So, instead, I want to share some of my favorite books that I’ve read for 2014! FICTION My favorite fiction books for the year are Andy Weir’s The Martian, Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha, and George Orwell’s Animal Farm. The Martian (Andy Weir) […]

Updates! GoodReads, Movies, Et Cetera.

It’s been a while! WEDDING Since I last updated this blog, a lot has happened! The biggest event (or one of the biggest) of my life occurred on August 16 when I married my best friend, Bonnie. We had a very non-traditional wedding ceremony to say the least! We got married in a movie theater […]

Peter F. Hamilton's Pandora's Star

Peter F. Hamilton’s Pandora’s Star and Judas Unchained

Times flies! I did not realize how long it had been since my last post so I thought I would make some updates this weekend. On on the docket today is a review of Peter F. Hamilton’s two-part SciFi series: Pandora Star and Judas Unchained. If there is anything you should know about me, it is that […]

Clash of Civilizations

Samuel Huntington’s Clash of Civilizations

Originally published in 1996, years before the tragedies of 9/11, Huntington’s civilizational theory of international politics became quickly controversial for stark contrasts and incompatibilities he suggested between the West and the Islamic worlds. Before sharing my commentary on this theory, I should try to give a summary of Huntington’s theory. Written in the aftermath of […]

Isaiah Berlin's The Crooked Timber of Humanity

Isaiah Berlin’s The Crooked Timber of Humanity

Politics today, especially the American variant, is an extremely divisive topic for people to discuss. I think we’ve all heard it said that the best way to make new friends is to avoid discussing religion or politics. I think that’s generally a true statement — although some folks a eager to discuss politics as spectators […]