Nathan Branson

Music for Study and Work Productivity

Top Four: Tycho, Explosions in the Sky, Moby and Enya

Music makes mental work easier. If you are a student, you might need to review terms for biology in order to pass an exam. If you are writing an essay, you might need music to feel inspired. Doing menial tasks at work can be the same way. Sitting at a desk for 4 straight hours doing work on a computer feels like running a mental marathon. If . . .

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September 04, 2015

5 Quotes for August 28th

Short and Long Quotes on Writing

"Learning how to organize a long article is just as important as learning how to write a clear and pleasing sentence. All your clear and pleasing sentences will fall apart if you don't keep remembering that writing is linear and sequential, that logic is the glue that holds it together, that tension must be maintained from one . . .

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August 27, 2015

Two Questions: Consumerism/Citizenship and Reading the Gospel of Matthew

Below are two questions that I'd like some input on. If you have any answers to either these questions, please type a response in the comment section. Or feel free to email me at with your thoughts. I am looking to start a conversation about these things, whether online, via email or in person.

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August 19, 2015

5 Quotes for August 14th

Short and Long

"The most fascinating people in the world are the people who are most fascinated by the world, and those same people are the ones who change the world. No one who’s ever influenced this planet has ever done so without being remarkably curious."

- Josh James Riebock

"What I have learned from about twenty-years of . . .

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August 14, 2015

The 5 Year Process of Learning How to Wakeboard

Why Being Aware of How You Learn Makes Everything Easier to Learn

I tried wakeboarding in 2006 for the first time at High Rock Lake outside of Lexington, NC. At the age of 22, I believed I could do anything. In terms of social, physical and intellectual confidence, I was at a peak. Along with that, I knew how to snowboard. The transition seemed like a given. Snowboarding and wakeboarding begin the same way . . .

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August 06, 2015

Thoreau's 1854 View of America and America's 2015 Anxieties

On The First Two Chapters of Walden

The best thing about a carefully crafted mix CD is that it often contains your friend's favorite songs or a band's best songs. The mix CD cuts out the process of having to work hard to find the good songs and just allows you to hear what is worth your time. If I were to make a mix CD from Henry David Thoreau's "Walden," . . .

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July 28, 2015

Why We Never Stopped Watching TV

And One Method for Watching Less

Is cable television is hurtful or helpful for our society in 2015? This is not a new question. 2015 marks the 30 year anniversary of the 1985 publication of Neil Postman's "Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business." Postman's book lays out multiple arguments that show how cable television is . . .

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July 15, 2015