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About captainjaq

I am a world traveling, dog loving, scuba diving, book collecting, writer - currently residing somewhere in Eastern Europe. His words have been spoken by Capt. Jean-Luc Picard and Robin Hood, been read by David Copperfield, and criticized by his 7th grade English teacher. He'd like to thank the members of the Academy, although he doesn't know why.In his spare time, he's a university professor and a kick ass uncle.

The EU Suppressed a 300-Page Study That Found Piracy Doesn’t Harm Sales

The European Commission paid €360,000 (about $428,000) for a study on how piracy impacts the sales of copyrighted music, books, video games, and movies. But the EU never shared the report—possibly because it determined that there is no evidence that piracy is a major problem.

Source: The EU Suppressed a 300-Page Study That Found Piracy Doesn’t Harm Sales

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Virtual Reality is really real (but not really)

maxresdefaultHoly crap! I just tried a virtual reality rig for the first time.  My friend Simonas has a complete set up and has been asking me to come try to out for a while. He’s been telling me about VR truck driving and air traffic controlling but honestly, I didn’t really get what all the fuss was about.  Continue reading

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Len Wein Dies, At 69 – Bleeding Cool News And Rumors

When I lived in LA, I met Len through mutual friends and we became friendly. Every couple of months or so, we would go out for lunch or meet up at a movie and hang out. Yes, I was a comic fan, but honestly, I didn’t know the half of who he was or what he’d done (hell, I’m still learning now as I delve deep into comics history for my own research).

What I did know was that he was a hell of a guy. He took the time to hang out with a young punk who thought he knew much more than he did. And even though we hadn’t really seen each other in years, the mark he left on my life is indelible and he will certainly be missed.

Rest easy, my friend. And may they have great delis wherever you’re going.

Source: Len Wein Dies, At 69 – Bleeding Cool News And Rumors

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Universitete dėstantis Jaq Greenspon Las Vegasą iškeitė į gyvenimą Kaune | Kas vyksta Kaune

Yup… Lithuanian article/interview about yours truly… I have no idea what it says, I can only hope I sound good!

Jaq Greenspon į Kauną atvyko prieš šešerius metus. Humoro jausmo ir drąsių išvaizdos detalių nestokojantį vyrą gatvėje pastebi daugelis, o geriausiai jį pažįsta, žinoma, studentai, kuriems jis dėsto. Šią įdomią bei spalvingą asmenybę iš kitų išskiria dar vienas neeilinis faktas – jis Las Vegasą, kur praleido didžiąją gyvenimo dalį, iškeitė į Kauną.

Source: Universitete dėstantis Jaq Greenspon Las Vegasą iškeitė į gyvenimą Kaune | Kas vyksta Kaune

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How to respond to fans…

Steve Martin encounter

Being famous is not easy. Not that I’m famous, not by any stretch of the imagination, but I’ve been famous adjacent many times and it’s not something I would ever actually want to be. Not saying I don’t want to be successful or popular, I do… I just don’t want to be famous. Continue reading

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Merriam-Webster’s new etymology tool is both educational and terrifying · Great Job, Internet! · The A.V. Club

The cool thing about the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is that it is referential and contextual. Which is to say, the definitions come from printed usage, with meanings determined by context. One of the advantages of this is you can trace the history of a word’s meanings back through time, with citations showing the literary usage (a great non-fiction book about this is The Professor and the Madman, which I highly recommend reading).  Continue reading

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David Magazine |Holy High Days

This month’s piece for David Magazine is all about legalized pot and whether or not it’s Kosher.

Enjoy!

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She’s your kid…

Castle walking.jpgThere’s an interesting things that’s been happening as Monki is getting older. She’s developing a personality. Okay, that’s not the interesting part – well, it is, but not really relevant to what I want to talk about. See… along with the personality, you can see certain traits form and develop like eddies and whirlpools in a tidal inlet.  Continue reading

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A Word About Letters

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The Postcard Dilemma

resize_400x400_seniI love postcards. I’m a fan in general of souvenirs but nine times out of ten or even 99/100 if I buy anything at all, it’s postcards. When I travel, I tend to get postcards everywhere then spend my time in the evenings at local bars or coffee shops (or on trains or busses) writing them out and sending them from my next stop.  Continue reading

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