Joseph D. N. Kendrick
Writer of words. Haver of cats. joeykendrick.com
10 Facts About Bitcoin You (Probably) Didn't Know
Do you know why May 22 is such an important date for Bitcoin? Do you know who created Bitcoin in the first place? Bitcoin is a titan among cryptocurrencies, with a storied history and a meteoric rise in value. It has been at the center of international scandals and political debates, and it has made fortunes for dedicated miners and programmers. There are, unsurprisingly, a number of interesting facts about Bitcoin that you should learn if you want to be involved in the world of cryptocurrency.
Why Do Women Fall in Love with Convicted Killers?
Some women are positively crazy for serial killers. Ted Bundy was a mass murderer who wrote fan letters, reportedly received hundreds of love letters from young women when he was incarcerated. Richard Ramirez had dozens of groupies visit him and send him letters during his trial, and he would even go on to marry one of these groupies after more than a decade of courtship. (You can imagine the courtship process is certainly slower when one of the parties is on death row.)
Things You Didn't Know About Working on Wall Street
When you think of Wall Street, the first images that pop into your mind are likely snippets from the many films that have covered the historic New York City avenue. These movies, like Trading Places and Bonfire of the Vanities, were heavily inspired by Wall Street during the economic boom of the 1980s, featuring lavish dinners, yacht parties, and expensive tailored clothing. Today, however, the realities of working on Wall Street are not so glamorous.
The History of Gin in America
Gin is one of the most unique and popular distilled spirits in the world. There are few restrictions on what constitutes "gin" as far as ingredients and the distilling process, so the term encompasses a broad array of spirits. The base alcohol can be produced from any number of ingredients, and it can be flavored with any combination of botanicals. It's so easy, in fact, that you can learn how to make gin from scratch. The one central, characteristic ingredient, though, is the juniper berry. Juniper berries form the distinctive aromatic flavor that we associate with gin, and play an important role in the creation and evolution of this fine spirit.
Struggles Every Programmer Knows
If you've spent any amount of time trying to learn to code, you've likely already experienced some of the struggles every programmer knows. It doesn't take long to figure out the biggest headaches in the world of computer programming and software development. High school programming students know just as well as professional coders because the problems never seem to go away, no matter how experienced you are. While I don't have the solutions for these issues, sometimes venting is enough to help you power through your struggles.
10 Easy Pumpkin Spice Cocktails You Need to Try This Fall
We all know it: when the leaves start changing color, it's time for pumpkin everything. Candles. Lattes. Pie. Now add cocktails to that list and happy hour just got a little more basic. Some people can't get enough pumpkin during the fall season, while others have to pike their pumpkin battles. No matter what camp you fall into, these pumpkin spice cocktails are the perfect pick-me-ups for the season.
Does College Accreditation Matter?
When it's time for young students to prepare for the next step in their education by applying to colleges, they typically don't seek out the school's accreditation. This is because it's simply something they don't think to check, though, it is definitely one of the things to consider before starting college. Luckily for these students, this oversight usually doesn't come back to haunt them, as pretty much all public colleges and universities in the United States (your "state schools," etc.) are, as a rule, recognized by the appropriate accrediting bodies, but more on that process in a moment.
Reasons Why School Pictures Always Looked Awful
"Picture Day" at school is always made up to be a much more important event than it really is. I remember when I was in elementary school, I thought it was a genuinely big deal with legitimate real-world consequences. The fact of the matter is that the amount of thought and stress you put into preparing for school pictures, it doesn't really make a difference on photo quality. Which is just fine, because no matter how good or bad the photo is, it serves the same nostalgic purpose when you're looking back on your photos years later. It begs the question though, why have school pictures always looked awful?