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I started my blog as a means to develop my seemingly rapid and disconnected thoughts into a communicable, organized form. I also find writing is a useful exercise for building emotional resilience in sharing these thoughts with the public. I find it frightening to be so exposed, yet also exciting to see what kind of response I get from people. Plus, it’s revealing to look backward to reflect on what topics I’ve written about over time as my story unfolds.

To my younger self: Speaking Out

By jimflannery | December 26, 2017

Thought this might be useful to anyone interested in getting involved in activism… Part 1: Part 2: Part 3:

The Government is Trying to Plant a Chip in My Brain: An Autopsy of a Startup

By jimflannery | December 9, 2017

The U.S. government just took its first step toward forcing microchips into people.  Naturally, they are doing it for your own protection. To be more specific, two weeks ago, the FDA approved a new drug for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia which includes a digital sensor that allows health care providers (and government) to track whether…

LIVE Net Neutrality Protest at Verizon in Manchester, Connecticut

By jimflannery | December 7, 2017

At Verizon stores across the United States, protesters gathered to express their disgust about the FCC’s plan to repeal Net Neutrality. Why meet up at Verizon? Because the FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, the same person who is fighting to repeal net neutrality, is a former Associate General Counsel for Verizon Communications, Inc. Since the local…

#SaveTheInternet Net Neutrality Livestream Marathon

By jimflannery | December 7, 2017

My friend Neil Karkhanis (@Neil532Gaming) co-hosted a 12 hour livestream marathon to #SaveTheInternet.  The livestream was all about the battle for Net Neutrality. What is Net Neutrality?  In a tweet: Net Neutrality says that your internet service provider cannot adjust the speed of your internet connection based on the websites you are visiting. This is…

How to Protest in Style: Prepping for the December 7 Verizon Protest

By jimflannery | December 7, 2017

I’ve packaged all the graphics I used to make my awesome protest t-shirt into a .zip file. The .zip contains the originals, plus the Powerpoint file combining them, plus a Photoshop file of the finals. Even if you don’t have Photoshop, you can still combine the images real easily… you can do it! DOWNLOAD T-SHIRT…

Funny Physics: The Math that Drives Me Mad

By jimflannery | October 29, 2017

I originally submitted this essay for the FQXi Physics Essay Contest under the prompt: “How can mindless mathematical laws give rise to aims and intention?”  Sadly, I was rejected for “obscenity.”  While there is a piece of me that wishes to  bash them for restricting my freedom of expression, I really should still thank them…

My appearence on “For the Love of Learning Show” discussing Creating Community for Unschoolers

By jimflannery | October 26, 2017

This week I appeared on the webshow “For the Love of Learning” as part of a panel of guests discussing Creating Community for Unschoolers.  It was an honor to be invited to join such an accomplished group of people, admittedly I felt a bit under-accomplished.  I don’t know that I did a very good job…

To my younger self: Regarding Addiction

By jimflannery | October 25, 2017

I thought maybe this would be useful to anyone struggling with addiction… Part 1: Part 2: Part 3:

My Experience at Not Back to School Camp

By jimflannery | August 25, 2017

This summer, I had the privilege of being invited to work at Not Back to School Camp, an annual summer camp for unschoolers.  To call it a “summer camp” almost feels like an injustice to the event, as it is an experience that far exceeds any expectation one might have of a summer camp.  Since I…

To my younger self: Quit School!

By jimflannery | August 22, 2017

It appears that I’ve started a Vlog… If you check the YouTube videos themselves, all references are included.  I’ve omitted them from this page since it would take up so much space. PART 1: Part 2: The Rebuttal Part 3: Do it for Humanity Part 4: How it’s Done


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