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Jim Flannery

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.

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

State of the Startup: June 2016

By jimflannery | July 15, 2017

There are lots of books written by successful people looking backward at their careers and I always thought it would be cooler to have one from the perspective of someone when he’s down and out and clawing his way to the top. Of course that book would only become an interesting read if the author…

My Interview on ‘Youth on Subjects of the World’

By jimflannery | May 31, 2017

Last week I was invited to be interviewed by two unschoolers, Neil Karkhanis and Martin Harvey-Olson, on the CCN webshow ‘Youth on Subjects of the World.’  It was an honor to be their first non-teen guest!  We spent most of the two hours discussing our gripes with the education system and my path to developing Open Source…

Lessons learned via temazcal ceremony in the Mayan Riviera

By jimflannery | February 25, 2017

I have been traveling living the “tech nomad” lifestyle since the fall of 2016, a little over a year.  Most of my travels have been all around the US but I finally took a solo international journey during January and February.  It’s interesting because when I was younger, I had no desire to travel.  Whereas…

The importance of admitting you are wrong (and by the way, competition blows dogs for quarters)

By jimflannery | January 15, 2017

The last few months I’ve found myself reflecting on many of the perspectives I’ve taken and decisions I’ve made… and realized I’m usually wrong. As a bit of a stubborn, self-righteous and arrogant person, it can be painful to admit I’m wrong. I also find admitting I’m wrong to be an incredibly powerful tool.  …

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