Author: Alex

My background is in digital media, but my lifelong passion has been the pursuit of the classical ideal: a sound mind in a sound body. To me, this means being physically and mentally capable of dealing with whatever life throws at me. I can’t claim to have achieved that goal to my satisfaction, but I have learned a tremendous amount in the process. This website is my effort to share what I learn with like-minded people. I hope you find plenty here to inspire you, challenge you, and help you along on your own journey towards becoming a Capable Civilian.

Audio Analysis Proves Vegas Shooter Fired Full-Auto

EYEWITNESS: Chilling footage of moment active shooter opened fire on concert goers near Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas pic.twitter.com/7OfAwg0ReO — Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) October 2, 2017 A quick analysis of the eyewitness phone footage from the Las Vegas shooting…

Steelism: The Soundtrack To Your Life

The recent NPR Weekend feature on Nashville-based Steelism was the wider world’s first introduction to this quirky and appealing band. Founded by multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Fetzer and pedal-steel virtuoso Spencer Cullum, Jr, Steelism is differentiated from a sea of indy acts…

Prison Isn’t The Answer To Crime

“Do the crime, do the time” is a pretty accurate summary of American judicial philosophy. The assumption that criminals should be put in prison is so fundamental that most people have trouble imagining anything else. However, there are more effective and…

It’s Time To Admit That Neo-Nazis Are Real

When I was 11 years old, my dad gave me the Smithsonian Book of Comic Book Comics for my birthday. This wonderful anthology collected many of the most historically-significant stories in comic book history, including the first appearances of Superman…