Author: David Ovienmhada

Let’s Get Racist: The Mark of Cain

This post is obvious satire. Cain said to the LORD, “My punishment is more than I can bear. Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.” But the LORD said to him, “Not so; anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over.” Then the LORD put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. Genesis 4:13-15 If you’re familiar with America’s racist history, you’re somewhat religious, and you’re old...

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Why People Fall for Fake ‘End Times’ Prophecies

In light of the latest round of failed end times prophecies (one will fail in the next 48 hours, and the next by about October 6th), you might be asking yourself how this keeps happening, and yet people don’t learn. Do you know what the wine industry and the jewelry industry have in common? It’s that every single day, someone turns 21, and every single day somebody gets married. That’s how those businesses are sustained. They don’t have to innovate or compete, really. They just take their slice of the pie, day after day, year after year. Unless humans turn into robots...

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What’s the story behind your name?

I’ve always been fascinated by last names. I come from a culture where every name you’re given has special and even prophetic meaning. Though the African might be more intentional in picking a predictive name than the average Westerner, nearly all names of all cultures are bubbling with meaning. Ovienmhada isn’t just an assortment of characters that sounds cool, it actually means something in my family’s native tongue, Esan. It’s a name that is a parable, and a title that one of our ancestors who was an Onojie (king) of his township gave himself. It means: “The scepter of a king.” “Ovie”...

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The a vs. an rule: what is it? Don’t look it up.

This was supposed to be a status update, but then it got way too long. So you know the a vs. an rule? I don’t remember when exactly I learned the rule. I don’t even remember the rule, and I chose not to google it for this demonstration. But the way I’ve always followed the rule is by if it “sounds right.” That’s not a very specific way to follow a rule, is it? But let’s see if it works. Sounds right An apple… An orange… A grapefruit… A car… A person… A lion… A bee… An airplane… An...

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2015 iPad Pro Predictions and the Future of the Tablet Market

As a fun exercise, I often like to predict what direction an industry will take, and test my ability to strategize. Analysts make predictions based on leaks or news, but raw speculation on the future of a product category is conflicted among opinionated users of that product. The common Achilles heel in that line of reasoning is the thought that everyone else uses that product for the same thing you use it for. I’ve never made any “official” public predictions before. In the past, if I thought I was sure enough about where something was headed, I’d just buy some stock options....

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