ottoborden has written 94 posts for Towards A Secular America

Recursively Converting XML to an Array in PHP

At my job we will soon be collecting environmental data from our own custom made measurement devices. The data loggers will be sending data back to our server via XML over GSM. The XML data can be dynamic, though most transmissions will be uniform in structure. Trying to parse dynamic HTML iteratively would undoubtedly lead … Continue reading



Gavin Newsome is the current Lt. Governor of California and author of the fascinating book Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government. In this discussion he explains his ideas with regard to eGovernment, Gov 2.0 and making government a platform for citizen involvement. Very interesting, plase enjoy.

Philanthropists of the World: You’re Doing It Wrong!

Very interesting….

Noam Chomsky’s Misreading of Human Nature

Steven Pinker discusses his thoughts on Chomsky’s view of human nature and where he disagrees with Chomsky’s theories.

Two Years After bin Laden Raid, the Future of Special Operations

If the future is small wars and smaller armies in terms of personnel, then what is the future? How do we get there?

Defense Contractor Develops New Water Desalinization Method

Lockheed Martin has developed a new type of filter that has the potential to drastically reduce the cost and complexity of removing salt from water. The process, officials and engineers at Lockheed Martin Corp say, would enable filter manufacturers to produce thin carbon membranes with regular holes about a nanometer in size that are large … Continue reading

Big Data in a new of era of progressivism

Thomas P.M. Barnett on a NYT piece about a new policing strategy being enacted by the NYPD. He sees it as part of a new era of progressivism and “Big Data” applied to chronic social problems. Writing off vulnerable populations isn’t noble.  It’s merely shirking your civic/global duty.

Citizen Zhu: Chinese Citizen Journalist

Tom Barnett on Zhu Ruifeng, an unlikely man in a precarious position. The Chinese Communist Party is tolerating him for now it seems, but uncovering the dirt of the single party erodes that party’s legitimacy. How long will he be allowed to continue?

How to Dodge Unmanned Drones

The Al-Qaida Papers – Drones Al-Qaida or Ansar al-Sharia linked document detailing counter drone tactics to be employed in Yemen. From June 2011.

Thomas P.M. Barnett on Obama’s “Minority Report” doctrine.

"The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks." - Christopher Hitchens

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