Patrick Eng
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Week 46 - A Year of Learning Over...What's Next

So I guess it's done. A whole year of writing a blog post each week and learning something new. Sure, I missed a few here and there, but I think 46 out of 52 is pretty damn good.

But with this door closed, I now get to think about what's next. And honestly, I'm excited about what I have planned for this new year.

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Week 45 - What I Need to Know About Franchises

Franchise businesses are nothing new. In fact, they’re actually hundreds of years old, dating back to Benjamin Franklin starting the first printing franchise in 1731. But with a business model as old as franchising, it's surprising how misunderstood it actually is.

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Week 44 - What I Need to Know About Chatbots

The thing about bots is that you don't need to be a techy to know how they work. If the word "programming" frightens you, then just think of it this way: coding/programming is just a different way to write instructions.

When it comes to making a bot, this is no different. Sure, someone programmed the whole thing out, but at this point, the whole craze is "make a chatbot without writing a single line of code". At this point, it's a matter of logic. If someone says X, does my bot respond with Y or with Z?

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Week 43 - What I Need to Know About Qigong

In short, Qigong is really just slow, subtly, and deliberate movements of the body and mind to attain increased health and well-being. It's very different than what most of us in the West are used to since it's not running 4 miles and day and lifting weights.

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Week 41 - What I Need to Know About Recycling

The idea of recycling is very simple - you take something you no longer need and somehow convert it into something you can use again. To get some ideas, you could just search for "recycled crafts" on Pinterest and you'll see tons of things you can do with all the stuff you were about to throw out.

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Week 40 - What I Need to Know About Amazon Web Services (AWS)

With all the news about Amazon HQ2 coming to Northern Virginia and New York, many people have probably forgotten about another key player in the Amazon family - Amazon Web Services (AWS). While AWS had slow and largely unnoticed growth for most of its life, it eventually became an essential part of Amazon's services, and can't be ignored.

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Week 39 - What I Need to Know About the Electoral College

With our recent Midterm elections, my mind has increasingly gone back to how U.S. elections work and how little I actually understand what is going on in the election process. And what I specifically mean here is the Electoral College (EC).

While I know that the midterms do not make use of the electoral college and actually use popular vote, the idea of the Electoral College has always been a mystery to me. Kind of important to understand since this is how we elect our President.

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Week 35 - What I Need to Know About Open Relationships

As society has evolved and relationships and love defined differently, the shift from classical monogamy to consensial non-monogamy (CNM) is hard to ignore.

Traditionally speaking, we've been practitioners of classical monogamy. Meaning, two individuals marry as virgins, remain exclusive their entire lives, and become celibate when the spouse dies.

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Week 34 - What I Need to Know About the Rooster Teeth Family

As Rooster Teeth became more popular, as their ideas became more ambitious, and as they acquired more funding, they needed to expand and create more quality content. They needed to widen the scope of their content, hence the Achievement Hunter branch, and quickly acquire the bandwidth to specialize in their various verticals, from video game news, to comedy, to community engagement.

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Week 32 - What I Need to Know About Being a Front End Developer

Let's say you go to one of your favorite websites one day, and as you're looking at it, you suddenly think to yourself: “how did they got that fancy button to bounce in” or maybe “how did they got that form to melt away after I submitted it”.

Well, all that work is done by a frontend engineer/developer/visualizer who has a whole arsenal of skills that allowed them to accomplish that eye-candy.

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Week 30 - What I Need to Know About Feminism

Feminism is complicated. Not in terms of ideology, but in classification. You can see that in action through the various waves of feminism over the decades that seemed to have started in the roots of racism and evolved over time to a become whole melting pot of splinter movements, working for basic human rights for women.

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Week 29 - What I Need to Know About Pornography's Affect on the Brain

Turns out, watching porn might make you stupid. At least according to this study that found that those who became addicted to pornography were essentially becoming addicted to a type of drug and had brains with less activity and fewer connections.

But hey, it's a scientific study, so who knows what actually is correct. I'm sure there's another one out there that says watching porn makes you smarter too.

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Week 28 - What I Need to Know About Sleep

I'm sure we all know someone who has insomnia and that shouldn't be too surprising based on how we live our lives today.

In terms of why people have insomnia, you'd have to look more at their life, medications, illnesses, and stresses. For example, you could have insomnia because of…

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Week 27 - What I Need to Know About Chinese Mythology

Like many creation stories, there seem to be a few of them and with no shortage of contradictions.

In this version of Chinese creation, Pangu is believed to be the creator of all things and was created from a cosmic egg that formed from chaos. The story of Pangu was written down by Xu Zheng who lived during the Three Kingdoms period (220 - 280 A.D.).

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