Reagan Charles Cook

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I'm a graduate student and creative consultant currently based in Los Angeles, California. I was born and raised in Ontario, Canada and studied Political Science and Economics at the University of Waterloo. While earning my undergraduate degree I also served as an infantry officer in the Canadian Army. My international work experience includes positions in corporate law in China, public affairs in Washington D.C. and environmental conservation in Australia.

I am currently working for a public relations firm in Los Angeles as well as for the University of Southern California. My academic research focuses on public diplomacy, international relations, social psychology and human behaviour. I am also interested in technology, politics, economics, security studies, literature, film, fine art, mathematics, physics, biology, history, design, agriculture, linguistics and education.

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WTF: Though they look like boring rocks, stromatolites are 3,000 year old biological structures formed in shallow water by microorganisms called cyanobacteria.

AND GET THIS:

Their formation is based on the coordinated efforts of billions of single-celled organisms working in unison to bind fine grain sediments together with the bacteria’s flagella. By working together the cynobacteria are able to secure a shelter to protect the community from harmful UV radiation.

PRETTY COOL, RIGHT? NOW CHECK THIS OUT:

When the stromatolites were discovered by scientists in 1956, they were the first ever recorded living examples of structures previously found only as fossils in ancient rocks. Although today’s stromatolites are only around 2,000 – 3,000 years old, the cyanobacteria that build them are similar to life forms found on Earth up to 3.5 billion years ago! This means the stromatolites are modern-day examples of life in Precambrian times. 

Back then, the Earth’s atmosphere contained only 1% oxygen. The cyanobacteria dominated the primordial seas, forming extensive stromatolite reefs and releasing increasing amounts of oxygen into the atmosphere.

Thus, modern stromatolites help explain the role of microbes in the evolution of the Earth’s biosphere. They have also helped scientists develop an ecological viewpoint that the survival of life depends on interaction rather than competition.

YES, STROMATOLITES ARE TOTALLY AWESOME!

The disparity of attention and casualties among major global conflicts.

Most people are aware that there isn’t a strong correlation between media attention and level of casualties in a conflict. Still, the extent of the disparity is depressing.

If you’re wondering where African states like C.A.R. and South Sudan would rank: total conflict related deaths are upwards of 5,000 and Google searches for the African countries are basically non-existent.

What does (sic) mean?

**Another example of something I’ve looked at thousands of times without understanding what it meant.

The Latin adverb sic (“thus”; in full: sic erat scriptum, “thus was it written”) inserted immediately after a quoted word or passage, indicates that the quoted matter has been transcribed exactly as found in the source text, complete with any erroneous or archaic spelling, surprising assertion, faulty reasoning, or other matter that might otherwise be taken as an error of transcription.

The notation’s usual purpose is to inform the reader that any errors or apparent errors in quoted material do not arise from errors in the course of the transcription, but are intentionally reproduced, exactly as they appear in the source text. It is generally placed inside square brackets, to signal that it is not part of the quoted matter; and is traditionally printed in italics, as is customary with foreign words.

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This is my first new painting in over a year, and the first since thing I’ve painted in Los Angeles. It’s the first panel in a triptych, and features an innovative application method involving liquid plastic cured at 1350 degrees by a heat gun. 

The man who is credited with the ‘invention’ of the numbering sequence of the modern standard dartboard is Brian Gamlin. Gamlin was a carpenter and showman from the County of Lancashire, England and came up with the  sequence at the age of 44.

He introduced the numbering variation at a county fair in 1896. Though darts were already a popular fairground activity, Gamlin built the board for a new game he called ‘round the clock’ in which players have to score with darts in numerical order. 

Gamlin designed the numbering  in such a way as to cut down the incidence of ‘lucky shots’ and reduce the element of chance. The numbers are placed in such a way as to encourage accuracy - the placing of small numbers either side of large numbers. 

There are 2,432,902,008,176,640,000 different possible arrangements of the 20 segments on a standard dartboard so its impressive that Gamlin’s arrangement of the numbers is almost perfect.

The maximum possible total of the difference between adjacent numbers is 200 (the sum of the numbers between 1 and 19) and Gamlin’s arrangement comes close at 196.

However, it could be improved most simply by moving the 14 and placing it between the 6 and the 10. 

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