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SEPTEMBER 6, 2014 11:37AM

Not Playing With a Full Deck... and more

It probably was not the first such description of the recipient's mental prowess, but it reminded me of other ones that never fail to tickle me, like "Two sandwiches short of a picnic" and "Not pulling a full train".

What are your favorites?

SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 2:18AM

Remembering Uncle Ho

Twenty-five years ago as a first-year grad student I was invited on a short research visit to Vietnam, which was just opening up to westerners. Over a holiday weekend I wrote an e-mail to some of my friends who had been there during the war, and to a few others, like… Read full post »
JUNE 20, 2014 8:51AM

Dostoevsky Predicted Blogging

Old Fyodor nailed the literary pretensions of his lessers and in a way predicted the curse of those possessed by the need to express themselves in public. This is from his Devils (The Possessed) published in 1871, and probably the closest he ever came to humor in his novels.
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JUNE 15, 2014 3:41AM

My Father's Gift To Me

Long before the first e-mails and instant messages and some fallen angel invented blogging, we ordinary folks who had an urge for real-time communication with strangers used radio. Wireless telegraphy was widely used by the 1910's for ship-to-shore communications, and soon thousands of radio hobbyist… Read full post »

OCTOBER 3, 2012 8:22AM

A Real October Surprise

Finally... news I can use. Rebecca Solnit (Stop Leftsplaining!) in Mother Jones:

 " One manifestation of this indiscriminate biliousness is the statement that gets aired every four years: that in presidential elections we are asked to choose the lesser of two evils. Now, this is not an analysi… Read full post »

The frightening consequences of a nation’s economic collapse are often illustrated by Weimar Germany and the rise of Hitler, but the USA also came close to national disaster during the Great Depression. I spent last week next to the air conditioner browsing some unread books. The opening chapteRead full post »

FEBRUARY 8, 2012 8:29PM

My first blog ever, anywhere

This is my very first blog! I’m not a Luddite since I have used, in fact relied on, personal computers since 1983. My resistance has come from not needing to share my thoughts with the entire world.

To start, I have three different topics that I welcome others’ thoughts… Read full post »