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Sunday, November 26, 2017

And now a few words about –

LED Christmas lights. If you’re like me, the appeal of LED lights is more their longevity rather than their penny-pinching use of electricity. The package says expected bulb life 22 years. Yet, last year one string quit entirely and another was only about a fourth lit and that was the first year I... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Talking with a ghost

Hello, I realize I have been away for a while, but things have been, well, strange lately. You see, I’ve been talking to a ghost. Before you write me off as some nutcase, let me explain. This summer, my brother moved back home from Texas. He was going through a separation from his wife, he couldn’t... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Big brother behind the wheel…

We hear a lot these days about autonomous cars, such as the Tesla that can “drive” itself. Engineers are falling all over themselves to perfect this feat that, frankly, most of us look askance at. Yet we may find ourselves increasingly falling into the clutches of at least, partial autonomy. Case in... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Them old computer gotta bug in it bluez!

Just got a call from someone who claimed my computer had error messages. Now, if you are new to computing or have just emerged from a 20 year nap in a cave, this is a scam. The more foreign the caller, the scammier it is. Okay, just a theory and I’m not picking on any ethnic group, just the ones... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Waxing political

Generally, in this divisive zeitgeist we are in, I try to avoid discussing or offering my opinions on matters politic. I firmly believe that on any given media, social or blog one is not going to change any opinions, so why bother? If we think about the issues it is always wise to consider opposing... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Dyslexic thoughts.

The other day I thought I saw a car ad that boasted “0% interest for 60 minutes!” Is that ridiculous or is it closer to the truth than we’d like to think? During this sluggish economic “recovery” we have come to expect no interest for crazy periods of time. Some day that will all change and as... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Life in the slow lane

In my “retirement” I find myself driving a school bus. The most common reaction I hear from folks is, “Oh, I could never do that!” I imagine that comment arises from the general perception that kids these days are completely out of control. I won’t kid you, it can be trying at times. Indeed,... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

And now a few words from a few thousand candidates.

I was going to say election time is upon us, but that seems to have been the case for the past year, at least. At least we get to vote on local and state issues pretty soon, probably the only place our votes really count. Most of the ballot items here in Washington revolve around taxes. Should we... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Brian, we hardly knew ye!

Brian Williams, news anchor is the latest celebrity to step on his tongue. When I heard the story, I didn’t think he was telling it to brag himself up, it seemed the point was to applaud the servicemen and women that he alleged came to their rescue. So did he “mis-recall” the incident or did he... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Within the human condition, the most consistent thing seems to be…

War. We have an unimaginable capacity to inflict damage and death on those whose ideals don’t match ours. Are humans really the most intelligent species or just the most clever when it comes to instruments of war? Suppose we do decide to turn the other cheek? There are groups out there for whom that... Sign in to see full entry.

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