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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.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Now that the election is over…

Maybe we should keep track of who gets their campaign signs that litter every yard and inch of roadside space taken down the quickest and vote for them next time. It proves they know how to get things done. Now that there has been a changing of the guard, so to speak, (after all, a politician, of... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Crash test dummies to gain weight

In response to the ever-expanding waistline of the American driving public, safety engineers are making crash test humanoid replacements (sounds much more fancier than dummies) reflect our passion for food and our dispassion for exercise. I don’t know if this is good or bad. Do the plus-sized among... Sign in to see full entry.

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