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The Oranges of Old Glory

Despite President Trump’s strange rehash of history, including airports and rockets’ red glare (Fort McHenry) being part of the American Revolutionary War and the remit of the Continental Army (not actually named for George Washington either), a brief look at the oranges of the American flag might be in order. (more…)

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Memorial Day – Does Truth Matter

Memorial Day, which used to always be May 30, is now held on the last Monday in May for the convenience of holiday trippers. So, for those of you busy with the BBQ, the braised beef, and the baked beans, you might want to take a moment – perhaps a single minute at 3 p.m. […]

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From Ghana With Love

Forget Russian election hacking for a moment. What’s with the up-surge in West African scamming lately? Facebook is rife with accounts festooned with pictures of pretty girls who are eager to meet YOU! They want to chat and learn all about you, sucker! (more…)

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Internet In The 80s

In the 1980s almost the only way to “get online” involved a local bulletin board system (BBS), a fledgling company called Quantum Link (Q-Link) that catered to the Commodore 64 (C-64) personal computers, or another provider, CompuServe. And it cost! I paid something like $46 an hour to connect from the somewhat remote Canadian town, […]

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You Betcha Red Rider

As many of you know I don’t do mornings well. I’ve spent my life thinking “outside the box” (or with no box at all!) and so I always saw it as, “The early worm gets taken by the bird!” (more…)

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Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur C. Clarke is the well know science fiction writer who gave us such monumental stories as 2001 A Space Odyssey and Randevous With Rama, and lesser known, though equally important works like The Fountains Of Paradise. Many don’t know that he was actually a formally trained mathematician and scientist as well. (more…)

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To Blab Or Not To Blab

“What the heck is Blab?” a friend asked me the other day when I told him I was on Blab three times a week. Well, Blab is a rather appropriate name for a live-stream video social sharing platform where people sit around projecting their video image and blab. Well, they speak, share, present, and all […]

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How Do You Think The Robot Feels?

While not exactly the kind of robots envisioned by Isaac Asimov when he penned his Three Laws of Robotics, none-the-less robots are among us. They have worked their way into many levels of our society, from office mail delivery to heavy labor, from lab technicians to aircraft flight systems, and they are poised to slip […]

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