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 Anonymous Coward? Why I Also Blogged Under an Assumed Name

Astute reader(s) may notice that this blog receives infrequent updates. While this may be of little concern to anyone who is not a spam bot (my most loyal commenters), I will explain that although not updating here, I have also a secret life as an anonymous blogger.

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The War Was in Color

 For Veterans Day: The War Was in Color

For Veterans Day.

A nice video that reminds us that while we remember many wars through black and white photos, they are all fought in color.

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You Know You’re Getting Old When. . .


It was recently my birthday, and in sending me best wishes my younger brother explained that: “At a certain stage it is no longer ‘happy birthday’ it is just ‘birthday.'” While I tend to agree with that statement, I feel no particular angst at getting older. However, I recently discovered a more worrying marker of aging, other than gray (and fewer) hairs, that made me reconsider.

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Does Character Still Count?

 Does Character Still Count? A discussion of character and ethics in the modern world.

Merriam Webster describes character as Sense 6: moral excellence and firmness [a man of sound character] I would describe it with the old adage: “Doing the right thing when nobody is looking.”

We live in a world that is ever more electronically connected yet personally disconnected. A world where we make deals over the telephone or by e-mail. A world where we may be no more than a price on a screen. A world where people increasingly come together for a single project and then disband to the far corners of the earth.

In such a world does that thing called character still count?  [… more]

A Small Step Towards Happiness

 Turn Off Your Television, TV Makes You Unhappy

What if I told you there was one thing you could do to increase your happiness? What if I told you it required little effort and little cost? Would you be interested? [… more]

Now I Feel Old

 The Compact Disc (CD) hits thirty and I suddenly feel old.

The news that Compact Disc is thirty years old, made me feel old. Actually I (and you) should relax just a bit; the first discs did not hit the stores until late 1982. So it is not as bad as it first seemed.

Whatever about the sound quality, the album art is just not the same reduced to CD size. The impact of something like Dark Side of the Moon is entirely lost when it not on a 12 inch square. There was some excitement in sliding that big disc out of its cover, placing it carefully on the turntable, and gently lowering the needle. There was a certain joy in sitting back the gatefold cover open in your lap, studying the lyrics.

But tell that to young kids today and they won’t believe you.