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Book Review: The Men Who United The States

The Men Who United The States:  America’s Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics, And Mavericks, And The Creation Of One Nation, Indivisible, by Simon Winchester This book is odd for a variety of reasons.  For one, it is written by a naturalized Brit … Continue reading

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The American Civil War: A Case Study In The Ambiguity Of Creativity

What is the relationship between war and creativity?  Let’s think about this for a moment.  On the one hand, a great many inventions have resulted from our desire to slaughter each other, and the Civil War is no different.  There … Continue reading

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In Praise Of New Things

From time to time something interesting happens at work, and that was the case today.  I don’t think that it was a particularly productive day today, but there were good reasons for that and hopefully the rest of the week … Continue reading

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Onward To A World Of Servile Technology And Resentful People

From time to time there are situations in life that remind me of some of the more notable but less often discussed aspects of our existence.  I find myself in a somewhat ambivalent position when it comes to other people.  … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Man Who Loved China

The Man Who Loved China:  The Fantastic Story Of An Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked The Mysteries Of The Middle Kingdom, by Simon Winchester If you are of the belief that Joseph Needham, the man at the center of this deeply … Continue reading

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Book Review: Playing Video Games To Learn

Playing Video Games To Learn:  A Parent’s Guide To Educational Gaming For Kids, by Dr. Jan Kopia [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Reedsy Discovery for the purposes of review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dear Machine: A Letter to a Super-Aware/Intelligent Machine (SAIM)

Dear Machine:  A Letter To A Super-Aware/Intelligent Machine (SAIM), by Greg Keiser [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Reedsy Discovery for the purpose of review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] While there are substantial disagreements … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Great Courses: War And World History: Part II

Great Courses:  War And World History:  Part II, taught by Professor Jonathan P. Roth Admittedly, and pleasingly, I found the author’s war and society much less irritating than I did at first.  When one is listening to lectures about ancient … Continue reading

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On The Ubiquity Of Fatburgs

This morning, as I was getting ready for work, I noticed that an acquaintance of mine had sent me a request to like his page, where he promoted the use of grease interceptors in order to help companies address the … Continue reading

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The Troll In Me And The Troll In You

One of the more humorous aspects of the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen is his expression that he had a bit of the troll in him.  Although the word troll has a greatly different semantic domain when one is dealing with … Continue reading

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