Economics 101 and Iraq
One of the more useful courses I took in college was Economics 101. Surprisingly, I retained a few nuggets of gold from that course I took some 28 years ago. One nugget was the notion of a sunk cost. For those of you who never took economics, or conveniently forgot about sunk costs after taking…
What’s Going on at NASA?
My friend Tom and I were big space program enthusiasts growing up in the 60s. It was hard not to be excited about the space program during that time, but we were something like fanatics about it back then. The space program embodied the best of American ingenuity at a time beset with otherwise pretty…
An Open Letter to George W. Bush
Dear Mr. President, I hope it’s okay if I can be informal and call you George. I promise not to call you, for today at least, some of those less flattering names that many have openly called you. I have for you today, sir, one heaping serving of humble pie for your immediate consumption. It…
A view from the streets of Baghdad
I’ve been fascinated by a web log I was learned about. Riverbend is the pseudonym of an apparently young Muslim lady living in Baghdad. She was a fairly well paid geek until the war started and like lots of people she is now unemployed. The unemployment rate in Iraq is now 65%! She had a…
Are our lives random chance or by design?
What’s it all about? Why are we here? Is what we call our life and our consciousness just an accident of nature? The answers to these questions are likely unknowable in any scientific sense, but I am thinking about them more and more as my parents age. My mother in particular is having a tough…
What Threat to the Bush Administration are you?
Goodness, I am morally deficient! Threat rating: Medium. Your total lack of decent family values makes you dangerous, but we can count on some right wing nutter blowing you up if you become too high profile. What threat to the Bush administration are you? brought to you by Quizilla
What Level of Hell will you go to?
Well, here is my score. I am proud to note that I qualify for multiple levels of hell. The Dante’s Inferno Test has banished you to the Second Level of Hell! Here is how you matched up against all the levels: Level Score Purgatory (Repenting Believers) Very Low Level 1 – Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers) Moderate…
Back from Yellowstone!
We are back from an abbreviated vacation in Yellowstone. It will take me some days to chronicle our little vacation. I won’t do it here, but if interested in learning a lot about Yellowstone and our brief adventure in the park you can find the details here. Within a week the history should be complete…
We’ll be in Yellowstone August 16-22. Needless to say I don’t plan to spend it near a computer. Have a great end of August everyone!
Star Trek: It’s Dead Jim. Let it Lie
I didn’t think it would happen to me. But I’m finally Trekked out. Star Trek was so 20th Century anyhow. It’s a new millennium. Let’s evolve. Let’s acknowledge that Star Trek was one fairly cool TV show and surely a powerful meme for a lot of us. But its time is over. It’s time for…