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Are You a “Banana Person”?

A couple protesting air pollution on their wedding day. In “suburban language,” a “banana person” is a person who wants to “Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything.” I bring up the matter of building things in view of some controversial … Continue reading

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“Out With The Old, In With The New!” (Hey, wait a sec.)

Old: Majestic 886                   New: Nokia 920 I just read a breathlessly exciting advertisement that came in my e-mail in-box today.  Gotta share it with you it’s so good. . .  It says, “Out with the … Continue reading

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The Twilight of the “Big K”

The “Big K,” more properly known as the “International Prototype Kilogram” is the shiny metal cylinder under the three glass domes. How important is it that when you purchase an ounce of gold you get exactly one ounce of gold … Continue reading

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Maker Communities vs. Reformer Communities

There is a popular cultural phenomenon called the “Maker Community.”  Actually, there are a whole bunch of these communities.  “Makers” are people who are interested in crafting innovative and unusual stuff from scratch or more commonly, by making new arrangements … Continue reading

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Robo-calls abuse Technology

Back in September my household received more than one political robo-call per day for a time.  Even though some were from organizations I support, they all blended into one huge annoyance.  Not a single one of those calls moved me … Continue reading

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Julia Child’s 100th Birthday & Engineering

Today would have been Julia Child’s one-hundredth birthday.  (She lived from August 15, 1912 to August 13, 2004.)  She is the author of Mastering the Art of French Cooking and the host of the PBS TV show, The French Chef … Continue reading

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Right to Privacy: Is It A Liability?

The fourth amendment to the US constitution (part of the Bill of Rights) states: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no … Continue reading

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Transistorized Transformation

This is the world’s first transistor radio model.  The retail price was $49.95 when introduced on October 18, 1954. Almost 100,000 were sold in the first year of production.  It is the model TR-1,  designed by Texas Instruments and Regency … Continue reading

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What Calculator is Best for Engineering?

Short answer:  Look here. Details follow. . . Five years ago a common question that I would get about this time of year was, “What computer is best for Engineering?” The question usually came from parents who intended to give … Continue reading

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Christian Progress

My last post was titled, American Progress.  I posted it for your consideration when I stumbled upon Gast’s painting and could not help but remember the Apple “silhouette” series of advertisements.  What might Christian Progress be?  What might that mean … Continue reading

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