Thank you, health care workers

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Every year at this time I consider the people to whom I owe the most gratitude. This is year it is healthcare workers: nurses, doctors, social workers, therapists, and even the reception and office staff. I’m grateful to all the people who helped deal with my father‘s cancer and the end of his life. The … Continued

A man by numbers

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What, after nearly nine decades, is the measure of a man? What does he leave behind? 261 assorted cables, coax, RCA, lightning, USB 1.0, 2.0, and up 69.5 dongles 22 power cords 1.68 TB total on 43 thumb drives, 99.1% empty, capacities 32 MB and up 15 sets of earbuds and headphones 5 mice 109 … Continued

64 and beyond

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(Apologies if you tried to see this post before, it was inaccessible due to a WordPress bug.) Today I am 64. 64 is the first whole number (after 0 and 1, of course) that is both a perfect square and perfect cube. It is the only age commemorated in a Beatles song that is both … Continued

Electric car realities and gas car biases

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I’m on my third electric car now: I’ve owned a Nissan Leaf, a Tesla Model 3, and a Tesla Model Y. People are curious, but anxious, about what it’s like to own one. So I’ll share what I can in hopes that if you’re buying a car, you can benefit from my experience as you … Continued

The best parts of me are like my Dad

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Picture this. It is the 1960s. You are a student at the Ogontz Campus of Penn State University, near Philadelphia, where the students and professors who are unable or unwilling to get into the main University Park campus end up. You are majoring in something other than science, but you need a science class to … Continued

Metablogging

What does it say that the first day after I quit daily blogging, I considered writing a blog post about how it felt to give up daily blogging? Old habits die hard.

Changes

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This post is about the changes in my work and this blog starting in 2022, including two new books. Time to reexamine my work Historically, I’ve remade my career every seven to ten years. Things change in your life and your work; it’s best to be thinking about it before it gets stale. I’ve remade … Continued

Without Bullshit: A 7-year retrospective

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On Friday, March 27, 2015, I made my first post on this blog. I recommend starting large tasks on a Friday. It allows you to have the weekend to consider where you are going. I made my next post on Sunday, March 29, and I have posted every weekday since then. Since this blog is … Continued