Here’s a point of reference for you. When my father was born, the country of Greece was still using the Julian calendar, the President took office on March 4th, and the manufacture and sale of alcohol in the United States was (mostly) illegal. The British empire was at its largest, and one in every four people on earth were its subjects. The League of Nations was going strong and the Russians were fighting a civil war. When my father was born the Ottoman Empire still existed, though it was being dissolved as a result of WW1, and King Tutankhamun was resting quietly at an undiscovered location in Egypt. Stan Lee had not been born, and Time Magazine, Warner Brothers Studios, and the Hollywood sign did not exist. Luke Parsons, an abolitionist who fought with John Brown in the Kansas Border War (“Bleeding Kansas”) was still alive. The chocolate chip cookie would not be invented for over a decade.
In the Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution the following appears: “…nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” I await a check from the US government for any of my data (my property) they have seized (copied), say from Facebook or elsewhere, for public use. Hmm… What is just compensation for my thoughtful Facebook posts?
Facebook a sort of near-subliminal background noise to my daily life. Would I be better off without Facebook? Probably not. Continue reading “Lemon Squares and Grumpy Cat”
I just read this post on Facebook. Fun!
1. Back in 1961 people of color were called ‘Negroes.’ So how can the Obama ‘birth certificate’ state he is ‘African-American’ when the term wasn’t even used at that time?
During Christmas week on the popular National Public Radio show Car Talk, the weekly puzzler required listeners to find the longest English word that remains a valid English word as you remove its letters one at a time, but without rearranging any of the letters. For example: sprite, spit, pit, it, I. There are many such words, but, as Barr discovered, only one with 11 letters.
So, only one word with eleven letters: complecting. Maybe. I’m not convinced, but finding out is easy.
Continue reading “Car Talk and the Longest Word”
Sure, we all want to be successful, but we can’t all be, since success must be measured against the failures of your peers. Preferably spectacular failures, with a well-timed “I told them so.” But you aren’t like other people: you read my blog, so you’re gonna get some inside information to make you $ucce$$ful! Continue reading “How to be Successful”
Well… I’ve been using jsMath on my Wiki, and now I’m keen to use it on my blog. There does not seem to be a WordPress plugin explicitly for jsMath (if anyone knows of one, please let me know), but you don’t need one. Using jsMath from WordPress is actually easy via a different plugin. Continue reading “WordPress and jsMath”
There’s a cause group on Facebook called “Put Christ Back Into Schools.” I’ll wait while you decide whether to join up. Done? Okay, let’s move on. Continue reading “Put Christ Back Into Schools???”
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