Tag Archives: Because I can

How Lin-Manuel Miranda helped boost a tweet about insulin in Puerto Rico

The one thing you need to know about me as I tell this story is that I’m an insulin-dependent diabetic. My pancreas checked out several years ago and no longer does much.  Which means that I have to manually control … Continue reading

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When Nature Puts On The Really Big Show – Total Eclipse on the Prairie

The total eclipse of the sun in Kearney, Nebraska this afternoon was absolutely stunning. You didn’t need any fancy equipment to see the images. Just look down and see the pinhole images provided by the trees. Lots of high school … Continue reading

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Questions Worth Asking (Maybe)

What’s the story behind the possible end of Snopes? Yes, it’s a true story. Sadly, it’s a typical new media battle over who will control a web site. Truly hope this ends well. How do reporters (or anyone else) authenticate … Continue reading

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Proceeding Home

On Sunday of last week I I discovered in the parking lot of my hotel in Florence, Alabama that I had a leaky seal on one of my motorcycle fork legs with fluid seeping out.  I was in the middle … Continue reading

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Proceed As The Way Opens

Proceed as the way opens My two sons learned to loathe that phrase as they were growing up. Conversations would go something like this: “Dad, what do I do if this doesn’t work out?” “Proceed as the way opens.” “Dad, … Continue reading

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I’m going down to Florence…

A couple of years ago my Dear Wife and I drove 350 miles or so up to Sioux Falls, South Dakota to see Rosanne Cash and her band play one of the most sublime shows either of us has ever … Continue reading

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Are ‘Contact’ and ‘Prometheus’ essentially the same movie?

  I recently saw the 1997 science fiction movie Contact on streaming for the first time, nearly 20 years after its initial release.  And as I watched it, I was immediately struck by how many ways it resembled director Ridley Scott’s Alien … Continue reading

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Questions Worth Asking (Maybe)

How could have better design skills eliminated Sunday’s Oscar disaster? Oddly enough, the cards read by the presenters at the Oscars only list the winner in a reasonable sized type.  The name of the category is relegated to tiny type … Continue reading

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Thinking about W. H. Auden on a morning in early winter

I have been on sabbatical this semester after stepping down as the department chair and becoming a regular professor.  I’ve been working on a variety of projects this fall – finishing up work on ancillaries for the Sixth Edition of … Continue reading

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Holiday Flashback – Sigourney Weaver & Buster Poindexter do “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

NOTE: This time of year, one of the most consistently popular posts on this blog is the video of Sigourney Weaver & Buster Poindexter singing “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” from Saturday Night Live.  So for those of you who don’t … Continue reading

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