Many (okay, fine, most) of the people I have interacted with lately have been commenting about me (sometimes to my face and sometimes not) on what a grumpy, grouchy, cantankerous anti-social person I have become. I paused the other day to ponder this development, and to consider what has caused this peculiar predicament. I have […]

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Most people love cats or dogs. Maybe birds. Shoot, even reptiles. Snakes. Hamsters. Gerbils. (Seriously, gerbils?) I love the dung beetle. I know, it just seems so wrong. I think the immediate response of most people has to be “huh,” or some more colorful derivation thereof. A great many people simply stare at me blank-faced […]

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With all the craziness going on in American society, it’s no wonder my mind did a Dobie Gray and drifted away into thoughts about violence and mayhem. Not writing it down is just killing me… Hah. It made me ponder our culture and the daily exposure to violent things. Here goes something (or nothing): Axe […]

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I play baseball. Amateur (i.e., unpaid). Fast pitch. I know, it’s nuts, but there you have it. Anyway, I’m heading out to the game and it’s across town. I’m on the highway (The Loop) and proceeding at terminal speed, which is 65 in this case. Hang on, maybe “terminal” and “speed” should not be used […]

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When we hear the word “technology,” the first thing that most of us think about is advanced computers, AI, digital devices and other such things. The simple truth is that anything that humans create represents technology. The root word “techne-” means that which is made by human hands (which by implication means that which was […]

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After a long day at work I settled into my favorite easy chair, relishing the solitary adult beverage I normally permit myself, and sat scanning through the news on my favorite digital device. I was looking desperately for something which, upon reading, wouldn’t prompt me to run screaming into the night calling for my mommy […]

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