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The Big Secret

I recently came across an inspiring essay by one of my heroes, Harlan Ellison, an insightful commentary on the 2004 movie The Butterfly Effect. Coïncidentally–or not, as may become clearer a bit farther along–he cited Louis Pasteur, using the same … Continue reading

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Too Close For Comfort

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Kim Stanley Robinson On Why Novels Are So Beautiful

During the past year my schedule has undergone some radical changes. I don’t have much time to watch TV or video these days, but I listen to several hours of audio every day, both radio and podcasts. The Coode Street … Continue reading

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Who Better Hammers Out The Story? Human or Machine?

Stacy Stanek Smith of NPR recently wrote a short account of a contest between a seasoned NPR correspondent and Wordsmith, the robot journalist created by Automatic Insights. The rules for the race: Both contenders waited for Denny’s, the diner company, … Continue reading

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Adjusting

Two weeks ago, we sat under the shade in the garden. We were four. Now we are but three. Anticipating the pain and difficulties to come, I opened myself to the enjoyment of the moment on that late summer afternoon, … Continue reading

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The Charade

Surprised that I was not going out to a restaurant to celebrate a special occasion, a colleague told me last week that I was wrong not to do so. “Live every day as if it’s the last one,” he said. … Continue reading

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Swiss Watch Industry Enjoying The Spotlight

The reaction of the Swiss Watch Industry to the Apple watch was on the evening news today. I saw the segment with subtitles for the hearing impaired on the overhead television at the gym. The video showed Nick Hayek, CEO … Continue reading

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WordPress: “My Blogs” Becomes “My Sites”

I’ve been away from this blog for the past few months while I try to work on some other projects. I’ve done some work on a few posts in the past week or so, but my time is very limited … Continue reading

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TV Host As YouTube Everyman

French TV channel M6’s Sunday morning automobile show Turbo has been using camcorder footage in its latest test drives. Below are a few scenes from the April 13th episode. Producer and host Dominique Chapatte and Safet Rastoder are taking the … Continue reading

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Turkey Twitter Ban? Ankara Is Hot!

According to the Washington Post, Turkey has strengthened its Twitter ban by blocking Twitter at the IP level. The Web 3.0 Lab has an interesting app called Happan.in that shows Twitter activity levels at any location around the world. According … Continue reading

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