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Pilot Lights

October 8th, 2016 · No Comments · General

This morning Ellen told me that we were having a problem with the stove pilot light (subsequently fixed by this afternoon by, as usual, Ellen). In a panic, I asked her if this affected the pilot light for the microwave. She assured me it didn’t, thankfully.

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That Third Party Option

May 6th, 2016 · No Comments · General, politics

Third parties have not fared well in American politics over the last century or so, either having no impact on the Presidential race results though in a few cases potentially moving the winner from one party to the other (though not electing the third-party candidate). One example of the latter was when Teddy Roosevelt ran […]

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The Exam Time/Dead Grandmother Syndrome

April 4th, 2016 · No Comments · General

Now that I am in my 3rd (4th?)(nth?) career, this one as an academic at the University of Maryland University College, I am lucky enough to be able to experience new events and learn new pieces of information. One of the areas which has become apparent is the seemingly consistent relationship between the fragility of […]

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Madame Bovary

January 18th, 2016 · No Comments · General

Being married to someone who focuses so much on books inevitably rubs off (a little). So even though I read my books generally on a Kindle, unlike Ellen who reads her books in a, for lack of a better word, book, I still have tried to read more, rather than just play Guild Wars 2, […]

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What If Everything Is Wrong

June 21st, 2015 · No Comments · books, General

Well, actually, I am just referring to up and down. Um, that probably does not explain my question well either. This will take a few steps to explain. Have you ever had two separate thoughts bang together and cause an unexpected question/result? For me this happens a lot, with pretty useless results I will admit […]

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Of All Things – Stamps

December 30th, 2014 · No Comments · General

A while ago, I looked through the desk in my home/office and collected all of the stamps that I had laying around. It turned out that I had two partial rolls of stamps, neither of which contained stamps equal in value to those I needed to mail envelops. I went to the post office to […]

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Next AFFIRM Lunch Focuses on IT Budget Priorities, December 18

December 11th, 2014 · No Comments · General

The next AFFIRM lunch, and the last one of the 2014 calendar year, will include highlights from TechAmerica’s 50th Annual Federal Market Forecast relating to Budget, Acquisition and Technology and will include presentations from a number of invited speakers: Karen Britton, EOP, Sonny Hashmi, CIO, GSA, and Tom Sasala, CTO, US Army Information Technology Agency. […]

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My Two Takeaways From Walking

June 25th, 2014 · No Comments · General

One of the activities which I have promised Ellen I would partake more in is walking with her (she really likes to walk). So on a more regular basis we walk around the neighborhood and every few weeks we have started going to parks and walking trails. Since we have both joined the Fitbit generation, there […]

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Bullying and the World Cup

May 13th, 2014 · No Comments · General

In some fashion I see a thread between this morning’s story: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/05/13/when-bullying-is-good-for-kids/?tid=up_next which talks about how bullying turns out to be good for the bully (well, duh) and this other morning’s story: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/05/13/brazils-advice-to-world-cup-tourists-dont-scream-when-robbed/?tid=up_next which indicates Brazil’s advice to tourists who visit the World Cup “Don’t scream if robbed”. Have a nice day.

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Synagogue, Big Bang Theory, Charlie Chaplin, Bill Cosby & Korean Fried Chicken

February 1st, 2014 · No Comments · General

Today’s parsha at Synagogue starts a VERY lengthy description of the buliding of the Mishkan (or Tabernacle). The Mishkan housed the Ark of the Covenant (shades of Indiana Jones) and in Hebrew means residence or dwelling place (for God). As Amy in the Big Bang Theory pointed out to Sheldon, Indiana Jones actually was irrelevant […]

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