Donating Hair

CultureAugust 21, 2013 No comments yet
Donating Hair

It takes about 60 days to grow an inch of hair.  This has only mattered in the past when I’ve had a bad hair cut. But recently, after growing my hair out to maintain my alternative lifestyle, I grew enough hair to make a small wig. I was first alerted to the possibility of donating […]

I’ve Been Cast in the New Marmaduke Film!

CultureAugust 20, 2013 1 comment
I’ve Been Cast in the New Marmaduke Film!

People who know me in Chicago have been asking why I cut my hair.  Well it’s for a very important reason and I can finally tell everyone… I’ve been cast in the new Marmaduke Movie! More a reboot than a sequel, I will be playing the part formerly played by Owen Wilson.  It’s a big […]

A Very Bad Idea from Russian Railways

A Very Bad Idea from Russian Railways

From an article in this week’s Economist: A more radical approach to powering trains is that proposed by Russian Railways, which says it is designing a nuclear-powered train in conjunction with Rosatom, the state nuclear giant. Able to generate immense power, such a train could, in theory, move extremely fast or be used to supply […]

US Electrical Energy Consumption Falling

CultureAugust 15, 2013 1 comment
US Electrical Energy Consumption Falling

According to Enerdata, the US consumed 3,798 trillion watt hours of electricity in 2012.  To put that in perspective, we used enough energy for every person on earth to use a 100 watt light bulb for 64 years. More importantly, that’s 64 trillion watt hours (TWh) less than last year, a 1.6% decrease.  In fact, US […]

Reading List (of things that aren’t books and mostly can’t be read)

Reading List (of things that aren’t books and mostly can’t be read)

I wish I could write an excellent reading list every week but recently I haven’t been reading the best stuff. So here are other bits of cultural content to be gobbled up in between healthy doses of booky goodness. George Strait Strait Country - The songs on this album are too reasonable and come from too […]

More Bikes not Enough Helmets

More Bikes not Enough Helmets

Cyclists are infamous for not obeying traffic laws and having little regard for their own safety or the safety of others. Whether or not that perspective is fair, it’s pervasive. Bikes and bikers are often thought of as dangerous.* It’s terrible that that point of view is so common and, as someone who bikes to […]

Hitting on a Cute Waitress is Like Driving During Rush Hour

Hitting on a Cute Waitress is Like Driving During Rush Hour

Lonely people! I know it’s hard out there, but there’s no percentage in hitting on the waitress. You are one of many people who will have this idea today.  You will get no points for originality or out-goingness. Better to chat up the person in line with you at the grocery store, they have no […]

How to Give an Excellent Wedding Toast

CultureJune 25, 2013 1 comment
How to Give an Excellent Wedding Toast

It’s wedding season, you may be called upon to give a toast. Allow me to suggest that you: Be Brief - I cannot remember a toast that was too brief.  I’m sure it’s possible, but I can’t remember one.  Even the mother of the groom or some other important person can give a powerful complete toast with […]

The Possibility of Free Will

The Possibility of Free Will

It is difficult to exercise the will without believing in it. If a person does not believe that she has free will, how can she steer herself in her life? The hopelessness of it is overwhelming.  Even if free will does exist, if one does not believe in it he can not access it. Because the power […]

Summer Reading List

Summer Reading List

Apparently, people read more in the summer. Maybe it’s because they are students or educators, maybe nice weather gets people out from behind their computers, or maybe on the beach a book is better YouTube – whatever the reason is, yay reading! Book Things Makers Robert Heinlein knew that engineers were inspiring super-heroic figures, who […]