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I am a little behind on my blogging because I’ve been busy with work — you know, the stuff I do that the bosses actually read — and so this is just quick note to freshen things up around here, the same way that, in certain New England, old-money circles, it is customary to “freshen […]
At this point, it has been at least 12 hours since Jeff Bezos unveiled, on “60 Minutes,” his plan for drone delivery of packages to your doorstep (up to 5 pounds, within 10 miles of a “fulfillment center,” pending FAA approval), and so I’m catastrophically late to the commentary and probably should move on to […]
The other day my eldest daughter asked if she was in any way like my father, who she never got to know. He died (suddenly, heart attack) when she was a toddler. It was a tough question, and I had to think about it. There’s no obvious physical resemblance (as I get older I look […]
[A programming note: I am in charge of the turkey this year and am going to brine it. This is the sensible thing to do, but doesn't it add a whole 'nother layer of drama and risk? What if I over-brine, or use the wrong kind of salt? It seems to introduce the possibility of […]
[My good friend Mark Patterson, who served for four years as chief of staff in the Treasury Department under Tim Geithner, is a former senior staffer in the Senate, where he got his start working for Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Today's anniversary has inspired Mark to write an essay about his old boss and JFK, and […]
Before we get started … What happened 50 years ago was a tragedy, and we ought to pause a moment and mourn the loss of our president. Even if this happened before our time. This was a terrible day in American history, and sometimes the grievous injury to the nation and to the Kennedy family […]
Yesterday, as is my custom, I watched the Washington NFL football team lose a game they really needed to win. It is important to have traditions, rituals and familial habits that create a sense of comfort, of having a center in life, of having roots. When our team loses, as it does about 70 percent […]
The Obamacare mess reminds me of the BP oil spill, in part because everything reminds me of the BP oil spill, including what’s going on this season with the Gators. They lost to Vanderbilt! At home! This is just not done. There are supposed to be safeguards, backups, contingency plans, and other mechanistic, technocratic systems […]
The other day I was at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza — I’ve been getting around lately, it’s been a little crazy — and I listened to Bill and Gayle Newman and their two sons, Billy and Clayton, talk about what happened on Nov. 22, 1963. They were the closest bystanders to the […]
[I first wrote "October skies" but it just crossed my mind that this is November. So I'm changing that, as a sign of how meticulous I am about the granular details.] This is the time of year when the clouds get really dramatic, because the atmosphere is transitional and the usual cirrus, stratus, nimbus and […]
Fifty-two years ago, the young radio astronomer Frank Drake wrote an equation that organized many factors, almost all of them unknown, that determine the abundance of civilizations that we could potentially detect with a radio telescope. The Drake Equation has survived all these years, and appears in astronomy textbooks. I would type up the equation […]
You’ve heard the new twist on Andy Warhol’s great truism: In the future, everyone will have privacy for 15 minutes. The NSA story seems to be getting bigger and bigger. It’s hard to keep track of all the ways that the NSA has been snooping on everyone. Increasingly it appears that the NSA knows everything […]
When I fly I try to get a window seat, usually, both because it’s easier to sleep and because I like to keep an eye on the world below, just to make sure it’s not pulling a fast one. Here’s a view of the Ohio River, which looks like a river of fog. It was […]
Like most people I spend a tremendous and alarming amount of mental energy worrying about dying batteries. So many of our devices have fruit-fly batteries, incapable of lasting an entire day. Batteries will fade two ways simultaneously — getting weaker by the minute in real time even as, viewed broadly, they are aging, and become […]
[Warning: Spoilers! If you have any intention of seeing the movie “Gravity,” please stop reading now. If you don’t intend to see the movie, I still urge you to stop reading, and change your mind, and see the movie. It’s really good!] “Gravity” has many virtues, ranging from the beguiling special effects to the winning […]
A couple of weeks ago, before our big family camping trip got shut down by the shutdown (and, in truth, it might have been a washout anyway, due to the biblical deluge), I asked a colleague if Congress might manage to reach a deal to reopen the government in just a few days. She looked […]
Lately I’ve been feeling ashamed and mortified by my digital incompetence, which I won’t belabor other than to say that I started to run into trouble around the time that MS-DOS came on the market. I’m still trying to memorize my Compuserve email address. I haven’t been fully comfortable with computers since Radio Shack stopped […]
[Busy around here lately! Here's my story on neolithic Europeans, and new research suggesting that the farmers and hunters didn't mix so well. We can circle back to that topic down the road -- lots to discuss. And here's an obit … Continue reading ?
Here’s my story on the Nobel Prize Rule of Three and how a few Nobel non-laureates feel like they got left out in the cold. I’ll throw in a few more details here on the blog. In 2010, the American … Continue reading ?
If for some strange reason you don’t want to hear anything more about the finale of “Breaking Bad,” then you should quietly turn away and get on with your life. Because we’re going down the rabbit hole. As I wrote … Continue reading...