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Monday, May 21, 2018
Thursday, May 17, 2018 8:09 AM
Biking season is finally back and, no, it’s not the same as “open season” on bicyclists where you take a bead on a roadside cyclist to see if you can clip their elbow with your passenger-side rear view mirror. . . .
  • This was supposed to be a column about how the universe functions at its tiniest level because that’s what I’ve been reading about for quite some time. However, for all my effort the only thing I have learned that I know to be true is that . . .
  • We were sitting around the dinner table when my wife got a notice on her new smartphone. It was apparently from some nice robot at Google who was just on idle with nothing better to do and so it assembled a collection of photographs . . .
  • The other week I was sitting at the table before dinner minding my own business and perusing the pages of The Free Press, a stellar midcoast Maine newspaper that was the first to carry my column when, all of a sudden. . . .
  • As I have already explained, I have a new smartphone. This replaced my centuries-old flip phone which I can’t help point out was much more like the Star Trek “communicators” than are any of the new smartphones. Anyway, having . . .
  • A long time ago when I had a regular job, income tax filing was a pain. You would have to get your hands on the right form, transcribe your annual income from a W-2 and send it in to await your tax refund check. God forbid you . . .
  • People ask why it’s taken me so long to start using a smartphone. Truth be told, I was afraid the phone would realize it is much smarter than I am and start bullying me around using vocabulary I don’t quite grasp and sarcasm . . .
  • The late winter storm piled up 23 inches of snow, which prompted the airline to send us an e-mail that our flight to Florida had been pushed back a day. Fair enough, but the next morning it was still snowing and we had to drive through . . .
  • As you already know, everyone is excited because the last Monday in March is Seward’s Day, when we celebrate that wild and crazy Secretary of State, William H. Seward, who served Presidents Lincoln and Johnson. . . .
  • The visceral differences between tape and ribbon have intrigued me since the Nixon administration. Kind individuals have let me know that this is altogether too long a time and I should let it go, but tape is certainly a curious thing. . . .
  • Daylight Saving Time is upon us again and before you start complaining about adjusting your clocks, we should look at history for some perspective. Back at the turn of the previous century around 1908… you remember 1908 . . .
  • There is always a lot of talk about what form of government we have or the sort of government that is trying to topple us or the kind we are attempting to overthrow. It’s all very complicated so here is a handy guide to some types of governments . . .
  • In Part 2 of my seldom-visited-areas-of-the-house series, we are going up to the attic, where the floor is creaky, the roof is just overhead and where you never know who might have moved in and is living up there. . . .
  • Many of us have places in our houses that we regard with wariness. You can’t relax at home when you suspect an entire area of your house to be part of the nether world. Let’s take this problem head-on and look into “The Cellar” . . .
  • Wired magazine recently published an article titled “How to Design a Droid-Optimized Home.” The essay is a rundown of important design considerations for people who are about to build homes and want to accommodate the new robotic . . .
  • In case you haven’t noticed, people have radically different cooking styles. By people, I mean domestic partners, you know, husbands vs. wives, okay specifically, my wife and me. And, by cooking style, I’m not talking about Mexican . . .
  • It’s the dead of winter and becoming evident that people here in Maine aren’t much different from everyone else who lives in cold northern latitudes: we are all going nuts with Cabin Fever and the Winter Hinkies. We barely survived three . . .
  • Now that some of us have survived the worst wave of winter savagery, it’s a good time to bring up the subject of frozen pipes, while the details are still painful and before our minds transform the experience into a big, fun adventure story. . . .
  • Don’t you just love to make photographs? I know I do. Maybe it’s time to talk about photography just to get a few things straight and to see where our photographic skills fit into the big picture. Photography is so enjoyable because . . . 
  • I may have to cut back on hanging out with the older crowd. Things are getting bleak when you hear friends making New Year’s resolutions to “live another year.” That certainly is not my resolution but don’t get me wrong . . .
  • Wasn’t it New Year’s Day just about a month ago? No, wait. Let me see … oh yes, there was a presidential inauguration just after the last New Year’s Day and then a good many of us lost all track of time. It’s like a collective . . .
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