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Friday, May 24, 2019
  • Gardening looks so easy: you scatter a bunch of seeds and reap a bumper crop. Even though dandelions do it all the time, this is not the case. Turns out you have to know what you’re doing and actually work at it. More accurately ...
  • Is it just me or does anyone else think that magnetism is the coolest and weirdest thing around? Put a magnet near a piece of iron and some invisible, cold, silent force will attract the iron before touching it! The closer you get to ...
  • As I understand it, everyone in heaven gets a tractor. Well, not everyone; only those who can realize joy from tractor ownership will get one. My wife, for example, will be getting a retail store instead of a tractor, but that’s a topic for another time....
  • Since we covered hanging drywall some weeks ago, it’s time to discuss finishing the job with “drywall joint compound” — a gypsum-dust and water mix usually just called “mud.” Drywall mud is used to hide the hideous mistakes created ...
  • Don’t think I haven’t noticed the increase in social incidents over the past few years related to my increasing age. Although I haven’t had anyone rush . . .
  • Since summer construction season is upon us, it’s time to talk about hanging drywall. Drywall is what we fasten to framing to make the beautiful or sometimes dreadful interior ceilings and walls in our buildings today. It’s essentially ...
  • Seeing as how the hot topics in the news today are gay marriage and Greek debt relief, I thought we might look to see what lessons we could learn from our friends in the Animal Kingdom about these issues. There is an organism ...
  • Did you play with dangerous chemicals in your youth? I know I did. Well, I’m pretty sure I did, as “dangerous” is a relative term. What might be safe and harmless in the normal course of life could be dangerous in the hands of a youngster ...
  • It must have been a horrible sight to stumble upon: arms ripped from the torso and a headless hitchhiking robot lying in a pool of electro-mechanical blood. Other robots, especially the little vacuum cleaners, took to hiding under beds ...
  • By virtue of one of my odd jobs, where I design the lighting for various theatrical events, I found myself at a dance studio, observing a rehearsal involving over a dozen women who get together regularly and, well ...
  • So, have you given Google Earth a try? A lot of people have. It's a computer program that allows you to zoom in on an aerial view of almost any part of our globe, and it's been downloaded more than a billion times. We aren't talking about ...
  • Have you noticed how much people like to eat? I know I have. Also, it hasn't escaped my attention that different people exercise different levels of discrimination concerning the food they put into their mouth. This became very ...
  • At the risk of losing both my regular readers, I am going to write about math. Don't run away screaming just yet. My aim is to make it more entertaining than math class and I'm doing it because I figure, how hard can that be? ...
  • Summer is a great time to travel abroad for those of us living in the Northeast. Unlike winter, there is less danger of a rogue glacier forming in your neighborhood, sweeping away the house, leaving only the foundation and, out of ...
  • Oh, no. I fear the instruction manual is dead or at the very least fighting a series of complications where it's not breathing and has no pulse. Having recently purchased smartphones, computer programs and hardware, I have ...
  • Hold onto your hat and Google eyeglasses: I just found out that news stories written solely by computers are now being published. I know! I thought computers had been writing boring news stories for decades but it ...
  • Have you noticed that people really don't get out much? We don't go to many festivals or concerts or even local events because all of us figure we can do that, when? After we die? No, the time to get out is now. It's for your own satisfaction ...
  • It was at the oil and vinegar section of the grocery store where I was again stumped by the question of how is it that there can be "extra virgin" olive oil. Wouldn't that be like saying "Oh, he's extra dead," "She sort of had a baby" or ...
  • When I told the dog we were going to visit the vet's office, he immediately got into his old army uniform. It looked quite tight but he was nevertheless proud to still be able to put it on. "Silly dog," said I, "you can lose the uniform as ...
  • When I told my veterinarian, the good Dr. Grace, the title of this column, she immediately assumed it was about the daily trials and silliness my wife endures living with me. If you made the same assumption, don't worry, we'll ...
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