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Hillary Clinton’s Almost Perfect Vaccine Tweet

02/03/2015 20:11:38 PM

There’s been a lot of buzz in the news over the past couple of days regarding measles and vaccines. After both Rand Paul and Chris Christie each stumbled on the subject, I was please to see Hillary Clinton weigh in on Twitter… Read mo ...

Orange County Measles and a Song

01/29/2015 15:30:05 PM

Orange County, California — great weather, affluent communities, thriving businesses, the original Disneyland Resort, and a measles outbreak. By now you’ve probably heard of the Disneyland measles outbreak. As of yesterday, at least 87 ...

Mike Huckabee and the “Secular Theocracy”

01/27/2015 07:15:16 AM

Mike Huckabee is worried that the United States has become a “secular theocracy.” But what could that even mean? Consider the definitions of those words: secular (adjective): denoting attitudes, activities, or other things that have no ...

Marriage Licenses: Straight Christians & Jews Only

01/26/2015 08:30:52 AM

Oklahoma state representative, Todd Russ (R-Cordell) has introduced House Bill 1125, an act relating to Oklahoma marriage licenses. If passed, the bill would effectively end marriage licenses for anyone other than heterosexual Christians ...

The Gun Delusion

01/24/2015 11:00:06 AM

Yes, The Gun Delusion is an intentional play on Richard Dawkins’ best selling title, The God Delusion. I don’t mean to suggest the writing here is even a tenth as eloquent or compelling as that of the professor. But I do… Read more

Confirmation Bias: Pray Away the Storm

01/18/2015 10:00:06 AM

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

01/15/2015 23:42:33 PM

The tree is down and outside. There are still plenty of needles to deal with, but the majority of the annual christmas tree life-cycle is over. As I was hauling it out of the house, a familiar christmas meme kept… Read more → The post O ...

Michigan and Ohio State — Look Past the Hate

01/13/2015 11:00:36 AM

I am and have always been a Michigan fan. And I am keenly aware of the Michigan and Ohio State rivalry. I’ve lived it. I’m still living it. As a kid, I quickly learned to recognize Michigan’s distinctive helmet design. I… Rea

George Zimmerman — He’s Baaaack

01/10/2015 10:46:56 AM

It’s been slightly more than a year since I last blogged about George Zimmerman, when my last Zimmerman prediction proved correct. I had predicted, “within the next five years, George Zimmerman will be arrested (or otherwise detained by ...

The Cluetrain Listicle: New Clues

01/08/2015 22:09:17 PM

This is good: The Cluetrain Listicle. Very good. It’s true. The Cluetrain Listicle sets out a sequence of 121 new ideas–clues–about the Web. And about us. And how the two are related. The new clues remind us of the incredible, w

Sink or Float? Sailors Dive Training Riddle

01/08/2015 18:30:44 PM

A couple years ago, when my kids were in elementary school, I coached their school’s “Sink or Float” team for the Science Olympiad. The objective of the Sink or Float competition was straightforward: Students must demonstrate th

Pattern Matching using Mensa — A Quick Overview

01/07/2015 08:30:24 AM

Since first writing about the new open source Java project, Mensa, I’ve received a number of questions asking who is the target audience, what specific problems Mensa solves, and how it might actually be used. In this post, I address those ...

Torture and Religion: A Curious Correlation

01/06/2015 08:30:02 AM

Torture and religion. That’s sort of an oxymoronic sounding phrase, isn’t it? But in fact, a recent Washington Post poll suggests that torture and religion are not entirely unrelated. Specifically, the poll shows that one’s relig

Open Source Java–Mensa: Dictionary String Matching

01/05/2015 08:30:14 AM

I have been developing commercial software for more that thirty years. Now, I’m pleased to announce that, for the first time, some of my software has been released as a new Dell open source Java project, named Mensa. Mensa is a generic, ...

RIP: Evernote Clearly Text-to-Speech

12/30/2014 13:08:58 PM

As every writer or blogger knows, proofreading your own work is difficult and error prone. Some time ago, I published 7 Tips for Proofreading Your Own Work. In that post, I described how Evernote Clearly text-to-speech capabilities had become ...

Under God in The Pledge: Why should we care?

12/19/2014 11:27:58 AM

I was recently forwarded a chain email message (“Under God in the Pledge” Chain Email | PDF) with the subject A Shock to NBC. You can follow the link to browse a PDF version of the message, but here’s the gist. It is… Read

Things that Happened Today

12/18/2014 17:50:09 PM

Whew! Today’s been quite a day, and there are still several hours remaining. Here are just a few of the things that happened today: Michigan offers Jim Harbaugh huge deal, 6 years, $48 million — If this comes to pass, Harbaugh will b ...

The Summerland Bear Incident

12/15/2014 22:59:14 PM

[I wrote the initial draft of this account on August 9, 2014, on my way home from Seattle. I’ve finally gotten around to proofreading and publishing it here on FASTalk.] As I sit in SEA-TAC, returning home from another great trip… Read ...

Shine On

12/08/2014 14:24:06 PM

“Yeah we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun.” — John Lennon (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) Thirty-four years ago today, I remember walking into the co-op where I was living in college,… Read more 

Cyber Monday. Not much is really sacred.

12/01/2014 20:47:19 PM

I’m on the Answers in Genesis mailing list. You might think I’m just a glutton for punishment, but it’s actually rather fascinating. About once per week, I’m able to glean a little greater insight into the mindset of Ken Ham

Mike Huckabee 2016? It has quietly started.

11/09/2014 13:39:30 PM

Ready for a Mike Huckabee 2016 run for the White House?  I suspect one is in the works, at least the preliminarily groundwork. Each week, the software running this blog site automatically checks all the links in every post, looking for b ...

Pope Francis and the Evolution of Catholicism

10/30/2014 23:02:29 PM

This week marked another interesting milestone in the ongoing evolution of Catholicism. Since Tuesday, media outlets across the globe have been abuzz with headlines like: Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real and God is ...

Welcome to the Theocratic States of America

06/30/2014 15:20:46 PM

If you like the idea of living in the “Theocratic States of America,” you may be pleased with today’s Supreme Court decision. Today, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the Christian-owned Hobby Lobby chain store is exempt from certa

Welcome to the Theocratic States of America

06/30/2014 15:20:46 PM

If you like the idea of living in the “Theocratic States of America,” you may be pleased with today’s Supreme Court decision. Today, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the Christian-owned Hobby Lobby chain store is exempt from certa

Going to Work for CNN

04/01/2014 09:32:34 AM

I have long been critical of CNN for becoming a “news show” network rather than a news network, which is why it comes as a surprise, even to me, that at the end of this month, I will be taking… Read more → The post Going to Work for ...

Going to Work for CNN

04/01/2014 09:32:34 AM

I have long been critical of CNN for becoming a “news show” network rather than a news network, which is why it comes as a surprise, even to me, that at the end of this month, I will be taking… Read more → The post Going to Work for ...

Response to 22 Creationists

02/09/2014 13:32:03 PM

Last Tuesday, Bill Nye (the science guy) debated Ken Ham (founder and CEO of Kentucky’s Creation Museum) on the question of whether a young-earth creation model is compatible with the theory of evolution.  NPR posted a nice summary of the ...

Response to 22 Creationists

02/09/2014 13:32:03 PM

Last Tuesday, Bill Nye (the science guy) debated Ken Ham (founder and CEO of Kentucky’s Creation Museum) on the question of whether a young-earth creation model is compatible with the theory of evolution.  NPR posted a nice summary of the ...

Remembering

01/02/2014 01:08:00 AM

For some reason, I remember a lot of dates and times. Not necessarily of upcoming events, but rather, of past events that, for whatever reason, just seem to stick in my mind. January 2, 2009, shortly after 3 AM is…Read more →The post Re ...

Remembering

01/02/2014 01:08:00 AM

For some reason, I remember a lot of dates and times. Not necessarily of upcoming events, but rather, of past events that, for whatever reason, just seem to stick in my mind. January 2, 2009, shortly after 3 AM is… Read more → The post ...

Black Friday at Walmart–Commercialization of Everything

11/29/2013 15:03:45 PM

Black Friday scenes like this make it hard not to worry about our society. Well, sure, they’re willing to sacrifice a chunk of their holiday time, and most of their self respect, but they did get that thing that’s not…Read more U

Black Friday at Walmart–Commercialization of Everything

11/29/2013 15:03:45 PM

Black Friday scenes like this make it hard not to worry about our society. Well, sure, they’re willing to sacrifice a chunk of their holiday time, and most of their self respect, but they did get that thing that’s not… Read more 

JFK, Mom, John-John, and Astro Boy, Fifty Years Ago

11/25/2013 06:00:00 AM

Perhaps my earliest vivid childhood memory took place fifty years ago today. I was four and a half years old (back then, the “half” still seemed significant), standing next to my mother in the family room of our home in…Read more →T ...

JFK, Mom, John-John, and Astro Boy, Fifty Years Ago

11/25/2013 06:00:00 AM

Perhaps my earliest vivid childhood memory took place fifty years ago today. I was four and a half years old (back then, the “half” still seemed significant), standing next to my mother in the family room of our home in… Read more → ...

Zimmerman Prediction Proves Correct

11/19/2013 09:28:44 AM

Well, that didn’t take long at all.  Just over two months ago, I offered my George Zimmerman Prediction: Within the next five years, George Zimmerman will be arrested (or otherwise detained by authorities) again for actions that involve ...

Zimmerman Prediction Proves Correct

11/19/2013 09:28:44 AM

Well, that didn’t take long at all.  Just over two months ago, I offered my George Zimmerman Prediction: Within the next five years, George Zimmerman will be arrested (or otherwise detained by authorities) again for actions that involve ...

Government Shutdown: How to Never Have Another One

10/01/2013 00:27:25 AM

So, the current batch of myopic, partisan, tea-puppets have “achieved“ a government shutdown. It’s difficult for me to understand how any thinking, rational legislator with our country’s best interests in mind would actually

Government Shutdown: How to Never Have Another One

10/01/2013 00:27:25 AM

So, the current batch of myopic, partisan, tea-puppets have “achieved” a government shutdown. It’s difficult for me to understand how any thinking, rational legislator with our country’s best interests in mind would actually

The Power of Social Media?

09/18/2013 22:18:31 PM

Have you ever really pondered the power of social media?  In a prior life (at MyST), I actually spent a great deal of time doing just that.  And recently, I saw another example, perhaps, of the power of social media…Read more →The post ...

The Power of Social Media?

09/18/2013 22:18:31 PM

Have you ever really pondered the power of social media?  In a prior life (at MyST), I actually spent a great deal of time doing just that.  And recently, I saw another example, perhaps, of the power of social media… Read more → The p ...

My George Zimmerman Prediction

09/09/2013 22:45:33 PM

Well, George Zimmerman is back in the news, today, and I feel a George Zimmerman prediction comin’ on. Today, Zimmerman’s estranged wife called 911, saying she and her father were being threatened by Zimmerman who “continually has

My George Zimmerman Prediction

09/09/2013 22:45:33 PM

Well, George Zimmerman is back in the news, today, and I feel a George Zimmerman prediction comin’ on. Today, Zimmerman’s estranged wife called 911, saying she and her father were being threatened by Zimmerman who “continually has

Syria on My Mind

09/05/2013 16:50:55 PM

Syria has been on my mind a lot the past few days.  And it’s been on lots of folk’s minds. My good friend, Chris Alexander, just posted on Facebook a very well stated explanation of why we should not rush…Read more →The post Syria ...

Mt. Rainier Summit Climb—18 Years Ago Today

08/05/2013 21:45:02 PM

I just noticed today is the 18th anniversary of my Mt. Rainier summit climb. Though I’ve been back many times to hike the Wonderland Trail (and other wonderful trails around my favorite mountain), August 5, 1995 is the only time…Read more ...

Real. Annoying. Meme.

08/04/2013 23:27:58 PM

Remember back in 1998 when Wrangler started running it’s Real. Comfortable. Jeans. commercials?  Maybe not.  But what about just a few years ago, when Brett Favre started pitching Wrangler using the same tag line?  Well, it seems a lot ...