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July 12, 2020 

Just Saying . . .: 10 Years of Google Earth
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 people viewing it a billion times but downloading the ability to view . . .
Thursday, July 30, 2015

Just Saying . . .: Eating and Discrimination
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 apparent when my wife asked me if I had seen the sausages she had stored in . . .
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Just Saying . . .: Pi Approximation Day: July 22
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? So let's discuss the value of pi in particular and the plight of mathematicians in general . . .
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Just Saying . . .: Summer Travel and Translations
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 spite, freezing all the water pipes that remain in the cellar. Since the need to . . .
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Just Saying . . .: Death of the Manual
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 sadly noticed the absence of a comprehensive user manual. It was a good book. A friend to all . . .
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Just Saying . . .: Robot Authors
Hold onto your hat and Google eyeglasses: I just found out that news stories written solely by computers are now being published.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Just Saying . . .: Getting Out More Often
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, because when you're dead there will be no delight in discovering new things . . .
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Just Saying . . .: Olive Oil
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 "The final score is subject to change"? Some conditions are just assumed to be . . .

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Just Saying . . .: On Living with an Older Dog, Part 2: At the Vet's
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 we will never be able to get you an appointment to see a doctor at a VA hospital anytime . . .
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Just Saying . . .: On Living with an Older Dog, Part 1: The Tick
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 only be talking about my dog, who is pushing 14 years old. If you buy into the concept . . .
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Just Saying . . .: The Strange World of Third Grade
Through a long and tortured career path, I have ended up, among other things, as a lighting designer for theatrical productions. I invent the lighting schemes for plays, put up and take down lighting hardware, and troubleshoot crazy problems like stage lights mysteriously flashing on and off on their own (solution: unplug . . .
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Just Saying . . .: Ten Developments That Show a Glimmer of Hope for American Culture
Are you worried about the direction American culture is taking? I know I am. Sometimes I throw my arms up in despair in almost the same way my father did when he saw his first Edsel on the road. He just knew that the collapse of everything good in America couldn't be far behind. It could be a very depressing . . .
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Just Saying . . .: Yard Sales
Winter is over, the crocuses have bloomed, the daffodils are up and I suspect the next thing to sprout in my yard is going to be a lawn sale. Yes, it's the season when people bring out items they don't want and are willing to part with - but only on the condition that someone gives them a few cents on the dollars the . . .
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Just Saying . . .: The Coolness of Hydrogen Peroxide
Have we discussed hydrogen peroxide yet? Many people have, judging from the number of web sites touting the benefits of hydrogen peroxide with an almost fanatical devotion normally reserved for crystals, magnetic jewelry and the pope. Devotees use it to clean toilet bowls, as a marinade for vegetables and as a . . .
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Just Saying . . .: Mud
Mud was discovered by man, right around the first year that humans started discovering things. It was after a rainy hunt when he walked into the cave and his wife yelled out, "Who tracked that mud onto my clean dirt floor?" He looked around and there it was: mud. It's silly looking for a good, technical definition . . .
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Just Saying . . .: The Association of Formerly Interesting Men
Do you know any men who in the past were engaging, active and very interesting but who have evolved into a more sedate or even sedated person we can only describe as . . . I'm looking for a kinder word here but no one is helping me out so we'll just have to say it: boring? I know I do. Alright, "boring" might be a bit . . .

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Just Saying . . .: Hitchhiking Robot Vacation Invitation
Have you noticed that robots are receiving more and more attention? I know I have. There are robot movies, robot contests and news stories constantly reporting on recent robot developments. Already robots are making our cars, exploring the planets, performing medical operations and sending us unwanted . . .
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Just Saying . . .: Reader Feedback, Again
Time has come to check on accumulated reader e-mail, which makes me nervous. It's sometimes an unpleasant examination, not unlike a colonoscopy, except that I do it to myself and it doesn't involve sedatives, fasting or incursions into orifices that were really designed to be one-way exits and not a . . .

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Just Saying . . .: Attracting the Young and Productive
Even though I've turned up the volume of my music system, I can still hear the debate about taxes going on in the state of Maine. It seems that our state, which is teeming with old people, needs to attract the young and bons vivants in order to bring up the quality of life for all residents, especially the older ones. . . .
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Just Saying . . .: Look Out: Here Comes Spring
Spring will be upon us in short order. It's time to put down our roof rakes and figure out just what spring is and why it's celebrated on Extraterrestrial Abduction Day. Furthermore, let's look into this folderol about an exact time for the start of spring, happening at 6:45 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on March 20th. . . .
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Just Saying . . .: St. Patrick and His Day
Be on the alert and get your Saint Patrick's Day flowers and candy early . . . Oh, sorry, I'm still suffering from Valentine's Day anxiety. On Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, you're off the hook for any obligations, which qualifies it as one of the less stressful holidays. It's like the Fourth of July as opposed to Christmas. . . .
Thursday, March 12, 2015

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