September, 2016

January, 2016

  • 23 January

    DC in the Snow – A Photo Essay

    Photos of the nation’s capital during the snowstorm of January 22-23 2016.   Snow removal at the Capitol after everyone has gone home Friday.   These cherry trees along the Tidal Basin will be blooming in 2 months.   The Jefferson Memorial from across the Tidal Basin.   Walkway next to …

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December, 2015

  • 1 December

    I Brake For East African Runners

    I spend some of my free time in Washington DC’s Rock Creek Park, bicycling or hiking.  This slender gem winds its way through the northwest sector of the nation’s capital for five miles, following the aptly named Rock Creek.  Heavily wooded, the park is a haven for urban hikers and …

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October, 2015

  • 20 October

    The Solo Traveler: Friends Made, Friends Lost

    When traveling solo, I try to meet and speak to other travelers. There are so many genuinely nice people from many nations doing this. Some of these little friendships end with an exchange of contact information – some don’t. One example: I met the 2 German couples at a bus …

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  • 7 October

    Facial Recognition Apps of the Future – An End to Public Privacy

      Usage of facial recognition software, which identifies a person by his or her facial features, is spreading throughout the government and commercial sectors. Federal agencies and police departments are using it to identify criminals and threats to national security. Facebook, which has an enormous trove of photographs, provides it …

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August, 2015

  • 5 August

    Takeaways from the Killing of Cecil the Lion

      Unless you live in a cave without Internet, you’ve probably heard about the killing of a lion named Cecil in Zimbabwe last month. The hunter who dispatched Cecil has been identified as Bloomington, Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer. The Zimbabwean government claims that the lion was lured off of the …

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July, 2015

  • 30 July

    A Death in Baltimore – One Year Later

    August –  Three-year-old McKenzie Elliott sits on a neighbor’s front porch in Baltimore.  She waits excitedly for her stepfather. It is a sweltering day and he will take her swimming. He is late – traffic is bad. A car stops at the corner of 36th St and Old York Road. …

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  • 27 July

    Robots, Big Macs, and the Fight for $15

    This month, a hotel staffed almost entirely by robots opened in Japan. The robots at the reception desk include a human-like “female” robot that bows and blinks her eyes and a likewise polite English-speaking dinosaur. Robots perform other functions at the Hann’na Hotel (which means “strange hotel” in Japanese) normally …

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  • 9 July

    Why Government Should Get Out of the Marriage Business

      The recent decision by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) mandating legalization of same-sex marriage has changed the legal definition of marriage that has existed since well before the nation’s founding. In broadening the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples, the court majority cited the due …

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June, 2015

  • 25 June

    The Rug

    We were thirsty, the three of us. And hungry too. Jilli, petite and erudite, had come from class and, being a ‘dammer, had arrived on her bicycle. Tiger, tall and athletic and incurably mischievous, was restless. She had spent the afternoon in Vondelpark making new friends, 2 and 4-legged. Tiger …

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  • 22 June

    QuickThoughts: Charleston Shows its True Colors in the Wake of the Church Shooting

    The reaction of the people of Charleston to last week’s mass shooting at the city’s Emanuel AME church, particularly in the faith community, has been nothing short of inspiring.   The killing of 9 worshippers at the church by an apparently deranged white supremacist young man has shocked the city. Predictably, …

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  • 12 June

    Get Out of Your Information Box

    The popular adoption of the Internet and cable television as sources of information in the past 30 years has revolutionized the way that the average person receives news. Before the 1980s, the available sources of daily news were limited to newspapers, radio, and broadcast television.   Many small towns had a …

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May, 2015

  • 24 May

    How Falling Music Sales Could Improve the Quality of Live Performances

    For at least the past 50,000 years or so, humans have entertained themselves and others with music and singing.   Up until about 100 years ago, those artists good enough to perform for a living made their money by, well, performing. Only since the advent of recorded music have performers had …

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  • 12 May

    Respect Should Flow Downward In A Hierarchy As Well As Upward

    Below I describe a personal experience that illustrates an important principle that relates to any hierarchy. I attended the hour-long Executive Council meeting as a stand-in for my boss.  The invitees were a collection of VPs and high-ranking directors, and today the conference table was full.   I was in note-taking mode; my only …

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  • 7 May

    By-the-Numbers Handicapping Guide for the 2016 Presidential Election

    Want to know who will win the 2016 presidential election? It may be useful to look at recent electoral history for clues. Here are 5 tendencies that may suggest a certain outcome: 1. After one party has two consecutive terms in the White House, the following election almost always goes …

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