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Doesn't everyone think like I do? My dishes, and eternity ...
Friday, July 12, 2019      6 comments

Doesn't everyone think like I do? I chipped a dish the other day. I wanted to throw it out, but my wife wanted to keep it, just in case we still needed it. So I put it at the bottom of the stack. I'll use all the other ones first before tha... Read more
Squirrel with a greyish back
Saturday, June 29, 2019      6 comments

In my backyard I have a squirrel feeder, and a squirrel that comes to feed. I recognize him. This summer, it looks to be the same squirrel, but the colour on his back isn't quite right, ... a little too grey. It's another squirrel, ... must... Read more
Does the lady have a cat?
Thursday, June 27, 2019      6 comments

A few years ago I was renting my parents house (they have both died) to a lady who is a graphic artist, and her friend. In the fall the furnace stops working, and the house is getting very cool. My heating and plumbing guy, Matt, can't make... Read more
Do you have any personal problems?
Monday, June 03, 2019      5 comments

In my late teens I remember having heart palpitations so severe that I started passing out as my vision narrowed. I called for my parents as I couldn't make it up the stairs. I thought, "I'm not ready to die, I'm only 19, too young too young, ye... Read more
Great Grandma embraces new technology
Saturday, May 25, 2019      5 comments

My mother in law, who is 89, doesn't want to change her wall light. It's been broken for at least 8 years. The mechanism on the pull cord is broken. I tried to fix it a year ago. So she's been screwing the bulb a little in, a little out, on... Read more
Bad Kamer
Friday, May 17, 2019      8 comments

Love the Dutch language. Slaap is sleep, kamer is chamber or room. ... a sleep-chamber, a bed-room Bath room: ... Read more
Another room with a Dutch plaque
Monday, May 13, 2019      2 comments

Figure out which room this is in the house I'm staying in. I'll give you a hint, ... many words in Dutch and English are similar. ... Read more
Vacation within a vacation
Sunday, May 12, 2019      4 comments

At the seaside in Holland today, staying until Friday. For me Dutch is an interesting language. I see similarities to German, English, and sometimes traces of French. If you keep your mind open you see it. A judge goes to their chambers be... Read more
Is that organic?
Tuesday, April 30, 2019      4 comments

Given that I'm into Keto and nutrition, from the title you'd think I might be posting about organic vegetables. NOT AT ALL. A few years ago when my father died and was cremated, our youngest daughter (late 20's at the time) wanted a little ... Read more
Why I won't get into a teleporter (but I will go to sleep)
Friday, April 26, 2019      9 comments

As a physicist I'm pretty familiar with all sorts of particles, quarks, neutrons, protons, electrons, and all sorts of particles that "mediate" the forces. Starting from the bottom up it seems comprehensible. But at the upper end of this hu... Read more
Spring is sprung
Wednesday, April 10, 2019      7 comments

My Dad has been gone for 5 years now, but it feels like about a year to me. I do remember part of a poem that he said once: "Spring is sprung, the grass is riz, I wonder where the birdies is?" I look it up on the internet, and ther... Read more
Warming drawer in my kitchen but only in the winter
Wednesday, March 20, 2019      10 comments

One of my friends put in a new kitchen. He's an electrician, but very handy with all sorts of construction things. He did a great job. Afterwards his wife wanted a warming drawer. I didn't know what one was ... typically the drawer at the b... Read more
Animal charity
Sunday, March 17, 2019      6 comments

When I look at myself, even I think that I have a strange way of thinking. I had some old food in the fridge, not mouldy or unhealthy, but limp celery, and things like that. I could have thrown it in the garbage, and at some point bact... Read more
Pi day
Thursday, March 14, 2019      7 comments

There are a number of fascinating constants, ... well, fascinating in you like mathematics. If you have a circle on a perfectly flat plain, and it has a radius of one, then the area of that circle is some number, and that number is given a ... Read more
Squirrel pressure
Wednesday, March 13, 2019      9 comments

I remember going to an undergraduate physics conference when I was 18, and the keynote speaker was Freeman Dyson: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki
/Freeman_Dyson At the time he would have been about 54 years old. The one thing that really ... Read more

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