You Europeans will be tolerantly amused by this, but ... I live in an apartment in Schenectady, New York. (It's kinda near the center of the state, if you're not familiar with newyorkography.) It's an older building. In fact, the area I live in is the oldest part of the town — there's a building a few blocks away that dates from the late 1600s. My building dates from the 1800s. It's a creaky old thing, but comfortable. I'd like to show you a series of pictures from when I went down to the … [Read more...]

Hurrah! Cure for Alzheimer’s Discovered!

Yes, I'm doing that "sensationalist headline" thing the popular news media is so famous for. But ... I hope this is true. It would be damned cool if it was. At the same time, I've learned — not as a scientist, because I'm not one, but as a reader of news and onetime newspaper editor — that what you read in headlines is often misleading. And you can't even trust the stories that follow. But here it is: Breaking News from the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine … [Read more...]

Short Stack #11

In Life's Darkest Hours, remind yourself of this: There's chocolate. ------------------------ Few people know that most of the early programmers at Microsoft were total emos. For instance, the first version of Clippy included the phrase, "Hi, it looks like you're writing a suicide note! Would you like some help?" … [Read more...]