When I was ten or so my most enjoyable times were spent in the pages of comics. I was not into superheroes or monsters. My friends were Bugs, Elmer, Mickey, and ducks Daffy, Huey, Dewey, Louie, Donald, and Scrooge. But my favorite was Duckburg’s odd inventor chicken, Gyro Gearloose–And still is. His inventions included: The […]

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A while back I had occasion to review the design of a very high-end residence hall facility at an institution of higher learning I can’t name. It is not in the US, so it is unlikely your alma-mater. There seemed to be no limit on the budget. Each room was equipped with full digital video/voice/data […]

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I am not a teacher–I don’t have the patience for it. But I really admire those who do. I know some great teachers. These are people who find real joy seeing the light come on in a student’s eyes when they finally “get it.”   We in the US are in the unfortunate position of dealing with many years […]

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In November, 2010 BBC Four aired a 6 part series titled “The Beauty of Diagrams”. In the series, beginning with the Vitruvian Man, mathematician  Marcus du Sautoy explains how and why pictures really do serve a thousand or more words. It is currently available on BBC’s iPlayer, and certain internet repositories. This is something for the truly intellectual […]

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“Why have you suffer’d me to be imprison’d, Kept in a dark house, visited by the priest, And made the most notorious geck and gull That e’er invention play’d on? tell me why”.    Shakespeare in Twelfth Night, V.i Simply, geek is a variant of the Low German/Dutch word, geck, meaning a fool, simpleton, or dupe and I suspect it […]

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No, it is not who you think! While it is evident our current president has certified geeks in his employ, he is really a poseur (“poser” for you millennial readers) when it comes to true presidential geekiness. Before the word “geek” acquired its current meaning, the concept was most often applied to engineers. And in that […]

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