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In order to save America, we must prevent people who disagree with Matt Walsh from voting!

Matt Walsh is sure that he’s right! He doesn’t want Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, or Donald Trump to become president. That would be a disaster, as all people who agree with Matt Walsh will instantly acknowledge. So in order to … Continue reading

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What people don’t seem to “get” about self-driving cars

I just spent about 15 minutes reading through some of the comments on this Gizmodo post about why self-driving cars shouldn’t have steering wheels. The basic principle is that passengers in self-driving cars aren’t paying attention and don’t expect to be … Continue reading

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A not-so-small quibble about the way taxes are reported

There’s a nice post over on Vox explaining the impact of Bernie Sander’s proposals on tax rates. It’s good information, but I think it’s conveyed in a manner that is more than a little misleading. This chart has most of … Continue reading

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Cocktails in India

When you spend three and a half months in a place like India, as I just did, you begin to notice some trends. It’s not like you’ve really become a “native,” but you do start to get a sense of … Continue reading

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Climate change: One little problem with the “they’re in it for the money” argument

I’m always surprised to see climate-change deniers resort to the argument that scientists who warn about global warming are “only in it for the money.” Do they not realize the tiny amount of money that goes into climate change research … Continue reading

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Apple’s new MacBook is perfect…except for one (not so) little thing

I’m typing this on my brand-new, ultra-slick, ultra-light Apple MacBook. Some folks have complained that it is woefully underpowered, that the keyboard doesn’t have the same, easy action as the previous models, that there is only one port, which is … Continue reading

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Are liberals really just as deluded about GW as conservatives?

This article has been making the rounds lately: Six Myths About Climate Change that Liberals Rarely Question. It’s a fascinating piece, which seems to somehow equate the people who want to do something about global warming with the people who … Continue reading

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How many iPhone 6s can fit in a 747?

A recent post in MacRumors included photos of a 747 freighter loaded to the gills with iPhone 6s: Source: MacRumors The obvious question: How many phones is that? Should Apple be concerned about putting so much valuable cargo in a … Continue reading

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Mesa Verde

First time at Mesa Verde. Amazing place.

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The robots really are taking over this time

It’s easy to dismiss fear of automation as needless paranoia. After all, we’re nowhere near the apocalypse suggested in movies like The Terminator. Robot armies aren’t coming to conquer the world. But might they be coming for our jobs? In … Continue reading

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Granada, part 2

The highlight of Granada is definitely the Nazrid Palace, which includes some of the most amazing, intricate Islamic art you will ever find. This photo comes from the baths, and shows how even the lightwells are an opportunity to dazzle: … Continue reading

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Granada, part 1

Granada, home of the Alhambra, is in the south of Spain, a hilly town, just out of sight of the Mediterranean, but within sight of the massive Sierra Nevada mountain range. Here Nora and Greta are walking down one of … Continue reading

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More sights in Córdoba

A few more pics from Córdoba. This is the “Roman Bridge.” Not sure quite how much of it is original Roman manufacture, but it was fun walking across to get a view of the city. Here’s the view from Alcázar … Continue reading

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The Great Mosque of Córdoba

The one sight I did not want to miss in Spain was the Cordoba mosque, one the best-preserved ancient mosques in the world. Arriving on Christmas, we couldn’t go inside, but here is a taste of what is to come: … Continue reading

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Catalan coinage

Some coins from the National Museum of Catalan Art. These are some large images so I’m going to place most of them below the fold. More photos below:

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Barcelona

We’re in Spain for the holidays, having a great time. Some photos from our time in Barcelona: The Sagrada Familia cathedral — still unfinished, but quite impressive! The interior of the cathedral — light pouring in through stained glass. Some … Continue reading

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Pilot mountain summit

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Campsite 1

Near Butter Gap, Pisgah National Forest

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The journey’s first mishap

Joe shows Sam how to handle a dead battery. Sam ignores Joe.

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Food for two and a half days

I’m getting ready for a hike in the Appalachians. Here is our food supply for the next couple of days. I’ll be doing small updates like this as much as I can during the trip.

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