Who was (is) right – Orwell, Huxley, or neither?

We were keeping our eye on 1984. When the year came and the prophecy didn’t, thoughtful Americans sang softly in praise of themselves. The roots of liberal democracy had held. Wherever else the terror had happened, we, at least, had not been visited by Orwellian nightmares. But we had forgotten that alongside Orwell’s dark vision, […]

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Yesterday was Ada Lovelace day

I spent last night, like many recently, riffing in Scratch to Emma’s direction. You might wonder what the goal of that would be with a 3 year old – but its simple – programming can be – and is – fun. While we play there on the laptop – Emma has no idea that we’re […]

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A thought for Garret – and others – on “The sky’s blue. Everything’s great. Buy. No, wait. There’s a cloud. Things suck. Sell. “

That quote is from dangerousmeta! on the daily seesaw in the stock market. It *appears* that the slightest news breeze, positive or negative, seems capable of triggering domino effects where traders swing the market – and the nation’s health – for the good or ill – on the turn of a dime. This doesn’t make […]

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St. Patrick’s Day Listening

Better late than never, I hope you had a great St. Patrick’s Day. Here’s some great music to carry with you. NPR: Irish Pub-Rock: Boozy Punk Energy, Celtic Style: Intro to The Pogues, The Tossers, The Young Dubliners, Dropkick Murphys, and Flogging Molly. Last Days of Man On Earth: St Patricks Day Podcast

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The story in Detroit resembels the story in (some) Philadelphia neighborhoods

Amid industrial devastation and abandonment, low prices, infrastructure, and urban settings are luring new home owners willing to take a chance. That’s the story of Fishtown, Port Richmond, Frankford, and parts of West Philly in Philadelphia. According to the NYTimes, that’s the story of Detroit as well. Here’s to reinvention and believing that when we […]

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