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Dan on May 21st, 2017

I recently spent a couple weeks on my first trip to the Netherlands, and thought I would share some random observations.  I spent a week in Einhoven,  a couple days in Delft, and a few days in Haarlem, and I feel I got an interesting immersion into Dutch culture.  The Netherlands wasn’t at the tops […]

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Dan on December 21st, 2016

I was in a discussion with a family member who was heading for vacation, and he asked me if I had any reading recommendations.  Most years I rarely get through more than a book or two, but this year for some reason I plowed through a bunch of books.  I typically read histories and biographies, […]

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Dan on November 16th, 2016

A while back, I saw a tweet from Elon Musk recommending the reading of the book ‘The Machine Stopped’, and was curious as I thought I was somewhat up on historical science fiction.  You can access a public domain copy of the book here: http://archive.ncsa.illinois.edu/prajlich/forster.html Considering this book was written in 1909, the vision of the […]

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Dan on March 11th, 2016

I know America doesn’t have the money to waste on art projects (we need to keep adding to that defense budget) – but Iceland is providing a great example of alternative ways of spending money other than on a bloated defense budget. Take an existing eyesore, add some ingenuity, and you get a piece of […]

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Dan on January 3rd, 2016

I had chance to pull the stats from the solar panels I installed in mid-January 2015  (more details here) – and there is some good news and bad news.  The good news:  My total power production for the year (from mid-January on)   was 4005.5 kilowatts.  We had a pretty optimal year for solar – […]

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Dan on May 19th, 2015

I will admit I hadn’t tied the whole Russell Wilson contract negotiations and this baseball sideline thing until I read this article about baseball not being a ‘ploy’. This is setting up to be an interesting face-off between the Seattle Seahawks and Wilson.  Wilson goes into the 2015 season in the last year of his rookie […]

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Dan on January 5th, 2015

I was amused when I saw the ‘curious’ call in the Dallas – Detroit NFL playoff game that has garnered so much attention. It seems to me faceguarding a player is one of the standard pass interference calls  to be made, and this looked like a textbook example.  So it was odd that even after […]

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Dan on October 22nd, 2014

Its been a year since I reduced my work schedule in order to pursue stuff I never get around to doing.  Over the years I have been falling behind on just about everything – from house projects to learning about new technologies.  When I first made the decision to reduce my weekly work commitments, I […]

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Dan on May 17th, 2014

The results from the NFL Draft are in – and Michael Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the 7th round – the latest of any player who received SEC Defensive player of the year honors.  However, Michael Sam was named co-defensive player of the year, so maybe that could be used to […]

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Dan on May 3rd, 2014

With the NFL Draft coming up next week, I got to wondering about where Michael Sam will get drafted.  As you may recall, he is the first NFL Draft prospect to announce he is gay.  Michael Sam had a great Senior year in football, and won the title of the co-SEC Defensive player of the […]

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