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Voting Is the Key

Barbara & I are busy sending out letters to infrequent voters in battleground states urging them to vote this November. It’s easy, fun, and more rewarding, IMHO, than making donations to political campaigns1. One site that makes writing letters simple is Vote Forward. They generate the letters, you download them,

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The Cannon of Science Fiction

This post was triggered by something one of my favorite authors, John Scalzi, wrote about the incessant “war” between science fiction aficionados regarding what’s canon. But I couldn’t resist the pun :). The debate over what’s canon is an interesting one. Scalzi makes a number of great points about how

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The Freedom to Be an Anti-social Twit

I’ve always been impressed by the number of hidden clauses and amendments the U.S. Constitution has. There’s the one that says you must always distrust the government regardless of the evidence. The one stating you have the right to be a delusional paranoid when you think your personal interests might

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Southern Honor Culture

I’ve been reading, and enjoying immensely, Transcendence, by Gaia Vince. I tell people that I hope everything she cites is documented and supported1 because she weaves such a wonderful tapestry about what it means to be human. Definitely worth a read. The most recent chapter I’ve read includes a fascinating

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An Interesting Problem with Tankless Water Heaters

More specifically, condensing tankless water heaters. The non-condensing kinds don’t suffer from this problem…but they’re not commonly used because the condensing ones are much more energy efficient for not much more cost. A tankless water heater produces hot water on demand. When you turn on the hot tap it senses

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Made It!

…in a couple of ways :). Yesterday I finally got around to completing my “ride around the Bay” tour, which was interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. This time I picked up from where I left off and road around the southern part of the Bay. Here’s the route I took

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Honoring the South

After writing this I realized some may well find me “nominating” people who owned slaves as not in keeping with rejecting slavery. It’s a fair point. For me it’s a matter of looking at the total picture of the person’s life, as best I understand it. But — more importantly

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Can You Spot the Bent Handle?

Because I sure didn’t until the other day. And neither did two or three different technicians who serviced my bike before the new place I went to yesterday did. I’m pretty sure the clutch handle (the bent one, on the left) got damaged a couple of years ago, a day

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Read This Book! (Transcendence)

About once a decade I come across a book conveying so many fascinating insights that it stands out in my memory, forever, as a “boy I’m glad I found this before I died” experience. Two of those are The River that Flows Uphill by William Calvin and Guns, Germs and

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Uh oh…

Yesterday I took my second stay-within-5-miles ride, this time starting south down 101 to Marsh Road and looping around 280 to 92 to 101 to home. A fun time because of the near total lack of traffic! Well, except for when, early on, I glanced over at my phone —

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