Category Archives: Uncategorized

Democratic Legitimacy and the lessons of an illegitimate, incompetent, and incapable presidency

It’s been 6 months since Mr. Trump ursuped the office of the US presidency following one of the most bizarre election cycles in US history. Even before the foreign involvement elements of the election which are currently monopolizing press coverage, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Book Review: Goodbye to Berlin

Goodbye to Berlin Isherwood, Christopher Vintage, 1998 ed, of 1939 original Per the author’s introduction, this collection of loosely connected sketches featuring a first person narrative from a character sharing his name, his background, and many of his experiences is … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Busy Skies

Several weeks ago I purchased a device called a SDR Dongle to try and catch the signals coming from my wireless temperature transmitters and import them into a computer application    . I quickly found an easier means of doing that … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Swamp Cooler 101

I’ve received a few questions about the process by which a swamp cooler takes hot air and water and creates cooler air rather than warmer water. The key process involved is evaporation, and a way to quantify this is through … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Art of BEEing: Of smells and summer

In mid April I left for a business trip to China (punctuated by the bees swarming the day before I left) and when I got home 3 weeks later the last vestiges of spring had turned to summer in the … Continue reading

Posted in Bees, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Stations along my tea journey

I began drinking tea at some indefinable moment in my youth. Iced tea (unsweetened) was a staple beverage in our household, quite often made as “sun tea” in the warmer months by putting a 2 or 3 gallon glass jar … Continue reading

Posted in General Travel, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

An Adventure in Basic American Healthcare

A few months ago I noticed a small red area on one of my legs.  It was about as big as my thumbnail, was painless, didn’t itch, and otherwise was fairly easily forgotten about if I didn’t look at it.  … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment