Monthly Archives: November 2010

Driver’s Education and Other Nostalgic Sentiments

Among the many wise things that George Carlin said, one of my favorites is: “Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?” I realize that rants … Continue reading

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Bad Friday

I was all set to blog on a completely different topic when I realized today was November 22nd. That Friday in 1963 was like December 7th for an older generation, or September 11th for a younger generation: a generally bad … Continue reading

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On The Firing Line

Last week I was flipping through some old issues of a magazine where I once worked as executive editor, and was horrified to find a couple of typos along the way. Not surprisingly, they were in the table of contents, … Continue reading

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The Proceedings Will Be Conducted In English

I heard a wonderful story recently, which, like most good stories, may either be true or apocryphal. A cranky Frenchman attending an international engineering conference in Paris bridles at having English as the common language of the presenters. “Why must … Continue reading

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October Memories

The San Francisco Giants are in the World Series. Those words always bring back memories from an earlier jaunt of theirs to the championship: the days back in 1989 when the Bay Area sent both its major league teams to … Continue reading

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