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Pick of the Week: Nothing Doing

Kicking off a new series here, this is my first book review. Those coming from my “Self-Care” post on the Turbid Plaque will already understand one reason why I’ve started doing this. Another reason, though, is that my perspective on the hellscape of the modern internet has changed and deepened in recent months. That’s a […]

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Projects

Power of the (Word)Press

A few years ago, I blogged about moving my sites from WordPress to Pelican, a static site generator. At the time, static site generators were getting a lot of hype for building fast-loading, secure, self-archiving web pages while allowing people to escape the bloated sluggishness of WordPress. Those benefits are real, but they come at […]

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Falling Off the Apple Cart

Last Spring, I faced an important purchasing decision: my seven-year-old desktop Mac Mini was reaching retirement age, and I needed to replace it. This was my main work computer, the latest in a succession of Apple products I’ve used for my job since I started as a science journalist over 20 years ago. Indeed, my […]

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Hobbies Projects

Building an Exterior Door with Plywood and Epoxy

The back door of our garage was in rough shape when we bought the house ten years ago, and we’ve been procrastinating its repair for just as long. Ordinarily I’d just go to the lumber yard, pick up a pre-hung door in the appropriate style, and install it by lunchtime. However, this particular door is […]

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Hobbies

A Giant Airborne Virus

I wanted to log a couple more hours of flight time this week, but couldn’t decide what to do. Practicing the same maneuvers over and over gets old, and I didn’t have a specific place to go. Then I remembered what Boeing pilots did recently when they needed to test the engines on their new […]

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Hobbies

Man of Letters

While clearing out some old files, I found a folder full of strange artifacts from the late 20th century: personal letters. Being just barely older than the Internet, my generation was the last to use this medium as a standard means of staying in touch. Even when I was in my 20s, long-distance phone rates […]