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The New Year in Mexico: San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel After another lengthy bus ride (this one not ridden by hangover), I arrive after dark at San Miguel de Allende, one of the homes of the Mexican independence movement. I am overjoyed to see my friends David and Marlene, two of the most extraordinary cultured and kind people I’ve ever met. The Wilsons… Continue reading The New Year in Mexico: San Miguel de Allende

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Mexico in 2014-15: Puerto Escondido, Vallarta, Gaudelajara

MEXICO IN 2014/2015 Dec 26-27 The landing in Cuidad de Mexico is harsh, having red-eyed it to Toronto from Edmonton, spent a worried hour in the departure lounge, where they boasted individual tablets at each seat in the absurdly costly cafeteria, none of which connected effectively with the Net. Then onto the plane at 8:30… Continue reading Mexico in 2014-15: Puerto Escondido, Vallarta, Gaudelajara

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What Widgets This Way Come? -3D printing

The 3D printer (after watching the documentary Print the Legend.) It will become increasingly clear over the next few years that three-dimensional printing is a shift in industrial process as important as the move from wind and water power to steam. I make this assertion as a technological innocent, a sixty-year-old who has trouble keeping… Continue reading What Widgets This Way Come? -3D printing

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American Sniper–Let God Sort Them Out

In writing about the film Fury, I praised it for its disinclination to engage in the usual false geopolitical assertion that America Saved The World from Nazism in 1945. Failing to speculate geopolitically is not a virtue in the case of Clint Eastwood’s new biopic American Sniper. Although told with a cool efficiency that has… Continue reading American Sniper–Let God Sort Them Out

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The Big Red Leap: Baumgartner’s Step Into Space

Red Bull versus Apollo I’m of that vintage that, as I type, I can still remember the muscular effort it took, the particular mechanical, as it were pianistic feel of typing an essay on a portable Remington. The medium I’m typing on now also served as an information delivery system for the much-distributed video of… Continue reading The Big Red Leap: Baumgartner’s Step Into Space

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Interstellar: We ARE in Kansas!

Interstellar, by Chris Nolan We ARE in Kansas, Dorothy By Kenneth Brown Notwithstanding Matthew (“I’m my own god”) McConaughey’s excellent work in this film, I could barely keep myself interested, or indeed even awake at certain moments, in spite of the earsplitting volume at which Hans Zimmer’s baldly programmatic score was blared at us every… Continue reading Interstellar: We ARE in Kansas!