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Date : April 2013

Movie Review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

Categories: Movie Reviews
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Published on: 2013.04.28

My wife and I invoked our “30 minute rule” when watching this movie. The rule is: if the movie can’t interest either of us in 30 minutes, then we turn it off and quit wasting our time. According to Wikipedia, this film is based on a 1974 novel and “the story follows the hunt for[…]

Quotes From A Stranger

Categories: Book Reviews, Quotations
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Published on: 2013.04.27

Following are some passages I underlined during my 2002 reading of Stranger In A Strange Land (1961) by Robert Heinlein, of which I wrote on Nov. 14, 2002, “Perhaps the best book ever written.” (I no longer feel that way, but it’s still a pretty good book.)

White House Diction Lessons

Categories: Fixing English, Government
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Published on: 2013.04.26

There’s a new White House Tumblr page, and the first entry includes an image with this lettering: “ANIMATED GIFs (HARD ‘G’)”. First, let me say I’m proud that they didn’t put an apostrophe in “GIFs”, as so many on the internet seem to do these days.

Penmanship Is More Than Outdated; It’s Unnecessary

Categories: InTheNews, Language
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Published on: 2013.04.21

Because I assume everyone wants to know my opinion (ha!)… In the News: Is Handwriting Still Important? The Digital Generation Skips Penmanship (BBC News) While I’m admittedly old-fashioned in many ways (for example, I don’t have a “smartphone”), I can usually argue practicality (for example: there’s no point in me having a smartphone). But the[…]

Book Review: The Story Of Stuff, by Annie Leonard (2010)

The full title is “The Story Of Stuff: How Our Obsession With Stuff Is Trashing The Planet, Our Communities, And Our Health — And A Vision For Change”. Annie Leonard brings up what many of us either don’t know or don’t think about: that it’s pretty complicated, dangerous, and irresponsible the way our stuff is[…]

Deciding On The Top Story

Categories: InTheNews
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Published on: 2013.04.18

When I worked for a small-town daily newspaper, it was usually not difficult to decide which of our few stories each day would be at the top of the front page. Most of the time, one story stood out. “That one has to be the lead”, we’d agree. Other times, it was harder; we’d ask[…]

DIY: Pringles Can Strip Light

Categories: DIY, Photography
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Published on: 2013.04.17

Inspired by another Flickr member’s project (which is a very cheap, homemade version of the expensive Saberstrip), I took a few minutes and made this Pringles can strip light. (Copyright © 2013 by Wil C. Fry. All rights reserved.)

Teacher Punished For Assignment

Categories: InTheNews
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Published on: 2013.04.14

In The News: Nazi essay assignment teacher placed on leave by New York school district (The Guardian) I’ve seen a dozen or more stories on this recent bit of “news”, but not one of them has said why the teacher has been “placed on leave”. All the stories note that the teacher assigned her students[…]

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