Category Archives: People

Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot

Carl Sagan’s marvellous, awe-inspiring ‘Pale Blue Dot’ speech puts Life, the Universe, and Everything* into perspective.

“Be humble, for you are made of dung. Be noble, for you are made of stars.” – Serbian proverb

* Carl would have been 86 now. Which is 42 (in base 21). Continue reading

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The implausible green star hunter

None of us will ever forget the day we saw it. Though we may live to regret having done so. We weren’t looking for it, as such – naturally not: why would one deliberately try to find something that can’t … Continue reading

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Some words, in memory of my father

My father would have been 94 today. When he passed away a few years ago, I made a list of some words that I thought described him well, with the intention of trying to craft a remembrance poem. The best-laid … Continue reading

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Yes, it IS possible to embed hyperlinks in titles! (but there are caveats)

Ready for a surprise? The title of this post contains two links. The link on the first part of the text is to the post itself; this is quite normal. However, there’s a second link at the end, on the … Continue reading

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Be on your guard: scammers are everywhere!

A few days ago, a dear friend of mine was lured into parting with US$9,500. This is not something I would normally reveal; but the victim himself quite openly admitted it, in an admirable attempt to alert others to the … Continue reading

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Daryl Davis Is Still Going Strong

Originally posted on Filosofa's Word:
In 2017, Keith and I both wrote about a man named Daryl Davis, a Black man who is doing more than his share to help white supremacists stop being white supremacists, one at a…

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Everything has its place

The late Duke of Edinburgh, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, has now been laid to rest, and I trust that I’ve left it long enough that I won’t offend anyone by this post. A recent entry in ‘The Weekly Learn’ … Continue reading

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Towel Day 2021 kicks off in 101010* days

* There are 10 kinds of people: those who grok binary, and those who don’t.§ As of now, the number of days remaining until Towel Day 2021 is also The Answer to The Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and … Continue reading

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Who wrote the song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”?

There’s a famous song, written in 1988, that begins, “Here’s a little song I wrote”. I believe in giving credit where credit is due; here’s a miniquiz…. What was the name of this song’s writer? (a) Bobby McFerrin (1950–) (b) … Continue reading

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Say his name (with a towel)

Jill Dennison posted something yesterday on her blog Filosofa’s Word that suddenly made me sit up and pay attention. Her post begins with a simple statement of fact: Seven jurors were selected this week for the trial of Derek Chauvin, … Continue reading

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