Category Archives: Tributes

Georgius Piscator: gone, but not forgotten

It was ten years ago todayThat my dear father passed away.Were he still here, and in his primeHe’d walk ten miles to drop a line. Dad’s Eulogy, by R. R: Can you hear me talking?M,C & V: Only in words!R: … Continue reading

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Towel Day 2022 kicks off in 101010* days

* There are 10 kinds of people: those who grok binary, and those who don’t.‡ As at the date of publication of this post, the number of days remaining until Towel Day 2022 is, coincidentally, also The Answer to The … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Planet of The Idiots: a lecture by Carl Sagan

Disclaimer: this lecture is actually entitled ‘The Age of Exploration’, but I think my title is more appropriate. Let’s make a planet in which nobody is starving. Let’s make a planet in which men and women have equal access to … Continue reading

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For Missy

Journey to the land where all dreams hold sway Where anything at all is possible And from this realm then pass entire away Adorable and ever comical Nine lives to live are simply not enough Where anything at all is … Continue reading

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For Minouche

Kitten : Little furball Skittering underfoot Teasing yourself into my heart Sharing A feline lifetime of friendship Years of frolicking fun All too soon gone : Farewell

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