In 2012, a small number of people earned their helping of scorn by claiming the Mayan calendar foretold the end of the world on December 21st - 12/21/12. On December 22nd, I posted this poem - yet another look at "The Night Before Christmas," a favorite thing I have often stolen and re-worked. I have… Continue reading ‘Twas a Miscalculation
Every so often, a huge lottery jackpot comes along and millions decide to disregard math for a little private entertainment. What would I do with 100 million, 500 million, or a billion dollars? A strong argument can be made that winning a huge lottery jackpot is much more damaging than not winning one. And if… Continue reading Powerball Prayers
The news in the fall of 2011 from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Large Hadron Collider near Geneva and the Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Italy that they have measured particles traveling faster than the speed of light was certainly an exciting, puzzling development. The thought that something, anything, could travel faster than light,… Continue reading Ready, Set, Go!
It was a blustery fishing opener in 2011 when Minnesota's Democratic Governor (Mark Dayton) and the Republican leaders of the House (Kurt Zellers) and Senate (Matt Dean) got together to support the state's tourism effort by going out just after midnight to not catch any fish. Although the three were not alone in the same… Continue reading Three Men in a Boat
We may be broke dollar-wise, but we’re rich in potholes! Let’s celebrate our wealth with some appropriate limericks. There was a pothole in Cloquet That was always, somehow, in the way. When your car took its pounding The noise was astounding And bolts were seen rolling away. A pothole in Inver Grove Heights Was replete… Continue reading Pothole Poems
At the end of 2011, protesters challenging entrenched governments in Tunisia and Egypt had gained early momentum thanks to social media. That Facebook and Twitter could play such a role in modern insurrections was unimagined by the founders of these social websites, and the whole notion of a website would be incomprehensible to Our Founding… Continue reading The Twitter Stream of Paul Revere
In 1876 when Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas A. Watson conducted a significant experiment in Boston, they had no idea where it would lead. Technology has advanced so much since then, you can now sit in your pajamas and with a computer and some phone wire, read an account of the historic events as written… Continue reading Please Say Please