Category Archives: off-topic

The Polite Apocalypse

I’ve been rereading On the Beach, Nevil Shute’s novel about humanity’s last gasp in the aftermath of a nuclear war. The book was published 60 years ago, in 1957. I first read it in 1963, which is roughly when the … Continue reading

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Truth, Trump, and Trisectors

What is truth? said jesting Pilate, and did not stay for an answer. —Francis Bacon Lately there’s been a lot of news about fake news (some of it, for all I know, fake). Critics are urging Facebook, Google, and Twitter … Continue reading

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Bertrand Russell, Donald Trump, and Archimedes

A habit of finding pleasure in thought rather than in action is a safeguard against unwisdom and excessive love of power, a means of preserving serenity in misfortune and peace of mind among worries. A life confined to what is … Continue reading

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Deep Dreaming with Every Card I Write

My closest friends and family must make do with an old-fashioned paper-and-postage greeting card, but for bit-player readers I can send some thoroughly modern pixels. Happy holidays to everyone. In recent months I’ve been having fun with “deep dreaming,” the … Continue reading

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The writing on the wall

South wall. Hover to magnify. A place where thousands of people suffered and died makes an uncomfortable tourist destination, yet looking away from the horror seems even worse than staring. And so, when Ros and I were driving from Prague … Continue reading

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