Pumping Iron

Last night’s movie was Pumping Iron, the old Arnold Schwartzenegger bodybuilding movie filmed while he was winning his 6th Mr. Olympia title. I had seen the film back in the late 70s or early 80s, and I used to watch bodybuilding competitions on Wide World of Sports back in the… Continue reading

Thirty Years After Challenger

Where were you thirty years ago today? That’s the day the space shuttle Challenger exploded a minute and 13 seconds into the mission, killing all seven astronauts aboard. The seven were Mission Commander Francis R. Scobee, Pilot Michael J. Smith, Mission Specialist Ellison Onizuka*, Mission Specialist Judith A. Resnik, Mission… Continue reading

The Issue of Self-Righteousness

Once upon a time, I was a young man in college spending summers in Kansas City where my parents moved. During my first summer there, I wandered into a nearby game store and met a guy who became my good friend until he passed away from cancer about a decade… Continue reading

Camp Long Lake (Part 2)

Last time, I talked a little about how my family had been involved with scouting and Camp Long Lake for nearly three quarters of a century. (You can find that installment here.) I’d like to continue with that discussion today. My father worked on camp staff in the late 1950s,… Continue reading

Odds and Ends 6/23/15

The Bluegills, the Bream, and the Shiny Stones The story I posted yesterday made File 770, so traffic to the site has picked up some. I do hope people are enjoying the story and remember that it was written just after George R. R. Martin first chimed in on the… Continue reading

Today’s Interest – INTP

I’ve been goofing around with Myers-Briggs personality types lately.  I test consistently as INTP, which explains a lot, actually.  One of the characteristics of INTP is zealously getting into an idea. Until we get bored with it, which doesn’t always take long.  It neatly explains why I’m interested in so… Continue reading

Wonderful, Horrible Spring

When you live in the heart of Arizona like I do, temperatures under 100 degrees Fahrenheit are nothing to sneeze at. Except they are. When the mercury finaly breaks in the fall, it’s a welcome relief to both your body and your check book. Winter, well, we had 10 days… Continue reading

Usher In the Mathematically Illiterate Society

Math is Too Hard, Dammit! Apparently, the state of Arizona is headed toward a mathematically illiterate society. We expect too much from from our children, at least, that’s what I gather from this letter to the editor that appeared on the opinions page of today’s Arizona Republic. (If you can’t… Continue reading