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Upon Hearing HAL’s Song

For the umpteenth time, I watched Stanley Kubrik’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”. This occured during a lull in activity this past weekend. The scene in which HAL the computer is being shut down became the prompt for today’s short post. … Continue reading

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Thinking About Exploration

One of my favorite quotes from astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is, “Kids should be allowed to break stuff more often. That’s a consequence of exploration. Exploration is what you do when you don’t know what you’re doing.” What he’s saying … Continue reading

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Ugly Or Beautiful

As I was perusing the extra large men’s clothing at Goodwill last Tuesday,  I came across a polyester leisure suit. At first glance, the thing seemed so grotesquely ugly that I laughed out loud. My friend Jonathan, who works part time … Continue reading

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Thinking About HAL

We learn to anthropomorphize very early in our lives. We give human attributes to our teddy bears and other plush toys when we’re children. Saturday morning cartoon programs are cast with dozens of talking animals. Many of us treat our … Continue reading

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The Bad Guy

Humanity has experienced a love, hate relationship with villany for many, many centuries.  In contemporary culture, we have a host of villains from whom to choose. There are the blatantly horrifying ones like Norman Bates from “Psycho”, or Phyllis Dietrichson … Continue reading

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