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Entry 645: The Latest Thing in Electronic Banking: Money

Well, I just got a promotional flyer in the mail from Chase Bank that is just unbelievable. But it seems like they send me something like this every few years. I remember when I received their mailer informing me that … Continue reading

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Entry 643: More New Old Stuff

From time to time, I like to report on the field of archaeology, practitioners of which are always presenting us with wonders of the past. Previously, I’ve told you about finds such as 2,100-year-old eye medication and three-century year old … Continue reading

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Bonus Post: Don’t Play With Time

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always had a problem with Daylight Savings Time. Wait, let me rephrase that. It’s not DST specifically I have a problem with, it’s the idea that we can fool around with time at … Continue reading

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BONUS President’s Day Post

It has just come to my attention via a video clip from The Rachael Ray Show that Teddy Roosevelt once had a live badger thrown at him. Teddy Roosevelt then adopted the badger, and it spent the next four years … Continue reading

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Entry 629: Oh What a Horrible Morning!

For some years now, I’ve started my mornings with a good ol’ cup of Joe and the important news of the day, as delivered to my computer via Facebook. I liked beginning my day with updates on various people’s statuses, … Continue reading

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Entry 626: Multi-Purpose Eldercare Robot Assistants

Mark’s Note: IBM is currently testing Multi-Purpose Eldercare Robot Assistants (MERAs) as an aide to the elderly. The following is a transcript of the daily self-analysis conducted by one of the MERA robots during a use study in a prototype … Continue reading

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BONUS POST: More Thoughts About the Circus

Yesterday, I posted my immediate, sarcastic reaction to the news that the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be shutting down. I’ve since had a few other thoughts about it. It may seem out of place to use … Continue reading

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