Monthly Archives: January 2012

Nothing’s Perfect (3)

Some things (like my Mont Blanc) are perfect or nearly so and are costly.  Some things (like my bike) are just about perfect and cost a fair bit.  And some are just cheap.  Today’s NP fits into that category. This … Continue reading

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Think I’ll go out to Alberta…

One morning in the summer of 1981, I was sitting in a small cafe on the West Bank of the Mississippi river, eating breakfast with my girlfriend, L.  Someone went over to the jukebox and put on Neil Young’s version … Continue reading

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Netbooks: Bring Out Your Dead!

And now for something completely geeky… I have been jonesing for a new computer ever since I graduated from law school.  I felt a need for something, well, “cool.”  It would have to be small and light and reasoinably powerful.  … Continue reading

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Nothing’s Perfect (2)

When I was a kid, my bicycle was my freedom.  That really hasn’t changed, though the bicycle itself has. I currently have two bikes, but this is the one I ride almost all the time.  I started with a lugged … Continue reading

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What are you supposed to do if you are a manically depressed robot?

There’s a scene in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (It’s definitely in the BBC Radio version, possibly in the BBC TV version, and I don’t think it’s in the Hollywood travesty version at all).  Trillian, at her wits’ end … Continue reading

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Nothing’s Perfect

But some things are close, and this is one of them. This is a Mont Blanc fountain pen, model 144. My wife bought it at Flax in Chicago and gave it to me as an engagement present in early 1986. … Continue reading

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Assault and Batteries

The other day, my car wouldn’t start…the battery lacked the juice to turn it over. So when I got home from work, I talked to the garage next door, whose owner is also my landlord. He sells used cars, and … Continue reading

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Cell Phones and the Joy of Monotasking

I bought my first computer in 1984, which makes me a veteran of around 28 years of personal computing.  My very first machine (A Kaypro II) had a single 9″ CRT screen, green on black characters, and that was all.  … Continue reading

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The Speed for Need and the Story of Reverse Feedback

There’s a lot to be said for organization.  We all need it; the problem is that we don’t want to take the time to organize.  But if we don’t, we keep ending up back where we were–a mess–or spending our … Continue reading

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Morning Meetings and Democratic Efficiency in the Small Firm

I’m trying to introduce something new at the firm for which I work–the morning meeting. I know. “One. More. Meeting.  OMG! Who needs one more meeting!” And, in a small firm, what really is the point? Far be it from … Continue reading

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