More Than One Thing to Remember

It’s important to remember the fallen from that day. But it is perhaps more important to remember the lessons we have learned since.

Context Matters

Pet store photo — and the text added to it, even the title — by my friend Al Boss (who even has a super-cool name, and provided permission to use his photo and words here).

Yep: We Talk About That

My friends range from liberal to conservative, and atheist to pious. And they all enrich my life and my understanding of the world.

NASA’s Job

The full context of this quote, from my eulogy of Jerry in 1999: Jerry was a brilliant and uncompromising engineer. One of his strengths was keeping humans in the loop: It’s relatively easy to design a machine. It’s a lot harder to design it well so that it helps people, rather than get in their … See the Meme

Get a Read on This

Addison (1672–1719) was an English essayist, poet, playwright, and politician, and the co-founder of The Spectator magazine in 1711. Yep: they had magazines in 1711.

Plato Speaks

Think before you speak. Plato (c425–c350 BC) was a Greek philosopher and the founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. He is widely considered the most pivotal figure in the development of philosophy, especially the Western tradition. Unlike nearly all of his philosophical contemporaries, Plato’s entire … See the Meme

The Hotel’s Advice

I took this photo: I saw it on the wall at the last hotel I stayed at (in Tooele, Utah). Seriously? Someone thought this was useful advice? (“Use stairs, not elevator” might be helpful, but this?!)

Memorial Day Reminder

Memorial Day is the day set aside to remember those who died while serving in the armed forces. It’s the day that living veterans pay tribute to those who didn’t come back from war, and on this day, they’d rather you remember the fallen, not them. Be sure to see last year’s post too.

Fun Fact: Patriotism

“To believe that patriotism will not flourish if patriotic ceremonies are voluntary and spontaneous instead of a compulsory routine is to make an unflattering estimate of the appeal of our institutions to free minds. We can have intellectual individualism and the rich cultural diversities that we owe to exceptional minds only at the price of … See the Meme

An Important Lesson

Photo: The 16th President with his youngest son, Tad (1864), educating him with the laptop of his time. (I could have sworn this one was already on this site, and was surprised when I didn’t find it. Well, it’s certainly a classic, and it’s here now! Have never seen it with this photo, always with just … See the Meme