Category Archives: Arthur

Mars After All

Last evening Slooh had a program on the Mars opposition–when the Sun, earth, and Mars were in syzygy  (a straight line, with earth in the middle).  Further, Mars was at perihelion and earth nearly at aphelion.  (Counterintuitively for Northern Hemisphere … Continue reading

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It’s a Cheetah

This is the single best article on “giftedness” that I’ve ever read. Have a great day!

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Genius

I find it irritating to read popular articles on the topic of “genius.”  Here is a good example. There’s this ridiculous sentence, which is featured as a pull-quote in the article: Genius, as a noun, has always been a sort … Continue reading

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A Maxim

A maxim, drawn from the previous post on double spacing. . A bureaucrat is someone who pretends to a big picture and prefers policy to practice.    

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Two Spaces After a Period

Use two spaces after a period.  Period.  That’s what I learned since I was taught typing at St. Mary’s (thanks, Bro. Lawrence!).  I have always felt that a double space after a period lightens the text a bit, making it … Continue reading

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Stephen Hawking–A Reminiscence

Stephen Hawking is dead at 76. I vividly remember his visit to the University of Chicago in 1986.  His lecture, given via a graduate student to a packed Mandel Hall, was titled “Why Time Moves Forward” or something like that. … Continue reading

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Protected: A Typical Piano Lesson Day

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Prime Dates

Starting tomorrow, we have six all-prime dates left in 2017.  After that, the next year that will be a prime number will be 2027. The dates are November 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, and 29. All numbers in the date … Continue reading

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New Toys, and Rain

The mailman has been busy here.  I’ve received my Orion mount extender, and once again I can stand more or less upright while viewing the heavens. One big demerit for this fine product is that it comes with NO INSTRUCTIONS.  … Continue reading

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The Family Scientist

It’s true–I’m the family scientist, at least by temperament and inclination, hobbies and enduring passions.  (Let me add–surprisingly for a religious believer, perhaps–my outlook on life.)  I speak both of my biological family, and my family. The only thing I … Continue reading

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