Category Archives: Arthur

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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The Good, the Bad, and the Damn Annoying

It turned ridiculously cold, so my early experiences with this new telescope involved kneeling on an icy patio in a down parka.  But there’s much more to the transition to a new telescope than that. Three big things have come … Continue reading

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Last Light

Last evening, and again in the wee hours of this morning, I gave my no-longer-new Meade reflector its “last light.”  I don’t intend to use it again; it is destined to be packed up today and donated.   For many reasons, … Continue reading

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February Stars

No school today, so I could stay up and watch Algol reach minimum light last evening.  The time was right, the skies were clear, no moon, perfect. . Algol is a star in Perseus; it represents one of the eyes … Continue reading

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