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Effectiveness of household materials at capturing virus-sized particles

Cambridge scientists tested 0.02 micron Bacteriophage MS2 particles (5 times smaller than the coronavirus) and compared homemade masks made of different materials to surgical masks. Surgical mask blocks 89% Vacuum cleaning bag 85%Dish Towel 73% T shirt 70%...

A hui ho – Until we meet again – Jim (Jimmer) Reddekopp

Jim (Jimmer) Reddekopp, a dear friend of my wife, passed away recently. Jimmer and his family owned and operated the Hawaiian Vanilla Co. farm/restaurant in Hawaii. Our family visited once, and it was one of the most memorable vacation experiences I've ever had--and a...

If you could erase all the mistakes of your past…

If you could erase all the mistakes of your past... you would also erase all the wisdom of your present. Remember the lesson, not the disappointment.  

Invictus ~ William Ernest Henley,

I don't recall ever being so struck to the core by a poem... Invictus ~ William Ernest Henley Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not...

Invictus ~ William Ernest Henley,

I don't recall ever being so struck to the core by a poem... Invictus ~ William Ernest Henley Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not...

Dragon statue in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Because I've been told I'm part Slovenian but know nothing about my homeland, any time I encounter a reference to Slovenia, I'm all over it. I recently found this picture of a Dragon statue in Ljubljana, Slovenia. I don't know where Ljubljana is, nor how to pronounce...

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“The price of freedom is decision”

“The price of freedom is decision”

I'm reading a book by Edward de Bono titled, The Happiness Purpose. In it, he states something that I thought was counter-intuitive: [T]he price of freedom is decision. This didn't make sense to me. I can agree that without the ability to decide, there is no freedom,...

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What journalism really is…

This quote, misattributed to George Orwell, gets at the "nut" of the civic role and responsibility of real journalism.   Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. everything else is public relations. ~ George Orwell (misattributed) The quote...

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Like alcohol and driving, it’s hard to mix cultures

Like alcohol and driving, it’s hard to mix cultures

(Below is blog post. It contains naive ramblings and no great conclusions---and lots of mizpellings and grammatical errors.) Why is it hard to mix cultures?...What is a culture? A culture is a collection of people who share certain beliefs and values and, to some...

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xkcd’s advice on creating memorable passwords

xkcd comic offers some helpful advice on creating memorable but still difficult to hack/guess passwords.   "Through 20 years of effort, we've successfully trained everyone to use passwords that are hard for humans to remember, but easy for computers to guess."...

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I didn’t know what I wanted to do…

The original quote from Diane Von Furstenberg is... “I didn't know what I wanted to do, but I always knew the woman I wanted to be.” ― Diane Von Furstenberg But as a male of the species, I prefer this gender-neutral adaptation: “I didn't know what I wanted to do, but...

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Dove ad campaign would find parent company Unilever sexist

Dove ad campaign would find parent company Unilever sexist

My former employer, Razorfish (now SapientRazorfish), won a digital marketing award for a fascinating ad/social media campaign they did for Dove, a subsidiary of Unilever. The campaign used computer learning technology to flag when "sexist phrases" were used by media...

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