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Mimi’s Lamp Article

Monday, September 7th, 2020

My Aunt Mimi went to Europe just before the end of WWII with the USO to draw pictures of wounded GIs for them to send home.  I knew that a year or two later she went back, hired by Standard Oil to paint for an article about the effects of the postwar shortage of oil […]

Joan’s PBK congratulations

Monday, August 24th, 2020

One of the things we found in the latest carton of stuff we got from my mother’s house when Rachel and Luanna cleaned it out was the congratulations card from her family for when she was named to the Phi Beta Kappa academic honorary society at Smith College. The symbol of Phi Beta Kappa is […]

Covfefe explanation

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

Disclaimer: I did not see this happen. I do not have a keylogger on Trump’s computer to watch keystroke by keystroke. This is just my hypothetical reconstruction of what happened. Claimer: I have not read this elsewhere. This is original work. To the extent this may correspond with any other explanation, it merely corroborates the […]

Dear Editor,

Friday, December 12th, 2014

I had a letter to the editor published in the Boston Globe today! Here you are: [supplied by the paper] The ‘broken window theory’ works both ways [my letter] In the discussion of the Ferguson and Staten Island police behavior, I’ve seen a lot about the “broken window theory” — the notion that, since small […]

HTML Tagging my neighborhood

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

As part of the P2PU web design challenge, I took pictures of some things in the real world that vaguely represent  HTML tags. I didn’t get all the tags that the assignment listed, but I did like some of the results. <bq> and <ul>: The words at the top of the stone look like some […]

Web 101 – text editor

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

I already own BBEdit for my main computer (and laptop). It has all the features of TextWrangler, which is by the same people, and a lot more; so there’s not attraction to TextWrangler instead. I liked the word completion from Text Mate a lot, and very likely would have picked it if I were starting […]

‘First’ web page

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Aha! I have my wordpress update system fixed, at least enough that I can get a picture on my blog. Here’s that page that I wrote from memory. With only one scratchout, which I did before I peeked.

Roll up them sleeves

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

I have just signed up on P2PU, Peer-to-Peer University, to study web design. I’ve done some web design before, but it’s probably hopelessly out of date — at least that’s what my son, who works on the Harvard Extension School web site, says. So, I’m going to roll up my sleeves and start studying some […]

Surface Design meeting at Fuller

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Several months ago Arlene found out about an article about Adinkra stamps in a magazine published by the Surface Design Association, a group of fiber and textile artists. It turned out the the most cost-effective way for us to advertise our stamps in the magazine was for her to join the association. We went to […]

Shad in the Charles

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

A few days ago Arlene called my attention to an email I got from the Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) announcing an upcoming release of American Shad Fry into the Charles river. It sounded interesting and wasn’t too far from work, so I decided to go. Shad are the biggest members of the herring family. […]