An open letter to my daughter 7

Dear m, This week history was made in America. You were old enough to know what was happening, but perhaps not quite old enough to completely understand it. At the most basic level, America did what America has done for more than 230 years: we elected a new leader. Over the next several months, leading ...

The Old Road 1

The Old Road
The Old Road The old road dances around the new Through fields of scrub grass, cedar and juniper trees, Beckoning me to follow it into the barren landscape, To roll over a road so many have crossed before On adventures into the west. The old road wiggles across the earth, Playing against the light and ...

Past is Present

The year was 1986 and I was an awkward 14 year-old eighth grader at a small Amarillo junior high (now middle) school. She was a year ahead of me, a ninth grader. We started going steady at a dance where her brother brought us together. We continued to ‘go together’ (to use the parlance of ...

11 April 1954

An academic-slash-entrepeneur in Cambridge, England, has determined 11 April 1954 to be the most boring day in history. From the mouth of the programmer himself, William Tunstall-Pedoe: “…a Sunday in the 1950s. Nobody significant died that day, no major events apparently occurred and although a typical day in the 20th century has many notable people ...

ARPANET

A friend notified me that today we should celebrate the birth of the interwebs. “22:30 Talked to SRI Host to Host” The record of the first time a person logged onto a remote computer via the ARPANET, what would eventually become the internet. (Or as Ted Stevens likes to say, the series of tubes.)