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Category Archives: History

Understanding computer scientists


This the question I’m trying to answer: How can a computer scientist do research without using and producing only free and open source software? This question is the corollary that follows from this hypothesis: Free and open source software (FOSS) is the only way to produce and use software that follows the scientific method. There […]

Happy birthday Ray


Author Ray Bradbury turns 90 years old on 22 August 2010.  The Planetary Society is presenting him with a huge birthday card with good wishes from people such as you and I.  You can post your birthday greeting for him until 9 August. The greetings are limited to 250 characters, and I took advantage […]

Celebrating spousal abuse


Last night I finished watching ‘McLintock!‘ on YouTube, a later-career (1963) John Wayne film about a cattle baron with a feisty wife.  It’s also a celebration of spouse abuse.  One character, near the end of the movie trying to convince Wayne that it’s time to give his wife a good spanking, “My father said, when […]

California history brought to life on the little stage – Part I


In these two little gems, my eldest daughter, Malakai (10), is dancing and singing with her classmates. These kids all homeschool with the same program, Alternative Family Education, and this play was part of a California history class they’ve been in all year. Malakai is in the center of the dance line, tall in the […]