Monthly Archives: October 2016

Calling a Spade a Spade

Ever wonder about the etymology of “calling a spade a spade”?  Some have suggested, this NPR piece for example, that the phrase has become so racialized as to warrant retiring it. I’d be fine with that, but not with the … Continue reading

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An Avian for the Avian

Garcon, table for two please … and we’ll just be having water.    

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Basking in a Victory

The sportswriter Grantland Rice is credited with these famous lines: “For when the One Great Scorer comes To mark against your name, He writes – not that you won or lost – But how you played the Game.” Which is … Continue reading

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Living on the Edge

I’ve mentioned before what a big fan I am of The Edge.  Two days ago, John Brockman posted an interview with Judea Pearl, a Professor of Computer Science at UCLA who is credited with starting the Bayesian Revolution in probabilistic … Continue reading

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“I Don’t Get No Respect”

That’s the way Phillies 1B/3B Mitch Walding must feel after seeing this caption over his photo: Oct 13, 2016; Peoria, AZ, USA; Scottsdale Scorpions outfielder Hunter Cole (26) of the San Francisco Giants celebrates with teammate Scott Kingery of the … Continue reading

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Mini-Sabbaticals

Much as the Seasons are for renewal, I find at this stage of life bi-annual mini-sabbaticals of one month in length spaced six months apart are ideal.  The entire concept of retirement is much different than the traditional gold watch … Continue reading

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Caboose?

Out of context, the lettering on this hat doesn’t form any Hebrew word in the Judaic lexicon.  The closest one comes to those three letters is “Keves”, the Hebrew word for lamb or sheep.  So perhaps it’s a transliterated English … Continue reading

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