Monthly Archives: January 2015

To Whom it May Concern

Finland, sporting one of the most frequently admired education systems in the world, is planning to abolish the teaching of handwriting in schools. “Fluent typing skills are an important national competence,” Minna Harmanen, from the Finish National Board of Education, is quoted … Continue reading

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Martian Scientists Speculate about Signs of Intelligence on Earth

There have been reports in the media, recently, about signs on Mars of possible former life. The first indication is, of course, that there seem to be traces of methane. To put this into perspective, the negative effect of methane on … Continue reading

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The Importance of What is Even Worse

While Oscar Wilde happily explored “The Importance of Being Earnest,” an even more poignant topic is the importance of “worse.” Whether we are talking about what our friends, family, lovers and colleagues have done to us or about our own … Continue reading

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Prickly

Some people suffer from illusions of being so desirable, in the midst of barren landscapes, that they surround themselves with endless arrays of nasty defenses. Like the prickly pear cactus, they end up being consumed by packrats and skunk pigs, who couldn’t … Continue reading

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Self-Defining Journalism

Quaintly enough, the origin of “pedigree” is “foot of the crane.” Beyond obvious explanations, there is the pattern that some people crane so much for recognition, that they’d rather offer endless streams of “facts” from smelly origins than not be noticed. What one … Continue reading

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