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The Amish
The Amish are an interesting group.  Since we've been thinking of living in the Lancaster PA area, I looked into our possible future neighbors, and I liked what I learned. They are members of a proscriptive religion, but one that's different from other simi...

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A Soft Landing for North Korea, the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea - How?
First, some assumptions. I would prefer that North Korea (the DPRK) and South Korea (ROK) are reunited without war. I want to see the ROK not harmed too much economically by having to subsume a pretty dysfunctional infrastructure and economy in the North. T...

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Irritalibity
Our dogs and one we look after, Dan, Bill and Phoebe I'm at the dog park like most every day with Dan and Phoebe. Off leash they go. A pit bull charges Phoebe, the Shepherd, head down, full speed, teeth bared. I get in between the dogs, loom over the pit, a...

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Contract Software Development
I've applied to work as a contractor with an organization called Toptal. The vetting process with them is a serious one, not unlike the brick-and-mortar contractors I've enjoyed working with in the past. I'm hoping these folks have overcome some of the prob...

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Set Based Solutions
In the Structured Query Language (SQL) database world in which I live, the first thing to learn is thinking of information as existing in sets. We learned about sets in third grade, never thinking that we would use that knowledge for anything useful. Someon...

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A Poem
A cubicle wall Summer interns, like blossoms The program, complete

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2015 Strawberries Get Planted
Today was some strawberry planting, while the hound looked on, and the shepherd sort of dozed. Slowly, we become small farmers.

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Back to Blogging
After a too-long hiatus, back to this. I find time most days to write a line or two on facebook, but that is not writing, although Dennis Krivda does a good job of using facebook as his blog - he writes very well,and we listen (sic). But most of the time I ...

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Oysters, Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving looks to be at the Hotel Santa Fe, because of this really fine menu, which includes oysters. http://hotelsantafe.com/wp-content/uploads/Amaya-Thanksgiving-Buffet-2014.pdf When I left the US Navy in 1987 and lived near Baltimore, Maryland, I lea...

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