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Memories of the 28th Century

Miscellaneous thoughts about miscellaneous matters

  1. Restoring Civility

    by , 04-06-2019 at 07:19 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    During most of my life so far I lived in rather safe areas, places where the general populace was well-behaved, and there was a local police force that was adequate. Unfortunately, the place where I presently live is becoming progressively less safe. Eight years ago, I moved back to Amherst; unfortunately, Amherst has gone from being a pleasant and friendly place to a place where people are in fear of violent crime, and with good reason, a significant part of the town’s population has become unreliable, ...

    Updated 04-06-2019 at 07:23 PM by PeterL

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  2. Alcohol and Equal Rights for All

    by , 03-20-2019 at 09:41 AM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Humans have been consuming alcohol for at least as long as there have been humans, and there are good reasons to believe that the desire for more alcohol was the driving force behind the development of agriculture. Humans probably got their first tastes of alcohol from fallen fruit that naturally fermented. There's no way to tell for sure, but there are signs of ale, sort of, having been made from seeds about twenty-five thousand years ago, and it is generally accepted that agriculture developed ...
  3. Standard Time is the Problem

    by , 03-13-2019 at 10:34 AM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Once again Daylight Saving Tine is with us, and some people still believe that it does save daylight, or something like that, but most people have found that Daylight Saving Time (DST) is an inconvenience that was foisted upon the world using fallacious reasoning and outright lies. But it may have seemed like a good idea at one time.

    To understand the breadth of the problem, we have to look at how it developed. Originally, time was local. Every city and town had its town clock upon ...
  4. Brexit and Pirenne

    by , 03-08-2019 at 10:20 AM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    After posting a blog yesterday, I had the thought that a really good blog post would be about how the EU relates to Henri Pirenne’s Thesis. In a perfect world I wouldn’t have to explain that, but some people would prefer to know about it. Henri Pirenne "was a Belgian historian. A medievalist of Walloon descent, he wrote a multivolume history of Belgium in French and became a national hero. He also became prominent in the nonviolent resistance to the Germans who occupied Belgium in World War ...
  5. Persistence

    by , 03-06-2019 at 08:09 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    I just noticed that the internet is almost as slow as it was in the days of dial-up and other such problems. Apparently, the ISP’s and site owners have decided that just because high speed internet is available is no reason why end users should be able to use it. Internet Service Providers, web hosts, and others set up all sorts of extras that could speed things for some users and slow things for others. One part of that was regulatory permission for those who provide the web services to allow some ...
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