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  1. Smartphones and Swiss Army Knives

    by , Yesterday at 01:37 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Combination devices always manage to have major deficiencies in at least one aspect of their ranges of alleged utility. Swiss Army Knives have long been exemplars of things that didn’t do anything well but were better than nothing. There are many models of Swiss Army knife, but a typical one has maybe ten implements packed in. A knife blade is fine, but some have a sawblade, and that doesn’t work for something that small. The corkscrew that some have are not very effective; it would be much better ...
  2. Photography and Memory Problems

    by , 07-22-2015 at 05:39 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    We have known for many years that photography is related to memory deficiencies, but it has not been demonstrated whether photography is the cause of defective memory, or if it is a result of having a defective memory, specifically an attempt to fill in for a natural memory, and it is possible that it varies from case to case.

    It must be a pleasant surprise to people who can’t remember much that there are devices to allow them to save images of persons, things, places, and events ...
  3. My Vacation Reading

    I will be heading off on vacation soon leaving the first week in August to go to Lake Tahoe. I belong to several different book groups on Goodreads, and so usually I am always reading this or that book for one of my groups, which I enjoy because it provides a good opportunity both to get motivated to read some books I have had sitting around on my shelf but always put off reading for another time, or daunting books that I want to read but because of their length I always postpone, as well as a way ...
  4. Beans, the Toxic seeds

    by , 07-20-2015 at 10:18 AM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Beans have long been touted as excellent sources of proteins and fiber, but beans are well protected by toxic chemicals. Many types of beans contain phytohaemagglutinin, a lectin that happens to be toxic; it is a relative of the poison, Ricin, that is found in Castor beans.

    In fact, beans have an incomplete set of amino acids, but the missing ones can mostly be found in rice, which is why rice and beans are often found together. Even putting them together isn’t as good from the point ...
    Tags: beans, ricin, toxins
  5. Another Interview


    I was impressed recently by the art work of Richard Long. I saw a demonstration of his stone work on television several years ago and last week I borrowed his Walking in Circles from a library. The following interview which I have ‘choreographed’ is a result of reading about his philosophy, reading an interview with him and looking at his wonderful work in stone, wood and his own ‘choreography’ of art.

    This interview was also influenced by the words of ...
    Tags: interview