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Dilemmas & Digressions

John Lennon said "Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans." I prefer coherent thoughts, coherent actions, coherent structures. Unfortunately for my preferences, life is not very coherent. This section of my Web site is where I'll put the stuff that doesn't fit with my plans for it, yet is worth including.

The first of these that happened to me spawned a story that should delight any geek — or at least those who don't look askance at three-generations-removed hardware. It's about how I managed to acquire a computer workstation for minimal money and upgrade it with more memory and a second CPU.

Later, I got involved in an on-line discussion about the merits of nuclear power. (I believe it has some.) I decided that I should learn more about what I already knew was its checkered history. The section on nuclear accidents is the result.

When Wikipedia came along, I did some editing on certain of its articles. I probably should not have been surprised when those articles became controversial. It is an age when a large segment of the American population regards facts themselves as bogus assertions made by some nefarious opposition. Which perception, of course, demands that they assert their own "facts" in order to restore "balance." It's unfortunate, but Wikipedia has become a battleground in this struggle.

Which brings me to global warming. As I dug into this, I became amazed at the prevalence and persistence of "facts" which had long been debunked. The warming itself is enough of a dilemma. We don't need another dilemma piled on top — with or without hand-picked "cherries."

Topic Description Date added
Aboriginal Peoples Today We palefaces are treating them better than in the past, but not well enough. 17 Oct 2015
Accidents
involving
Nuclear
Energy
As global warming looks ever more real, nuclear fission is an energy option that looks ever more vital. The dilemma is the need to confine and shield the fission process, especially the virulent, long-lived waste it produces. Here's some ongoing research into how well we're doing with that. 05 Jun 2005
Global
Warming
So many scientists cannot be wrong, after so many years. Not about the basics. Here's why. 12 Apr 2009
Trump The new occupant of the Oval Office has a long way to go to prove his worth.1 23 Jan 2017
Upgrading
the HP
Kayak
Read about how I accessed my inner geek2 and figured out how to add a second CPU to a Kayak. 04 Aug 2005
What's
Wrong with
Wikipedia?
As a sometime editor of articles on Wikipedia, "The Online Encyclopedia Anyone Can Edit," I investigate its quality issues. 10 Oct 2006
1 I frankly don't think he can get there.
2 My inner geek is never far from the surface...
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