13th February 2017

Too old to party?

Could it be that I’m “too old to party”? After watching this evening’s Marketplace episode, I feel sure that I could never keep up with the pace presented by students on unsupervised school trips. I say that, even with the years of experience I racked up, back in the day.

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26th January 2017

Advancing the hands on their clock

If others are also “on edge”, this doesn’t count as paranoia. The new trends in governance have a lot of people worried about the direction society is taking. Even the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has entered the conversation, by advancing the hands on their Doomsday Clock. As of today, we’re “two and a half minutes away from midnight”. Or, in common terms, back to where we stood in the 1950’s, when the threat of annihilation by mad politicians was at a peak. Reflect on that, please.

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15th December 2016

Group learning

Facebook is many things to many people (many!); for me the chance to compare notes with others that have similar interests is paramount. Conversation on steroids.

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21st November 2016

Digging holes and patching pails

Where do you draw the line between “things you know how to do” and “things you know you have never done”? I’m a byproduct of an education system that puts great stock in learning by example, and after watching a demonstration of a technique, I’m considered to have received sufficient instruction. But, how to test the premise?

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1st October 2016

Fun in games

Turns out I’m both (technically) poor AND lazy. A bad combination, where my spending exceeds my income and I accept to “eat out” twice in one day. Must show some reserve, ASAP.

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6th September 2016

Stop for the flashing lights, kid

Obviously, certain messages aren’t getting through. About telephones, for example. There’s only one safe way to text while behind the steering wheel, and it involves being parked. The only way. Now, take a look around you, when in town, and see if you can spot the “dodo”. No sense sending them a message, because they aren’t paying attention.

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22nd August 2016

On board the old lady

On the Island, we carry a special place in our hearts for one old lady: The Abegweit. Not the second one; the original. Navigated the Strait before I was born, continued until I was old enough to accept that there were other ways to get here from the other side. And then, she went away. Sailed off into the sunset, to a new berth.

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2nd August 2016

Square the circle?

Once the kids got out of the school system, we stopped having to purchase certain things. Today, I was sent off to find what we used to call a “geometry set” and a pencil sharpener. Still early in the back-to cycle for merchants; I did fill my list, but I learned a bit more about the difficulties for a retailer in that domain.

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19th May 2016

Watch and learn

Almost anything can provide an “occasion for learning”. This morning, although I awoke too early (no longer have an alarm clock sense), my arrival at the local garage was on time. I handed over the keys and headed off to wander the immediate area; a graveyard that I hadn’t entered in four decades served as a reminder that many have tred the path before me.

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13th April 2016

Outside my comfort zone

This evening took me outside of my comfort zone. On the practical level, that meant trading in my around the house clothes for something closer to what I would have worn to work, back in the day. On the mental level, I had to sit at a head table and address a roomful of strangers. Again, not too far removed from “back in the day”, but this is my new life in my new community. So easy to suffer a pratfall.

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