Decoded: Secret Service code names

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Operation Decode: Those presidential code names – how are they assigned? Thanks to the recent election and inaugural doings, it seems everyone was curious about that. Find out how the White House Communications Agency works that out.






The united states of secession

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

After the Obama re-election, 36 US states filed petitions for the right of secession. Three of those states have exceeded the 25,000 signature mark which means The White House must respond. Is the really grass greener, or does it just look that way now?











Election 2012 > What if it’s a tie?

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Could the US presidential election end in a tie? Yes, it could happen. Some possible scenarios based on swing and undecided states, if, that occurs. Yikes!











Election 2012: Red, blight, and blue

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

TweetAh yes, it’s a presidential election year. The time when blue and red become more than the colors that they are – they become symbols of political affiliation, financial ideologies and moral values. While the topic may bore some (or many), the historical mapping of the electoral votes is quite curious and interesting. And, I’m […]






From pixel back to pinhole

Friday, April 27th, 2012

TweetThis year’s celebration of Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, is Sunday, 29 april 2012. In case you need some context, Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day is an international event to promote and celebrate the art of pinhole photography. The founders encourage photographers to remove themselves from technology, and to participate in the simple act of making a […]






Through the pinhole darkly

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

TweetSunday, 24 april 2011 is Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day – an event going into its second decade. Who could make this stuff up? To get a sense of the uniqueness of pinhole-generated images, wander through the archives here. OK, so what is it? An international event to promote and celebrate the art of pinhole photography, […]






No really, I can balance the federal budget in 3 easy steps

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

TweetAs a follow up to DIY: You’re the US president-du-jour, fix the federal budget, and my feeble attempt to fix the deficit – sans Congress, it seems everyone had to get in on the game. In Bean Counters to the Rescue!, New York Times columnists David Brooks and Gail Collins take a tongue-in-cheek look at […]






Planets – gone wild

Monday, April 26th, 2010

TweetGirls, animals and musicians have gone wild. Now some planets have joined them. Scientists have known for decades that some planets have rotated on their axes (that’s plural, ak’seez) the wrong way. What they didn’t know until earlier this month is that some planets orbit their suns the wrong way. Which orbit is the wrong […]






Think local, spend local – currency that is

Friday, August 7th, 2009

What are: The BerkShare, the Ithaca Hour, the Pittsboro Plenty, and the Phoenix Bux? No, it’s not a Jeopardy answer for $600, but ti could be. Take a look.