How many zeroes in a billion?

How many zeroes in a billion?

One of the least-photographed, momentous life occasions, is a baby’s first steps. Not because it is not a golden photo op, but because it happens so randomly, without dress rehearsal, without formal invitations to the big show.  Subsequent solos, of course, are...
Do you hear what I hear?

Do you hear what I hear?

There’s the real universe. Then there’s a parallel universe. It’s called advertising. You know, where everyone is beautiful and smiling and laughing – because they’re tech savvy. All salespeople and salesclerks are über friendly and helpful and SO rabidly pleased to...
A not so ordinary ordinary?

A not so ordinary ordinary?

Whether it’s a universal phenomenon or not, I’m not sure, but I’ve heard much discussion and many more off-hand comments about how wonderful it is to think about the next vacation, the next escape from routine, the next opportunity to discover something new, to...
Is this on the level?

Is this on the level?

True confession: I’m ‘that’ person. You know, the one who, once he’s seen a picture hanging askew on the wall, compulsively gets up to straighten it (or, who, given circumstances where repairing the travesty would be inappropriate/unappreciated, must endure the agony...
That is so yesterday!

That is so yesterday!

Pluto is no longer a planet. Sugar is no longer a health food. Phone booths and payphones no longer exist (except for a smattering of the UK’s red antiquaries). Computers are no longer the fingers on both hands. And as we are no longer see as sufficiently intelligent...

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