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In the pasture, when I was a kid, a Sycamore tree—I will capitalize the name of this great type of tree—stood alone and apart from everything. The tree was old, the darkened bark long before fallen away on parts of the trunk and branches. The white and gray were exposed. The huge leaves covered the ground in the fall, but it was pasture land and eventually mulched. The tree was older than I was (obviously), and I have no clue how old. The tree was gigantic—as mature Sycamores tend to…Continue
Robo-calls annoy me, but amuse me at rare times.
One aspect of robo-calls is the development of computers that speak in complete phrases and answer questions.
The past few months, after the feel came that “HAL” (see “2001: A Space Odyssey”) was on the other end of the line, I have asked, “Are you a computer?” At first the calls simply ended. The programmers must have adapted, and other people asked questions similar to mine, because the computers began to say something to the…
If one wishes to find weaknesses in the position of “originalists”—those who believe we should follow strictly the intentions of those men who drafted the Constitution of the United States in the summer of 1787—the process by which the President is selected is a good place to start.
There were general premises upon which the Framers seem to have based the principles that guided their construction of the government the Constitution created. A basic premise was distrust of, and the…
Civil, rational debate of everything and anything.