Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. -- George Santayana
One person's experiences.
Planet Earth vs. humanity - Planet Earth wins
Humpty Dumpty teeters
The start of erosion
In order to justify the development and production of a drug, pharmaceutical companies may use some questionable practices.
change and exchange
Adventures of an online relationship advisor: even if there is no real reason, unfounded lack of trust can destroy a relationship.
Learning should be a lifelong process.
Newtopia - An example of one way people approached the changes in society.
The term portmanteau conjures up visions of Victorian murder mysteries, with the suspect caught at the train station, carrying a suspicious trunk that can open into two halves.
Trying to fight City Hall once again, and running into two commercial giants
When people think of a home fire they usually do not think about skunks, pets, laundry or smells.
From Japanese game shows in the 70s to Donald Trump in 2016, people have forgotten the values of gentility, integrity and manners.
Bankruptcy can be a devastating experience - and even the final straw.
Presented to me as an American Sheepdog, Kibbles was a very unique animal.
Aphrodite is a Maine coon cat mix and shows a lot of the typical characteristics of the breed.
When a person complains about constant nightmares about a person recently dead, suspicion replaces sympathy, especially if you know the relationship.
the glass half full
the dust settles
tucking in loose ends
After a person dies, the state, attorneys, heirs, wanna-be heirs, and other worms crawl out of the woodwork, each to get his pound of flesh. The vultures circle; all I can do is hold on desperately to the image of the real person who exists no more....
The Titanic looms
Here is scientific proof of the true gender of God.
Suffolk County, Long Island
Soccer relates to football, but now it relates to baseball.
tightening noose - corporations dig deeper into politics and media
The post-retirement years are a great opportunity to start a new life.
Observational studies convince me that scientists have missed the true center of knowledge related to driving ability.
Centre County, PA -- people the least affected by current events
Hedgehogs are only found in the Americas as pets. Nocturnal and shy, even in their natural habitat they are hard to spot.
tip of the iceberg - what would happen when we lose control of Big Business?
CNN should fire any “reporter” who doesn’t know English grammar. It demeans the value of the station and its content. We often depend on valued news sources to learn the proper pronunciation of names of people and places. If they don’t...
The freedom to ask “What do I feel like doing?” – and do it – is the beauty of my weekends.
It might seem like a handy thing to have, but an eidetic memory carries more problems than blessings.
Two more real-life conversations between people and an online relationship coach
I am possibly more qualified than a politician.
As a challenge in a writing class, we had to define the 3 most important songs in our lives. This is my list.
Sometimes it helps to share the experience of the death of a loved one.
leash laws are not just laws; they protect our pets from Mel
Everybody has his or her idea of the perfect place to live. And the perfect place to visit.
We need to get beyond the rhetoric and see what is happening and what has happened with Donald Trump.
In order to grow in life we need to cope with loss.
Pikas are elusive little mammals; few even know they exist.
There are two Thebes -- one in Egypt and this one in Greece.
The stages of grief do not necessarily follow a specific order.
An editorial on the pervasiveness of Google.
Sometimes it's just a question of perspective. Other times it's simply blindness.
While he feels completely alone -- there are many out there in the same straits. Desolation, desperation and depression.
These are actual conversations. Typing and grammar have been corrected enough to make the statements understandable. Dear Gabby went unpaid for this service; the people with the problems did pay someone to talk with her.
When you first discovered you were pregnant, your sonogram showed two fetuses. But a month later, the sonogram confirmed that you have just one baby.
A plant’s transport system moves water and nutrients throughout the plant.
I don't actually remember ever seeing taffy in this beige color, but Mom said that's where the name came from. Cocker spaniels are re-emerging as popular pets.
First-time mothers will hear this term, but many don't know what quickening actually is.
Why wait until someone is dead to say good things about him?
WE know if we sneeze that we are either among allergens or starting a cold. But is that really the case? Is this why animals sneeze?
Sea cucumbers are so named because they appear like cucumbers resting at the bottom of the sea
Like dogs, cockatiels have distinct personalities.
I have no regrets for my life, but I am sorry that at times I've inadvertently hurt someone.
A standard reading in colleges from 1965 to the present, Under Milk Wood opens itself to a variety of interpretations.
A normal morning can erupt into two days of discovery, as we learn yet another facet of suburban life ... the hard way.
Every place of business is a cosmos of its own. Despite the fact that they are handling your money, banks are no strangers to soap operas.
"Philosophy" seems a snobbish term. Yet there is philosophy in every part of our daily lives.
Another example of civil service lack of integrity.
Simply put, the Peter Principle contends that in most businesses employees are promoted until they reach a position which they are incompetent to perform.
The grandfather paradox, which first appeared in 1943 in Rene Barjaval’s book Future Times Three, confronts writers of time travel stories.
While the southern United States has had to learn about living with snow recently, northern states should be used to it. Still, northerners can be surprisingly unprepared. People all over the country now know that they need to be prepared for snow emergencies.
Many word lovers have seen an unpunctuated sentence with the challenge to punctuate it to achieve a particular understanding. And many older folks have heard of the song “Throw Mama from the Train a Kiss, a Kiss.” Both of these are examples of...
Old age is fraught with loneliness, poverty and depression.
When I was in my late teens, my father started a tradition of sending flowers not only to his wife, but to his two daughters as well. That tradition continued till his death, with the exception of when I was married – he figured it was then my...
The scientific method is a general guideline for research scientists to submit and prove an idea. The best-accepted steps are to present an hypothesis, or theory, and test it; the results of the testing would prove or disprove the hypothesis. Of...
Turning employer and employees into a team is as simple as respecting each other.
Training in a company cannot be haphazard.
The quarter horse is often called “America’s Horse” and the “World’s Fastest Athlete”
Lies, slander and misinformation should not be condoned nor encouraged.
In employment terms, is it better to be a small fish in a big pond, or a big fish in a small pond?
Blogging has become a unique form of writing.
In general, there are no ethical office politics.
In order to appreciate the character of Kathryn Janeway, Captain of the Voyager in the television series “Star Trek: Voyager”, one needs to look at the origin of the name and the aura of the Star Trek developers.
Someday the left hand jut might discover the right hand … and then it will take a year for them to learn to communicate.
Art Linkletter said Kids Say the Darnedest Things. We still see cute sayings regularly, but often forget that we as kids, or our children and grandchildren, still get caught confusing "bad words".
A rare and impressive sight
While there have often been temporary migrations of the snowy owl below the Arctic circle, this has become far more frequent, but scientists are not sure why.
The first day on the job may be hazardous to your health.
Everyone has that one pet that will never be forgotten.
Ethical and moral behavior should be required of athletes, politicians, and businesses, enforced by a caring and adamant public.
Mid-winter is the time when people miss the outdoors and want to bring it inside.
A different point of view on the Mideast that is bound to be unpopular.
A couple starting out in life can go broke picking up all the little things that don't come across as 'spectacular' shower gifts.
Dolomedes triton is a spider that walks on -- and under --water, and dives into the water to capture its dinner.
While Easter is a Christian holiday, many practices and traditions are completely secular.
Triggerfish get their name from a dorsal spine which normally lies flat on the top of their bodies. When they are alarmed or aggressive this fin pops up and looks like a trigger on an upside-down revolver.
Do employers have the right to monitor employee e-mail?
In 1872, the bad-luck ship Mary Celeste became a ghost ship, and no one has managed to find an answer as to why or how.
Hypochondria is a term often misused. But the condition does exist, and recognition of it by patient, health workers and friends will give a promise of recovery.
Fusarium wilt in fruit plantsFusarium oxysporum can attack sweet potatoes, tomatoes, bananas, pears, pigeon peas, muskmelons, cantaloupe, tobacco, legumes, basil, beans, carnation, chrysanthemums, watermelon, peppers, cucurbits (a type of gourd) and cereals.
Whether it’s in politics or advertising many an “untruth” is actually a fallacy of logic which leads the listener up a primrose path to the conclusion the speaker intends, rather than reality.
Etruscan shrew. Also known as a Pygmy White-toothed Shrew, Savi's Pygmy Shrew, and White-toothed Pygmy Shrew, the scientific name for this miniscule animal is Suncus etruscus.
The Essenes did not consider themselves aligned with any one religion, but rather a separate people, distinguished by the illumination of their inner life and their knowledge of hidden mysteries of nature.
The capybara, the largest rodent on earth, is rare to the north, but well-known and well-loved in the tropics.
The blue green reef chromis is an excellent school fish for the home marine aquarium.
Just about every programmer, in any generation of programming language, has dreaded the continuous loop
There’s an old pilots’ joke – Be safe; fly low and slow. For those who are not aviators: low and slow is the most dangerous way to fly.
To teach writing essays – you build the structure of an essay just like building a house.
Robin Williams has been a part of my life since 1978, and will continue to influence me.
1 fish, 2 fish, 3 fish, 4 fish. Who has heard of the serpentine oarfish?
As my real mother fades into dementia, she is still all around me in vivid memories of my own.
RLS is becoming recognized as a true disorder, but causes and treatment are still unsure. The person suffering from restless legs syndrome needs to take the reins in managing and treating the syndrome.
People suffering from the imposter syndrome feel as if they are living a lie, fraudulently taking credit that is not due for their successes.
This is an investigation into allegations that someone in your e-mail knows more than the medical profession.
elegy for my uncle
We must ensure that by high school graduation studens can think independently and critcally, in order to become the best kind of citizen.
Driving over an hour each way to a job, the mind starts doing odd things.
People can obsess on such little situations, as if they are experts in every field, passing judgement on anyone who is different.
The continuing romance with wireless gadget, from smart phones to electronic homes with remote control, opens up a lot of dangers.
We can easily fall into a habit of obedience in medical situations. We need to keep an eye out for ourselves despite professionals.
Have something real to say on your clothes.
Hindsight from a high school reunion.
If a mosquito is small, dark, and has white markings, be careful.
Legacy does not necessarly mean obsolete.
Legacy hardware and software must be thoroughly compared to more modern systems to effect a successful migration.
From punch cards to networks, system architecture has traveled many paths.
developers use artificial intelligence, statistics, and coding to assist managers in making decisions
There are tools available to develop the system, guide the user on data entry, and to display the results to the user.
the computer can assist a person to find a good decision - but the person makes the final choice
The cycle of water around the world affects weather and lives.
Collection of data for a DSS is usually very broad based.
A DSS helps a person, company or manager make a decision by breaking down the available information and analyzing it.
off-shoring and out-sourcing have different causes and effects
to manage data on an enterprise level can involve several flavors of database management
databases as well as applications are capable of cross-using files
UML, use case diagrams, class diagrams, Object-Oriented database architecture
OLAP, Data Warehousing, Data Marts, 3-Tier Architecture, and ASP
A tutorial in Microsoft Access
a tutorial in Microsoft Access
A tutorial on Microsoft Access
Know the client and have a good idea of what tools you will use to propose a database application.
OLAP cubes can be confusing to users and DBAs alike
problem solving can be a method from which you can learn
Whether in business, technology, mechanics or a personal situation, knowing how to tackle a problem is the most important part.
critical thinking is essential in decision-making and problem solving
logic is not the same thing as critical thinking
This article identifies critical thinking and why it should be practiced.
the system analyst's responsibilities for existing systems
once a sytem has been developed, the implementation phase includes training and testing
The systems analyst must take a lot of things into consideration when designing a new system's architecture.
Memories of my dear Uncle Ralph, who passed away last night.
Once a contract has been achieved, the systems analyst must gather all relevant information and analyze it.
When managing a team for an integration project, the systems analyst must guide them through the SDLC.
performance reviews can be a way to build up an employee and a company or a means of ruin for both
Should personal ethics conflict with the ethics of being a poilice officer?
If the military and politicians can coins words, so can I! At least mine make sense.
A rational review of the dangers of cloud computing in its early stages.
colocators are part of today's and tomorrows technology, sharing data centers with related companies off-site
The process of getting an ecterprise - sized system up and running and measuring your success at it.
in business systems development, the client company, vendor, software and hardware should all set and meet standards
Business System analysis and design for an enterprise-level system
analysis phase of an enterprise-level business system development project
The need for business systems development is present from mom-and-pop to global corporations.
With all the attempts at identity theft and malware execution, the software consumer must practice certain precautions to continue enjoying the home computer.
Social media covers social network sites, background checks, chat games, blogs, forums and instant messaging. But it can also include any business interaction with the public through media.
a college instructor sees the deterioration of university quality and decides not to be a part of it
the pets in my life and what happened then
The unique decade of the 1930s offers a new way to plan a party.
A science fiction story.
There are three main genres for science fiction.
American oil companies still need to be controlled, as banks were. They do not have a history of passing savings on to the public.