There is a modest display case that stands in the corner of my mothers dining room. It was a Christmas present from my brothers and I to our parents , years ago. My mother filled it up with the usual things one finds in such miniature family museums; pictures of her four babies, their babies, and […]
Monthly Archives: September 2012
It’s late summer in the Northern Hemisphere and signs of the season are everywhere. In wheat fields the stalks are bending under the load of ripened grain, ready to harvest; trees are dropping the last of their fruit; hives are full of honey; and the Muslims are rioting. In cities, towns, and villages all over […]
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Audels Country House For you who liked my earlier piece of small cottages from the classic Builders Guide, https://thelastminstrel.wordpress.com/2012/07/30/a-little-cottage-of-your-own/ here is a larger example of early Twentieth Century residential architecture. The ten foot Piazza, or porch, circling both floors has me at first sight before even looking at the floor plan, but if you must […]
Lately, I seem to have kicked over a hornets nest with an earlier blog; “Evolution; the Work That Doesn’t”
In keeping with my belief that if you accidentaly kick a hornets nest, you should back off a few feet and chunk a rock at it, here is another earlier post to fuel the fire.
Try this simple experiment; go out to your car and open the hood. Take a pair of wire cutters. Look around at all the wires under there. Pick one and cut it. Get in the car and start it up and drive around the block. Does the car function better or worse?
You have just performed the mechanical equivalent of a genetic mutation, what I would call a vertical mutation – i.e. – the loss or gain of information.
Let’s try a horizontal mutation – i.e. – the rearrangement of information. Turn off your computer and open the case. Pick out two wires, any two will do. Unplug them and swap them out; plug the first wire into the second wires connection and the second into the firsts. Put the cover back on and boot the computer up. Does it work better or worse, does it work at all?
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Reuters; The European Central Bank and the U.S. Federal Reserve will take measures to support struggling economies. —– U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Germany’s finance minister, Wolfgang Schaeuble, in a joint statement issued after their meeting on Monday, emphasized “the need for policymakers to adopt and implement all reform steps required to deal with the […]
At the conventions for the Republican and Democratic parties, we were treated to a sight that, if I were a feminist, I would do every thing in my power to cover up and suppress any mention of in the press. A group of about a dozen women paraded up and down in front of the […]