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Keeping a bike upright while stopping

posted: June 25, 2022

tl;dr: Some tips on how to avoid the most common type of fall from a bicycle or motorcycle...

A bad omen for a risky journey

posted: June 18, 2022

tl;dr: Fortunately, I don’t believe in omens...

Jerome Powell: junk bond salesperson of the decade

posted: June 11, 2022

tl;dr: Jerome Powell’s primary job is to inflate away debt by creating negative-real-interest-rate bonds...

The namecheap.com “You are a winner!” scam

posted: June 4, 2022

tl;dr: Why cybercriminals love NameCheap and ICANN...

AWS Glue: the not-so-good stuff

posted: May 28, 2022

tl;dr: These are the aspects of AWS Glue that could use some improvement...

AWS Glue: the good stuff

posted: May 22, 2022

tl;dr: These are the aspects of AWS Glue that I like...

Doing the wave

posted: May 14, 2022

tl;dr: Why I’m always waving at my fellow vehicular operators...

Reality is more accurate than a model of reality

posted: May 7, 2022

tl;dr: As a pragmatic realist, I have good reasons to doubt all models of reality...

The easiest black trail at Steamboat

posted: April 30, 2022

tl;dr: The article I wish I had read before I tried my first black trail at Steamboat...

Book review: The Lords of Easy Money: How the Federal Reserve Broke the American Economy, by Christopher Leonard

posted: April 26, 2022

tl;dr: Confirms the feelings of anti-Fed folks, but won’t convince the money printers to stop...

Solo female biker

posted: April 23, 2022

tl;dr: I haven’t met many solo female bikers, and I’ll never forget the first...

Where I'd go to college today

posted: April 16, 2022

tl;dr: I’m pretty sure I would not go to Cornell if I was starting college in 2022...

Choosing the wrong college

posted: April 9, 2022

tl;dr: I did not choose the absolute best college to attend, but it doesn’t much matter...

Ski Arizona

posted: April 2, 2022

tl;dr: Surprisingly good skiing coupled with other attractions makes Arizona well worth a trip for skiers, believe it or not...

Moving to Arizona FAQs, part two

posted: March 26, 2022

tl;dr: More questions I am most often asked by others considering moving to Arizona...

Moving to Arizona FAQs, part one

posted: March 19, 2022

tl;dr: Questions I am most often asked by others considering moving to Arizona...

Riding a hog

posted: March 12, 2022

tl;dr: What red-blooded American motorcyclist wouldn’t want to ride a Harley-Davidson?...

Why I ride

posted: March 5, 2022

tl;dr: If motorcycles weren’t fun, there would be no point...

Why I got back in the saddle

posted: February 26, 2022

tl;dr: Why I returned to motorcycle riding after a 30-year hiatus...

Getting back in the saddle after a long break

posted: February 19, 2022

tl;dr: How I returned to motorcycle riding after a 30-year hiatus...

Parsing Francis Collins’s comments on what happened in Wuhan, part four

posted: February 12, 2022

tl;dr: Collins has already prepared his defense for if/when it is proved that the COVID-19 virus leaked from WIV...

Parsing Francis Collins’s comments on what happened in Wuhan, part three

posted: February 5, 2022

tl;dr: Collins flunks Outsourcing 101 and treats Fridman like a child when he first brings up gain-of-function...

Parsing Francis Collins’s comments on what happened in Wuhan, part two

posted: January 29, 2022

tl;dr: Collins incorrectly sees science as above politics, and is therefore naïve about politics in China...

Performance review: NOJO7 featuring Cyrille Aimée at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, January 16, 2022

posted: Janaury 22, 2022

tl;dr: The world needs more New Orleans jazz right now...

Performance review: Branford Marsalis Quartet at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, November 4, 2021

posted: Janaury 19, 2022

tl;dr: Great to see Branford and his exemplary sidemen back on the road...

Parsing Francis Collins’s comments on what happened in Wuhan, part one

posted: January 15, 2022

tl;dr: Collins’s truths, deceptions, and omissions about what happened in Wuhan lend credence to the lab leak theory...

Mistakes weren’t made

posted: January 8, 2022

tl;dr: I avoid people who cannot admit they made a mistake...

How to fool a PhD

posted: January 1, 2022

tl;dr: The most interesting thing is what happens after you do so...