Why are some major highways called “Turnpikes”? I’ve always wondered about the origins of that word. To me a turn is a change in direction, and a pike is what […]

My web hosting company for is To be fair to them, they’ve served me well for over a year now with almost no downtime. However, if you’re thinking […]

A couple of folks left comments about my nomination of “The whole nine yards” as an annoying phrase. I said that I thought few people even knew what it meant. […]

Dateline London: The Plain English Society today declared that “At the end of the day…” is the most annoying cliche’ in the English language. In this office, there is one […]

That’s flattery, Henry, I’m not just copying your style. 🙂 I felt compelled to write something here because it’s been days, and I’m neglecting my blogging responsibilities. I had a […]

Aside from a day spent pulling my remaining hair out to get an impossible amount of work done in a mere eight hours, my birthday was very nice. Thanks to […]

OK, this is going to be weird for a bit. The good news is that the width problem should be fixed, but things still look a little dodgy if you […]

Henry the Thirst recently brought to light that some of you might not be seeing the right half of the text of my blog because of a problem with the […]

I am sick today. Sick, sick, sick. I was going to stay home, but my wife decided that she is a “sympathetic vomiter” and was getting too intense about the […]

There hasn’t been a lot of blogging time for me the last few days. Having scheduled an important demonstration in Minnesota for next week, I went to pull together the […]

One of the fascinating things about interacting with people in other countries is that sometimes, you need a dictionary to determine just what’s been said about you. I have done […]

I have been feeling a bit stressed the last few days, one of those rough times we all go through. I didn’t feel much like going for a big lunch […]

The American Highway Users Alliance released a study today naming some of the worst traffic bottlenecks in the US. Not surprisingly, three of them (including two of the top ten) […]

Thanks to Henry and Trouty and the Man de Mer for your kind thoughts. I visited friend Jerry in the hospital this afternoon and came away greatly relieved. While the […]

I actually didn’t notice today’s date until AFTER everything started to go wrong. It is a cruel irony to have Friday the 13th come one day before St. Valentine’s Day.

I’ve decided that if I’m going to get serious about this blogging thing, I’d better find something more robust than to make it happen. I was browsing on slashdot […]