Category Archives: People

Ephesus Museum, Turkey

  For obvious reasons the finest artifacts have been removed from Ephesus and placed in a museum in a nearby city. The bust above is of Marcus Aurelius (Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 CE). [Gallery] The image below shows a Satyr pursuing a nymph or maiden. There were two statues of Asclepius (the god of healing). Unfortunately neither one is intact. [Notice […]

Binge Watching Great Movies about Real Conspiracies that Affect Us All

I was on a short business trip recently and had a chance to view three new movies about real conspiracies that affect us all. This prompted me to go back and re-watch some documentaries from the recent past. Talk about dark night of the soul! Here are my brief reviews in no particular order… Spotlight I was […]

Deception, Obfuscation & Misdirection

Most are familiar with the concept of FUD—short for Fear, Uncertainty & Doubt. It summarizes a strategy often used in marketing and political propaganda. Its effects are pernicious, divisive and lead to exploitation. Examples abound. Fear is a strong motivator! To resist FUD one must understand how it is practiced using the principle tools Deception, Obfuscation and Misdirection. It is nearly […]

Idiot America by Charles Pierce

Idiot America How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free Charles Pierce (2009) This short confection of a book has a serious message… When “cranks” become mainstream and large segments of the population take them seriously, our entire society is at risk! He’s not against people with unconventional ideas, in fact he […]

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

A Confederacy of Dunces is one of my all time favorites! The story behind the book is almost as improbable… a first novel by a young unknown author who then commits suicide… a mother who refuses to give up after many rejections… a little help from an academic and the NEA… once published it takes […]

A Deeper Look at Dr. Seuss

This should give you a chuckle! Commentator Chris Menning posted these updated covers for several classic children’s books by Dr. Seuss.     Here is a list of related writing and analysis… Ten Stories Behind Dr. Seuss Stories Dr. Seuss: Management Guru Dr. Seuss Analyzed for Political, Social Effects The Study of Business Ethics: A case […]

Portraits of Leonardo da Vinci

A TED presentation by Siegfried Woldhek. Two of the four faces are already commonly held to be da Vinci (one as a child, one as an old man). Woldhek does some interesting comparisons to tease out other possible self-portraits, including the iconic Vitruvian Man. A comment on the TED website points out a fifth likeness, […]

Summer Vacation – Hike and Bike!

We set out to see parts of the Eastern US we’d never been to. [photo gallery] Our secondary goal was to find hiking and bicycle trails along the way. It turned out to be very difficult to identify acceptable cycling trails on the Web. The various “trails” websites, etc. are frequently misleading. For example, we were looking […]

The March of Folly by Barbara Tuchman Redux

This classic is finally available as an audiobook! Still relevant after all these years, and a must read for anyone interested in political history. Government remains the paramount area of folly because it is there that men seek power over others — only to lose it over themselves. Previous Post and Quotes

“Earth” by Imogen Heap

I’ve been a fan of Imogen Heap for several years. Her latest album Ellipse has one of my all time favorite songs—Earth. It describes how a frustrated [Mother] Earth deals with her rambunctious offspring, homo sapiens. These Legoland empires choking out mine/Now you’re everywhere, everywhere multiplying around me child/A strain on my heart/This rock can’t tolerate […]