1. Achievement Unlocked: Colonoscopy

    When you turn 50, they make you get a colonoscopy. That doesn't seem fair.

    But it really isn't too bad. The worst part is the "prep", which is a euphemistic way of saying "Spend a day on a clear-liquid diet, take a bunch of laxatives, then spend a few hours …

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  2. My First Chess Program

    When I was a kid, back in the 70's and 80's, I thought chess programs were the most sophisticated computer programs in the world. That was back when the average personal-computer chess program wasn't very good, and dedicated chess computers cost hundreds or thousands of dollars, so it seemed to …

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  3. 50

    So, suddenly, I'm 50 years old. Almost a quarter of my life behind me.

    50 really doesn't seem that bad. 40 felt much more like an oh-man-I'm-old-and-have-wasted-my-life event. I'm much happier now than I was then. This has been a great decade for me. I met a wonderful woman, and …

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  4. What's Good on TCM This Week?

    I like old movies. In the old days, we had TV stations known as "UHF channels" that showed lots of old movies all night long. But UHF channels are gone, and today all we have is the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) channel and website.

    I like film noir, sci-fi, horror …

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