1. Everything on the Internet Is Not Directed at You

    The Internet has made it easy for anyone to say whatever they want to say to a worldwide audience. This is great. Some people have decided that if they don't like something that somebody else has posted, it is their right and obligation to insult and attack those people. That's …

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  2. Thoughts After Charlottesville

    After the Charlottesville incident this weekend, it is easy to denounce "Nazis" and "white supremacists" and think you're on the good side of things. That is missing the bigger picture.

    People want to think "This is not who we are as Americans," but this is exactly who we are. White …

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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