A friend of my former father-in-law told me what he considered a humorous anecdote once that has haunted me ever since: I was an active member of an organization of retired executives who traveled to developing countries to serve as business advisers for their budding industries. I’d been particularly successful helping a couple of Latin […]
By Robert Silvey New technologies are rarely intuitive. And that’s where the helpdesk comes in. Oh, yes, and the manual. This familiar, timeless scene is from the Norwegian TV show Ã˜ystein og jeg (hat tip to JoAnne at Cosmic Variance).
Another trollop named Monica, another White House scandal involving blown jobs. Does it ever end? Former White House aide Monica Goodling today testified before a House panel that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales did in fact see a list of fired-ass US Attorneys, after he said publicly that he had not. See for yourself…
What is the truth about the science generated by Rachel Carson in “Silent Spring,” her landmark book about chemical pesticides that gave birth to the environmental movement? It’s an appropriate question, because an Oklahoma senator is holding up a resolution that would honor Ms. Carson on the 100th anniversary of her birth. Republican Tom Coburn, […]
By Robert Silvey In much of the US, it’s now cheaper to install a solar-electric system than to buy your electricity from the grid. If your house is in the right placeâ€”it gets enough sunshine and it’s in a state that provides a solar rebateâ€”a photovoltaic system is simply a good personal investment. You’re not […]