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Jul.18.2010
My only qualification for writing a food review is that I occasionally eat.  This is the first time I've attempted anything of the sort, but I did promise Jenny Tse (Downer)  I'd do what I could to promote Sipping Streams Tea House far and wide.  Red Room is about as far and wide from Fairbanks,...
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Jul.17.2010
How about that? My cat sat Where my keyboard is at And produced an "@"     Eric  
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Jul.16.2010
     Here's a short excerpt from by book, The Spirit of the Craftsman, slated to be published soon by Cupola Press, (another fine Red Room resident).      It should be noted at this point, that the hourly wage is probably the greatest disincentive to excellence and productivity ever devised by...
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Jul.15.2010
Well, that's what they've told me, anyway.   I've never been to New York, though my youngest daughter has been there twice for a high school choir competition.  In fact, last year she experienced her fifteen seconds of fame, as she got her face front and center on national TV on the Today Show.  ...
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Jul.15.2010
There are some good reasons I keep showing up on Red Room, not just because I love hearing the sound of my own voice.  (Well, that's PART of it, I suppose).  There are some real inspirational people in Red Room, and Belle Yang is one of them.   I'm sure she would be embarrassed by all my glowing...
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Jul.14.2010
      It's really impossible to get away from your roots.  When I look at what subliminal influences inform most of my writing, I realize most of them come from my formative years in Silicon Valley.   These early impressions are clearer and more frequent, of late.   I'm not sure if this is a good...
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Jul.08.2010
     Now here’s the astonishing thing.  The actual hardware necessary for generating or receiving a radio wave is, to borrow modern commercial vernacular, “So simple, a Caveman can do it.”  Which makes one really wonder, why didn’t a Caveman do it?  Or a Chaldean.  Or an Egyptian.  Or a Roman.  Or...
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Jul.07.2010
For the past few days, several of my blog posts have been in a state of "pending moderation."  I' ve always considered myself a person of great moderation.  I don't think any of those posts are going to become any more moderate, so I suppose they will be in "pending moderation"...
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Jul.06.2010
There's only one letter difference between write and writhe.  I don't think tha'ts a coincidence.     Eric
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Jul.06.2010
Writing the Opus of Amateur Radio Knowledge and Lore has been a blast.   Through no fault of my own, several English radio amateurs got in on the act, offering not only some input pertinent to Amateur Radio on the "other side of the pond." but also offering gems of wisdom about the proper...
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Jul.06.2010
Writing the Opus of Amateur Radio Knowledge and Lore has been a blast.   Through no fault of my own, several English radio amateurs got in on the act, offering not only some input pertinent to Amateur Radio on the "other side of the pond." but also offering gems of wisdom about the proper...
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Jul.01.2010
I suppose I should be a better human being and blog a little more regularly, but I've actually been writing.  And, even more, I've signed contracts for TWO very different books simultaneously.  I'll soon discover how good I am at some serious multitasking.  Hopefully, I can somewhat interlace the...
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Dec.23.2009
My childhood was pretty much a Leave it to Beaver sort of existence.  We grew up in an upper middle class neighborhood in what is now Silicon Valley.  We were deprived of nothing except SNOW for Christmas!   Our parents were fairly old-school Christmas freaks.   Dad had nine foot wall of classical...
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Dec.09.2009
I remember the first time I encountered -60F weather.  Despite a childhood of reading Jack London and Robert Service stories and poems, nothing quite prepares you for that first gasp of hyper-frigid Alaska. My first winter Interior Alaska was in 1976, which was a rather mild winter, never reaching...
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Jun.18.2009
   I'm a rather landlocked seafarer living up here in Interior Alaska.  Although I've sometimes entertained notions of sailing a Viking ship up the Chena River, for the most part I must remain content to ruminate and regurgitate early childhood memories of sailing on the San Francisco Bay.    ...
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