Author Archives: Bill Daly

Sunset Will Be Later Tonight

Sunset tonight will be later than last night. This statement of hope is true for half the year. Tonight, however, begins a period of acceleration in the increase of daylight, noticeable even to astronomers without clocks and telescopes. It is … Continue reading

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Decision Making

I’ve read a lot of economics in recent years, and I like it. My introduction to it was a little unusual. I started by copyediting test banks, which are boring, boring, boring. They ask the same questions over and over, … Continue reading

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I Have Things To Do Today

I have a cell phone that I don’t like. This is not to imply that I might like any cell phone. There is no chance of that. The thing tries too hard without actually being helpful and is to too … Continue reading

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990 HOWTO

I’m following up on Kate’s post for charity. One of the requirements for a tax deduction is that the charity must qualify under section 501 (c)(3) of the IRS code. So your dues to a fraternal organization are not. While … Continue reading

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Please, please Mr. President

I used to spend an hour each morning reading various newspapers.  When they were real paper, we took three and I looked at all of them.  This morning I was done in about fifteen minutes. Part of that, I admit, … Continue reading

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Where Are They Now?

Even after my previous post, I haven’t given up on APL. Today I was testing some software I’d written to print my worksheets. The first test-and-debug work was done, and I needed some real data and software to test. It … Continue reading

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Measurement

I have a shallow drawer in my dresser that contains various treasures, including my collection of pocket knives, the slide rule my grandfather gave me, and the crane folded from the paper I made. Sorting through this stuff, trying to … Continue reading

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APL

In 1983 we went on vacation to the Yucatán Peninsula. We initially reserved rooms (and paid for them) at a hotel in Cancún. Mexico devalued the peso and suddenly Cancún became everyone’s destination. The hotel defaulted on our reservation. Apple … Continue reading

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Video

While testing a new Linux distribution, I went to the Wall Street Journal online to see how the video-in-a-browser worked. It didn’t.[1] Oh well. Sometimes I find a video that might be on point, but I pass it by. I … Continue reading

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Productivity II

In 2005 I started a new job in Philadelphia. It didn’t take me long to realize that I was spending more per month on gas than the cost of a SEPTA pass, SEPTA being the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority, swallower-up … Continue reading

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