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The Ascension of the Count of Orgaz

Tweet The Ascension of the Count of Orgaz is a painting by El Greco  (Doménikos Theotokópoulos) 1541-1614. It depicts the burial of Don Gonzalo Ruíz and the ascension of his soul to heaven. Ruíz was posthumously promoted to count, hence the title. Burial is often used in place of Ascension when referring to the painting, but I think the…


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What’s in a Decade?

Tweet What a Way To End the Decade is the headline of a Fox Business article on the November jobs report. I suspect it’s not a good idea to get financial updates from an organization that doesn’t know when a decade ends, though such confusion is common. A consecutive sequence of 10 starting with 1 ends…


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Climate Change

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Tweet The video below, despite its sarcastic title, makes an important point. It’s that when looked at over a long time frame climate change is not as pronounced as some believe it to be. I am not an expert in this field and am not qualified to pass judgement on this view or those who…


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Three Quotations

Tweet The following speaks for itself. GK Chesterton was 6-4 and weighed 286 pounds. Chesterton: To look at you [GB Shaw], anyone would think a famine had struck England. Shaw: To look at you, anyone would think you had caused it. Next from a review of the movie Ford v Ferrari. Christian Bale may be…


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On Wisdom

Tweet The quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment Before diving into a topic that usually defies accurate analysis, a few preliminaries. The third person singular pronoun is a good marker of the unwise. The degree to which it bothers you is directly correlated with your degree of unwisdom. My rule is as follows….


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Penguins

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Tweet The penguin is a noble bird, always dressed in formal attire. Most belong to the subfamily Spheniscinae, but some play hockey in western Pennsylvania. And still others belong to a prestigious but mostly obscure medical organization – The American Association of Physicians. The group was founded by William Osler and a few other physicians…


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My Smart TV Has a Stupid DVR

Tweet The march of technology is like a drunken sailor on his way to the next bar. He more or less knows where it is, but his pickled neurons send him on an erratic path. Thus we get driverless cars that run over a pedestrian in the dark because the car forgot to turn its…


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Quotations of the Day

Tweet There’s nothing as stupid as an educated man if you get him off the thing he was educated in. Will Rogers One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine. Sir William Osler


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Moon Meditations

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Tweet There’s more to the moon than that round object in the sky. You can hang it if you see someone doing something superlative. Of course, if someone does something the opposite you can moon him or them if your object of scorn is plural. You can give it to your object of intense desire…


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Montaigne on Impotence

Tweet Michel de Montaigne (1533-92) is the father of the literary essay. His three books of essays, all but one of these essays are relatively short, cover just about anything you can think of. His influence on writers and thinkers who came after him is immense. These sophisticated and learned musings are ideal bedtime reading,…


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