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Running on empty

Posted by Marlinee on Mar 1, 2015 in Travels

Three cities. Eight cab rides. Eight cab drivers that relied solely and completely on their GPS to find my destination. In five out of the eight cases, if I had not come prepared with a printed Mapquest map and detailed directions, I would still be circling the Atlanta suburbs or be hopelessly lost in downtown [...]

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We be jammin’

Posted by Marlinee on Sep 28, 2014 in Middle Age

Last week I went down to the freezer in the basement to look for something to cook for dinner. It turns out I am more in the habit of putting things into the freezer than taking them out, since the package of meat – at the top of the pile, by the way – was [...]

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Four in the morning

Posted by Marlinee on Sep 7, 2014 in Houses

There is something about four in the morning for my cat, especially when he is at the cottage. His internal clock says, no matter how comfortable his sleep on my bed and no matter how dark it is outside, it’s time to go out and roust out the creatures of the forest. Earlier in the [...]

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57 channels and nothing on

Posted by Marlinee on Aug 10, 2014 in Middle Age

There are lots of ways to get news on the internet. You can go to the newspaper sites, you can go sites for news outlets like the BBC, or you can hang around on aggregator sites like Yahoo. But it all depends on your definition of news. That’s because the internet does not distinguish between [...]

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Raising the bar

Posted by Marlinee on Jul 4, 2014 in Middle Age

Last week many news outlets carried a story about the 40th anniversary of the creation of the bar code. I found this puzzling because I recalled that a couple of years ago there was a story about the 60th anniversary of the bar code. And unless the bar code had defied the laws of aging, [...]

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Don’t shoot me, I’m only the piano player

Posted by Marlinee on May 25, 2014 in Middle Age

If Craigslist is a valid statistical sample, it seems you can’t even give away pianos these days. Almost every week a few of them show up in the ‘free’ section. And show up again and again until presumably the owners give up and cart them to the curb. Of course there is always a catch [...]

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Hello, hello, is anybody out there?

Posted by Marlinee on Feb 2, 2014 in Work

I spend most of my day on the phone. I am not having conversations that are, like, awesome discussions about whether Justin Bieber is still hot or not. I am not texting my current whereabouts or dinner plans. I am not taking selfies and uploading them to Instagram. No, I am doing work or trying [...]

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Don’t sit under the apple tree

Posted by Marlinee on Jan 26, 2014 in Work

Apparently January 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the release of the Apple Macintosh computer. One thing that completely annoys me is the way the current day media talks at length about ‘digital natives’ and how much the millennials and their subsequent generations know about technology. I beg to differ because I doubt they would [...]

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Call me

Posted by Marlinee on Nov 24, 2013 in Middle Age

I am not sure if this is truly a coincidence or not, but this week was both the 50th anniversary of the touch tone phone and the 50th anniversary of Dr. Who, the latter of which as you should know is closely linked to the phone. But in fact today’s topic is not Daleks nor [...]

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Video killed the radio star

Posted by Marlinee on Jul 14, 2013 in Middle Age

The Yellow Pages arrived on my porch a couple of weeks ago. At first I wasn’t sure what brick of paper was blocking the top of my stairs as I thought the Yellow Pages had gone the way of the telephone booth. But no. Someone within the Yellow Pages organization still thinks a physical directory [...]

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