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Auld Lang Time

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

New Year’s Eve is the proper moment to contemplate time. There is nothing logical in this. There is no great discontinuity in anything but our calendar as the clock strikes twelve but the feeling is right. All the better if eyes are bathed, as mine are now, in the ancient light of far away stars. […]

Only a Few Bones

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

“…they burned the house to the ground! With the people inside! It was terrible!” When he was a teenager, John Phillip Colletta’s Grandma Ring told the him the tale of the death of her own grandfather. It was a gruesome tale of a small but deadly slave uprising, murder and arson. It also wasn’t strictly […]

Shredding Documents, Part 3

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

My first reason to “shred” documents (that is to look closely at each statement a source makes) was that it forces you to be aware of the details. The second reason to shred documents was to allow you to get a sense of the truthfulness of each statement on its own merit. The third reason […]

Shredding Documents, Part 2

Monday, December 14th, 2009

My first reason to “shred” documents (that is to look closely at each statement a source makes) was that it forces you to be aware of the details. The second reason to shred your documents is that each bit of information in them has a different chance of being correct. If you lump each individual […]

Ye Olde Google Maps

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

I was just catching up on the Sunday paper (yes, it is Wednesday, I’ve been a bit busy). The Chicago Tribune ran a story entitled Google Maps inexplicably mixes Chicago’s past, present. It turns out that there are more than a few anachronisms lurking in Google Maps. Some of the places labeled on Google’s version […]

Shredding Documents, Part 1

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Awhile back, in Do Your Documents Have a Shady Past, I mentioned that documents exist both as a collection of individual pieces of information and as a unified whole. That whole has a history of its own. After considering a document, or in fact, any source as a whole, all those separate items of information […]