Category Archives: History

Roman Shoe

I always assumed they wore sandals. Fashionable 2,000-Year-Old Roman Shoe Found in a Well. “If you think the Italians have mastered the craft of making shoes, well, they don’t have much on their ancestors.” I didn’t realize that the Romans invented the foot-encasing shoe.

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Ten Years

Ten years ago this month, I quit my job in order to go to seminary. Here’s what I used to work on: My job was to figure out how to avoid paying to fix them when they weren’t broken.

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I really like this picture:

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Back to the Future Day

Today is November 12. Sixty-seven years ago, at 10:04 pm, Saturday November 12, 1955, lightning struck the Hill Valley town clock tower. Bad for the tower, but good for Marty McFly, who used the 1.21 gigawatt burst to power him back to the 1980s.

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Blast From the Past

I found this program called Cathode that does an incredible job of recreating the experience of writing code on a CRT display, ca. 1980–83. Many was the hour I logged on the Lear-Sigler ADM-3A — in those days time was logged, so you could pay for it. That was incredibly unfair since the I/O (for […]

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Godfather’s Pizza

Earlier this week, Politico posted an article about Godfather’s Pizza, presumably as a way to knock down Herman Cain. It was a sad little hit-piece, as you might expect. Cain hasn’t been at Godfather’s since the mid-90s, and even if he were, this “blind taste test” simply brings to mind the Reagan’s observation that “there’s […]

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Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

This was my first computer: The 512 kB “Fat Mac.” With an ImageWriter, Microsoft Word and Multiplan (the predecessor of Excel), and MacPascal, it set me back about $2,500. That was 1985 money, so it would be somewhere around $5,000 today.) I was living in Albuquerque and my roommate, who drank deep of the Kool-ade, […]

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Reflections on Salary

My first job out of college paid an annual salary of S. (The actual amount S represents is unimportant.) For a brief period of time, that was more money than I could imagine. (We didn’t discuss money in my family, but I have reason to believe that my dad supported us–four kids, mom, and himself–on […]

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Pssst! You’re Mortal!

Supposedly, when a conquering general returned to Rome and was given a triumph to celebrate his victory, a slave would ride with him in the chariot, holding a wreath above his head but whispering in his ear “Remember you are a mortal.” Sometimes I feel that way after a sermon. A while ago, I went […]

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The Lives of Others

I finished watching The Lives of Others. That makes two subtitled foreign films this century! Awesome. It’s the story of a secret policeman with the East German Stasi and a couple he is assigned to investigate. I’m no good at movie reviews, so I won’t try. I think the story and the characters were both […]

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