Author Archive: Dan Klarmann

A convoluted mind behind a curly face. A regular traveler, a science buff, and first generation American. Graying of hair, yet still verdant of mind. Lives in South St. Louis City. See his personal website for (too much) more.

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St. Louis "Fun Bike Ride" on Dec 14?

November 15, 2008 | By | 2 Replies More
St. Louis "Fun Bike Ride" on Dec 14?

This local news article has me pondering. They are almost halfway through revamping the main interstate through town. They closed it for 2 years. While it is closed and accessible, they are not putting a light rail route along the busiest corridor in the area. That’s my main overall peeve. And it is being closed […]

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Al Franken May Yet be a Senator

November 14, 2008 | By | 5 Replies More
Al Franken May Yet be a Senator

Did you think that the election was over? Nope. In the Minnesota Nov 4 Senate election, Al Franken (D) lost by 206 votes (out of almost 3 million). This close of a margin requires a hand recount. About 34,000 votes were rejected by machines (uncounted), primarily in Democrat-heavy districts. With this and a few other close […]

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A View of the Election From Europe

November 9, 2008 | By | 1 Reply More
A View of the Election From Europe

One of the comics that I read is called PhDComics (“Piled Higher and Deeper”). Originally a student strip from Stanford, and now grown into a franchise of its own. Go here to see how the author reports on our 2008 presidential election, as he experienced while on tour in Europe. It was covered on all […]

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Unintentional Nod to Caravaggio

November 7, 2008 | By | 2 Replies More
Unintentional Nod to Caravaggio

I mentioned in an earlier response that I’d painted my sleeping porch. Back before air conditioning  multi-story buildings often had a tiny porch off of at least one of the bedrooms. In the summer, this was a cool place to sleep. The deck of the one outside my bedroom is protected by soldered strips of […]

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Why do we Write?

November 6, 2008 | By | 4 Replies More
Why do we Write?

Everyone has a different reason to write. Some like stories, and can find a publisher to pay them to create. Others write briefs to persuade a court, or articles to sway a constituency, or columns to move or amuse casual readers. For some, it is an unburdening; a barely cloaked confessional revealed in public. For […]

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The Changing Recipe of Pleasure Lesion Stew

November 5, 2008 | By | 6 Replies More
The Changing Recipe of Pleasure Lesion Stew

We’ve all recited: “Eye pleasure legion stew the flag, an tooda republic for …” with maybe a glimmering of what it meant. The ideas are too complex for the school age children to parse. It is a mantra intended to imprint kids so that later they don’t question the ideas because they feel that they’ve […]

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McCain won Missouri, finally.

November 5, 2008 | By | 1 Reply More
McCain won Missouri, finally.

Well, it was a dead heat. 1,442,613 vs 1,436,745 (a difference of 5,868 or 0.4%). There was a Missouri Nader vote of 17,769 that arguably made the difference. But Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida pushed the mulatto Hawaiian over the top of the elderly Panamanian by a resounding 0.1% of the national popular vote. It is […]

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Who would be better for tech, McCain or Obama?

November 3, 2008 | By | 2 Replies More
Who would be better for tech, McCain or Obama?

Given that technologies such as the internet, personal connectivity, and pervasive monitoring are still in a nearly malignant growth phase, it might be useful to review the positions of the presidential candidates on technology. Keep in mind that the future of America as a technological nation is also dependent on positions relating to world markets […]

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John McCain Votes Early … for Obama!

October 30, 2008 | By | 1 Reply More
John McCain Votes Early … for Obama!

Yes, friends, it’s true. But it’s not accurate. Most of the times I’ve stayed in Cincinnati I have stayed at the house of one John McCain. He told me Dan, I thought you might get a kick from this.  I was contacted by the Sandusky Register.  They had been trying to contact Senator John McCain. […]

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