Author: Mike Garrity

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Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

There is one place in the national park system that we visit over and over again. In fact, we’ve been going there since before it was part of the national park system. The Boston...

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Dinosaur National Monument

Dinosaur National Monument is famous for the Douglass Quarry. This was the site of an enormous excavation in 1909 which supplied many of the fossils at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, the month...

The Automobile: Electric Vehicle Issue 0

The Automobile: Electric Vehicle Issue

This is an interesting read in today’s climate. I was trolling around in Google Books, and I ran into an issue of The Automobile that is entirely about electric cars. The interesting thing is...

Chickens and the Auto Industry 0

Chickens and the Auto Industry

Have you been following the recent trade squabble between the US & China? The US imposed a tariff on Chinese tires, now China is threatening to respond with a tariff on US chickens. It...

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Inboard Brakes

A discussion of hub motors (ala the 1899 Lohner-Porsche) on Ned’s blog, got me thinking about inboard brakes. Traditionally, making the engine (or motor) unsprung has been considered a bad idea because of ride...

One Trillion Congruent Numbers 0

One Trillion Congruent Numbers

Do you know what congruent numbers are? They are integers which are the areas of rational right triangles. A rational right triangle is a right triangle for which none of the 3 sides are...

John Fitch 0

John Fitch

A little bit more Lime Rock in the news this week. Hemmings Motor News had this really nice interview with John Fitch. John was an important part of Lime Rock (and all sports car...

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Teach Like Your Hair’s On Fire

I finally got around to reading Rafe Esquith’s book Teach Like Your Hair’s On Fire (my to-read pile has gotten a little deep). You’ve probably heard of Rafe. He’s a fifth grade teacher in...

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What is Time?

Specifically, what is time in parallel programming? Have you heard about Rich Hickey’s talk at JVMSummit. It’s worth checking out. It is pretty thought provoking and I think it’s getting close to some issues...

WGBH buys WCRB 0

WGBH buys WCRB

This is probably only of local interest, but … The state of classical music radio has been going downhill in Boston in recent years. We used to have a number of good choices. WBOQ...