Articles in the ‘Culture’ category

UK vs US spelling

Back in 2005, I wrote up my study of US and UK spelling differences and published a comprehensive list. Over the next 8 years, it’s by far the article that I’ve had the most feedback on, most of it noting one or two spellings that I missed. I eventually stopped updating the page, but since I continue to get notes, I’ve decided to do a full update and present this as a central repository for the list in an easier-to-read format.

“I [heart] Precision” T-shirt

I created a new T-shirt design today. It’s in the Tysto shop. Check it out. It’s the phrase “I [heart] Precision” with a precise depiction of a human heart instead of a wildly inaccurate symbolic representation of one. You can get the T-shirt in several colors with the white-on-color design. I put it on a […]

Postcards from the Netherlands, part 3 of 3

I visited the Netherlands in May for a week on business and returned again recently for three weeks. I took a lot of photos and made a few observations. This is what I found.

Postcards from the Netherlands, part 2 of 3

I visited the Netherlands in May for a week on business and returned again recently for three weeks. I took a lot of photos and made a few observations. This is what I found.

Postcards from the Netherlands, part 1 of 3

I visited the Netherlands in May for a week on business and returned again recently for three weeks. I took a lot of photos and made a few observations. This is what I found.

European vacation, part 3

I’ve now uploaded the last part of my European vacation photos to my Fotki site.

After staying overnight in Venice, I flew to Paris to spend Sunday before returning to Amsterdam on Monday for work.

European vacation, part 2

I’ve now uploaded the second part of my European vacation photos to my Fotki site. The second half of the Greek cruise was the best.

European vacation, part 1

I just ended a cruise vacation in Europe. I say “Ended” instead of “Came back from” because I’m still in Europe at this moment, continuing to do some work in the Netherlands. I’ve uploaded the first part of my trip photos now to my Fotki site.

Clean energy on a smart grid

Advancements in clean energy—particularly wind and solar energy—are quickly approaching a tipping point. It won’t be long before wind and solar will be able to compete directly with traditional forms of power generation without the need for subsidies. And when that happens, there will be a sweeping change in Western culture. As soon as clean […]

Qui-Gon Jinn vs Abraham Lincoln

Quick: name two of the tallest and most influential people in history/fiction who were forced to confront slavery and the threat of the destruction of their civilization and who had beards. You thought of Abraham Lincoln and Qui-Gon Jinn, didn’t you?