Puffery is very interesting to me, and particularly the kind used in advertising. Here is a definition from Wikipedia. In law, puffery is a promotional statement or claim that expresses subjective rather than objective views, which no ‘reasonable person’ would take literally. Puffery serves to ‘puff up’ an exaggerated image of what is being described … Read more

The Lost Policeman

One of my more treasured memories from childhood is of when a policeman who was walking by our house, stopped to ask directions. We were playing outside our house, alongside the street. He told my siblings and I that he was new to the town and needed our help in telling him which way he … Read more

The C-64

I loved the Commodore 64. It was a huge part of my life for a significant number of years–I guess maybe seven or eight. I used it for play. I used it for work. I wrote programs for it. I held on to it tenaciously even after it was significantly outdated. Lots of memories, fond memories. … Read more

“I Would Love a Book Like That”

This July 4th [this post originally posted July 5, 2019] the fireworks are gradually starting to die down, and my cat is finally starting to look relaxed again. Another Independence Day draws to a close. I find myself reflecting on my relationship with this great country, the United States. I have lived here for about … Read more