April Fool’s

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Today is one of those days when children (and those who never graduated from that stage) play practical jokes on one another.  Honestly, there is no clear evidence from where this crazy tradition of April Fool’s began.  The best concept I heard was that in Roman times, this was when New Year’s was celebrated. (Akin to the concept that the month of Nisan that just started last week in the Jewish calendar was the Royal New Year.)  And, New Year Folly simply got out of hand with the Roman citizens.

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College Tuition…

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Well, I am about to divulge some dirty little secrets about college education.  In particular, how the relatively affluent and the downright rich have always received hidden benefits.

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Better Dinners?

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Most of you have never had the opportunity to share my dinner table. (I’m sorry I missed you.)  No longer having an active R&D lab at my personal disposal, I rely upon my kitchen to satisfy my chemical exploits.  My background (both technical training and business experiences) has afforded me the ability to be an outstanding cook.  (Yes, I am being modest smileyface.)

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One less nickel and dime tax

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When we moved to Virginia from Ann Arbor and Cambridge, we were more than a little surprised.  (I am not talking about the culture shock nor the concept that “there’s a chance of snow tomorrow and schools will be closed” either.)

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Let’s be grown-ups…

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A few years ago, my physician told me it was time.  Time to put away childish notions.  Time to get new vaccinations.

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Tax everything that moves?

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Well, it was bound to happen.  We already know that cities and states have been imposing ridiculously high taxes on hotel rooms and restaurant meals.  Why?  Because hotels are generally booked (and paid) by tourists from out of state (or country).  What a great way to sock it to visitors.  To keep the residential taxes low.

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Communication

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Communication.  It’s not just words.  It’s facial expression.  It’s our stance.  It’s our tone.

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Face Time

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I used to love to travel.  Before 9-11.  Before we were required to check in a month before the plane leaves and twiddle our thumbs waiting to board- and then finding our flight delayed yet another hour or so.

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Out of this world 3D?

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Additive manufacturing.   That’s how it started.

Basically, we develop a printer (of sorts) that instead of using ink, using materials as the substrate.  Plastic. Cells. Metal.  And, while we claim it makes a 3 dimensional object, what it really does is repetitively produce a two dimensional “print” over and over and over again.  In so doing, the printer builds up the intended structure to be the three dimensional object desired.

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Birthday Boys

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So, I’m sure my associate and my grandson thought I forgot about them.  Because I didn’t wish them the happiest of birthdays yesterday.  Well, I did so in real life.  And, today I’ll share some facts about them- or not.

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