Things that Go Bump in the Night in Alcácer do Sal

Today we returned to the house in Alcácer do Sal, time to photograph and measure up rooms ready for advertising the house for sale. I have to say it looks and feels much better in the sunlight.

This must be my fifth or sixth visit to the house, we went up and back in a day today but we have spent one night there in the past. I was reminded of that today as I lay down for a ten minute rest in the heat of the afternoon.

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Unwrapping the Mystery of Jandek

Shortly after the passing of author JD Salinger, I asked my coworkers in the office if they could think of any modern day artist that went out of their way to shun media attention while continuing to release material. One of my coworkers quickly piped up with the name Jandek. He replied so quickly that I thought that he was joking so I asked him to spell it out for me — it was not a joke at all.

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The Secret Shopper Scam

Americans need to learn we don’t get something for nothing — but that blunt lesson is lost on many of us who believe the American Dream is not home ownership, but rather getting money for not working.  Unfortunately, there are other people in the world that exploit on that hoary truth for their own grifting schemes.

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The Peril of a Mechanical Pencil

The modern world made a sea change when the wood pencil was replaced by a mechanical one — and what was lost in that industrial design exchange was our tether to the land, a sense of impermanence, and a shared yearning for renewable resources.

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The Mystery of ML Discovered

by Diane Buccheri

Over and over, through my head came, actually they sat there, the letters ML. ML. ML. ML. ML. ML. ML. What’s this ML? Relentless. ML. It was in front of me all the time. Reminding me. Of what? My partner and I had been working with computers and deaf people. We were teaching the deaf how to use computers to communicate. These computers had voices for the benefit of us hearing and speaking people. Putting the right touches to the right keys resulted in a rather smooth sounding talking voice. Therefore, the deaf communicated and “spoke” with hearing and speaking people, making life easier and better for all.

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