BIG DATA GROWING PAINS

      My 88-year-old mother can’t figure out how to retrieve a text message from her flip-phone; in fact, she can’t retrieve and listen to a voice message. Communication with Mom is dependent on her availability to pick up the phone or an 800 mile roundtrip to Ohio. By the way, don’t try to teach her […]

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THE NINE BILLION PEOPLE CHALLENGE

Most of us move through life dealing with our day to day responsibilities, challenges, and obligations. Our lives center on the family and local community where we live and work. It’s human nature. In the course of daily human events, many of us also like to be informed about the broader issues of the day; […]

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SOME THINGS WILL ALWAYS BE ARGUED: Add GMOs to the list

Did Lee Harvey Oswald act alone in the assassination of President Kennedy? Should drinking water be fluoridated? Is our climate changing or is it simply a natural cycle? Musial, Mays, or Mantle? These questions and others like them have been debated for years and no doubt will continue to be into the future. As long […]

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DOING THE RIGHT THING

I had made it to the sermon portion of our Sunday church service. The Brewers had played extra innings on the west coast the night before so my ability to stay coherent was being somewhat challenged. However, sleeping is difficult on hard pews and my wife is of the opinion that shut-eye in church is […]

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RYAN BRAUN, PANERA BREAD, AND YOUR MORNING ORANGE JUICE

Current events this past couple of weeks reminded me once again that life in its purest form is largely an exercise in making choices. Our choices guide our lives and send us reeling in a variety of directions, some planned and others unplanned. This past couple of weeks my normal cadre of reading materials has […]

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AGRICULTURE TAKES TO DRONE WARFARE

One of the summer sights of interest on the southeast side of the UW-Fond du Lac campus is a group of dedicated hobbyists who fly model airplanes on a homesteaded patch of ground and airspace. I’m assuming the selected real estate was originally chosen because of a lone tree that provided shade for the pilots […]

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