Gary Conkling Life Notes

Mostly whimsical reflections on life

May the Numbers Be With You

From the Tower of Babel to Esperanto, mankind has striven to find a universal language. They overlooked math. Galileo earned fame as an astronomer, but he may have been overlooked … Continue reading

January 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Perry Mason: My Chicken Broth TV

When Perry Mason was removed from its seemingly permanent noontime TV slot, I had a lot less incentive to get sick. The detective show starring Raymond Burr was my restorative … Continue reading

January 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Smart, Felicitous Voice of NPR

A special voice has departed the airwaves that kept us informed and reminded us that language, when well used, can be a beautiful instrument. Robert Siegel has retired from NPR. … Continue reading

January 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Still Dancing with Words

After more than 600 LifeNotes blog posts over four years, it is time to retrace s0me steps, retract errant predictions and apologize profusely for unintended offenses, raised eyebrows, noisome typos … Continue reading

December 28, 2017 · 1 Comment

Good Riddance to a Peculiar 2017

Thank goodness 2017 is almost history. If 2017 was a person, it would have trademarked the word “peculiar.” It was a year when: A sinkhole became a museum. Budweiser explored … Continue reading

December 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Chaos on the Cheap

One thing is clear about Russian meddling in the 2016 election – the Ruskies created a lot of chaos on the cheap. The campaigns of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton … Continue reading

November 30, 2017 · 1 Comment

Humans in the Loop, But No Backseat Driver

Artificial intelligence has always struck me as more insult than innovation. Now AI has become a recurring headache for masses of people who fear robots will steal their jobs. Scapegoating … Continue reading

November 3, 2017 · Leave a comment