This past week’s Economist reviewed a new book by Stacy Schiff titled The Witches: Salem, 1692. I have not read the book, but the review makes clear how barbaric and unfair the witch trials were. Those that confessed to being witches were often spared while those who were adamant of their guilt were often executed. William Stoughton, the chief justice at the trials, allowed bizarre evidence (“spectral evidence”) … Continue reading Are We Witches or Something More?
The Free Trial I recently discovered that Google was offering $300 in credits to those who want to evaluate its Cloud Platform, an offering which includes the Google Compute Engine. Even though the credits expire after 60 days, I decided it was worth spending a little time to test drive the platform, to see if it was all it claimed to be. I was surprised, both positively … Continue reading Google Compute Engine Review
In The Economist a few weeks ago I read a book review of Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, by Steve Silberman. The review noted that, historically, some geniuses have suffered from various degrees of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Specifically mentioned were Henry Cavendish, Nikola Tesla and Paul Dirac. The review reminded me how much I have learned about autism over the last 15 years or so and how … Continue reading Mightn’t a little bit of autism be a good thing?
Opportunity Strikes When our home central air conditioner failed last year, I decided to experiment with an alternative approach to cooling our house. We have seen our electricity costs soar in Ontario over the last several years, so minimizing air conditioner use seemed a worthwhile exercise. Even when our air conditioner had worked well, we had always turned it off when the weather was mild, … Continue reading Saving money
Okay, it’s high time the dead blog on the breganasher.com web site was moved to WordPress. So here it will be. But give it some time. There’s nothing here yet. Regan Continue reading Hello world!