Do As I Say???

Do as I say, not as I do.  Many a child has heard this admonition. A dispute rages (rages might overstate the case) as to its origin. Noted English jurist, politician and scholar John Selden is widely credited with creating the phrase in his book “Table Talk” where he wrote:  “Preachers say, ‘Do as I[…]

Do You, Yahoo?

One of my sisters, when particularly vexed by someone, is given to referring to that person as a “yahoo.”  A yahoo is an unrefined, noisy, rude individual. The word was invented by Jonathan Swift in his book Gulliver’s Travels, first published in 1726.  He used the term to refer to a race of creatures who[…]

Political Hacks…Then and Now

On this day, it would be hard to write about anything other than the wildest, craziest election the country has ever experienced. And no, it’s not this one, despite what you might think. In 1876, Republican nominee and former governor of Ohio, Rutherford B. Hayes, ran against former governor of New York, Samuel Tilden. Shockingly, the[…]

The Internet of Things (You can’t trust)

Make that can’t and shouldn’t. Turns out those “things”—products that can network and communicate with each other through the internet, are amoral.  Big surprise, right?  “Things” lack a moral code, and can be bent to the side of evil rather readily. Ten days ago a distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack took down a major[…]