About

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I have been a computer scientist, a software engineer, and an Alzheimer’s caregiver.  I live in the Hudson valley, try to age gracefully, and blog on a wide range of topics with images (mostly photos), poems (mostly haiku and tanka), and prose (mostly nonfiction).  My blog posts often try to be humorous w/o being too flippant and serious w/o being too solemn.

I often look at things from an odd angle.  Red trillium plants like shade, grow low, and have flowers that face downward.  Now is your chance to get a from-below view of a red trillium flower, in a mix of reflected and transmitted sunlight:

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Figuratively, I sometimes “look” at a neat little thing from an odd angle to shine some light on a messy big thing with a subtle similarity to the little thing.  For example, there is a parallel between the history of a little word puzzle’s instructions and the history of a big idea in economics.

My muse is capricious, and I am reluctant to repeat what has already been said well elsewhere.  So this blog is not committed to a fixed theme or schedule.  It is committed to clear writing and to defending Enlightenment values, in its own quirky way.

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Oscar Wilde made futility bearable by making it funny, as in his remark about the two great tragedies in life.  (One is not getting what one wants; the other is getting it.)  I made futility bearable by writing a few haiku about it.  Far from being as gloomy as those haiku may suggest, I see wisdom in Wilde’s observation that life is too important to be taken seriously.

Old software engineers never die;
they just stop getting upgrades.

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8 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello Mellow!
    I am completely in favor of your aim to be “humorous w/o being too flippant and serious w/o being too solemn.” (I’m also an Oscar WIlde Fan.)
    Also love your line about wheels turning slowly but giving a nice ride. 🙂

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    1. Thanks for your kind comment, which is a consolation as I nurse my worst head cold in years. But I keep the floor clean enough that after sneezing my brains out I can wipe them off and shove them back in w/o obvious ill effects.

      Yes, Wilde had a rare ability to balance being funny and being serious.

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  2. Nice to meet you Mellow..
    I discovered you from a beautiful comment you made on Oglach’s blog.
    I like your mellow style and humor.
    I am looking forward to reading your posts as they come up.

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