Saturday, August 18, 2018

Exodus From West Virginia Must Stop


West Virginia is losing residents at an alarming rate. According to a Pew study, the state's population shrank by over 18,000 people between 2007 and 2017. This is such a sharp decline that some utilities are raising their rates, claiming their operating costs must be recouped from far fewer people.

The state has become a mecca for tourists. They come to ride or walk the Hatfield-McCoy trail system, or to enjoy the many natural wonders to be found in abundance. They come to hunt, fish, boat or ski.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Intelligent Design Is Not Serious Science


Among scientists, Darwin's theory of evolution is still the accepted story of how living things came to be, but proponents of a theory known as “intelligent design” claim they can stump Darwin: Life, they say, is simply too complicated to have arrived by chance.

Intelligent design seems to have popped up out of nowhere, but it’s actually an old concept. The idea that an organism's complexity is evidence for the existence of a cosmic designer was advanced long before Charles Darwin was born. Its best-known exponent was English theologian William Paley, creator of the famous watchmaker analogy.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Why I Hate Working On Computers


By my own rough estimate, 95 percent of personal computers are repaired not by a shop, but by The Techie Friend. The Techie Friend usually isn't someone with formal training in computer systems per se, but they've been around computers for a long time and know how to do more than just turn one on and launch a program.

Chances are The Techie Friend also knows how to use Google for more than researching funny cat videos -- the computer problem they're addressing is likely a common one, with solutions posted to social media or support websites or discussion forums.