Mark’s Newsletter

Mark Trumble
My take on the day
Created 17 Nov 2020
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  • Evil today
    26 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 6 0
    Some of my friends think me Pollyannaish because I am (pretty much) fearlessly optimistic. As the media careens from one disaster to another—Will it be climate change or intelligent robots that lay us...
  • The Quiet Story
    24 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 9 4
    If truth still mattered, this would be big news: “White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan figures prominently in a grand jury investigation run by Special Counsel John Durham into an alleg...
  • What Matters to You
    22 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 7 0
    For decades my listening of choice has been primarily jazz. Ella. Coltrane. Miles. Parker. Turrentine. That sort of thing. I missed much of the popular music of the 90s and the 2000s, because I wasn’t...
  • The "Dark Days" Delusion
    20 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 7 1
    I seem to be hearing more people prefacing whatever it is they are thinking and doing with some variation of, “during these difficult times...” or “during these dark days...” or “considering the state...
  • A Return to Normal
    04 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 6 0
    Many people close to me voted for Joe Biden. Because I didn’t loathe Trump it made little sense to me at the time, and it makes less now. Biden was and is (to me, anyway) obviously frail and a shell o...
  • The Call of the Wild
    01 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 7 2
    In my youth, when I felt the tug, I would usually go. Between 1976 and 1980 I hitchhiked about 12,000 miles, back and forth between the Atlantic and the Pacific, up and down both coasts, From Baja up ...
  • Science!
    28 Aug 2021 • 6 min read • 3 0
    There are themes that I go on and on about—living with uncertainty, the hubris of our leaders, bad science, media lies, etc.--and sometimes I bore myself. Today I find myself thinking about science an...
  • Don't fight. Just wait.
    26 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    Sitting here at my desk on the morning after a non-disaster that was tropical storm Henri, there are many things to be concerned and upset about. I could wring my hands and contemplate the horror unfo...
  • It's a complex world...
    19 Aug 2021 • 6 min read • 5 2
    We are all currently wading through a series of man-made disasters and witnessing the feeble, feckless response from our leaders, and it is difficult to decide whether it is more appropriate to scream...
  • Titan and Buffoons
    16 Aug 2021 • 7 min read • 8 1
    On Titan, the largest moon of Saturn, the temperature is about =290 degrees Fahrenheit and the atmosphere is mostly methane. At such temperature methane behaves much like water does here. On the surfa...
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