Poems at my website

A few years ago, on a lark, I added a few poems to my website. I like poetry quite a bit and keep copies of favorites. Last year, I went to a weekend poetry reading. For many years, I’ve been translating Rilke’s poetry. I assumed few people cared about...

Dario Fo

(In 1981 or so, I was at the University of Heidelberg. My brother was at the London School of Economics. I went to visit him and after dinner, we went to see Dario Fo’s play Accidental Death of an Anarchist. It was brilliant and funny; I still remember it today....

Origins of Google

  Here’s one of those convoluted stories. A hundred years ago, in June 1919, Billy DeBeck introduced the comic strip Barney Google and Snuffy Smith. It was very popular and appeared in 900 newspapers in 21 countries. Barney Google rode a horse (see above)...

Bad Trump/Good Trump

(This isn’t about Trump’s politics. I’m posting this to show how analytics can be used — andreas) So it turns out that Trump’s tweets differ by time of day. – Morning tweets come from an Android phone – Evening tweets are...

Mesothelioma: Fake Story

You will often read that “mesothelioma” is the most expensive keyword at $100 per click. Mesothelioma is caused by asbestos. Lawyers can get million-dollar settlements for asbestos lawsuits. No wonder they’ll bid so much. But do they really bid $100?...