Infinite Books

A New Library of Babel: Borges, Fake News and Philosophy for All

Arguably, all we experience of life is data. Information received through various sensors, processed first by functions within the sensors themselves, then interpreted by the mind receiving those signals. Light and dark, warm and cold, cacophonous and silent, all must be received, converted into ideas and somehow coalesce from the…

A Case For Using Your Smartphone During Restaurant Dinners (And Other Social Situations)

For years I’ve been firmly in the camp of those who argue, to the degree technology distracts us from being “present” to those we are with, it’s a bad thing. I disagree, however, the inevitable result of technology is social disconnection, or that it’s bad for conversation. When social critics drag out the image of…

Why The Crucifix?

  One startlingly visible aspect of the Catholic faith that engenders consternation, and even revulsion, among non-Catholics, and even some Catholics, it is the crucifix. This symbol — a cross with the figure of a tortured Christ nailed to it, often emaciated, bloody, crowned in thorns, a gash from a spear in…

Ernesto getting a tattoo

Old Man Getting Inked

If you have not picked up your June 2016 copy of New Hampshire Magazine yet, I urge you to do so. Beyond all the other great stuff in there, I’ve got a piece on getting a tattoo. That’s right. Forty-five years old and just getting started. The design’s been something…

Shadows and Apples

Unmooring, Realignment and Restoration: Notes From The Apartment

I am living in a third-floor walkup on the west side of Manchester. It’s small, but it’s got three bedrooms and the kids stay with me about three nights a week. The boys share one of the extra bedrooms, the girls the other, though the little one usually ends up…

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Free Law Day?

Heading north to Concord today, all the electronic traffic signs on I93 were warning: FREE LAW JULY 1 BE PREPARED HANDS For a moment this discordian-sounding message got me pondering, perhaps as a result of all the Mad Max publicity, a formal day in which lawlessness ruled and your hands…

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Bête noire: The detestable nom nom nom

Before proceeding a pace down this road, I should clarify that while I detest the expression nom nom nom in all of its ridiculous and cringe-inducing variations, I do not harbor any ill will towards those who use it. This caveat is especially important given the fact that almost all…

The Next Machine Age and The Skills Workers Will Need To Succeed In It

We are in the midst of a remarkable, and potentially terrifying “second machine age,” in which digital technology is evolving at a boggling pace in its power to perform an amazing range of functions in our economies and our lives. Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee profile this change in their…

The Feast of Epiphany

The Feast of Epiphany. Here’s a look at the splendid altar at our parish, Saint Marie’s, in Manchester, NH.

Case for Multilingualism In Business

For those of us who work internationally, sure we know that most everywhere you go English ends up being the common language of groups with disparate native tongues. But does that mean there’s no point to learning a second language? Not at all, according to Robert Kaplan, who makes the case for developing multilingual…