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How many times have we heard this? How many times have we said it? Personally, I am certain that I say this more than once per day. Sometimes it’s out of frustration, sometimes it’s out of amazement, sometimes it’s just a moment where I give a look and think, “You gotta be kidding me” –…Details
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As is my habit, I occasionally “google” my name (with XONITEK, so that I don’t get the Joseph Paris that is into hair) to see what might be out there. I get the expected links to the various articles I have written or events in which I have taken part, but occasionally I get surprised.…Details
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I grew-up in Binghamton, New York – actually a “suburb” of Binghamton, New Yorkcalled West Corners. West Corners was a nice little community and, as a child, seemed more akin to “Green Acres” and “The Waltons” than the nearby birthplace of such industrial stalwarts as Endicott-Johnson Shoes (remember “Father and Son Shoes”?), Link Simulation (the founding father of modern simulation) and that industrial giant, International Business Machines (IBM).
I remember the summers with great fondness. I used to wake-up early in the morning and head to “the crick” – also known as Nanticoke Creek – with fishing rod in hand and old shoes (or at least soon-to-be old shoes). We used to fish all day long, catching minnows and crawdads by hand for bait. When we got bored, we swam. And when we got hungry, we started a campfire and cooked-up the fish and crawdads we had caught. Sometimes, and when in season, we would pick ears of corn and throw them on the fire – husk and all. There is no better way to eat corn then roasted in their husks on an open fireDetails