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Jim LeMay
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Jim LeMay is a novelist from Missouri, the land of Mark Twain, Edwin Hubble, Walter Cronkite, Yogi Berra and many other notable Americans. He has worked as an artist, newspaper man, bartender, land surveyor, civil engineer and land developer. He currently lives in the Denver metropolitan area with his wife, Nyla.

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Lifestyle
by Jim LeMay
4 years ago
Brave New Words II

Credit: By Jcpag2012 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Artist's Impression of the Galactic Core In an article entitled “BRAVE NEW WORDS” I mentioned how we have entered a science fiction world in which words derived from science fiction have invaded everyday usage. Below I’ve given...

History
by Jim LeMay
4 years ago
History's Mysteries -- Moveable Type and the Phaistos Disc

Throughout grade school, high school and on into college I learned that science and technology sprang into being in late medieval Europe and really took off during the Renaissance. You probably did too. Having been a Contrarian from early childhood though, I suspected this was not true. And sure...

Technology
by Jim LeMay
4 years ago
Welcome to Pluto

Credit: By C m handler (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (httpcreativecommons.orglicensesby-sa3.0) or GFDL (httpwww.gnu.orgcopyleftfdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons "Pluto" by C.M. Handler - Artistic impression based on Hubble Space Telescope generated images On July 14th the mysterious dwarf planet Pluto will finally give up many of its secrets. On...

Pets & Animals
by Jim LeMay
4 years ago
Bad Dogs!

Credit: By Hightider87 (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Blue nose American pit bull terrier The trend in dog-hating changes from one breed to another over the years. My dad was glad to have his German shepherd watch over us kids, not because he thought the dog was...

Entertainment
by Jim LeMay
4 years ago
More Weird Words

Below are more selections from the Weird Word list. As before, the italicized form, uh, in the pronunciation guidelines indicates the schwa, the neutral vowel in English such as the a in alone, e in system i in easily, o in gallop and u in circus. barbel  \ ...

Entertainment
by Jim LeMay
4 years ago
Weird Words

Lexophiles are people who love words. They have been known to collect lists of unusual words, aphorisms and atrocious puns. These words are for them. Note: The italicized form, uh, in the pronunciation guidelines following the word indicates the schwa, the neutral vowel in English such as the...

Entertainment
by Jim LeMay
4 years ago
Brave New Words

Credit: Wkipedia Commons Many years ago I told my dear wife that, based on the number of words that had slipped into our lexicon from science fiction, we had come to live in a science fiction world. Lots of the products we use every day are called by these names:...

Entertainment
by Jim LeMay
4 years ago
Some Thoughts on Panspermia

Credit: NASA Panspermia (from the Greek pan, meaning “all” and sperma, meaning “seed”) is the hypothesis that life exists and is distributed abundantly throughout the universe. It spreads in a dormant form such as spores that develop in the right environment. Panspermia is not meant to address how life began,...

History
by Jim LeMay
4 years ago
The Egg and Signore Columbus - or Was It Brunelleschi?

In one of his numerous articles on popular mathematics, Martin Gardner related the following anecdote. The piece can be found in his book called The Colossal Book of Mathematics. It originally appeared in the September, 1965 issue of Scientific American which can be accessed online. It concerns Danish scientist,...

History
by Jim LeMay
4 years ago
Libraries in Literature

Characters in fiction need not be people; they can be inanimate things like cities. And even libraries. In Umberto Eco’s novel, The Name of the Rose, a labyrinthine library of six-sided rooms is set in a 14th century monastery in Italy. He tells us it is, “the place of...

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