David Nightingale

Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

David Nightingale: Christmas in Turkey, 1961

Christmas in the Middle East, 1961. The Moslem headmaster had insisted we take the Christian holiday, although we hadn't asked for it.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:19 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

David Nightingale: On Henry Cavendish (1731-1810)

Some refer to Cavendish as 'the man who weighed the earth', but it would be more accurate to describe him as a man who spent his life as a careful investigator in chemistry, heat and electricity.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:43 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

David Nightingale: October/November

October transitions into November, and not all the leaves down yet. Some still hang, brown and a tinge of orange, waiting for real heavy gusts to decide for them, once and for all, and sweep them to their colleagues, to join the beige sacking that now covers our part of the earth.                  

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

David Nightingale: On Casinos

An essay aired in 2005, concerning casinos in the Catskills, mentioned some of the pros and cons of gambling; now, in 2013, here we go again. It appears that, increasingly, the governments of many states are believing in gambling as a quick fix to shortage of funds.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Sun October 6, 2013

David Nightingale: Considering Oliver Sacks

In his book “The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat” Oliver Sacks decribes how a patient with agnosia – or one who couldn't recognize faces – (quote) “reached out his hand … and took hold of his wife's head.. [and] tried to lift it off, to put [the hat] on...”

I mention Dr Sacks, a Professor of Clinical Neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, as one more in the genre of scientist/artists, like Alexander Borodin or Richard Feynman.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:45 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

David Nightingale: On Language

Disclaimer: the following comments are about the English language, despite the fact that my training is only in the sciences. But to my mind, whatever language we use, we should strive to communicate. accurately.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:35 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

David Nightingale: A Christmas Gift Of A Flight In A Hot Air Balloon...

10 years ago, the late Steve Fossett went round the world in such a contraption, and 20 years ago Richard Branson and Per Lindstrom sat in a basket all the way from Japan to Canada, rising right up into the 250 mph jet stream.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:35 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

David Nightingale: Harbo (1864-1909) & Samuelsen (1870-1946)

Harbo and Samuelsen

Harbo & Samuelsen – law firm? Insurance Company?

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Commentary & Opinion
12:38 pm
Sun July 21, 2013

David Nightingale: Rails-With-Trails

The last train into the Catskills left Kingston in September 1976, returning a few days later with essentially every freight car that had been on that Ulster & Delaware line.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:09 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

David Nightingale: Herschel (1738 - 1822)

Choose a career, and stay with it for life?

Perhaps that's what many people used to do and maybe still do  --  but consider this man:

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