David Nightingale

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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Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

David Nightingale: L'Hopital's Rule (l'Hopital, 1661-1704)

There's been talk over the years about whether or not a famous rule, called l'Hopital's Rule, after the French nobleman Guillaume-Francois-Antoine Marquis de l'Hopital, Comte d'Entremont, Seigneur d'Ouques-La-Chaise – which is not even his full name – possibly 'bought' the rule from the famous mathematician Johann Bernoulli, who was born in 1667.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Sun May 26, 2013

David Nightingale: Homestead

Three young deer, the same three that had touched their noses to my front windows in the snowy months, while I was at the computer barely 8 feet away, and who later ate the emerging hyacinths of March/April, today chewing at low-branched green leaves …

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Commentary & Opinion
4:03 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

David Nightingale: 50 Shades of Grey

The 500 pp book “50 Shades of Grey”, by E.L.James – a pseudonym for the 50 yr old writer Erika Mitchell[ref.2] (who lives in London with her husband and two sons) -- has been variously slanged by critics. Despite these criticisms the book and its 2 sequels have been selling (last year) like wildfire, with the majority of the readers being women. So somehow, worldwide, there is a deep need.

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