So Donald Trump keeps racking up the “firsts.” First former U.S. president charged with felonies; first one actually convicted; likely will be the first major party nominee for president who is a convicted felon. What a guy! It’s been less than 24 hours since the jury announced its verdict, so the analysis of how Trump’s […]

Presidential place names

You’d think getting a definitive answer to “What’s the most popular city name in the United States?” would be pretty straightforward, but it turns out the answer is “Well, it depends.” My father-in-law shared the most common city name according to the U.S. Postal Service, which is Franklin. 28 cities share that name in postal […]

The innocence of the early World Wide Web – Part One

I was cleaning out some (very) old files today and came across a few articles I’d saved back in 1995 when the World Wide Web was starting to gain public notice. It’s fascinating to read how exciting and new the web was then. So hopeful and upbeat. Today, of course, we’re almost all connected to […]

PageMaker, Illustrator, and the advent of digital publishing

Who remembers Aldus PageMaker? I do; without it, I wouldn’t be celebrating a 35-year career as a graphic designer. In late 1987, I worked as a technician in the engineering department of a major commercial food service equipment company in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. We made the big refrigerators, freezers, and preparation tables that restaurants use […]

Battle of the wombat haikus

I asked ChatGPT to write a haiku about wombats last night and wrote one myself after being inspired by its work. ChatGPT’s haiku: Wombats in the wild, Marsupial’s burrowed home, Night’s quiet, earth’s child. My haiku: Wombats, oh wombats! Oh! Wombats! Wombats! Wombats! Ohmigawd, wombats! Which one do you like better? (ChatGPT won’t be offended […]