What’s in a Name

What’s in a name? Well, my name, Tim Tyson, is more common than I would have thought, especially since I rarely meet anyone named “Tim.” But there are several Tim Tysons, and recently I learned of another. In the digital era, things swirling around name can easily get confused1. Perhaps the most well known is an American writer and historian,… Continue reading

Day One: Way on Down Memory Lane

Back in the Day (30 Years Ago: Durham, NC) I began my career as a public school educator in the fall of 1981 in Durham County, North Carolina. I left in the summer of 1985 to go to the University of Illinois to do the residence work for my doctoral degree. I hadn’t been back to Durham since 1985, until… Continue reading

It Just Doesn’t Add Up…

My grandfather and father both used the expression “horse sense*” as in, “It doesn’t make horse sense.” In other words, even the brain of a horse could figure this out. The following things don’t make horse sense to me. 1. That in the United States of American an adult can be clearly and emphatically told by the police not to… Continue reading

The Deep Backwoods of the Republican State of NC

So, to support free market capitalism, the Republicans in the state of North Carolina are working a bill through the state that bans the purchase of the Tesla Model S. The car is wildly popular out here. I’m reading it’s a sensation on the east coast as well. Tesla is the only auto maker that has repaid every dime of… Continue reading

Mountain House Series (The Outside)

When we moved out to the west coast, we sold the North Carolina mountain house. Maintaining it from this distance was just too problematic, though we both loved it: Silence punctuated by really loud frog sounds in the summer Awesome thunderstorms with torrential downpours A car meandering down the road maybe every 4 hours The smell of clean, fragrant mountain… Continue reading

Mountain House Series (The Inside)

When we moved out to the west coast, we sold the North Carolina mountain house. Maintaining it from this distance was just too problematic, though we both loved it: Silence punctuated by really loud frog sounds in the summer Awesome thunderstorms with torrential downpours A car meandering down the road maybe every 4 hours The smell of clean, fragrant mountain… Continue reading

Week in Politics

VP Debate Well, you know Joe Biden whipped Paul Ryan‘s ass in the debate when the extreme conservative pundits whine this loud. Paul is accustomed to arresting older men who speak out against him in his meetings, he’s skilled at batting his puppy dog eyes at the camera and having his way. Biden masterfully held him to the harsh truth.… Continue reading

No Other Name Under Heaven

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Source: Acts 4:12 (NIV) Christ. Follow Christ. Be a Christian. The central message of the New Testament. Many Americans have even begun to use being “Christian” as a litmus test for the presidency. This month I… Continue reading

Secret Apple Data Center

Apple has quietly been building a data center in Maiden, North Carolina.  It’s apparently well underway.  What makes this of interest is that the explicit purpose of the enormous and secretive center has never been announced. Related articles A First Look at Apple’s Massive Data Center (readwriteweb.com)… Continue reading

I Really Did … I Mean Really!

Years ago, in the early 80’s, I lived in Durham, NC. I loved it. One early summer evening I was returning home from Duke University on a road much like an interstate. A short and intense little thunderstorm left as quickly as it arrived. Durham had many rainbows for some reason, and a particularly vivid, large rainbow was visible in… Continue reading