Coming Home Again

Coming Home Again

They say you can never go home again. That's true, after the fashion attributed to the paradoxical Greek philosopher Heraclitus, who quoted by Plato as saying that you could not step into the same river twice. But even acknowledging that Tonya and I are no longer the same people we were ten years ago and that Ithaca is no longer exactly the same place we left in 1991, like Homer's Odysseus, we are nonetheless headed back to Ithaca, located at the base of Cayuga Lake in upstate New York. Hopefully, our trip and arrival will be a bit easier than Odysseus's was.

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NEAR-Shoemaker: The 4 mph Crash Landing

NEAR-Shoemaker: The 4 mph Crash Landing

It was a bit amazing to me, but with all of the space probes that man has sent out since the 1960s, the presence of man has only touched five worlds so far: Venus, Earth (of course), the Moon, Mars, and Jupiter. Last Feburary 12th the human race added to the places it has touched when the NEAR Shoemaker space probe did what most people -- including its engineers -- thought was impossible: it landed on Eros, the potato-shaped asteroid it had been orbiting for a year.

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A Wild Ride for Big Red Hockey

A Wild Ride for Big Red Hockey

Another hockey season come and gone. It was a season of highlights and letdowns for the Cornell Big Red. Finding themselves all over the national polls, the team hovered near the top of the ECAC for most of the season, spending several weeks in first place. That was until an end-of-season collapse almost left them without home ice for the first round of the playoffs. Nevertheless, with only two wins in their last eight regular season games, Cornell still skated to a fourth place regular-season finish and a home series against Princeton in the ECAC Quarterfinals.

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Macworld Expo introduces digital lifestyle era

Macworld Expo introduces digital lifestyle era

It's been ten years since I've been out to San Francisco for a Macworld Expo, and it would be an understatement to say that things have changed in the Mac industry since 1991. One advantage to attending the west-coast Macworld is that there are many smaller exhibitors who can't manage to visit New York (or, previously, Boston) but can pull off a booth in San Francisco.

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No More Voyager for Ithaca Viewers

No More Voyager for Ithaca Viewers

Six years ago this month, the January/February 1995 14850 Magazine cover story talked about two new networks, a new television program, and Ithaca's bad luck. The two new networks were Paramount's UPN and Warner's WB, the new television program was Star Trek: Voyager, and Ithaca viewers, lacking a UPN affiliate, couldn't watch the new Trek series.

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Farewell to Julien Fleming

Farewell to Julien Fleming

A little boy I never met died last week.

Julien Fleming's struggle with the disease GM1 gangliosidosis ended peacefully early on the afternoon of November 29th, when he passed away at the age of six.

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Clean Soil for Widewaters Development

The Ithaca Journal (Dec 6, 2000) reports a complaint about the Planning and Development Board's approval of the Widewaters project, registered by Dan Hoffman. The complaint is that the board agreed to "having soil which was once soaked with fuel oil" placed in a natural area. This language could provoke fear and suspicion among your readers, so it is important that they know what the board actually decided to do.

Here are the facts about the Planning Board's consideration of the situation.

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A Space Satellite for the Common Man

A Space Satellite for the Common Man

The Big Boys & the Little Guys

It is common knowledge that on October 5, 1957 the Space Age began when the then Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the first artificial satellite, into space. Four months later, on January 31, 1958, the United States followed suit with Explorer I. Both of these satellites had simple radio transmitters in them. Explorer I had a simple scientific experiment aboard to measure radiation levels in space. This is how we found out about the Van Allen radiation belts.

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The New Yorker loses and the dead man wins: A look at the more impressive oddities of the 2000 election

The New Yorker loses and the dead man wins: A look at the more impressive oddities of the 2000 election

As I write this on Wednesday, November 8th, 2000, the top story is the excruciatingly close (and not yet decided) race between vice president Al Gore and Texas governor George W. Bush for the office of President of the United States. Florida's electoral votes and the state's apparent balloting irregularities are at the core of this story, and they're overshadowing what I consider to be the two most interesting races of this election season: the races for Senate seats in New York and Missouri.

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The New Yorker Loses and the Dead Man Wins

The New Yorker Loses and the Dead Man Wins

As I write this on Wednesday, November 8th, 2000, the top story is the excruciatingly close (and not yet decided) race between vice president Al Gore and Texas governor George W. Bush for the office of President of the United States. Florida's electoral votes and the state's apparent balloting irregularities are at the core of this story, and they're overshadowing what I consider to be the two most interesting races of this election season: the races for Senate seats in New York and Missouri.

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Wings Over Ithaca

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Ithaca, NY 14850
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381 Pine Tree Road
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