• T.J. Burnham

    Diets, Exercise and Other Bad Ideas

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on April 29, 2014

    I am one of those who wonders why a just God would make all the most wonderful foods bad for you. It kind of goes along with my religion theory that God has a sense of humor. I mean, look at what happens to us as we grow old. Instead of looking more like Greek gods and goddesses in our '70s, we crumble like the Pantheon. And unless we work out like Atlas, our bodies become ugly fat pods. Who invented this system? I believe some angel in charge of humans had a computer c rash near…

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    Old Telephones And Antique Store Ponderings

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on April 24, 2014

    There was a time when we were going to start our own antique store. We had a giant storage space chocked full of great choice unusual furniture items, a vast array of collectible small pieces, and  what perhaps could have been valued at several thousand dollars in value. But after collecting over the years, we observed that everyone and their uncle were opening antique stores or renting space in consignment malls, so we gave up even before we started. As a result, we had what has gone…

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    Old Telephones And Antique Store Ponderings

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on April 22, 2014

    There was a time when we were going to start our own antique store. We had a giant storage space chocked full of great choice unusual furniture items, a vast array of collectible small pieces, and  what perhaps could have been valued at several thousand dollars in value. But after collecting over the years, we observed that everyone and their uncle were opening antique stores or renting space in consignment malls, so we gave up even before we started. As a result, we had what has gone…

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    Tomorrow on Deck at Ag Robot, Unmanned Aircraft Conference

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on April 9, 2014

    It hit me at lunch while attending the Precision Farming Expo in McMinnville, Ore., last week. A young producer from Canada was telling me about how he is building his own fixed wing and copter robot planes in his farm workshop. It struck me that the future is here, although in the U.S. farm drones still are not allowed to fly commercially due to Federal Aviation Administration regulatory balking, the concept has move from engineering blueprints to the back 40 in other parts of the…

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    April Fool's Day - A 'Holiday' Sans Candy

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on April 1, 2014

    Sure, it isn't a nationally-declared holiday, sure it's origins are cloudy, and sure, few get excited about preparing for it. Yet, I love April Fool's Day because it is a holiday uncelebrated, yet widely acknowledged if only with a passing shrug of the shoulders. You have to love a special day that isn't the subject of parties, decorating the lawn, sending and getting gifts, and without the tacky trappings of most celebrations. For this reason I revel in April 1 as a…

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