Author Archives: Roger Walck

About Roger Walck

My reasons for writing this blog are spelled out in the posting of 10/1/2012, Montaigne's Essays. They are probably not what you think.

Parachute Malfunction

“How to survive a parachute failure,” by Justin Parkinson, BBC News (Internet). This article appealed to that little boy still living inside of me. Suppose you jumped out of an airplane and your parachute did not open. Suppose then your … Continue reading

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I’ve Been Hacked!

Somebody hacked my email contact list, so you may have gotten a notice that I need money for my sister’s gall bladder operation. I don’t need money, and my sister is long dead. (She would need a lot more than … Continue reading

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The Story Of Finn

Here is the full story of Finn, all under one easily retrieved title. Everything I know about him. The story begins 25 years ago when I was still seriously working at ICI-Americas, then add about ten years before that, based … Continue reading

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Over-Governing In 1834

“Notable & Quotable,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/10/2015. (This is another lost posting, recently discovered.) William Leggett, The New York Post, 11/21/1834: “. . . a Government may at pleasure elevate one class and depress another; it may one day … Continue reading

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Termites, Termites, and More Termites

“Busy Bodies,” by Amia Srinivasan. The New Yorker, 9/17/2018. Who would have thought I would ever read about termites, let alone enjoy it, at least since I was 10 years old and fascinated with all insects. But understanding of termites … Continue reading

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The Color Of Ancient Statues

“Color Blind,” by Margaret Talbot. The New Yorker, 10/29/2018. We are all familiar with the white marble Greek and Roman statues with the blank eyes of Little-Orphan-Annie. But they were originally painted, as was the entire statue, often garishly so. … Continue reading

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Philly’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

I first wrote about Philly’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 5 years ago, of a time about 5 years before that when my wife joined her family in St. Louis for the holiday while I stayed home. Having nothing to do, and … Continue reading

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