When the code doesn’t work

Me: I want my code to make this text on the screen invisible. So, right here at the beginning of the function, I have code that hides that text. Everything I can do to test the code says that it’s working. When I run a check right after hiding the text, it tells me that […]

Family letters: Spring 1972

This week in my family history project: three letters from my mother and one probably dictated by me. Mostly written in spring 1972. March 7, 1971 A birthday note to George. “a friend says my handwriting is quite pretty—too bad she can’t read it” I had thought that this one was from 1972, which is […]

Family letters: early 1972

This week in my family history project: three brief letters, two from my mother and one from me, written in early 1972. January 26, 1972 A brief placeholder postcard about an unsent letter. January 30, 1972 Assorted life updates, including thoughts about Jed and stuffed animals. “sometimes [your presents] sit around for a year or […]

How not to describe the Cantor set

The latest book from my unread-books shelf is Fractals, Chaos, Power Laws, by Manfred Schroeder, which I am currently perusing over lunch. It belonged to my father, so it’s been sitting on my shelf waiting for me to read it for 15+ years. I already knew that it had pretty fractal pictures in it, and […]

Family letters: late 1971

Apparently these family-letters posts are all I’m using my blog for these days. Some day I’ll get back to posting other things too. This week in my family history project: A letter from my father (about birthday presents and parapsychology), a letter from my mother (about Marmite and winter clothes), and a postcard “from” me […]

Family letters: August, 1971

I’m posting four cards and letters this week instead of the usual three; this week covers the rest of our family’s 1971 trip to Philadelphia to see my mother’s mother. It also features the first two letters “from” me—at least one of them includes at least one direct quote from me, but I’m otherwise uncertain […]

Family letters: mid-1971

This week in my family history project: A letter and two postcards from mid-1971. The letter is a Mother’s Day thank-you letter; the postcards were from a trip to see Marcy’s mother in Philadelphia. mid-May, 1971 A Mother’s-Day thank you, a couple of poems, and an update on Jay’s weaning status. “How can a respectful […]

Family letters: early 1971

Letters from both of my parents, from late 1970 and early 1971, about what the family had been up to, and about Christmas and materialism and such. November and December, 1970 In which Marcy writes about the war in Vietnam, the materialism of Christmas, and the importance of staying connected with family. Also includes unusually […]

Family letters: late 1970

Thank-you letters from my parents to various people, plus assorted updates about education and business and money and us kids, plus some odd what-appears-to-be-sniping at George and Helen that I don’t have context for. August 2, 1970 In which Marcy thanks a cousin of Helen’s for a gift of Canadian money. And then tells her […]

Family letters: mid-1970

A brief letter and two postcards from my mother, with assorted quick news and thank-yous. March 29, 1970 In which Marcy sends photos of Jay, and some thank-yous, and assorted other news. “Jed was absolutely delighted with the card – he just latched on to it & kept holding it & we had to read […]

Family letters: early 1970

Including the first announcement of my brother’s birth! January 26, 1970 In which Marcy asks for baby clothes and advice about using a wringer washer, and writes about food, and rehabilitation, and sundry other things. “How is it that we never have any time? If wishes were horses, if turnips were watches, if sitting down […]