car·riage re·turn

n. the lever or mechanism on a typewriter that would cause the cylinder on which the paper was held (the carriage) to return to the left margin of the page


A Non-Partisan Federal Government Shutdown Thought Experiment

Photo courtesy the United States Marine Corps. Reused with attribution in compliance with Creative Commons.

Consider the following for a moment:

You are a military spouse. While your husband/wife is on the other side of the world,you remain behind,raising your children,paying your mortgage or rent,car notes,etc. You Read on…

Four thoughts I had while running to the grocery store yesterday afternoon

Accelerating through S-turns on entrance ramps in the rain is made much more interesting when you know that you’re due for tie-rods soon.

At 3.79/gallon for premium,our next car will most definitely use regular unleaded.  This makes me sad,as comparatively few wagons out there fit that requirement,Read on…

Apparently it was a National Day of Disservice

This morning I rode the bus in to the university as usual,arriving on campus at about 9:30.  As I walked up the path from Van Vleck Hall to Bascom Hall,I noticed the flag was flying over the building at full-mast.  Of course,given today is what it is,this was Read on…

Good riddance:the death of a war criminal

One of the world’s most deplorable (and unfortunately,untried) war criminals,former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara,died in the early hours of the morning today,aged 93 years.  McNamara’s New York Times’obituary names him “the most influential defense secretary of the 20th century,”a fitting epithet for Read on…

As-salatu khairum minannaum:Prayer is better than sleep.

The last few months I was in Iraq I was stationed on this tiny-ass FOB (FOB Givens,on the border with Jordan) way out in BFE. There was a mosque right next to our perimeter,and the mosque’s minaret overlooked our entire position,which was somewhat unsettling for us.