Author Archives: TJ

About TJ

Scientist, engineer, inventor, writer, poet, sailor, hiker, canoeist, father.

What To Do In the Event of an Atmosphere Nuclear Test by North Korea

Don’t panic. The current range of North Korean missiles sufficient to reach North America, and given the rate of progress they will likely be able to hit almost anywhere in the world by the end of the year. But the … Continue reading

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How Gay Marriage Affected Me

Apparently Australia is having a “postal survey” on gay marriage, and I thought it might be interesting to give Australians a view of the subject from a Canadian perspective, because it has had a huge effect on my life here … Continue reading

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August 2017 Sailing

Hilary and I were on the water for a couple of weeks in August, staring with a week around Lasqueti Island, which is starting to really become one of my go-to places in Georgia Strait. It’s far enough from civilization … Continue reading

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Viewing a Solar Eclipse the Natural Way

There was a partial eclipse of the sun when I was living in California in the early 90’s, and I noticed that during it the sidewalk was covered with crescent-shaped spots of light. Palm trees were making natural pin-hole cameras: … Continue reading

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Prevention vs Cure

There are people who believe that cancer is largely a preventable disease, and there are people like me. I think cancer prevention is a worthy cause. In my time as a medical physicist I concluded that we were so good … Continue reading

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Canyoning on Dominica

Hilary and I spent the New Year on the island of Dominica, a small island nation in the eastern Caribbean. On the 2nd of January we took a canyoning trip with Ti Nath Kanion. Nathalie, the proprietor and guide, did … Continue reading

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2016 in Review

2016 was not a good year for a lot of people. Mine got better as it went on. In the first part of the year a ten-year relationship came to an end, and for all the difficulties of that time … Continue reading

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An Individualist Humanist in a Tribal World

Stand on a beach some time, somewhere well up on dry land. Above the high water mark. Notice you don’t drown. Then walk down toward the water. If the wind is blowing and the water is rough, there will be … Continue reading

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Notes on the Next War

There have been major populist movements in every century since the Reformation. The English Civil War was essentially populist, or part of a general populist upheaval with oddball hangers on like the Levelers and Diggers. The American Rebellion was likewise … Continue reading

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Reflections on Age

It’s not a particularly significant birthday in the decimal system. Not a big round number or anything. But I do notice that as each decade passes it’s around four years after the big round number that causes me to reflect … Continue reading

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