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About dougstinson

Doug Stinson enjoys pondering unexpected connections and sharing his discoveries. He is also a physicist, a photographer, a new product realization executive, and a student of history, the environment and religion.

The Age of Creation

I’m reading “Now: The Physics of Time” by Richard Muller. It reminded me that by “the expansion of the universe” we don’t mean that the galaxies are moving away from each other, but that more space is being created between … Continue reading

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GDP Blindness

Everyone seems to agree that Europe is a basket case compared to the US. Left-leaning economists say it is because of “austerity”, right-leaning economists say it is because of the “burdensome welfare state”. Wondering around Vienna, Austria recently I counted … Continue reading

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Robust Design and the Downside of Efficiency

I just read the article The Downside of Efficiency by Mark Buchanan. I realized that there is an analogy between what is discussed in that article and changes in the way we design products. It was formerly the case that engineers were … Continue reading

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Of Myth and the Gift Economy

First published in 1983, may consider “The Gift” by Lewis Hyde “a brilliantly orchestrated defense of the value of creativity and of its importance in a culture increasingly governed by money and overrun with commodities”. Hyde claims that creativity is “a gift” … Continue reading

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The Fragility of Freedom

In high school I was an idealistic and active participant in the local Methodist Youth Fellowship in my New Hampshire town of 6,000 souls. Concerned with growing drug use among teens, our Fellowship’s adult leader and his wife opened the … Continue reading

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The King is Dead. Long Live the King

Particularly with the proliferation of camera phones, there is a growing belief that we are inundated with images and, in particular, that the “soft”, that is, electronic, nature of these images is creating fundamental changes in how we view photography, … Continue reading

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4×5 Kodachromes of WWII

A friend clued me into this blog: 4×5 Kodachromes. The lighting and the Kodachrome colors in the 4×5 format make these dramatic images. As was pointed out in the comments, the photos of women factor workers must have been staged – … Continue reading

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