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There are a lot of different numeric combinations that in total will produce 39, but my personal favorites are 26 and 13. And I’ll get to why momentarily.

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At the beginning of the day Monday, I found out all teachers and students were having an assembly during 2nd block. Now that is not to say I wasn’t notified before then; it is to say that is when I found out. Regardless, I was aghast, because I had devout plans for my 2nd period class - plans that could not be changed, or in the very least, should not be changed. My robot brain refuses to compromise in times like these.

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Charlie severely injured his back on the job and took to booze -- a welcomed friend and deceptive enemy -- to help him through his pain and suffering. And, while he ultimately recovered from his back injury, for which he received a Workman's Compensation award, Charlie found himself with a drinking problem -- he found himself drinking between drinks. The result? While Charlie may have been the happiest guy on the job, he was also the most inefficient man on the job and was fired.

Artificial intelligence is an area of computer science that promotes the creation and utilization of intelligent machines toward their working order being as effective as a human’s intelligence. There are scores of self-described authorities on AI’s definition, but this description is as useful as any for us today. The premise that such computer scientists work from is that, eventually, they will be able to create machines that can in fact mimic the human thought process. I’m not 100% sold since we don’t fully comprehend, or know, how the human thought process plays out. There’s much that we do know, but a great deal of that is still theoretical. Find me a peer-reviewed scholar who can cogently explain love, or memory loss, or how humor affects thought, and I might be able to buy into the fact that other smarties can make computers do the same.

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It’s that time of the year again. The time where some of us walk into department stores and ask ourselves “Christmas decorations already, really?”

“A pod has appeared at the top of the screen / They're the hardest to get, if you know what I mean / A miss, then a hit, now he's fading away / I've done all I can, at least for today”— Buckner & Garcia “The Defender”

It is 5:35 in the morning. It is too early to be at school, so I’m sitting at my desk at home. As I type away on my keyboard, I notice my Han Solo action figure standing stolid beside the screen. He is similar to the Batman bobble head that keeps vigil at work. I always liked Han Solo, the rebel with a cool car -in his case, the Millennium Falcon.

A few months ago I started looking online for a gratitude journal to purchase. Surprisingly to me, there’s an overwhelming large selection of them. There are gratitude journals to fit everyone’s needs from age, sex, occupation, humor and even how much time you wish to spend writing in them.

Last week, and in various other columns I’ve written for you through the years, I focused on how private enterprises’ handling of our precious, private data can cause real problems for us. After 50 years of the internet’s evolution, which has changed how business is conducted in the most fundamental way, the bitterness of computer crime balances the sweetness of profits built on the web’s efficiencies.

At the time of writing this I have no idea who the Governor of my home state will be for the next four years. As you read this the day it’s published or afterwards, you do.

(Columnist’s Note: This reprint from 2016 is one of my favorite “introspective” columns, and it’s as true of high school as it ever was of college. Getting to adulthood is tough, and being there is even tougher.)

I know it's just the first of November and might feel too soon to think about Christmas, but if you are looking to reach out to a child in need this season, there is an exciting project you can work on right now.

Having worked in an elementary school for the past 10 plus years, I honestly can’t imagine doing much of anything else. I grew up in a school. I rode to “work” with my mother every day, her classroom was always just down the hall from me. Looking back over the course of my life those years seem like a blur now. I am certain that they laid the foundation for what I feel is my present and my future today. I idolized my mother and her co-workers who also served as friends. I have always wanted to be a teacher.

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, Madison Countians from every imaginable walk of life will come together to exercise perhaps the most cherished right we enjoy as American citizens: our participation in free and open elections. On this occasion, we will choose our governor and other statewide Constitutional officers for the next four years.

One season of the HBO series "The Wire" includes a storyline based, albeit fictitiously, on the lives of the newsroom staff at the Baltimore Sun.

Nobody likes surprises and nobody likes surprises when it comes to medical bills. With the cost of insurance being enough as it is, it can be overwhelming for Kentuckians when an unexpected medical bill arrives for a service they thought was covered. Why does this happen? Often times the service that was provided was performed by a physician or facility that was out-of-network for their insurance plan. The complexity of multiple insurance companies, multiple medical services, and multiple patients can be beyond frustrating, it can be maddening.

Hubert was a tuba player who spent more time rapping his landlord than he spent wrapped in his instrument. In loud and uncertain terms, he repeatedly complained to his landlord that his apartment was overrun with crickets and he wanted something done about it. The result? The landlord repeatedly dispatched an exterminator to Hubert's apartment -- to dispatch the crickets -- to no avail. Hubert's complaint's continued as did his landlord's defense.

That's right, most thoughtful observers agree that on Tuesday, October 29, the internet will celebrate its 50th birthday.

A couple of weekends ago I stood outside for an hour and a half in 40 degree weather and developed a sinus infection. A couple of weekends ago I had the pleasure of seeing the Blue Crawdads perform live at the Daniel Boone Festival. It’s all about perspective.

A poster attached to a wall inside the beautiful Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, Mississippi provides a warning still relevant today.

The other day, one of my students asked me if I had always wanted to be a teacher. As the words fell from his mouth, I enacted one of my superpowers and stopped time. I looked across the teenager-filled room and took a moment to speculate their time in life. Indeed, it was in their seats many years ago that I speculated my own future, and it was at their age that I felt that itch of mystery, adventure, and worry about what the future might hold.

There is an entire generation of citizens and new voters out there who do not remember the events of September 11, 2001, except as history.

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Ms. Margaret Dale Stevens, age 87, of Olive Hill, entered into rest Friday morning, November 15, 2019 at St. Claire Health Care Center in Morehead. She was born May 2, 1932, in Carter County, a daughter of the late William "Rube" and Mary James Stevens. Margaret was a member of the First Bap…

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