Second Thoughts

The World's Second-Biggest Tax Haven in 2018

02/17/2018

If you're a rich person looking for a place to hide your money from the evil tax-collecting hoards in your home country, or maybe you're a super rich drug dealer who doesn't want your local government asking questions about that Bentley parked in your quarter-mile driveway when on your last return you reported earnings of only $28,000, then look no further than the United States of America, the world's second-largest tax haven, just behind Switzerland and just ahead of the Cayman Islands.

2018 Groundhog Round-up

02/02/2018

It's February 2 — favorite day for SilverMedals.net enthusiasts! Not only is it the second day of the second month and the anniversary of the launch of SilverMedals.net, it is also Groundhog Day! Yes, it's the day where fancy men in top hats stand outside in the freezing cold staring at the furry little rodents and their shadows. As a reminder for groundhog enthusiasts, if the groundhog "sees" his shadow, it means we're in for 6 more weeks of winter; if he does not, then the warmer weather should blow in sooner.

Moonless February

01/25/2018

A celestial event will occur in February 2018. The event may not be as exciting as say, an eclipse, or a comet, or a good meteor shower. In fact, it's not even an event per se, but more an oddity of the calendar. For ease of language we'll just call it an "event". So the event about which I am writing (which seems even more less eventy the more I go on) is that there will be no full moon in February 2018. Exciting right? Okay, maybe not exciting but kinda interesting.

Saint-Gaudens' Diana and Her Half-Sized Replicas

01/09/2018

I've probably been to the Metropolitan Museum of Art about 60 or 70 times over the years, and I'm pretty sure I've seen every gallery there, but I haven't always given pieces the proper attention they deserve. Then again, how could I? There are millions of pieces  from all over the world and from all different time periods, nine times out of ten have no idea of the significance of what I'm looking that other than it may look pretty darn interesting (which isn't a bad thing, really).

The Python Programming Language

12/05/2017

There are many dozens of programming languages that exist in the tech universe today. In no particular order, Assembly, BASIC, C, C++, C#, Fortran, Java, Perl, Python, Javascript, PHP, SQL, Delphi, Visual Basic, Lua, Lisp, Go, Objective-C, Swift, ColdFusion, R, Actionscript, COBOL, Erlang, ABC, Haskell, ASP, A, B, D, E, F, F#, F*, G, Pascal, Tcl, YAML, SALSA are some of the languages out there for programmers to choose from. Some such as Java or Python can be used for anything. Some such as SQL are used for specific purposes, in this case for talking to SQL databases.

John F. Kennedy and the Second Gunman

10/26/2017

The National Archives today are due to release somewhere in the neighborhood of 3,000 never-before-seen documents along with the full versions of at least 30,000 other redacted documents that had previously been released all pertaining to the November 22, 1963, assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. As new findings emerge from these documents, I thought it would be a good time to present a few facts about the "second gunman".