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 By Michael Gold    Opinion 

It's a matter of scale | Off Kilter

Unfortunately, we had another mass shooting over the weekend. Now, this particular event appears, at first look, to be directed rather than random. Further narrowing it down, it... — Updated 1/25/2023

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Really smart animals | Off Kilter

We’ve all seen animals perform tricks. That includes just about every animal on the planet. For example, there are a number of companies that have trained animals for “rent... — Updated 1/18/2023

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Being an engineer | Off Kilter

OK, I rarely admit this, especially in mixed company, but I studied and received two degrees in engineering. I say this because engineers are among the most misunderstood... — Updated 1/11/2023

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

It's the little things | Off Kilter

As the year turns again to where it is no longer as big a deal as when I was much younger, I started thinking about some of the simpler things I’m thankful for. Mostly, it’s... — Updated 1/4/2023

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Communication in the internet age | Off Kilter

Way back, say in the 1800s, there were “newspapers” – but in many cases, you did not receive the paper for days, perhaps weeks, or months. Imagine you’re out on the trail... — Updated 12/28/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Loss | Off Kilter

Jerry Lewis passed away in 2017. He was 91. I read about an interview he gave the year before, when he was a “young” 90. He said, “I have so much left to do and so little... — Updated 12/20/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Interesting facts about nature | Off Kilter

I am always amazed by nature. It is so all-powerful. I actually think (if nature can think!) that it has a certain disdain for humans. Mostly because nature has been around as long... — Updated 12/14/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Things that make me laugh | Off Kilter

Some things make me laugh that shouldn’t. Others make others laugh but are not funny (at least to me). The word Schadenfreude, adopted in English from German – where in German d... — Updated 12/7/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Standard of living in the United States | Off Kilter

The other day, a friend happened to mention to me that they were having a hard time putting $200 together to buy something. This got me to thinking about whether putting $200... — Updated 11/30/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Tricks when building a house | Off Kilter

For those of you who followed my Facebook page last year, each day you could see additional progress being made to the house we were building just down the street from our current h... — Updated 11/23/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Coming of Age | Off Kilter

I was rewatching the movie “A Social Network.” This is a great film about the founding of Facebook. As I watched, there were quite a few scenes about Mark Zuckerberg’s time... — Updated 11/17/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Unplugging from society | Off Kilter

OK, like many of you, we had the displeasure of involuntarily disconnecting from society due to the windstorm that hit us a few days ago. First, we lost power for almost a full... — Updated 11/10/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

The Seahawks – a substitute for 'real life' | Off Kilter

I’ve often thought about our fixation on our professional sports teams. Locally, that includes the Seahawks, the Mariners and now the Kraken (oh yeah, there is a professional... — Updated 11/2/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Old time sports | Off Kilter

It’s World Series Time again. Each fall, when the Fall Classic approaches, I start to think of the “old days” of Major League Baseball. Now I’m old enough to remember the ... — Updated 10/26/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

What is going on out there? | Off Kilter

Our society is on the verge of breaking down. A book by radio talk show personality Michael Savage, “Stop the Coming Civil War” describes what one potential outcome could be if... — Updated 10/19/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Is the world going to hell in a handbasket? | Off Kilter

Now with that title, my first guess is that you’re wondering if everything is OK with me? Well, let me say that as far as I know, everything with me is fine. But if you’re... — Updated 10/12/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Too much automation | Off Kilter

I got to thinking about all the ways we are being “helped” by automation in our modern society – and how sometimes perhaps there might be “just a little too much” of it.... — Updated 10/5/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Life's little inconveniences | Off Kilter

This will be a curmudgeonly type of column. It was precipitated by another in the seemly endless litany of little things that simply get in the way of one’s enjoyment of daily... — Updated 9/28/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Language: Can't talk without it; can't understand anything with it | Off Kilter

OK, today I’m going to “channel” that great American comedy resource, Dave Barry. He is a national treasure. From time to time, he wrote a column (his “home” newspaper is... — Updated 9/21/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

The Queen and the monarchy | Off Kilter

OK, you would have to have been unconscious for the past week to not know that the Queen of the United Kingdom, Queen Elizabeth II, passed away at the age of 96. This followed the... — Updated 9/14/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Are you safe? | Off Kilter

We’re all concerned as to whether we are safe. Safe in our homes, safe going to the store, safe going out in public. Let me address this. There are almost 8 billion people in the... — Updated 9/7/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Coincidence | Off Kilter

I got to thinking about coincidences the other day. It was precipitated by a couple of seemingly random events. The first event was a medical diagnosis I had received from my... — Updated 8/31/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

The Creative Process | Off Kilter

In case any of you wonder how I write this column each week, I will write a bit about the creative process. See this process applies to just about anything a human is attempting to... — Updated 8/24/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

People, all types of people

For this week’s column I thought I’d write about the “general” types of people one comes into contact with during a lifetime. I always think of the famous Barbra Streisand... — Updated 8/17/2022

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Psychobabble | Off Kilter

I guess I’ve been interested in psychology ever since I took a basic course as an undergraduate. Over the years, I’ve both read and experienced firsthand, the science of... — Updated 8/3/2022

 

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