Author Archives: theputterer


(Photo credit: BackyardProduction On December 14, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on whether to keep or dismantle existing net neutrality legislation. This is the latest skirmish in a series of battles over net neutrality. So why should you … Continue reading

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On Faith and Fear

Welp. Been a while. I’ve wanted to write for a long time. Even roughed out some blog posts. But I couldn’t settle on what to write. An explanation for my absence (short answer: health problems)? A mission statement? Random observations?

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On Kind Atheists and Hateful Christians

A friend sent me this picture on Facebook. She shared it from Being Liberal’s Facebook page, but I don’t know the original source. The following is a copy of my response to her.

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Franklyn and the Problem of Pain

“Religion is deemed by the commoners as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.” This quote opens the movie Franklyn, a thoughtful look at the problem of pain and how people attempt to deal with … Continue reading

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On Hugo, Clockworks, and Uselessness

Don’t know why I’m writing this (actually, dictating). Don’t even know what I’m writing. It started off as a review of the movie Hugo, and turned into something else. In the movie, Hugo, from his vantage point at the top … Continue reading

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Adventures in Methotrexate – Going Full Dork

As mentioned in my last post, I failed the steroid taper for my idiopathic orbital inflammatory syndrome. My physicians and I therefore opted to add on a steroid sparing agent to help control inflammation, allowing my steroid dose to be … Continue reading

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How to Fail a Steroid Taper in Five Easy Steps

If you’ve read my “Not Dead!” post, you’ll know that this past year I have been struggling with a condition called orbital pseudotumor, AKA (also known as) ocular myositis, AKA idiopathic orbital inflammatory syndrome.  The fact that it has three … Continue reading

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Mac OS X Grapher – A Quick Note on Changing the Range of Theta in Polar Plots

This post is in response to Tommy’s question on the Getting Started post, namely, how to plot a polar spiral (e.g., r = θ) *without* using the default Grapher range of θ = [0, 2π]. It turned out to be … Continue reading

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Not Dead!

Just a quick note to let you all know I’m not dead, although there were times this year when I wished that I were.  I’ve been diagnosed with a condition called Primary Orbital Pseudotumor, and am currently undergoing treatment.  The … Continue reading

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Mac OS X Grapher: Axes, Grids, and Backgrounds

Finally, a post! I’ve made some changes to the blog.  First, I’ve added a Donate button to the sidebar;  clicking the button takes you to Paypal, where you’re free to contribute to my “Feed the Putterer” fund.  I do realize … Continue reading

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