Keep on Trekkin

As I did at the end of 2013 & 2014, so I do again here at the end of 2015 to recount some travel experiences, which I don’t normally write about here. I need not give the whole setup again for the premise of such entries and see my blog from the end of 2013: Travels of Spocklogic. The notables this year (travel blogs I finished or made additions to) include:


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That’s the summary for 2015. Some are carry overs from 2014, but I finished the blogs in 2015, after my last post on travels (see: Travels of Spocklogic II) in December 2014 or earlier if I made additions. As I alluded to in recent entries, I will take a break from this Cogito Ergo blog for a while in 2016. I’ve had 20 years of internet exposure and been blogging for 10 years (see: 20 Years of Internet and Mapping the Internet). I hope to return again with a fresh perspective down the line. There’s plenty to explore in the Cogito Ergo blog archives until then (see the link to: Browse Blog Posts). Best wishes for the New Year 2016! See you in the future…




As I did at the end of 2013, so I do again here at the end of 2014 to recount some travel experiences, which I don’t normally write about here. I need not give the whole setup again for the premise of such entries and see my blog from the end of 2013: Travels of Spocklogic. The notables this year are a couple of blogs I finished and some reviews that may be of interest:



That summarizes some travel selections for 2014. I did travel to Italy also in July 2014, and have some links to share for photo collections I put together for a special year in Erice to celebrate a 40th anniversary of the International School of Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy (ISAMS):

Rino: 40 Year Erice Celebrations (2014) – Erice, Italy
2014 Erice Workshop: 30 July – August 5 – Erice, Italy
People (2014) – Erice, Italy
Places (2014)
– Erice, Italy

In addition, I traveled to China again this year in November 2014, but am still working on my travel blog for that, so it will have to wait until my 2015 account of my travels. I will make this type of entry something traditional at years end to cover where I have been and what I have done in travel ways. It’s all rather like the City on the Edge of Forever perhaps…




Old-Time Radio Set

Since I was very young I’ve had a fascination with Radio listening. When I was growing up in the 1960’s, what is generally known today as the old-time radio era had already passed, but there were some radio stations that would still play the old-time shows, mostly from the 1940’s and 1950’s. They were fascinating to listen to and it sparked my imagination. By the 1970’s such re-broadcasts of old-time radio had virtually ceased, although once in a while they could be found scanning the dial late at night. There were some revival shows in the style of the old-time radio that were broadcast, such as CBS Radio Mystery Theater with E.G. Marshall, which ran nightly from 1974 – 1982.

CBS Radio Mystery Theater

I remember lying in bed late at night listening to to the stories and E.G Marshall inviting listeners to return next time for another adventure in the macabre, then wishing listeners “Pleasant Dreams?“. There were other interesting things on the radio in the 1970’s such as the Doctor Demento Show and an occasional re-broadcast of the now infamous  “War of the Worlds” by Orson Welles. I also enjoyed listening to Larry Glick on WBZ in Boston. Eventually most radio formats became discussions of politics, and by the mid to late 1980’s this is about all radio had to offer.  For the most part on AM radio today it’s politics or finance mostly, which is too bad really because radio has much more to offer.

Shortwave Radio Bands

I became a shortwave listener in the 1980’s and discovered the wonderful world of international radio: Voice of America, BBC, Radio Netherlands, Deutsche Welle, and occasional English broadcasts from China, Japan, Romania and many other interesting places. It was fascinating to discover the world this way. This form of broadcasting has been in decline for many years now too, but fortunately the internet offers some great choices for worldwide radio. An ipad or ipod are great devices for exploring radio today. TuneIn Radio is a nice place and they have Apps for mobile devices too to take with you on the go.

Of course NPR has been around for a long time and there is always something interesting to listen to there. I thought I would list here some of my favorite radio programs I listen to on NPR:

There are many radio programs to discover on the internet too that are outside your local area (both national and international). A particularly interesting show about philosophy is:

These are my Radio Reflections for now. I may add some additional content in the future as I think of it. For others who love Radio as I do, feel free to make suggestions on additional content or links to radio programs of interest.