Author Archives: Jesse

About Jesse

My name is Jesse Blatt. My first name is actually “Ramon,” but I haven’t used that name, except for official purposes, since 1970. I have a high school diploma and a PhD…nothing in between. I’ll get around to explaining that in a post sometime. From time to time I will be posting true stories from my past, though not in any special order. I’ve been fortunate to have had a dozen or so different careers, most of them very satisfying, some fairly frustrating, and none that I wish had never happened. In my many former lives, I have been a mail clerk, radio and TV engineer, radio announcer, electronics engineer, college instructor, psychologist, research consultant, Federal employee, supervisor of research professionals, computer programmer, web designer, instructional designer, construction site handyman, and carpenter, not necessarily in that order.

I Scream, You Scream…

I am an unabashed fan of Haagen Daz ice cream, not because of its fancy name, but because it is by far the best tasting ice cream available in the supermarket. The reason it tastes better than any of its … Continue reading

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Religious Belief, Conspiracy, and Science

It occurred to me recently that religion might be at the root of all conspiracy theories. The thought first occurred to me as I was reading a novel in which the main characters have a deep faith in some sort … Continue reading

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To Whom (or What) do Atheists Pray?

In order to answer that question it is necessary to establish that atheists DO pray. Of course we do. Everyone prays, at least on certain occasions and under appropriate circumstances. It is said that “there are no atheists in foxholes,” … Continue reading

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Troubling Times

I doubt if there is a real conspiracy behind these happenings — they may simply be a fortuitous confluence of events — that could easily lead to a peaceful takeover of our government by less than idealistic people. As Republicans … Continue reading

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August 28

August 28, 1988, was hot and humid, and a perfect day to join thousands of sweaty bodies around the reflecting pond in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Our nephew, Mike, was in town, helping us paint the … Continue reading

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Intolerance

I have met a lot of different kinds of people in my travels. I grew up with Kansas farmers. I helped out in my grandfather’s Mom-and-Pop grocery store in Oklahoma City. I attended public elementary and intermediate schools in the … Continue reading

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Sheri Tepper, Me, and the Lutheran Sex Tapes

Long before Paris Hilton made the term “sex tape” part of the vernacular – in fact, even before Paris Hilton was born – Sheri Tepper and I created what were without doubt the first explicit sex tapes of their kind. … Continue reading

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