August 10, 1992
"What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant curiosity of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult," Freud once wrote. Sad to say, he's got a point.In advanced societies, knowledge is the basis for almost all value. Corporations that wish to become "knowledge-intensive" must invest heavily in training and electronic networks. But to become knowledge-intensive as a matter of course calls for something that goes far beyond bits, bytes and hours in the classroom. Perhaps the management issue for the '90s, largely avoided by gurus and practitioners alike, is unleashing imagination.
May 3, 2003
BALTIMORE IS a great place to live, but you'd better have been born into the sixth generation of a local family to know its secrets. This town will not unfold itself to just anybody. I'm not sure that what I'm about to recommend will satisfy all your curiosity about old Baltimore, but it will be a fine way to spend three successive Sunday afternoons in May. I speak of a trio of interesting house tours, one tomorrow at St. Paul and 22nd streets (the Old Goucher neighborhood), another in Fells Point on May 11 and the other, just over the Baltimore County line, in Bare Hills, adjacent to Lake Roland, on May 18. I have long been a sucker for house tours.
November 28, 2011
Is there life elsewhere in the universe? It's a question that has long intrigued astronomers and science fiction buffs alike, and now the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has launched its most ambitious attempt yet to find the answer. Curiosity, NASA's 1-ton wheeled rover vehicle, blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center on Saturday for the 346 million-mile journey to Mars, where it will spend two years roaming the Red Planet's surface in search of tell-tale organic compounds that could signal the presence of life there, either now or in the distant past.
October 15, 2000
One hot, sweaty August day a few years back, my friend Tom and I decided to take in a freak show at the Wisconsin State Fair. It wasn't something we'd normally do. Tom was the kind of guy who wore bow ties, and I've never exactly been Ms. Let-It-All-Hang-Loose. For some reason, the meshing of our personalities resulted in weirdly spontaneous behavior. The sideshow was made up of several mobile homes, each containing a different attraction. We paid admission to one, and went inside. It wasn't air-conditioned, so the lights were turned off to minimize the heat.
February 11, 2004
His last name was common in South Carolina - maybe not as plentiful as "Smith" or "Jones," but it certainly wasn't unique. Then in John R. Gourdin's travels with the Marines, he began to realize he was meeting fewer and fewer people of the same name. For the next 15 years, he scoured phone books in search of other Gourdins, making contact in person or over the phone to trace their history. "Without exception, all of the Gourdins I've met, that I've run into, I've been able to trace them back to South Carolina," he said.
November 23, 1990
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Michael Brown Jr. sits in a small swing, his hands clenched and legs rigid as he stares into the distance. He cries for no reason and ignores the world around him.Curiosity -- and crack -- robbed the 15-month-old toddler of a normal life.Almost five weeks ago, Michael ate pieces of crack cocaine that police say were left on a table in his mother's Pompano Beach apartment. The boy suffered violent seizures, which caused severe brain damage, and he lapsed into a coma.