Personal posts

My one and only 9-11 post

My wife is reading from her diary for the week leading up to September 11, 2001. World Trade Center was hosting a dance series. We saw Twyla Tharp and Ballet Trockadero on separate evenings. Our one year old loved to walk around the courtyard, up and over benches circling the fountain and the globe at its center. The underground shops and the Borders Books in building 5 were pleasant retreats from the late summer heat. On Sept 9th, I bought … Read More

Boots on the ground [war]

Average Monthly Boots On the Ground in Afghanistan and Iraq: FY2002-FY2012

I’ve just finished reading Obama Wars by Bob Woodward which centered around the Obama administration’s decision to add troops to Afghanistan. It made me curious how troop strength had ebbed and flowed through the last ten years of war. A quick search on the internet found a 72 page paper prepared for the Congressional Research Service, Troop Levels in the Afghan and Iraq Wars, FY2001-FY2012: Cost and Other Potential Issues by Amy Belasco. This paper provides an analysis of troop … Read More

MTA ticket machines use WinNT

Since the end time…

Microsoft error reporting irony