Steve Lovelace

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The St. Louis Earthquake of 1990

The Great St. Louis Earthquake of 1990 never happened. Let me explain. Unbeknownst to many outside the Midwest, St. Louis lies near a fault zone, the New Madrid Fault. While nowhere near as famous...

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The First Browser War

The World Wide Web really started to take off in the mid-1990s, and if you wanted to use it, you needed a web browser. Early Internet users could make do with simple text-based terminal...

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Pluto: Too Awesome to Be a Planet

If you’re a science nerd like me, you’ve probably been following the adventures of NASA’s New Horizons space probe. Finally, Pluto is no longer a distant blob in the sky, but a real place...

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Turning 35 Years Old

Another birthday has come and gone, and I find myself 35 years old. It’s s significant number in more ways than one. First off, it’s a multiple of 5. Since we use a base...

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The 4 Types of Burger Joints

Meat on a bun. What could be simpler? The humble hamburger has been one of America’s dietary staples for well over a century. It has survived through low-fat and low-carb crazes. To this day,...

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The Rise of Microsoft Windows NT

Early versions of Microsoft Windows were pretty primitive by modern standards, but that’s only because Windows was meant to be an interim solution. It started out as a graphical interface that ran atop MS-DOS,...

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Going Back to Work

I’m going back to work after a couple of months of unemployment, and while I’m still looking forward to the weekend, it’s good to feel productive again. It’s going to be an interesting experience,...

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Architectural Detail and 3D Printing

Why doesn’t my local supermarket look like the Cathedral of Notre Dame? Or the Sagrada Familia? It sounds like a silly question. Obviously the great cathedrals of Europe took centuries to construct and untold...

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The Ups and Downs of Teardown Houses

Real estate is expensive in Dallas, so the trend is to replace small old houses with bigger, newer ones. These teardown houses are a controversial subject in the Metroplex. From a preservationist standpoint, they...