This index links to all the entries in my memoirs, alphabetized by title. It is the best index to use if you remember an entry by its title.
As is usual in English alphabetization, the words "a" and "the" are moved to the end, so that, for instance, "The poison apple" is sorted under "poison apple, The". Articles in other languages are given no special treatment.
12/12/12 Thinking about numerical patterns on 12/12/12.
70 On turning 70, and the second anniversary of my blog.
71 On turning 71, and the third anniversary of my blog.
Abe My paternal grandfather Abraham Krakauer.
Air Chance The return flight from our honeymoon.
Algorithms Mindlessly following automatic procedures.
Allons enfants de la patrie ... Bastille Day at the Club Med
Amateur radio My history in amateur ("ham") radio.
Amateur subway riding Competitive subway riding in New York City.
Ask Larry Do I know everything?
Ayache formula, The Getting to the Place Clemenceau in the shortest time, with mention of the "patisserie effect".
Bad design Designs that should be flushed.
Badges A few stories loosely related to corporate identification badges.
Being smart What being of above average intelligence has meant to me.
Biscotti Some word origins, and connections between languages.
Biscotti (bis) How Americans misuse and mispronounce Italian words.
Bits Just what is "one bit" of computer memory? An explanation for the non-technical reader, by way of the "Double-bed dual-control electric blanket effect". Includes pictures of some old "core" memories.
blizzard of 2013, The A winter storm in New England.
Blogging Hosting a blog.
Blue skies Changing the color of the sky.
Bob Pease A tribute to Bob Pease
Boston Some stories about my adopted home.
Bow ties My father's bow ties.
Bus stop Meeting the school bus at the end of our street.
Busy, busy Sara's always on the move.
cat who came in from the cold, The How Alice came by her pet cats.
Changes Dar's first month.
Chess and nim About chess, and other finite deterministic games.
Chess stories Tales of Richard Greenblatt's Mac Hack VI chess program, and some related stories.
Chester Our first family dog (part 1 of 3).
Chester (bis) Our first family dog (part 2 of 3)
Chester (ter) Our first family dog (part 3 of 3)
chipmunk, The An incident when I was a summer camp counselor-in-training.
Classrooms Abroad My first trip to France.
Coming to Kronos The story of how I came to work at Kronos in April, 1979.
Computer Camp I created the very first computer programming course taught at a summer camp.
Computer chess via ham radio I was involved in what was probably the first chess game played between two computers via amateur ("ham"") radio.
Computers on the road A computer to travel with.
Connections Electronic interconnections - soldering.
Connections (bis) Electronic interconnections - printed circuit boards.
Copies Copies were once hard to make.
Costco effect, The Buying more than you need.
Cyrano composes a ballade An English paper I submitted in my Senior year of high school.
Dan and Elissa Interests shared by my father and a daughter.
Dan and the moon Using the moon, my father teaches me how to think.
Darwin My first grandchild.
Day of the week Calculating the day of the week in your head.
Disable interrupts Interrupts, for both people and computers. Algorithms for taking pills.
Driving in France Some tips for tourists on driving in France.
Due diligence A "Due Diligence" meeting held when I invested in Kronos in July of 1979.
Eigenstories How tales evolve over time.
Eleven Weighing in.
English noun phrases Fun with English - reinterpreting noun phrases.
English sparrow, The A few stories about birds.
Food Some stories about how we relate to food
Forty-two years On my forty-second anniversary.
Frau Pan Studying German with Frau Pan: memorizing poetry, linguistic memory depth.
French, The A recent trip to France.
Frequent kickbacks Frequent flyer programs and corporate ethics policies.
Gadgets Various things I've built.
Gaining weight overnight Can you gain weight while sleeping?
gambler, The My MIT course on Statistical Decision Theory
Gender Some stories about gender, human and linguistic.
German article and adjectival inflections This is not a regular blog entry. It's a highly technical discussion of a particular aspect of German grammar. If you're not into that, skip it. Otherwise: it's my (hopefully) simplified chart of German article and adjectival inflections.
giant fork, The A collection of stories from various points in my life, loosely tied to sleep.
good old days, The Were they really better?
Google How the Internet and search engines have changed our lives.
Grandpa's first flight My Grandpa Abe gets on an airplane.
Hackers The Artificial Intelligence Lab in the sixties.
Introducing Harold, my sister Alice's blue and gold macaw.
Have it your way My battle with Burger King over the Massachusetts meals tax.
Heathkit Building my first personal computer.
Herr Bon Some stories about Primus Benedict Bon, a German teacher at MIT in the sixties.
History of Kronos, part 1 An annotated humorous 1997 speech on the history of Kronos, presented to an audience of about 800 people in Chicago. Part 1 of 2.
History of Kronos, part 2 An annotated humorous 1997 speech on the history of Kronos. Part 2 of 2.
house of turkey death, The A couple of turkey-related stories for Thanksgiving
Horseradish How many stories can I have about horseradish?
How I write My writing style, and the technology that supports my writing (past and present).
How many squares? An Internet/Facebook puzzle.
Hurricane Thoughts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
On a casual game played against Mac Hack VI, Richard Greenblatt's chess program, with a brief discussion of the anthropomorphization of computers.
In loco parentis Dating in the sixties.
Introduction: What are these pages?
On immortality, and why this blog is being written. The main topics to be covered: memoirs and stories from my life, technology, and languages.
Italians, The Some observations from our travels in Italy.
Japanese My adventures in Japanese.
Just do it A bias for action?
Kids say the darndest things Things my children said.
Krakauer The origin of my family name.
Kristin Espinasse A visit to my "blogging idol".
Thoughts about listening to and speaking French (probably only of interest to those who speak or are studying French).
La globista de Akumal Balloon twisting in Mexico.
Larry Black How I came to be an electrical engineer.
Le Cercle Français How I found Le Cercle Français, including an interesting event that occurred in Mme. Brynjolfson's conversational French course.
Le jour de gloire La Marseillaise.
Le stage A summer job in France.
Lecture Series Committee, The Silkscreened posters advertising films shown at MIT in 1962.
Leon Cogan's story A Russian Jewish émigré helps his daughter learn English.
Life in the 'burbs A light dusting of snow.
Linguistic gender Gender in foreign languages.
Linguistic lunacy Some quirks of English and Spanish.
Listening Margie draws people out.
Live free and die Thoughts about seatbelts.
Lobster My sister Phyllis discovers a magic word to shut me up. Want to know what it is?
Mac Hack VI competes Stories of Mac Hack VI, Richard Greenblatt's chess program, competing against human players in tournament play.
Madhu and the death ray Two Ph.D.s at Micronetic Systems argue over the testing of a laser.
Magic Remember when your children still thought you were magical?
Man v. Machine The ongoing battle with our own creations.
Marthe About Marthe Mulvaney
masons, The How I came to join the Masons.
Micronetic Systems Some stories from my first start-up company
Miss Crouch Adventures in babysitting, morphing into a discussion of the early technology leading to some of the keys on modern personal computer keyboards.
MIT people Some people I encountered at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which I attended for 11 years.
Moby Memory About a 256 Kiloword core memory.
Monsieur L'Oiseau A story about French formality, on my first trip to France in 1961.
Mont-Tremblant A camping vacation in Mont-Tremblant National Park (Québec, Canada). Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
Mr. Canfield Studying French with Mr. Canfield at Great Neck North High School.
Mr. Lusch My high school physics course at Great Neck North High School.
My brain on Ovaltine Are our brains simpler than we think? Radio days.
My moustache About my moustache, including why and how I shaved it off.
mushroom, The An experience with a wild mushroom.
Naked and nude Why does English have so many words?
Nerd pride Early computer geeks.
Night race An overnight sailboat race in Cape Cod Bay.
Nils Frederiksen Some stories about Nils and Nancy Frederiksen.
Old An annual physical exam that made me feel old.
Oldthink Changes in our life and language as technology marches on.
Patents Inventors in my family
Personal computers From vacuum tube mainframes to your home office.
Personalities The differing personalities a company needs, illustrated by a troubleshooting story.
Photographed world Our ubiquitous cameras
Physics Physics: from childhood to MIT.
Piles Too much stuff.
poison apple, The A minor childhood trauma.
poison apple (bis), The A rewrite.
Poison ivy Poison ivy comes a creeping.
pond, The Building a dam.
Raccoons Some stories about raccoons.
Rats Elissa's pet rats
Recalculating! Our Garmin GPS (and its use in Europe)
Remembrance of things breast À la recherche des seins perdus.
Roots and wings Tracking our children's flights.
Sailing A few sailing and windsurfing stories. In one, I get knocked over by a beam of light.
Sara's birthday gift A guest blog entry, written for my 70th birthday by my daughter Sara.
Schematics Diagrammatic representations: maps and circuit diagrams.
Science What is science?
My first attempt at speaking German, plus my favorite tri-lingual joke.
Sex in the woods A summer camp story that says a lot about what I was like as a kid.
Sleep deprivation Some sleep-related stories, mostly from my college years.
Snow shovels The variety of snow shovels needed for a New England winter.
Spanish Learning Spanish.
Spatial relations Visualizing, cutting, and folding.
Sturbridge fields forever On the playing fields of Camp Robinson Crusoe.
switch that worked once, The The mystery of a switch that failed on its second use.
Telephones How telephones have changed since the forties.
Telephones (bis) More about the history of telephones.
Television The television technology of my youth.
Things I worry about A wonderful gift from Sara.
Time Some musings on our various ways of measuring time, and on interesting numbers.
Toothache A Fourth of July toothache.
Tracks Tracks in the snow
Troubleshooting Diagnosing problems.
Tyranny of the clock The pain in Spain is mainly in the brain. Eating in Spain, and how our modern dependence on the clock limits our thinking.
Upgrade I upgrade to my first "smart" cell phone.
Véronique About my first trip to France, and learning to speak French.
Vocabulary My vocabulary cards from the sixth grade.
Voting Technology for voting in a meeting, and how it's changed over the years.
Western Ass Words in one language which are vulgar in another.
What's eating us? Parasites we have known.
What's wrong with this picture? Impossible images.
Who am I?
A quick once-over on my life story, broken down roughly by decade.
Why do women have two breasts? The "One-half Rule" that applies, approximately, to all mammals, including homo sapiens.
Why write using the HTML and JPG file formats? Keeping things forever: the ability of digital technology to make exact copies.
Windsurfing for sailors Hints for sailors learning to windsurf: the basic forces, and sailors' prejudices that could interfere with learning.
Word processors An interesting 1963 study on human factors in word processing.
Wrestling for Baker House My brief athletic career at MIT.
Y2K The year 2000, start of the new millennium.
Y2K (bis) The year 2000, part 2.
Y2K speech, part 1 Part 1 of a 1999 speech about the upcoming year 2000.
Y2K speech, part 2 The conclusion of a 1999 speech about the upcoming year 2000.
Yiddish Some stories relating to the Yiddish language.
Zurich Presenting a technical paper in Zurich, Switzerland.