I've been adding entries to my blog for quite a few years now, and nobody's apt to ever read the whole thing. It's pretty eclectic, with entries ranging from stories about my childhood, to entries so technical that nobody is likely to be interested except another engineer (and for that matter, only a specific type of engineer).
But I do find myself recommending pages to people interested in specific topics. Hence I decided to add this page to allow me to permanently record some of these recommendations. If you're interested in reading some of my writing, this can be a good way to get started.
Of course, entries relating to certain topics can also be found starting from the Keyword list. But the entries listed above are more limited, a selection of what I think of as the best of the entries in a particular area, entries that I'd recommend to a friend.
If you click on a link below, that entry will open in a separate window or tab (depending on your browser). When done, you can close that window or tab to return here. All pages opened from the links below use the same window (or tab), so opening a new page will overwrite the old one.
If you're just getting started here, at some point you ought to read the following four introductory entries (but you don't have to do it right away).
Introduction: What are these pages? On immortality, and why this blog is being written.
Who am I? A quick once-over on my life story, broken down roughly by decade.
Why write using the HTML and JPG file formats? Keeping things forever: the ability of digital technology to make exact copies.
How I write My writing style, and the technology that supports my writing (past and present).
The poison apple A minor childhood trauma.
My brain on Ovaltine Learning to think; radio days.
Sturbridge fields forever On the playing fields of Camp Robinson Crusoe.
Sex in the woods A summer camp story that says a lot about what I was like as a kid.
Vocabulary My vocabulary cards from the sixth grade.
Mr. Canfield Studying French with Mr. Canfield.
Mr. Lusch My high school physics course.
Dan and the moon Using the moon, my father teaches me how to think.
Ask Larry A guest entry by my sister Alice.
MIT people Some people I encountered at MIT, which I attended for 11 years.
MIT scenes Seen on the MIT campus.
Nerd pride Early computer geeks.
The Lecture Series Committee Silkscreened posters advertising films shown at MIT in 1962.
Wrestling for Baker House My brief athletic career at MIT.
The gambler My MIT course on Statistical Decision Theory
In loco parentis Dating in the sixties.
Hackers The Artificial Intelligence Lab in the sixties.
Amateur subway riding Competitive subway riding in New York City.
MIT hacks My MIT hacks, then and now.
Harold Harold, my sister Alice's blue and gold macaw.
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)
The cat who came in from the cold How Alice came by her pet cats.
The English sparrow A few stories about birds.
Krakauer The origin of my family name.
Philip Philip Krakauer and his descendents.
Abe My paternal grandfather Abraham Krakauer.
Coming to Kronos The story of how I came to work at Kronos in April, 1979.
Due diligence A "Due Diligence" meeting held when I invested in Kronos in July of 1979.
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.
The house of turkey death A couple of turkey-related stories for Thanksgiving
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.
Darwin My first grandchild.
Solid food Darwin enlarges her diet.
Milestones Baby Darwin changes.
Applause! Darwin's development continues.
Nine months Darwin's nine-month birthday.
First Thanksgiving Darwin celebrates her first family Thanksgiving
Hair The many hairstyles of Darwin.
One year Darwin's first birthday.
First year Darwin's first year.
The world according to Darwin Darwin builds vocabulary, and makes sense of the world.
The French A recent trip to France.
Driving in France Some tips for tourists on driving in France.
Classrooms Abroad My first trip to France.
Monsieur L'Oiseau A story about French formality, on my first trip to France in 1961.
L'Accent tonique Thoughts about listening to and speaking French (probably only of interest to those who speak or are studying French).
Le Cercle Français How I found Le Cercle Français, including an interesting event that occurred in Mme. Brynjolfson's conversational French course.
Véronique About my first trip to France, and learning to speak French.
The Italians Some observations from our travels in Italy.
Biscotti Some word origins, and connections between languages.
Biscotti (bis) How Americans misuse and mispronounce Italian words.
Pastafarianism Cosmic secrets in Italian pasta (an April first entry).
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.
Spanish Learning Spanish.
Linguistic lunacy Some quirks of English and Spanish.