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Here’s a grumpy Christmas column for fans of good engineering

Here’s a grumpy Christmas column for fans of good engineering

The Christmas tree stand I’m referring to looks like a spider from one of those Alien movies. It’s nearly impossible to assemble. It’s nearly impossible to secure a tree in it. And it’s totally impossible to complete your mission with a straight-standing tree. It leans, making you feel as though you’re not home for the holidays, but in Pisa.

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Autumn was warmest on record in Concord

Remember how warm it was when the leaves started turning color? Your memory isn’t playing tricks on you: It broke a record. September, October and November, the period known as “meteorological autumn” to weather watchers, was the warmest on record in Concord – and by...

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About Granite Geek

Dave Brooks has written a science/tech column since 1991 - yes, that long - and has written this blog since 2006, keeping an eye on topics of geekish interest in and around New Hampshire, from software to sea level rise, population dynamics to printing (3-D, of course). He moderates monthly Science Cafe NH discussions, beer in hand, and discusses the geek world regularly on New Hampshire Public Radio.

Brooks earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics but got lost on the way to the Ivory Tower and ended up in a newsroom. He has reported for newspapers from Tennessee to New England. Rummage through his bag of awards you'll find oddities like three Best Blog prizes from the New Hampshire Press Association and a Writer of the Year award from the N.H. Farm and Forest Bureau, of all places. He joined the Concord Monitor in 2015.

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