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Outrage! FOOBAR can’t be used on a vanity plate

Outrage! FOOBAR can’t be used on a vanity plate

Computer geeks need to picket their local DMV office: The state has ruled that FOOBAR cannot be a vanity license plate. Presumably they confused it with FUBAR, meaning "effed-up beyond all recognition" - whereas FOOBAR is, of course, placeholder terminology long...

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The circle of life, squirrelpocalypse edition

Last year the squirrels and chipmunks ran rampage all over New Hampshire, as you'll recall. They ate everything in our garden and berry bushes before we could stop them - it was the first time in 20 years we picked no raspberries. This year? We're entering the...

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Another NH wind farm rises, finally

Almost 10 years after it was first proposed, wind turbines are being built in the town of Antrim. (Story is here) It will be 28.8 megawatts with nine turbines, making it the fourth wind farm of any size in the state. People and organizations fighting the plan because...

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A simple road-longevity fix: Thicker asphalt

From UNH News Service: As the summer months heat up, so will the asphalt and other materials used to make roads, and climate change is just making it worse. Researchers at the University of New Hampshire say because of this one of the best ways to extend the life...

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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 WKXL radio in Concord.

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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