By: John Shepler

From my hometown, I can see the water vapor plumes from the Byron Nuclear Generating Station some 25 miles away. It’s been a familiar sight on the horizon for over 30 years, as nuclear chain reactions in the two units silently crank out power for Chicago and…


A unique mashup of wildlife protection, infrastructure repurposing & recreation looks to span two states.

Bison Bridge Viewing Area Concept

By: John Shepler

When does an old bridge designated for replacement morph into a national park? …


By: John Shepler

Power lines tower over a dark landscape
The Lines are Up, The Power is Off

Millions of Californians scramble to deal with the new reality of life under climate change. The power company is bankrupt and has shut off the electricity in the San Francisco bay area. Was there a massive earthquake? Nuclear attack? Solar flare? Nope. …


By: John Shepler

Enjoying your slice of the 2018 “Tax Cut and Jobs Act”? Throw all that extra cash in a pile and jump in it now. You won’t be drowning in surplus funds for long. …


By: John Shepler

I spent hours watching Mark Zuckerberg take a flogging from 44 United States senators over the shocking revelation that Facebook has been gamed by advertisers and at least one foreign government. …


By: John Shepler

The latest massacre of innocent and unsuspecting youth was meted out at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida this week. With stone cold efficiency, an alleged former peer of the 3,100 students herded them into the halls with a false fire alarm and cut down…


By: John Shepler

The FCC may have soundly rejected the legal constraint of network neutrality, but that’s not the end of the story. In fact, it’s the beginning of the next chapter that will spur a plethora of new Internet access options and, perhaps, a multiverse of Internets as well.


Let’s celebrate the REAL weather forecasters day…. Feb 5

By: John Shepler

Just 3 days after the most watched weather prognostication all year, it’s time to celebrate the real weather forecasters. You know, the people working behind the scenes and in front of the TV cameras to tell us exactly what to expect in the next few hours, days…


Super Blue Blood Moon Family ©2018 John E. Shepler

By: John Shepler

The big sky show of 2018 occurred on January 31 with the rare event of a Super Blue Blood Moon. The only Super Blood Moon of 2019 occurred on January 20 & 21, with additional supermoons in February and March. …


By: John Shepler

The Internet has been my life for the last 20 years or so. Oh, it’s been around longer than that. I only got on when they released it to the public commercially in the mid-90’s. Back then it was all dial-up modems and make-your-own websites. One ad…

John Shepler

With a background in engineering and communications, John Shepler is interested in what's going on in the world and how to make it a better place.

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