Living Life

Correlation Does Not Imply Causation – unless it is unprofitable

September 22, 2013

Grand Theft Auto V – the brand new, hyper-violent, and incredibly realistic video game… just did the biggest weekend box office of any entertainment offering… ever. Bigger than any movie. Bigger than any musical act. I personally am repulsed by the concept of this entertainment/activity. But I am obviously in the minority. Grand theft Auto V […]

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Something Special In The Air

February 9, 2013

A pilot sitting safely in a bunker in Virginia, or North Dakota or any one of 64 other drone bases on American soil   -spends his shift remotely flying a robot plane around a sky some place far, far away. Like Iraq, or Turkey, or Los Angeles (ok, not yet, but maybe soon). The tedium […]

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He Knows When You Are Sleeping

January 26, 2013

Even though I was born in and love being in the city, I walk in the forest as frequently as possible. Nature, trees, and solitude always clear my slate like the shaking of an Etch A Sketch. And I find that I am energized in ways working out on an elliptical trainer can’t touch. This time […]

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Outsourcing Your Own Job To China

January 17, 2013

I love the story of the man who outsourced his own job to China. He was an IT professional – and received glowing performance reviews… He was considered the best coder in his group. It was a win-win-win as they say. The company he worked for saved money because he telecommuted – so they didn’t have those […]

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The Transistor Radio Is Back!

November 8, 2012

The transistor radio is back. At least for me. At least for now. OK – it isn’t really a radio. It’s a phone. That I don’t use very much for calls. And it costs $599 dollars (less, really, because I signed up for yet another 2 year agreement) instead of the $12.99 my first radio […]

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Is He Hurt?

June 25, 2012

Fearless and proud. But so vulnerable. He lay in my backyard as I watered the parched grass. And he wouldn’t budge. Even as I walked within a few feet of him. It was a yard that was home to our dog as well. Older yellow labs aren’t know for their ferocity.  But still. A dog. […]

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Let ‘Em Eat Air

February 15, 2012

I like to read PSFK because they track the wackiest stuff.  And sometimes the juxtapositions on their feed are so bizarrely related as to seem intentional. Take these two I saw today. The first post that caught my eye was entitled: Edible Helium Balloons Are The Latest Delicacy – about a dessert apparently offered by Chicago’s hautest/playfulest restaurant […]

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Swarming Nano Quadrotors

February 1, 2012

It is a spectacular demonstration of  the capabilities of human engineering. Linked Nano Quadrotor Drones fly in unbelievable choreography. Meanwhile other scientists make drones that fly by flapping their wings: How long until we combine the two – and make flying robots that do this? And when we birth those drones, will they feel what they […]

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Fathers Know Best

January 31, 2012

Whenever I get to the City of Brotherly Love I try to spend time communing with some of the enduring symbols of our Republic. No, I am not talking about the cheese steaks at Pat’s – though both my son and I did partake and much to my extreme pleasure, neither of us required an emergency angioplasty […]

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