Media and Storytelling

Life Through Rose-ish Colored Glasses

March 2, 2013

What do I see when I look through my Google designed eyeglasses? Whose version of reality? And, am I too distracted by what I am watching in my glasses to see through them? Meet Google Glass. That’s not her name. It’s that white thing covering her eyebrow and wrapping around half her head. The next […]

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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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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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Death Is A Lonely Business

June 7, 2012

The space ship lifted off from the launch pad just outside Waukegan, Illinois. The rocket carved an upside down “L” as it flew west. Long before the gantries moved to Cape Canaveral they were on the shores of Lake Michigan. Waukegan was a bigger city then.  And because the country was gripped by the first […]

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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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A Christmas Miracle

December 24, 2011

It is an iconic photograph. The only record of a particular Christmas Miracle I witnessed – still percolating in our popular culture. Its subject – our lonely planet – rising above the surface of the moon. It was snapped on this date 43 years ago aboard Apollo 8 – by Astronaut William Anders. Prior to […]

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