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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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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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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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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Seeing Is (no longer) Believing

November 29, 2011

A photo used to be a surrogate for reality. But screwing around with photos and distributing them widely has become so prevalent, companies have sprung up to do photo forensics – they help differentiate between an undoctored image and a manipulation. And I am not talking about the doctoring that goes on inside your point and shoot or camera […]

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Oyez, Oyez, Oyez

November 10, 2011

The town criers of the middle ages were the mass communication devices of their day. They provided the only means for common folk to access official news and information. It worked like this.  An officer of the court walked through his medieval town, or stood on a castle watchtower, rang a bell, and bellowed Oyez (Hear Ye), Oyez, […]

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