• The Intimacy of Breaking Bread

    This weekend I’m thinking about going to see my parents-just to catch up for the holidays. Long ago they stopped coming to the family’s holiday celebrations. It’s not that they weren’t invited, it’s that they opted out and we were kinda glad that they did.

  • Data Portability Rights for People

    One of the worst things about all the free stuff on the web is the Hotel California mentality: “First one’s free” and “You can checkout but you can never leave.” Well, your data can never leave.

  • Communities of Learning

    The Guardian’s write-up today on Neil Gaiman’s referring to Libraries as ‘seed corn’ reminded me of my own experiences with the public library. My parents cared deeply that I learned and put far more attention into my education than 99% of the population. But for this “1% Child”, there were challenges to getting scientifically sound information.

  • Single-Minded Focus & Power

    We’ve all been in the situation where we’ve committed ourselves to focus on a task-be that work, art, meditation, working-out, whatever. We begin to focus on the task and our mind immediately distracts us, reminding us about some unresolved conflict, some mistake made in the past, or some unfinished business that needs to be taken care of.

  • UX and Large Phones

    So we’ve finally seen Apple jump on the ‘big phone’ bandwagon and since Apple doesn’t release anything until it’s perfect, Big Phones must be ready for prime-time, right?

  • Democratization of Technology (Enabling the Bullhorn)

    We live in a unique time of merit: those with great technical aptitude are able to sway with great effect. Unfortunately, the learning curve to develop modern communication tools can be pretty steep and normal folk are often left to depend on commercially provided services that increasingly view the them as the product. e.g. “In Capital America, Google sell you!”

  • The Civil & Economic Rights Issue of our Time is Net Neutrality

    There are many things that we take for granted in the free states of America. Many of us feel rather secure in our domestic land that rarely sees outright war. Sure, we know we need to pay our taxes and it’s possible that someone we know gets violated and robbed but in general, we assume that our physical security is safe and that we’ll see this safety week after week.

  • Do Androids Fear the Blade Runner?

    So after watching the Blade Runner movie many times, I’ve finally taken the time to read Phillip K. Dick’s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”

  • The Local Meetup Scene

    A few years ago I realized that I needed to surround myself with the smartest people I could find. I learned that my employers and coworkers were simply unable to provide the mentoring and knowledge to solve the technical challenges I faced at work. Part of it was my fault, I suppose: I was interested in solving the problems that no one else understood and had the audacity to take these challenges on.

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