Month: December 2016

  • Resolution Progress 2016: End

    OK, the year is completely done, so here is where I am with each resolution. Read 75 books. Done. Hit 25,000 pages. Final count is 25,361. Done. Finish series already started. (25 of the 75 books.) Earthsea Cycle Read books #4-5. Apparently there were 6 books? Done with all 6. Ender’s Shadow Read book 5. Done. The Expanse Read book #2-6, 0.1, 0.2, 0.5, 2.5, 3.5. Done. The […]

  • Peril of Good Intentions

    I ran across a friend’s Facebook post about parenting and related a description of a college psychology professor’s eugenics lecture. The reply was that eliminating the genes of less intelligent people seems like it could help improve society. This seeming promise is why it has been tried many times. Before the Holocaust shifted to genocide, it […]

  • Death of Childhood Icons in 2016

    This post will date me, but people about my age have whined a lot this year about iconic people to our lives dying. A year is an arbitrary range of time for a solar revolution. It could could run from March 21st (the spring equinox) to March 20th just as easily as it currently runs […]

  • Podcasts

    Until recently I mostly eschewed podcasts. I only listen to the local NPR radio station as part of my morning alarm or driving somewhere.[1] Podcasts were often how I listened to the whole episode for something that was interesting. I did not really subscribe so much as list them and occasionally check for something. A […]

  • Stealing the T

    The Georgia Institute of Technology has a tradition of stealing the letter T. I first ran across this in a local news media story where the letter T was stolen from signage. The main tradition is stealing the T from Tech Tower which has “TECH” on each of the four sides. (They return it during […]

  • Facebook Comment Chat Box Pop-ups

    Well, it came true for me. Facebook pushed to me the new feature of comment threads appearing in a chat box. I hate the chat box on Facebook. I keep an open tab for messages for ongoing conversations specifically because that seems to suppress the chat box. I do not mind the notifications at the top […]

  • “Job Title”

    No one knows what is a Technology Strategist. So, a while back, I changed my title on LinkedIn to Systems Architect and Engineer. The side advantage to this is I can tell the source of where people have gotten my information. If they were looking at my Curriculum Vitae, then they would see Technology Strategist. If […]

  • The Anti-Boycott

    Do boycotts work anymore? It seems like of late boycotts have returned to the en vogue way of attacking a company or movie with owners or creators one dislikes. But, then people on the other side of the issue see the talk about a boycott and step up their business. If anything, then it seems […]

  • Blogs in a post-truth society

    I love Michael Lopp’s writing in Rands In Repose. His entry The Likeability Feedback Loop captures why I still have my RSS reader and try to comment on posts that engage me. Social media gleefully feeds a post-truth society and it does so by design, but social media is not the problem. Fake news is […]

  • Review: Star Wars: Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel

    Star Wars: Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno My rating: 3 of 5 stars Rogue One is a prequel to A New Hope. Catalyst is a filler book tying together the events of Revenge of the Sith movie with Rogue One. I have not yet seen the upcoming movie, but the given what […]