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Gourmet vs. Gourmand

Getting to middle age was probably a big deal back a few hundred years ago, but today it’s just a pain, literally. This week I got to enjoy more middle-aged pain courtesy of diverticulitis and doctor ordered rest and a clear liquids-only diet. That meant I had lots of time to sit around and watch […]

Rant: Why I Love and Hate Religion At The Same Time

Those that know me well know I’m fairly religious. It tends to drive my overly atheist friends nuts, but I’m also a great foil for one atheist friend who uses me to take the opposite side from what he’s called indignant, ignorant atheists who seem more focused on simply belittling anyone who believes in God, […]

On Fallacies of Faith
On Fallacies of Faith

I’ve been reading a lot of theology lately. I go in odd spurts. For a while it was all anthropology. Then it was all about writing mystery novels. Then off to Classical history. And lately, theology. And far be it from me to claim even mild expertise, but one thing that’s struck me is that […]

Why I Don’t Believe in UFOs

A friend asked why I don’t believe in UFOs recently and that got me thinking. Why is it that I don’t? What just sets me on edge about the notion other than the predeliction of these aliens of performing anal probes, harassing country bumpkins and generally abusing cattle? But after a bit of thought I […]

More Orchids
More Orchids

Just a few more pictures of orchids from a prior trip to Hawaii. If you love orchids you’ll love Hawaii — and the weather is near perfect. But don’t ask me which ones these are. I enjoy them, but have no idea what their names are.  

Updated Theme

After years of using the same old theme I decided to update it. I wanted something simple and clean. And I wanted something that would look sort of like a magazine, with columns with a picture at the top if I happen to insert a picture in my post. After a bit of digging around […]

Life’s Little Pleasures

Sitting here enjoying a cool summer breeze and the sound of rain falling. Probably one of life’s greatest little pleasures. I so love the smell of the air when it’s raining.

Microsoft Surface

It’s rare that I get at all excited about a piece of hardware, but Microsoft’s Surface has me pretty excited. The reason? Not because it’s a tablet. No. Not that. That’s a “who cares” type of thing. No, it’s for what I think it is, for what I’ve been asking for for a long time: […]

Rant: “Social” Software

Too many interruptions, that’s what seems to be my life of the past 10 years. Since 1995 I’ve definitely noticed many more interruptions to my daily routine. Email is something I’ve been using for more than 20 years and was easily manageable — until everyone else discovered it. Then came cell phones and the web, […]

Legacies and Folklore

Last night a good friend of mine died of a massive heart attack. He was 56. He was found with the phone in his hand, obviously trying to call 911. His wife found him that way when she got home from work. It makes you wonder what your life is really about, what you’ve done, […]

Stinky the Chinchilla
Stinky the Chinchilla

A few years ago our kids, wanting a pet but being allergic to cats and dogs, so wanted a pet they begged us to buy them a chinchilla. So, being the big sucks we are we caved and bought them one. Now, I’d have preferred not have a chinchilla at all, or any pet for […]

Things I Don’t Get

There are a lot of things I just don’t get, such as renaissance fairs, reenactments of past battles and many other things. I also don’t get collecting old stuff and by old stuff I mean what most of us would call junk. So I find it pretty funny that I actually enjoy two shows about […]

I Wonder…

If the cost associated with complaining is eliminated does that mean that negative reviews become worthless?

Darth Vader: Venture Capitalist

I’ve been through a number of start-ups and friends of mine are still toiling through theirs. And although I have rejoined their ranks as a CTO in a research-oriented startup I don’t miss the turmoil associated with trying to please investors, customers, and employees all before you have a product. Especially when it seems that […]

Pepsi Throwback
Pepsi Throwback

Here’s something I hope stays for good, Pepsi Throwback. When I saw it at the local Metro the other day I was stupid happy. And though some folks — unrepentant health nuts, mostly — will bitch about Pepsi simply attempting to lure more people into drinking soft drinks, I enjoy Pepsi for oddly medicinal reasons: […]

Somethings…

I’m well aware of my limitations. I know some things that I do well. I know at some things at which I even excel. At others I’m merely passable. Yet more I’m merely bad. And there are those few things at which I know I simply am incapable. I know some people figure I can […]

Info Glut

I’ve been cleaning out the house slowly. Sort of like an extended Spring Cleaning. And as part of this chore I’ve decided to clean up my office and my computers as well. I’ve been storing all kinds of shit thinking it might one day be useful, that I may make some sort of artwork from […]

Things I Miss

I’m coding seriously again for the first time in years. And I can’t believe how much I missed it. There’s a certain joy in writing a program seeing it work, and solving a problem. When it’s an entirely new programming language it’s even cooler. But as I start programming again I realized I truly miss […]

Black and White or Shades of Grey

This article is interesting in an ironic way. Why? Mostly because the black-or-white thinker is how I think. Make a decision, go with it. Hemming and hawing is stupid and just delays the inevitable. Pick a way, go that way. If it’s wrong. Admit it, turn around. Duh. Stupid people drive me nuts. And this […]

Beauty, Stupidity, Decisions & Consequences

As I continue to wade through saved bookmarks and articles on my computer I came across this article that discusses the discovery that men lose their minds speaking to pretty women. And it brings to mind a set of events more than two decades old that forever changed my life. I’ve always been a tad […]

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