Category Archives: Opinion

Form v Function

If you ever want to study the form vs. function debate, pick up a copy of the Sunday New York Times when it includes the NY Times Style Magazine. The pictures range from rooms that shout about comfort to those … Continue reading

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People are Strange but We Can Fix That

Jim Morrison singing: “people are strange when you’re a stranger” always seemed like a “who’s calling who strange?” moment. He was a strange dude but the song is pretty accurate. Nothing is worse than being a stranger. I’ve travelled a … Continue reading

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When Did Crude Become Mainstream?

Ooh, you used the F-word in your Facebook post. Yes, you got my attention, but by the look and the sound of things, you won’t be getting much more of my attention. People are wiring the F-word into the written … Continue reading

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Novelty Necessity or No Big Deal

I was sitting at a bar last Saturday and a friend of mine asked me if I had ever seen a 3D TV. I haven’t, other than the ones on display in Sears. I saw those, but I was actually … Continue reading

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Caution I Brake for Toffee

One of the secretaries in our office used to have a candy dish on her desk. She kept it filled with whatever kind of candy people felt like donating, or candy that she would buy with the money people were … Continue reading

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Basic Math or Calculus or Something Else?

On my way into work last Friday, I heard an NPR report on the (then) upcoming address by President Obama about the changes he would make over at the NSA. I don’t usually like reports like this because I tire … Continue reading

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Friend or Fan First?

In case you weren’t watching, the Denver Broncos beat the New England Patriots on Sunday to win the AFC Championship. Yes, Peyton Manning beat Tom Brady. The Patriots lost. The Broncos are going to the Super Bowl. I live in … Continue reading

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Quit While You’re Ahead

Back in the mid-90’s we had a mandatory, all-day company-wide meeting on the subject of having better meetings (we really did, you can’t make this stuff up). One of the things that the facilitator mentioned as a “best practice” (I … Continue reading

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What I Want in 2014

It’s a brand new year and everyone is either talking about their resolutions or they are making predictions. I’ll have some predictions on one of my technical blogs, but for this one, I’m going to be greedy and say what … Continue reading

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There Ought to be a Law

One of the biggest complaints that I have at this time of the year, sorry make that a collection of complaints, comes from the retail industry. It’s bad enough that Christmas decorations were going up in October and Home Depot … Continue reading

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