Thoughts upon this evening’s stroll

My feet fall upon  pavement. The sound changes to a quiet thud when I leave pavement for grass, earth. My eyes move skyward, this sky lacks light. Save for the stars. Stars glow, brutal furnaces flickering gently, silently. They strangely beckon me, who can not reply. Upon this rock,  far from the center of anything, Read More …

Is Smartphone The Right Term Anymore?

I remember using the term “smartphone” long before the iPhone. Devices like the BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and the Treo: these were the original “smartphones”. However, these guys are a league separated from today’s devices. As I consider it, the main difference seems to be accessing the web. Today’s smartphones interact with the web as well Read More …

Changing the World Through Design

A couple of months back I stumbled upon the Design Matters podcast. I’d utilize my commute to explore new and interesting ideas, and this is one that resonated well. Then my FM transmitter (which was how I played my podcast through the Prius’ radio [no aux jack in my Prius…a 2005…none…in 2005 <wish I could Read More …

Depression

Life slowly withers. Weeks blur into months, years. Endless, death barely avoided. Exhaustion claims easily,More than its due. Dreams attract more than beforeSlumber’s taste sweeter, too. Once I thought it’s simply age. A body grown weary by tasks. Now I know, this beast consumesQuietly, chewing my soul Silently.

Thoughts on PayPal President’s Staff “Reaming”

After reading this piece, where the President of PayPal vents about HQ staff refusing to utilize the company’s product and tools, I get David Marcus’ point. There is a danger, though, with the confrontational leadership statement. Sounding whiny and entitled trends to disconnect you further from your audience, in this case, your employees. Scolding tones Read More …

A Current Look At “Stand By Me”‘s Setting

Wil Wheaton posted this video yesterday. This chap videos the locales where famous movie scenes were shot, then integrates the current footage into the movie. And he does it well. It’s 15 minutes, and well worth your time. As a fan of the film, and also having living along the Oregon coast (Astoria), this really Read More …

Cycling, Trials Riding, Danny MacAskill and the Power of YouTube

My son & I discovered Danny MacAskill via his film Way Back Home (on Netflix). As a long-time avid mountain biker, I have a particular respect for trials riders. The first rider who impressed the heck out of me was Hans Rey. Anyway, Danny’s riding is urban-centric, which really gels with me. Anyway, below is Read More …

SCAA Event This April 24-27 In Seattle

The SCAA, Specialty Coffee Association of America has pretty cool conventions (for coffee geeks). I haven’t been to one of these since I left Starbucks. However, I’m quite tempted to make my way down again. I love coffee and coffee sector. There is still the desire that someone else pay the registration fee, but oh Read More …

Superbowl Parades And Other Joys

Shortly after the momentous win of Superbowl 48 by the Seahawks, I heard of the parade to held in their honor. My first thought: “well, that’ll be a mad-house; no thanks”. Probably helps in understanding my viewpoint that I’m hardly a sports-fan. I enjoy them from an entertainment perspective, but I’m hardly the uber-fan. Add Read More …