Feeling Hopeful

My son just introduced me to this video by the British group “Bars and Melody“: Hopeful. The guys sing/rap quite well, but I find the anti-bullying message of this song powerful. It looks like this is a key part of their identity, which I fully support. Now, it’s important to note, this video is from Read More …

Oh, YouTube Red, so close, yet so far

I’ve been hoping for YouTube to make upgrading to Red family plans easier for a few months. Imagine my delight to read this, then:   So I scurried over and clicked the “Upgrade Now” button, and…well…nope: I thought myself so clever, setting up my family on a Google Apps “Standard Edition” (ancient predecessor for G Read More …

The Cure’s “A Forest” and the Evolution of a Band

I’ve heard this song countless times. Today, Youtube popped this up in the recommended list and I happily listened. Seeing other versions in the sidebar from 1979, 1981, and 1992 made me wonder about how different each one sounded. I enjoyed witnessing the evolution of Robert Smith’s personal style as well. Below is the 1979 version, which Read More …

Food for Thought: Anil Dash’s “The Year I Didn’t Retweet Men”

I’d forgotten about Anil’s post to Medium a “little ways back”, so I was able to look with fresh eyes. “The Year I Didn’t Retweet Men” I really appreciate his efforts to amplify responsibly. And have tried, over the years, to take the same idea to heart. I may not have Anil’s reach, but I Read More …

Watching the Flash with my son

My son and I have been watching the Flash on Netflix. It’s been a fun little bonding thing.  I love the show. Watching Barry Allen, and the people surrounding him evolve really delights me. And the ensemble of cast and crew gel very well.  We’ve made a pledge to not watch without the other, so Read More …

Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir Live “Cloudburst”

I love Eric Whitacre’s work. His music speaks deeply to me. His Virtual Choir pieces, though, achieves the highest levels of awesome. This one, Cloudburst (where gets bonus points from me as he based on an Octavio Paz poem) is stunning. Inspired by a Midwestern thunderstorm, the song captures the audio essence of the storm. Read More …

And now, Google Music

I value knowing what’s going on in the tech world. Yet, there is so much change, coming so fast, that sometimes I miss the obvious. I subscribed to YouTube Red some time ago. My focus: ad elimination. So much of my family’s video time is spent on YouTube, so it was a prudent investment. I Read More …

Contemporary Communications

A current cultural value: speed. Faster, faster…get more done sooner! So, with that, one of my recent personal observations: I need to slow down. In the grand flurry of work, I find it easy to wrap myself up in the frenetic nature of life and reactively communicate. My most common culprit: email, though other medium Read More …

Two Items Of Geek Lust

Ok, two things caught my eye over the past few days. Number 1: Over at BestBuy, the “Kwikset – Kevo Touch-to-Open Bluetooth Key and Electronic Smart Door Lock” Being able to open my door via Bluetooth sounds so freakin’ cool! But $230 is a bit steep for this geek delight. And number 2: The Rocket Read More …

Today: Of Note On The Internet

Dr. Anna Haus’ Forgotten Clinic In Germany The most recent update from the Edge of Humanity, this one features many haunting images of this forgotten and neglected space. I’ve always been fascinated by places like this, that people simply forgot. This home (I believe they both lived and worked out of this space) still has Read More …