Who Supported Trump?

peopleImmediately after the 2016 presidential election, I took off for a 10-day trip, first to Los Angeles, and then to Salt Lake City for an international tradeshow on Supercomputing. Wherever I went, almost every taxi driver, theater-goer, restaurant worker, and fellow tradeshow exhibitor and attendee I talked to mentioned the election results. Since this tradeshow of more than 11 thousand attendees included people from all over the world, I heard an interesting mix of points of view. With only a single exception, every person expressed shock and dismay.  Continue reading

A Tale of Three Headsets

headsetEvery morning, the first thing I do after I get dressed is I put on my bluetooth headset. Rather then the Borgesque ear-dongle, I use a headset that goes around my neck, then only put the earbuds in when I get a call or want to listen to music (or white noise).

I wear it all day, and frankly, I look like a complete dork. But until I can get an interface implant directly installed in my brain, it’s the next best thing. :)

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My Obsessive Film List

filmlistThose who know me know that I tend to be, well, a bit obsessive. One of the many ways I revealed this, back before I put a stop to it for my own peace of mind, was my obsessive list of all the films I saw from 1998  through 2009. During this time I kept a list of every film I saw in the theater (not including videos and DVDs), along with my rating from 1-5 stars. I went to 491 films in this 11 year period, an average of 44 films per year.  Continue reading

Supernaturalism in Art

rothkoRedEspecially if you do not hold a religious view, art that depends on magic, religion, and spirituality can sometimes lead to eye rolling. Even as an atheist living in a culture steeped in Christianity, I like to keep myself open to the value of introspection and awe.

Whether the art we encounter is in a book, film, television show, music, painting, or other form: how does the non-spiritual person navigate art in this society? We do it by remembering that art is, as is all beauty, in the eye of the beholder.

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Outlook for Mac: So Close!

Outlook-iconI spend most of my working day reading, writing, sending, and managing email — so the tool I use must be as efficient as possible. When I was on Windows, I was an Outlook power-user. I really came to hate Windows back then so switched over to Mac. I loved everything about my new Mac experience… except I missed Outlook.

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Integrated Streaming Video List?

streamingVideoI stream all my video media: TV shows and films. I use Plex to access my ~550-title library, and I have maybe another 100+ (and growing) titles that I purchased on Amazon. But when I browse through my library of titles, they are segregated into Plex and Amazon clients. I wish I could browse a single library of ALL the media I own!  (Yes, I am completely aware that this is very much a “first world problem.”)

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