Immediately 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
Back in the mid 1990s, on a quest for good Thai food, my partner and I happened upon an artistic oasis in Lake Oswego, an upscale suburban burg a bit south of Portland, Oregon.
Tucked away in a neglected alley in the center of town, we found a wall covered in art. Continue reading
Disagree about politics and religion and whatever, but don’t “unfriend” your REAL friends over it.
I started this blog post in the form of a journal nearly 30 years ago. Then it was a web page, and now here it is in a new form. I come back to edit this list from time to time, but it remains my list of recommended fiction, sorted by author’s last name. Continue reading
You don’t have to be a victim in order to be outraged over what is being said in the national conversation about sexual harassment. Here are three out of the many reasons why everyone should be shocked and upset regardless of who you voted for.
(This is an edited repost from my professional blog, because this bears repeating.)
I have a spam problem, so much so that I shut comments down on my blogs years ago.
First, let me start by saying that I really love Dropbox and think it is indispensable.
I have a Dropbox Pro account that my computer and mobile devices connect to, and then I synch pretty much *every* file on my computer to it.
Every 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. :)
One of the things I enjoy when I have the time is designing and making quilts. This post shows all my quilting projects, starting with my most recent projects and going down to my first. Sadly it’s been a long time since I’ve had any time for this…
Those 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
Especially 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.
I 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.
I 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.”)
I love being at a tradeshow when it closes. At the moment it closes, as the exhausted exhibitors applaud, chaos and hubbub ensue as the workers emerge from the loading docks and start tearing it all down. It is an organized, frenzied orchestra of elation and exhaustion.