Merry Xmas!

I don’t celebrate Xmas at all. I have zero decorations at my house, I don’t do cards, and I don’t do gift exchanges (except that I sometimes send end-of-year chocolates or such stuff to my clients). But though I don’t “celebrate” it, I love the holiday season as an interested bystander. I love how everyone is in a… Read More »

Why Do You Blog?

I’ve heard recently from some friends who blog that they are discouraged that they don’t have much engagement with their readers. With no feedback or interaction, they are wondering why they should even bother. This started a conversation that focussed on answering just one simple question: Why do you blog?   Because I have something I want to… Read More »

Philosophy Matters

I think it is important that people carve out head space in their mental lives to ponder questions of existence and meaning beyond the mechanics of how it is discussed. It’s what gives us depth and puts us in touch with a reserve of somethingness/nothingness that can be very powerful. Some people use religion to tap into that… Read More »

Batch Processing with Affinity Photo

Batch processing of images in Affinity photo is really easy. A perfect use case for this is to change the size of an entire folder of images for use in your blog. You’ve just finished taking pictures of your products and now you want to post them to your blog. You have 50 wonderful, high-res JPG files, but you know… Read More »

iPad: How Old is Too Old

The newer the iPad, the better — but as long as you are not having issues, older models are perfectly fine for most users. When the next version of the operating system comes out in Fall 2017, it will be compatible with most of the recent models. But how old is too old? There are some very nice features… Read More »

Hidden Art: Roger Long

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.

Who Supported Trump?

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… Read More »

Looking for a Good Book? Recommended Fiction.

I started this blog post in the form of a journal nearly 30 years ago. Later it became 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.  

The Danger of Minimizing Sexual Harassment

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.

Boycott Spammers!

(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.

Dave’s Sweet Potato Curry

Building on my obsession with anything that contains sweet potatoes, Dave has continued experimenting with new dishes. Here I present this hearty sweet potato curry. It is a bit like a stew. It is fantastic on its own, or could be served over rice, faro, barley, or pasta.

Dave’s Black-Eyed Pea Soup

On a quest for new soups and thinking perhaps to wean me off my sweet potato habit, Dave made a wonderful Black-Eyedy Pea soup. This is a vegetarian soup, with a broth that is every so slightly sweet.  He served it to me with rigatoni pasta, but it would go just as  well with a hearty grain or… Read More »

My Dropbox Woes

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.

A Tale of Three Headsets

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… Read More »