Category: Personal

July 4, 2014

Tech-no Thank-you

My brother Anthony is, well, a character. He’s lived in Yellowknife, NWT for over 30 years now, and he’s fairly famous in those parts. He builds a giant snow castle on Great Slave Lake each year, where for 19 years now he’s hosted the SnowKing Winter Festival (he, of course, is the Snow King), he organizes an annual pond regatta each summer, and, despite his rather gruff exterior, he is an extremely gifted, artistic man who has never abandoned the sheer joy of childhood. He is, and remains, a kid at heart.

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[Photo: Brendan Eich]

April 3, 2014

Consequences and the Mozilla announcement

I have very mixed feelings about the Mozilla announcement today. I’m sure that Mr. Eich is a nice enough guy in person, and smart enough to be respectful of everyone he encounters face-to-face, regardless of their sexual orientation or personal relationships. And yet still…

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March 4, 2014

CSUN For Newbies

The Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (aka CSUN) is just around the corner. CSUN is an investment and planning for success will maximize that investment – arrive with a plan of what you want to learn and take away from CSUN. As you plan your week, consider the following tips I’ve collected from years past.
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November 6, 2012

Be Careful How you Vote

This is NOT a post to try and convince you to vote one way or the other – that is a decision that you must make yourself, based upon your thoughts, beliefs and convictions. What this IS however is a plea to my US friends to get out and vote. It is appalling how few Americans exercise their vote, and the stakes and reasons for voting today could not be more important.

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July 4, 2012

Doctor Sausage and His Five Pork Chops

Yes friends, there really was a musical group known as Doctor Sausage and His Five Pork Chops. Mind you, this was a fringe act, and today very little is known about them. They recorded 2 singles for Decca Records in 1940, four more in 1950 for Regal (including a Top 10 R&B single with Rag Mop) and then were never heard from again. Considered a Novelty Act throughout their career, they provide an interesting if brief peek into the late 30′s and 40′s East Coast “hep culture” and “Race Records” – an era of music I find both fascinating and one that directly laid the foundation for contemporary Rock music today.

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