Howdy, y’all. I see that it’s been awhile since there was anything new on this blog-like thing, and you can either thank me or accept my apology, depending on your perspective. Anyway, today is National Great Poetry Reading Day, and in recognition of this hallowed event, I present the following in honor of Joyce Kilmer,… Continue reading Random Thursday: Remembrances of Futures Past
Do we live in a wonderful time or what?! — P.T. Barnum (probably, if he weren’t, you know, dead) Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal introduced me to the newest kraze that all the kool kidz are jumping on: yats. And just when you thought things couldn’t get any more outlandish than NFTs…they somehow manage to do… Continue reading Got Yat Yet?
Howdy, buckaroos. We just received the cancellation of the boil water notice that we’ve been living under for the last eight years* so I’m giddy and in the mood to engage in some mindless activity…like blogging. I don’t know if you heard, but Texas traded places with Antarctica for a week, and then Hell took… Continue reading Random Thursday: The Thawed Monday Edition
Remember the WABAC machine in the beloved The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends show…the device that enabled Mr. Peabody and his pet boy Sherman to visit various pivotal moments in history? Pretty great stuff, wasn’t it? Well, this post isn’t about that. Sorry *not sorry*. Alert Gazette readers may recall — even without… Continue reading Revisiting the Wayback Machine
It was a dark and stormy night… Now that I have your undivided attention, allow me to explain why I’ve completely blown my [admittedly never before publicized, for obvious reasons] goal of posting something every five days or so during 2019. This was not — NOT — a New Year’s resolution; it was purely coincidental… Continue reading We interrupt this period of non-blogging to blog about blogging.
Travel back in time with me, if you will, to the year 1996, and contemplate the state of technology two decades ago. In 1996, just 20 million American adults had access to the Internet, about as many as subscribe to satellite radio today. The dot-com boom had already begun on Wall Street–Netscape went public in… Continue reading We’re gonna browse (and recruit) like it’s 1996
Depending on usage, the Internet has the potential to become a wonderfully effective business tool, or a troublesome diversion of time and resources. The preceding quote – which today would likely be subject to an editorial “duh” – was lifted from a position paper dated December 14, 1994, authored by yours truly. I ran across… Continue reading An Internet Pioneer: Me
A Facebook friend posted a link to this New York Times article. It’s a long but entertaining look at a failed* Kickstarter campaign to fund a PID-controlled espresso machine. The article is a cautionary tale about what happens when a good idea is poorly executed, and project backers feel they have been treated unfairly, if… Continue reading Kicking into Kickstarter? Be prepared to kick yourself.
I ran across a link in my Twitter feed to this article, which describes Apple’s attempts to modify Siri, its voice-activated iOS “personal assistant” application, to provide more helpful feedback for people searching for suicide-related information. With an update to phones running iOS 6 and iOS 7, Siri now reacts with a strong, two-fold approach… Continue reading Google’s Mixed Message Suicide Search Results
When’s the last time you surfed the web? (OK, when’s the last time you even heard that term?) My guess is that it’s been a long while, and that you’re now fidgeting on Facebook or whatever the operative phrase might be for wasting time online. I know I’ve blogged about the effect Facebook has had… Continue reading Surfing the web? Uh, what’s that?