Jan 05

Asking for Feedback: An Untenable Practice

I’m so tired of purported technology news sites—I won’t name names here—asking for reader feedback at the end of every story. I go to such sites to get reporting and analysis from professionals, not whiny, trollish commenters. I realize that comments can be ignored, and I do ignore them, but it smacks of blatant unprofessionalism when reporters and bloggers ask for readers’ opinions. I realize sites want to encourage community and I’m all for it but how about allowing readers to formulate their own opinions and respond accordingly without begging them for feedback.

Jan 04

Shedd Aquarium: Photos and Videos

Shedd Aquarium, a set on Flickr.

A collection of photos and videos from a November 2013 visit to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.

Jun 17

Milwaukee IndyFest 2013 Day 1 – Qualifying

Simon Pagenaud and MomOriol Servia and MomBeaux Barfield AutographBeaux Barfield and TimTim and TurboPower Fan
On the MidwayPizza!PassesCream Puff 1Cream Puff 2Cream Puff Aftermath 1
Cream Puff Aftermath 2Cream Puff Aftermath 3Cream Puff Aftermath 4Carpenter Autograph 1Carpenter Autograph 2Carlos Mun?oz 1
Carlos Mun?oz 2Carlos Mun?oz 3Carlos Mun?oz and MomWill Power and MomWill Power and Mom 2James Jakes and Mom

What a great weekend in Milwaukee!

Jun 01

The so-called “scientific” mind…

I’m not afraid of facts, I welcome facts but a congeries of facts is not equivalent to an idea. This is the essential fallacy of the so-called “scientific” mind. People who mistake facts for ideas are incomplete thinkers; they are gossips.

Cynthia Ozick

Mar 14

Google Reader and the Promise of The Cloud


I don’t often feel compelled to write a blog post. I’m not that passionate about many things. Apple, yes, but I don’t regularly blog about Apple announcements or Apple products. In fact, I don’t regularly blog at all. But yesterday news broke that affects a large part of my daily routine: news consumption. I’m an RSS junkie, a feed fiend, a veritable devourer of news. Most of fits neatly into categories I’m interested in—Apple, cars, racing, technology. I check my feeds as often as I can. I use multiple devices for this: iPhone 5 (primarily), iPad 2, and two Macs. There’s a lot of ways to consume feeds but these days it really comes down to two general methods: e-mail style clients (e.g. NetNewsWire, a classic) and magazine style clients (Flipboard being the most well known). I’ve dabbled with Flipboard. It’s a great application on iOS and it’s a visually appealing way to consume news. Being an early adopter of RSS, I’m more comfortable with the older e-mail style. I like knowing how many articles are unread. I like  feeling like I’m done after I’ve checked my feeds. Flipboard doesn’t offer this kind of granularity but e-mail style clients do. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 31

Emergency Post

This had to be done.

Posted via email from Luminary Blur lite

Nov 14

iOS 6 Podcast Bug

The issue was first discovered by the Public Radio Exchange labs, which thoroughly examined the issue.

First discovered by No Agenda well before November 14, I’d say.

Bug in iOS 6 Causes Multiple Downloads of Podcasts, Is Fixed in 6.0.1, MacRumors

Nov 13

WTC7 Very Suspicious

Article from Huffington Post:

Word leaked last month that liberal icons Martin Sheen, Woody Harrelson and Ed Asner are tied to the upcoming “truther” film September Morn, described as a 12 Angry Men-style look at the events of 9/11.

Martin Sheen: 9/11 Questions ‘Unanswered,’ Building 7 ‘Very Suspicious’

Oct 21

Prediction or Plan? The Future from the Past

I’m listening live to No Agenda right now and after hearing Adam and John talk about the Japan islands issue, I just had to get some thoughts out.

So I’ve been reading The Next 100 Years by George Friedman released in 2009. It came recommended to me by a grad school professor in an unrelated field as an “interesting” book. I don’t know enough about Friedman to know whether he’s laying out the plan because he’s privy to it or if he’s just incredibly perceptive. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 06


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