Dec 31, 2011

Fairwell 2011

Farewell, 2011.  You have been a admirable advocate, a worth adversary, and overall, a real pleasure to be part of.  Cheers!

Dec 30, 2011

What Are You Doing New Years Eve?

My wife and I are fans of Zooey Deschanel, especially since we watched Elf countless times this holiday and subjected ourselves to the movie's rendition of "Baby It's Cold Outside".  So, it was quite nice to find a fun little video with her and Joseph Gordon Levitt (in my mind, of "Third Rock From The Sun" fame) singing a nice rendition of "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve".  So as the big night approaches, enjoy this little diddy:


Dec 24, 2011

Google Earth Santa


When we were kids, man we had it rough.  Not only did I have to walk to school in blistering Phoenix heat, uphill both ways (actually, it was rather flat, and I typically rode my bike), but our belief in Santa had be based on very little evidence, and shady at best.  Try believing in something when you are surrounded by really terrible Santa impersonators, the best cartoons we had were rough clay animation, and the best source of actual, cold hard data was a crappy NORAD radar tracking broadcast from a local news channel on Christmas eve!  I never could figure out why an event of this magnitude only warranted 30 seconds of coverage during the weather report?

Dec 21, 2011

Junior Achievement Pledge


I am proud to serve on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement USA and for Junior Achievement of Coastal Carolina.  For those of you not familiar with JA, it is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs.  With the challenges facing our educational system, JA also offers schools support in filling a skill training that is greatly deficient.

Dec 20, 2011

Ho Ho Hum - 2012 Worst Gifts

Recently, I found an article from Esquire that listed the top items to buy men for Christmas.  For the most part, they nailed it!  Lots of electronics (grunt), power tools (grunt), electronics (grunt), and even a Ford Mustang Boss 302 (grunt grunt).  Did I mention electronics?  Of course, picking items for men is easy, because for the most part, we generally don't read into gifts and simply enjoy the fact that we received something for free.  With that said, I wondered about the WORST gifts to give this year (you can add your list in the comments below), and I was quite surprised (and entertained) at some of the items I found.

Dec 19, 2011

Why Not Wi-Fi Cars?

Recently, on a commute to work, I heard a story on NPR  about a 22-year old inventor named Meredith Perry, who out of college started a company called UBeam around an invention she and a co-founder developed.  Essentially, her concept would allow users of cell phones, tablets, laptops, etc. to charge their devices through Wi-Fi ... eliminating the need to plug in.  As the story goes:

Dec 9, 2011

People of Walmart.com.com?

In a previous post, R.I.P. Strips Malls, we theorized why traditional brick-and-mortar stores will someday disappear in favor of online shopping, for specialty items as well as for general merchandise.  Future generations of consumers continue to be more connected and rely on technology, and the convenience and price advantages of online shopping will become increasingly more difficult to ignore.  In order for stores to survive (if really possible), they need to innovate and change with the times ... or get crushed by those who do.  Walmart seems to see the writing on the wall, investing heavily in technology and now setting Amazon.com in its cross-hairs.

Dec 8, 2011

Trump This, Colbert

With reports of corruption rampant in the recent Russian parliamentary elections (and documented in disturbing detail in this link by a volunteer election monitor), I am reminded that, however flawed, we are lucky to have the greatest and most free democratic system on the face of the planet.  And I am proud of this ...

But then, there was The Donald.