Category Archives: Thoughts and Comments

The Year Everything Connected

If I could, I’d have it automatically forward to my cell phone permanently (I should note here that my company’s phone system is perfectly capable of doing this, but because of some antiquated human resources policy, only “Executives” are allowed to access this option. … So, even sitting in a comfy chair in my library, reading a book, I’m still wirelessly connected to the outside world – the Kindle even has a text-based web browser built in. 2008 was also the Year of the Netbook, tiny, cheap laptop computers that are used primarily for emailing and surfing the web.
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Early Voting in Florida

The line moved in lurches and jumps: we quickly figured out that the poll workers were bringing people inside in groups of 20 or 30 at a time, then waiting until that group was done, and letting in the next group. … Across from me was another printer with another worker; they were doing two voters at a time, and I’d say it took the printer about one full minute to print out the four page ballot.
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A Dream Transcription

A few nights ago I woke up in the middle of the night, needing to use the bathroom. I was right in the middle of a somewhat bizarre and highly detailed dream. When I got back to my bed, the … Continue reading

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In Defense of Elitism

This being political season and all, I hear a lot these days about “elites” and “elitism”. Apparently, to the media and to the majority of the American public, being “elite” is a bad thing. That’s not how I was brought … Continue reading

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The Soothing Sound of Rain

Thanks to Hurricane / Tropical Storm / Tropical Depression Fay, we have now had six days of almost continuous, non-stop rain. Our swimming pool has been level with the back patio for four days now, and water flows out of … Continue reading

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My Uncle Roy

Roy John Henderson. February 3, 1945 – May 15, 2008. View a web gallery of my photos of Uncle Roy. This past Monday (May 19th, 2008), I attended my Uncle Roy’s funeral and wake. I was in Houston, Texas for … Continue reading

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The 50th Post: Observations on Blogging

According to Ecto, my favorite blogging application, this is my 50th post since starting this blog almost exactly two years ago. By the standards of popular blogs, that’s pretty pathetic, and barely counts as being a “blog” at all. By … Continue reading

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Goodbye Mini, Hello Hybrid

Sadly, I am shallow enough to define myself by my possessions. I love reading and books, so I have amassed a reasonably large library (currently a little over 3,000 volumes) that includes a fair number of first editions, limited print … Continue reading

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Observations from London

This week I returned from a quick business trip to London, England. This was my first time traveling across the Atlantic since “the events of September the 11th”, as the politicians like to say, and it was educational to see … Continue reading

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A Wrenching Tale at The Home Depot

I know we live in a technological age. But sometimes… Earlier this afternoon I was putting together a stand for the patio. During the process, I discovered that for some reason, the bolts used in this stand were metric. Now, … Continue reading

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