We who knew

I am among the last generation of human beings who will remember what it was like to live in a world with no internet.

Published in: on June 30, 2018 at 5:49 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Corporate Think

It’s incredible how much money companies would save in the long run if they would only check someone the moment they say,

“Maybe no one will notice.”

Published in: on June 17, 2017 at 10:34 am  Leave a Comment  
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Pre-Existing Medical Conditions

I suppose if I were having a conversation with those who support the position of the Managed Health Care industry (the Health Insurance companies at large) then I’d need to draw a distinction of viewpoints.  Fundamentally, it would seem that industry supporters want to live in a country that would allow people to suffer and die prematurely for no other reason than they have, through no fault of their own, an expensive medical condition.  Whereas the rest of us want to live in a country that uses its abundant resources to take care of its citizens (all of them).

In this case we are talking about finding a way to allocate medical resources, treatment and care to those who have medical needs for which they otherwise could not reasonably afford treatment.

Published in: on May 5, 2017 at 6:36 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Swing Dancing

Raquel Stecher was writing recently on her blog about an upcoming documentary titled “Alive and Kicking” (produced and directed by Susan Glatzer) about the culture of Swing in America.  At one point something in her description struck me,

“This documentary explores swing dancing as a community, a spiritual experience, as therapy, as a secret conversation between two people and as a way to bridge the generations.”

…especially the part about bridging the generations. I love that.

As much fun as it is to connect with others from your generation (for me it would be growing up with video games and life before the internet) there is something immediately heartwarming about the notion of shared experiences across generations.

I’ll confess now, I don’t dance. But Swing Dance in particular is one of the many things that interests and fascinates me and it’s a pleasure just to watch others enjoying it (same too for things like chess and sports, or painting with Bob Ross).  I’m also something of a film romantic, often wishing life could be more like movies from the 1940s.  The way people dress and socialize, the style of music and dance from that era.

What a great thing that people could put away their devices for a while and come together for a shared experience, across the many divides that otherwise have a tendency to separate us.

Bonus video: Rock That Swing Festival 2017


Reference: Out of the Past classic film blog

Published in: on April 5, 2017 at 8:32 am  Comments (1)  
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Observations while driving

At what point in the development of the male* human being does he say to himself, “You know… I am so awesome that I’m going to drive around and just dangle my arm out the window.”

* you don’t tend to get this with females

Published in: on April 4, 2017 at 8:24 am  Leave a Comment  
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Socialism is an idea

Could we live in a world, in a society in which one percent of the population must resign itself to being not obscenely wealthy but instead merely fantastically wealthy, in order that the remaining ninety-nine percent of the population might have a share in the security of knowing that, if nothing else, at least their basic need for food, shelter and medical care will be met?

Could we live in a world, in a society in which people are free to pursue their dreams, be it for greater wealth or merely the satisfaction only of fulfilling their dream, but that whatever circumstances of life unfold have the security of knowing that, if nothing else, at least their basic needs will be met?

Published in: on March 20, 2017 at 8:10 am  Comments (1)  
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An America to be proud of

The United States of America may not be able to fix its broken two-party political system, or the intense polarization that it breeds among its own citizens, but there is a paradigm shift that this country is capable of achieving that would improve the quality of life for every person living in this country.

When we are able to see drug addiction as a health problem rather than a crime problem, and treat it accordingly, ever so much will change for the better.  When homelessness is viewed as wholly unacceptable in all circumstances, because we decide to care about our own safety and well-being as much as we care about having a competent military, and we start actually doing something about it on a national and systemic level, that will be the start of a new America that we can be proud to live in…

…an America that protects its people and takes care of its people.

Published in: on March 17, 2017 at 7:31 am  Comments (1)  
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That Tech Product You’re Working On

Why is it going to fail in the marketplace?  Multiple factors, but here’s one.  You’ve fallen into the trap of thinking that this is an interesting product (or service) because it is a new technology.  Maybe it’s even a revolutionary new technology.  And that’s why people will like it, and appreciate it, and want it.

Some will.

Here’s the part you failed to consider.

The purpose of technology is to address problems that aren’t otherwise technical in nature.

The fact that your product uses technology, or even uses it impressively is incidental.     …even if it is revolutionary.

Published in: on February 26, 2017 at 10:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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Factory Farming

One way that we might evaluate the ethics of the meat industry would be through a series of illustrations depicting dogs and horses in the same conditions (by industry standards) as say, chickens and cows reserved for human consumption.

Published in: on December 20, 2016 at 3:38 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Drug Addiction

A person, for whatever reason, begins using drugs and becomes an addict.  This has consequences to their health and relationships, their job or schooling… it affects their life at every level.  It impacts the lives of those around them.  So we are talking about a person with a problem who needs help and treatment, and most of all a system of support to help them get out of it and begin the transition back to a healthier life.

Except that in America our solution is to compound their trouble by treating them like a criminal.



…which has the add-on effect of increasing the burden on society by perpetuating the cycle of drug use and the overwhelming temptation to commit crime in order to support the habit.

Published in: on December 14, 2016 at 6:41 am  Comments (1)  
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