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December 27, 2013

Rainbow web

by @ 4:14 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

I saw this on my way to work this morning, figured it was worth taking a picture of.

December 25, 2013

A solid signal that my desire to leave the USA is justified.

by @ 7:25 am. Filed under Personal

So this quote was mentioned to me recently:

“It is understandable that the perspectives of men and women on safety are so different–men and women live in different worlds…at core, men are afraid women will laugh at them, while at core, women are afraid men will kill them.”
– Gavin de Becker, The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence

And it struck me, this is true. And it shows that this issue is relative, not universal. This is something that is based on culture, change your nation or region and you change your culture. Levels of violence in Iceland for example are radically different than those in the USA.

I can’t fix the level of violence in the USA unfortunately, but I can decide to run from it.

December 23, 2013

Gifts that get given for the wrong reasons

by @ 9:15 am. Filed under Uncategorized

Let me start by saying I like giving gifts. I also tend to like receiving gifts. But I dislike gifts given that have no real “meaning”.

Case in point, this gift today from the temp agency that I work with. It was a leather portfolio. With the company name embossed in HUGE ugly letters on the front. (I dislike such corporate advertising, but I digress)

Why did they give me this? I am guessing because I make them money, without them doing much of anything. Which to me is the wrong reason to give gifts.

Perhaps it’s just me. But even “obligatory” gifts should only be given when someone is doing meaningful work in my opinion.

December 20, 2013

Suddenly, everything went white.

by @ 7:28 am. Filed under Uncategorized

Snowed last night. Thankfully it is above freezing out so the roads are not iced. Looks pretty.

December 13, 2013

Not something you see every day.

by @ 9:38 am. Filed under Uncategorized

I walked past this Weiner Mobile on the way to work. Didn’t think these things existed anymore.

December 11, 2013

Stained glass at the Neptune theater.

by @ 7:37 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Just… Wow… I have no good words to describe this.

December 10, 2013

Wickr, for those times when you really do not want anyone to hear you

by @ 10:13 am. Filed under Personal

I heard about this on NPR recently. It is a free chat app for android and ios that offers extremely powerful encryption and other security functions.

Nico Sell, co-founder of Wickr told Cnet recently that the FBI had approached them and asked for a backdoor. They said no.”

Now I’m not a tin-foil-hat-wearing nut, but I think security is something we should just “have”, not something we should have to think about.

December 9, 2013

The frozen fountain at my office

by @ 3:43 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

I thought this looked cool so I took a photo with my new tablet

Perhaps it’s time to do away with the power of the US States.

by @ 10:14 am. Filed under Personal

So today is the last day for states to submit proposals to Boeing to get them to bring their new 777X proram to their state.

Each state is stumbling over itself and the other states to throw money, perks, tax cuts, etc at Boeing. In the end who loses? The US worker.

The states should not be allowed to screw over each other this way, it is not good competition, it is bad competition.

December 7, 2013

And we celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela. Who also happens to have been a terrorist.

by @ 5:14 pm. Filed under Personal

Even the US government considered Mandela a terrorist until 2008. He was jailed for 27 years for acts of terrorism.

I’m not poking sticks at good or bad here, just saying that perhaps we should be careful how we view labels.

One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.

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