Category: Musings


Trying to Choke People is One of the Best Ways to Make Friends

Now I’m not saying you walk around the streets choking every bloke you see. But I am suggesting that, more broadly, having an activity that normally brings people together and finding its practitioners in new places is a great way to ingratiate yourself to people. Perhaps I should explain a bit more… I’ve been training …

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4th of July Thoughts From Abroad

As a recent immigrant to Germany, I can’t help but look back at the current state of the US this 4th of July. It stands to me as an interesting contradiction that I get to witness from thousands of miles away. I see people celebrating freedom while tanks are being rolled into Washington DC for …

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Why I Ask People About Their Tattoos

I personally have quite a few tattoos on my body. If we were counting hours, which is easier than tattoo counts on me, I would say the number is somewhere around 200 hours to date. There are many reasons that people get tattoos. Some do it for the story. Some do it for the art. …

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A Great Customer Service Experience

Never underestimate the value of a great customer experience. I recently had one of those with Tipsy Elves.  And it was simply around dealing with a missing package. Something that happens occasionally while living in a NYC apartment building during the busy holiday season. This might be the best customer service email I have ever …

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Google Securing The Web One Discrete Monopolizing Push At A Time

Contrary to speculation by some, Google’s decision for encrypting search data is motivated by the goal to make the web as a whole more secure and it’s not driven by economic interests. I think Google is silently forcing the internet to do what they should be doing on their own.

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What Does Web 2.0 Mean To You?

I have been doing a lot of reading and a lot of thinking and trying to decide what exactly Web 2.0 means. What massive advancement in an emerging technology called the internet advocates an increment in major version number? Some people say its the looks. The new feel of the internet with crazy CSS and …

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AT&T – Reactive vs. Proactive

As much as I hate to steal a title or a good joke, I want to title this post iPhone Outage? There’s An App For That. Why? Because it’s funny. So why am I talking about reactive vs. proactive? In case you haven’t seen it yet, AT&T recently came out with an app called AT&T …

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Price of Commercials

The price of commercials is especially high for engineers. And by commercials, I don’t mean an intermission between pieces of a sitcom or drama, I mean the brief 15 seconds of an interruption when someone asks an engineer in the zone a question that takes 3 seconds to answer. For the sake of argument, let’s …

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Causing More Problems Than You Solve

To start off, if you know me personally, then you know I recently (July 30, 2009) broke my leg skydiving. If you’re interested, you can see this video on Youtube here. To make a long story short, I had surgery that night, they put a titanium rod in my thigh and I have been on …

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Busiest Person You Know

The old adage, “If you want something done, give it to the busiest person you know” is probably one of the truest messages you can pass to a technologist. The first thing I want to point out is there is a difference between busy and always doing something. Just because someone is doing something, doesn’t …

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