Thursday, February 28, 2013
1) Napa, Calif.
2) Idaho Falls, Idaho
4) Mission Viejo, Calif.
5) Simi Valley, Calif.
6) Santa Rosa, Calif.
7) Santa Cruz, Calif.
8) Lafayette, Colo.
9) Asheville, N.C.
10) Boulder, Colo.
Most Miserable US Cities (Forbes Magazine);
1) Detroit, Mich.
2) Flint, Mich.
3) Rockford, Ill.
4) Chicago, Ill.
5) Modesto, Calif.
6) Vellejo, Calif.
7) Warren, Mich.
8) Stockton, Calif.
9) Lake County, Ill.
10) New York, N.Y.
Saddest US Cities (University of Vermont Computation Story Lab):
1) Beaumont, Texas
2) Albany, Ga.
3) Texas City, Texas
4) Shreveport, La.
5) Monroe, La.
6) Flint, Mich.
8) Battle Creek, Mich.
9) Lima, Ohio
10) Houma, La.
(* Hey, at least we're not Flint, Michigan - both "miserable" and "sad".)
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
I thought that by staying busy that I could remain above the fray.
But tonight was interesting...
Tonight I learned through the club's facebook news feed and in-box messages that many of my customers are going through life altering situations.
That one is in a coma, four others are in the hospital and many others have family concerns.
I learned that an encouraging word was appreciated.
I learned that many of my customers consider me as a personal friend.
So to amend a recent post.
I do care about the well being of my customers - I just don't care about the superfluous drama.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Friday, February 22, 2013
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Orwell missed a step.
But that's okay - he could not have known that social media would become pervasive in modern society.
There is no need for Big Brother to keep records of our daily comings and goings - most people record every moment of their being for the world to see.
Most people put their bidness out there as though they have something worth sharing.
It seems that everyone imagines himself as some sort of philosopher, guru or celebrity.
I remember the days of AOL's chat rooms. Sure, most used the technology of the time to try to hook-up - but others used the medium as a means to trade ideas.
MySpace and YouTube and facebook allowed users to create best-case-avatars of themselves.
(Cell phone technologies allowed people to access these services from anywhere at any time.)
Twitter and Instagram allowed for even more real-time posts from people who imagined that mundane tasks and experiences were worthy of broadcast.
(Blogging doesn't really count in this case because of the time requirement in creating fully formed ideas, doing ones homework and waiting for refined and thought out responses.)
But why wait to broadcast ones everyday life from a PC or a telephone when a set of these puppies would allow one to listen music, make and receive phone calls, text, play games, Google-search, watch television and movies, well... pretty much anything without having to ever come in contact with another human?
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Could it be the bad examples set by some teachers who prey on the children the are supposed to instruct and protect?
If kids today don't respect authority - who in authority are they supposed to look to for examples?
Friday, February 8, 2013
Wham, Culture Club, Eurythmics, Paul Young, Spandau Ballet, .... - all borrowed from the Motown sound and sold their versions back to the states as a new and improved product.
Someone asked, "Where are people as good as (Al Green) hiding now?".
Here is a starting point;