What journalism really is…

This quote, misattributed to George Orwell, gets at the “nut” of the civic role and responsibility of real journalism.   Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. everything else is public relations. ~ George Orwell (misattributed)...

Like alcohol and driving, it’s hard to mix cultures

(Below is blog post. It contains naive ramblings and no great conclusions—and lots of mizpellings and grammatical errors.) Why is it hard to mix cultures?…What is a culture? A culture is a collection of people who share certain beliefs and values and, to...

xkcd’s advice on creating memorable passwords

xkcd comic offers some helpful advice on creating memorable but still difficult to hack/guess passwords.   “Through 20 years of effort, we’ve successfully trained everyone to use passwords that are hard for humans to remember, but easy for computers to...

I didn’t know what I wanted to do…

The original quote from Diane Von Furstenberg is… “I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I always knew the woman I wanted to be.” ― Diane Von Furstenberg But as a male of the species, I prefer this gender-neutral adaptation: “I didn’t know what I...

How to prevent Pyrex glass dish from exploding

Exploding Pyrex? I didn’t realize this was a thing, but apparently it can be, particularly in the U.S. where Pyrex glass manufacturing ingredients are different for some reason (regulation?) from European products. Below is frugality guru Clark Howard‘s...

With Kit, Age 7, at the Beach

I discovered this poem by William Stafford a few years before becoming a father. I remember it striking a chord in me then. I read the poem again after becoming a father…and by the last line I was weeping… With Kit, Age 7 at the Beach By William Stafford...