Archive for July, 2009

Tom and I

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Exactly 40 years ago this second, one chapter ended and another began. 40 years ago, plopped down on the shag carpet of our basement family room, watching our round tube Curtis Mathis color television, I saw Neil Armstrong step down onto the surface of the moon. I didn’t know it then, but ...

Pick A Horse

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Here’s a quick test for anyone who has sat in their cubicle and dreamed about starting their own business. Read this short web page about a new technology: What would you build with that technology? What are your product ideas? My friend Scot Mortier, an assistant District Attorney suggested, “, applications from ...

The Quotidian Effect

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

"The transition from 'astronaut preparing to accomplish the next big thing' to 'astronaut telling about the last big thing' did not come easily to me." Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut, and second man on the moon. When we were still down in South America, pondering the sudden necessity to return to ...

The Blind Leading The Blind

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Steph and I completed our “Big Summer Drive Across America” trip yesterday with an eight hour run from Arkansas to Texas. Along the way we listened to C-SPAN, the BBC and XMPR. One show on XMPR, Let’s Consider The Source, really jumped out at us, unfortunately for all the wrong ...

The National Character

Monday, July 6th, 2009

While researching the "Lessons From Saddam" post, I came across The National Security Archive of George Washington University. The National Security Archive is a repository of information and documents, many obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. In short, it's a collection of things some people in the U.S. Government wished ...

Lessons From Saddam

Monday, July 6th, 2009

This post is available as a PDF document here:  ******* For the 23 people in the United States who have not been wholly consumed by the All Michael, All The Time media onslaught, it’s been an interesting week. For instance, California, the world’s 8th largest economy, went officially, publicly broke and started ...

The Secret to Understanding Women

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

My wife claims there is something very important regarding understanding women in this comic strip, but I just don't get it... Click the strip to view the full size version.

Here’s How a Wife Can Get Rid of Her Husband

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

One of the great things about hanging out in mom's kitchen are the things that just pop up. For instance, while searching for a recipe she pulled out this vintage cookbook, which is such a staple of my lifetime, I almost didn't appreciate it for the 1950 first edition treasure that it ...

Sarah Says Goodbye – and What That Implies.

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

Last night I did a very unusual thing. I was in the room while CNN was on and I watched Sarah Palin's goodbye-for-now press conference. It was unusual because a) I don't watch television and b) I especially don't watch European and American news television. So, it was an unusual event ...

Harkin vs. Loring

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

We’re visiting my mother and grandmother in northwest Arkansas. They are at an age and in a place where politics are discussed, religion is assumed and passion is reserved for the important things, such as the best variety of peach and the premiere source for the crème de la crème of watermelons. For ...