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Friday, October 30th, 2009

  I'm going to admit this right up front: I'm terrible at marketing myself. Even though I get paid very well by others for consulting services advising them how to market themselves, and that advice has been very successful, I'm not good at applying those techniques and strategies to myself. Not a small part of ...

Health Care Reform, the Napkin Version

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Back in March, I posted a series on Health Care Reform: Thoughts on Health Care Reform Health Care Reform FAQ Health Care Reform: The Options Health Care Reform: The Cost Drivers – One Academic’s View Health Care Reform: $2.4 Trillion and $85.6 Trillion My goal was to lay a foundation of impartial information before the hyper-partisan  media, parties, ...

Canon Powershot S90 Evaluation

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

S90 Information: August 19, 2009 Canon USA Press Powershot line press release: http://www.usa.canon.com/templatedata/pressrelease/20090819_powershot.html August 19, 2009 Canon UK S90 press release: http://www.dpreview.com/news/0908/09081907canons90.asp#press Canon USA S90 site: http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&fcategoryid=223&modelid=19210 DP Review S90 brief hands on: http://www.dpreview.com/news/0908/09081906canons90handson.asp   Evaluation Context:    Overlanding / Expedition use   Purpose of this evaluation: Provide initial impressions and testing results of the S90 compared to other ...

Sobering Facts

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

  Adult Americans Between 1989 and 2007 Americans knowledge of current events dropped by 8.3% 93% know Arnold Schwarzenegger while 36% know Vladimir Putin 32% know Sunni and Shia as two branches of Islam 41% know the name Muslims use to refer to God and the name of Islam's sacred text 33% believe that Iraq carried ...

It’s a Small World After All

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

  Americans don’t get out much. That should come as no surprise considering that, according to the U.S. State Department, only 27 percent of Americans hold a valid passport. That means that 73 percent of Americans couldn’t get out to see the rest of the world even if they wanted to; even ...

The Old Ways

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

Reentering the grid is a challenging experience when planned and voluntary. When unexpected, arbitrary and not of your own making, it is doubly so. At times, the pragmatic aspects are overwhelming in their breadth, requiring an entire life to be reconstructed and assembled out of sometimes moving parts. But those challenges ...

Frogs

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Our friends often ask us about our perspective on national and international issues due to our travels, experiences and perspectives. This is an excerpt from a recent email exchange on that topic: There continues to be very little insight and understanding of the challenges that face the country among the American people, ...

Expedition Detritus

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Much to the chagrin of my long-suffering wife, I’m a bit of a pack rat, as well as a horizontal filer. What that translates into is an office that inevitably evolves into stacks of material covering every horizontal surface. To my wife’s and others amazement, I can locate the correct strata of ...

Outside the Fishbowl – 2009/10/06

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

When you're inside the United States, it is nearly impossible to realize how insular it is, especially related to information and perspective. Since we're going to be here for a while, I'm providing a semi-regular injection of outside perspectives and information gleaned from other cultures, counties and regions in an effort ...