Take stuff apart. You might learn something.

I enjoy taking things apart, as long as they’re not valuable If you ever have a device that you’re going to throw out, such as a laptop, printer, radio, etc., you should try taking it apart and having a look inside. I don’t know how half the devices I use work. It’s all kind of [...]

Scalping laws need reform

Following my recent post on patent reform, there needs to be a crackdown on scalpers and a reform in scalping in general. Scalping tickets is such a huge business. Back in October, I read a story about tickets for pop star Miley Cyrus being sold out minutes within their release. Who bought so many of [...]

The patent system is embarassing

How many times have you heard or read about a patent and thought to yourself, “What were they thinking?” The patent system is one of many parts of our society that has to be reformed. Even if the dramatic number of patent submissions has been a result of increased litigation amongst companies (especially software companies), [...]

Is “www” really still necessary?

Ever wonder why you have to type in “www.” before the actual name of the website you want to go to? Well, it’s a good question, but the answer isn’t what you wanted to hear. Years ago, “www” used to be used to differentiate between the various protocols on the internet. That’s not the case [...]

Happy Turkey Day!

Or, should I say, Happy Thanksgving I love my Turkey Day dinners. It’s one of those days when you can eat like a pig and stuff your stomach with Pumpkin Pie, Cheesecake, and all those other scrumptious goodies. And, to top it off, we can be lazy for the next 24 hours and blame it [...]

“Living” user interfaces

Software user interfaces can change. So why don’t they? One place I’d like to see groundbreaking work done is in what I call “living” user interfaces. The advantage that software has over your microwave is that it can learn and adapt to the way you use it. Your microwave can’t resize buttons based on your [...]

Your diet means nothing without a little exercise

Even if you’re the healthiest eater, it won’t mean a thing if you don’t get out and exercise. Maybe that’s exaggerating the truth a little I know that I cook well for myself and usually keep away from the junk food. It helps you stay energized during the day. However, so many of us have [...]

Josh Groban: A Californian?

Did you know Josh Groban was born in California? That would have been my very last guess. We all know Josh for his amazing baritone voice of which few can match. However, I always thought the guy was Italian! So many of his songs are Italian so I kind of inferred a connection there between [...]

Your peers and their effect on language

It’s interesting how the people around you often have a subtle impact on the way you talk, in both accent and phrases. I remember back when I was in elementary school, I went to a camp where all of the kids in my group started their sentences with “Dude”. “Dude, wanna get some food?” “Dude, [...]

Showers really are idea generators

It always seems like I get my best ideas when I’m in the shower. Strange, isn’t it? It’s funny, in college I used to schedule my showers so that they would correspond with studying plans or while I was working on a hard problem. Whenever I came out of the shower, I almost always had [...]

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