I had an interesting discussion last night....In one corner, a swinger friend: jealousy is a useless emotion and setting aside jealousy is the key to happinessIn the other corner, an engineering buddy: jealousy has been the motivator of every significant cultural and economic advance in human history.The argument goes this way. Pro-jealousy folks say that … Continue reading Jealousy – What’s It Good For
I received an email today from an over-busy, over-programmed friend complaining about how over-busy and over-programmed her life is. She has reason to complain. Her kids are in a lot of stuff, she has a part time business that eats up a lot of time and energy and she is not all that well organized, … Continue reading Time for Pleasure
When I was a kid I (i) never had money at school; (ii) had three channels to choose from and no other screen time other than those three crappy TV channels. Today, my children each have a "swipe card" they can use at the school cafeteria and choice between 75 TV channels, 3 laptops and … Continue reading Teaching Kids Self Control
I just watched the 2013 adaptation of The Great Gatsby. I was not expecting much given the drubbing it got form critiques. I was very pleasantly surprised.Critiques panned it for being shallow, over sensationalized and placing style above substance. That was the whole point of the Great Gatsby. This is the film F Scott Fitzgerald … Continue reading The Great Gatsby — The Critiques got it Wrong
I was reading the morning that Blackberry is writing off almost a billion dollars in inventory - unsold units of their new Z10. What a huge fall for the company that once dominated the handheld market and in interesting reminder of how quickly a company and a product can lose its edge.We can all remember … Continue reading When Blackberry was Cool
The Kinder, Gentler Pope is certainly getting some good press lately - John Stewart was drooling over him and mainstream media seems to see him as the big bridge between religion and modernism. I hope so, but I think we need to listen carefully to what he is saying. On the positive side, I think … Continue reading Is the Pope really coming around?