We’re Missing the Bigger Picture with Edward Snowden

The reaction to Edward Snowden’s leaking of classified documents was exactly what everyone expected: the government went crazy and leveled accusations of treason and espionage (subsequently filing charges against him under the Espionage Act), the media had a field day scraping up details about Snowden and interviewing countless people about implications, ad nauseum. The public […]

What I’m Reading

Instagram Video and the Death of Fantasy Despite the claims made by Mark Zuckerberg and Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom, Instagram isn’t capturing the memories of your life – it’s a fantasy highlight reel. Demonizing Edward Snowden: Which Side Are You On? This author asserts that coverage of the Edward Snowden situation isn’t journalism but sensationalism […]

What I’m Reading

NSA Concedes Hadoop Beats Its Pricey Alternatives The National Security Agency has acknowledged that Hadoop, the open source big-data analysis tool, is more powerful and higher performing than its commercial counterparts. The Poke Test, Using a Fork to Flip, and Other Steak-Cooking Myths Lifehacker tackles how to properly cook a steak, just in time for […]

Shipping Up to Boston Island for the Weekend

It’s Memorial Day weekend, which means my family and I are headed to our summer place in Maine to open it for the season. It’s become an annual tradition, and for me it marks the start of summer. As I’ve done during all my past trips to the Island, I’ll post pictures while I’m there. […]

Touring Naval Air Station Oceana

“I won’t be offended if you turn away to watch the planes flying. I do it myself all the time,” NAS Oceana commanding officer CAPT Bob “Goose” Geis tells our group as he starts his brief on the facility’s history and operations. It’s an appropriate introduction to a meeting being held in the control tower […]

Good Morning from Virginia Beach

I’m in Virginia Beach this week for EAST: Joint Warfighting Conference 2013, which is being hosted by my office. My hotel is on the 7th floor of a beachfront hotel, so this was my view this morning when I woke up. I can live with this.

Meetings Should Be Held Standing Up

Meetings are a huge time-waster. Unless your organization has broken through to a state of enlightened gathering where meetings stay on topic, are brief, and are used sparingly in order to maximize effectiveness and minimize productivity destruction, you’ve probably suffered sat through countless meetings that could just have easily been handled with a couple of […]

The Google Doodle for Saul Bass is Awesome

Google is celebrating graphic designer Saul Bass‘ 93rd birthday today with a really neat Doodle – this time a video, as a tribute to his work in films. One of the things I love about Google Doodles is that, because they like to pick less well-known subjects, I often get introduced to new people and […]

My New Car: Gisela

Meet the newest addition to my automotive family: Gisela, a 2003 BMW 330i ZHP. She’s Imola Red (Imolarot 2 to be specific) with black leather interior. I’ve had her for about a month, and I’m in love. Gisela is my third BMW. My first was Erika, a 1992 325is in Brilliantrot, and my second was […]

We Need a Viewport Header

Responsive design techniques are the future for the web, and for good reason. The ever-increasing number and variety of devices and their screen sizes makes the practice of dedicated desktop and mobile sites not only outdated, but unscalable. I’m a huge proponent of responsive & adaptive design and implement these technologies in every site I […]