Archive for the 'Philosophy' Category


Remembering 9/11

Sep 11, 2008 in Creativity, Personality, Philosophy

At first I thought I should write a post about where I was at the moment the planes hit the World Trade Center. Then I remembered I wrote an article shortly afterward that I posted on a reflections website. I could easily revisit that article, adding any new thoughts and reflections from today’s perspective. But then Rick Detorie completely floored me with todays strip. Pictures really do say 1000 words. Or at least the core three.

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Fireproof: Never leave your partner behind

Aug 12, 2008 in Creativity, Personality, Philosophy, Technology

Thanks to today’s email from Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, my favourite marriage and family specialists, I learned of a new movie being released by the creators of Facing the Giants. I have to warn you. I’m a sucker for a good love story, so I cried just watching the trailer.

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Revivannoing SBUX the Howard Schultz way

Aug 07, 2008 in Personality, Philosophy, Strategy

This is a response to a tumblog post that my co-worker sent me from her side of the cubicle wall. On, a curious girl in a curious world posted 14 Ways Starbucks Has Tried to Revitalize Its Brand. While the rest of the world was distracted by drinking the coffee, she’d been taking notes. Darn good ones, too. Her blog doesn’t allow comments, so this post is my way of adding my own thoughts to hers.

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Disgusting makes the big time

Aug 01, 2008 in Creativity, Philosophy

This afternoon my friend Jeremy sent me a link to a Business Week article on a Japanese cold drink made of eel extracts, mostly “from the head and bones”.

Apparently the fish is an excellent source of vitamins A, B1, B2, D and E. My first thought was that the Japanese never cease to find new ways to disgust me.

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Self exposed when the lights go out

Jul 15, 2008 in Personality, Philosophy, Technology went down for most of the afternoon on July 14. If you tried to visit my site, or received a message that an email you sent to my address bounced, I sincerely apologize. Since Wordpress 2.6 wasn’t announced until July 15, I can’t even blame the upgrade for the downtime. While I experienced only the mild inconvenience of losing my internet presence, it occurred to me that approximately 4500 people were unable to cook dinner, and hunting frantically for options to prevent their food from going bad inside their refrigerators and freezers.

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I can be such a geek

Jul 09, 2008 in Creativity, Personality, Philosophy, Strategy

Our manager called a team meeting for us to meet a new co-worker. I introduced myself as the guy who hits the ground running, taking on all sorts of different projects which made me curious about hacking the embedded system within my 4-port gigabit wireless draft-N router and my broadband residential gateway at home. A co-worker introduced herself as someone who loves working but she rarely uses the computer after the kids go to bed unless she needs to post pictures of her family vacation on Facebook. I couldn’t have seen that one coming from a mile away.

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Free translation fun for Friday

Jun 27, 2008 in Creativity, Philosophy, Strategy, Technology

Today I received an email from I must have signed up for an account seven years ago when I registered my AK-73(pro)A motherboard. The problem with this email is that it’s all in Chinese. Even after all these years, I’d remember that I registered in English. I don’t write Chinese. Nor do I speak it, much to my grandmother’s chagrin (rest her soul). Plus, I couldn’t even guess as to where an “unsubscribe” link might be found, as there was nothing in the common sections of the email that even resembled one.

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