The Art Of Communication, Let Your Audience Dictate How You Say It

There are times when my wife is so frustrated from trying to talk to me that she wonders if I’m an idiot savant with the emphasis on idiot. Why? Communication. Exchanging concepts between two people is difficult. Throw an engineer into the mix and it's almost...

An Opinion On Opinions. Why The Other Guy Isn’t Always Wrong

With all the freedom and enlightenment our society is supposed to have, I find it amazing how little tolerance we have for someone with an opinion that differs from ours. Maybe the anonymity provided by the Internet reinforces this behavior, Twitter certainly seems to...

How To Torture An Engineer, An Engineer’s Wife Shows You The Way

Ever wonder how to torture an engineer? You know you want to get rid of that smug know it all attitude. No, I'm not talking about staking us to an antbed. Over the years, my wife has developed some very effective techniques. Let me share an example with you. Last week...

From the Doghouse

A look at dogs having fun

Poser Gallery

My gallery of pictures I’ve created in Poser

Nature by Carol

A look at the less technical side of life

The Zone, An Explanation For The Rest Of You

It’s evening and your dearly beloved has been sitting at the computer for hours. You know that this obsession has something to do with the latest project but you aren’t sure of the details. With a smile, you decide to do something nice for your beloved. You pour a...

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From the Doghouse -It’s all about them

A look at dogs having fun!

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