Are The Engineers In Your Life Ignoring You? What You Can Do About It

If there’s an engineer in your life, I’m certain you often feel ignored by them. Don’t take it personally, it happens to everyone. My goal is to explain why they seem to be ignoring you and how to improve your situation. Notice I did not say gain full attention....

The Sundae Style of Management, Please Don’t Try This At Work

It’s been fairly busy at work this month and nobody wanted to help me out by writing a guest blog. In a moment of desperation, I agreed to let Sundae share her views on management. To be fair, I have worked for managers who seemed to share many of her theories....

An Engineer’s Dilemma, Beware The Time Team

When I got married, I knew my wife did not share my fascination with technology. She wouldn’t understand what I do on a daily basis and there would be communication problems. The trade-off was her love of history and her knowledge of animals. These were skills I...

From the Doghouse

A look at dogs having fun

Poser Gallery

My gallery of pictures I’ve created in Poser

My Stories

Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Stories I’ve written

Amazon’s Secret Weapon, No Will Call Lines

When I needed 200 aluminum fence stays, I found them for $19 at Amazon and $11 at Lowe's but I still bought them from Amazon. The decision wasn’t made because I’m a loyal dedicated Amazon shopper. It was a simple matter of economics. When I calculated all the costs,...

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A look at dogs having fun!

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