How The FCC Wants To Improve Rural Internet

I caught on to Santa Claus fairly early in life. It's unfortunate then that it took me so long to realize that, despite their strongly spoken rhetoric, my government really doesn’t care about helping me. Sometimes this truth is so evident that I question my...
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Failure To Communicate, The Evolution of A Bad Design

When I write about engineers, I naturally try to show us in the best light possible. Still, there's no arguing that some of the things you cope with as a consumer of the products we design would have been avoided if a blind monkey were the designer. Why does this...
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Ever Think of Your Engineer as a Super Hero? The Evidence is There.

I’m going to assume you’re reading this because you’re trying to make sense of the engineer in your life. I've written several posts on understanding engineers but maybe you're looking for new insights. Ever think of your engineer as a super hero? There's more...
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From the Doghouse

A look at dogs having fun

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My gallery of pictures I’ve created in Poser

My Stories

Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Stories I’ve written

Random Posts

  • Google Wallet, PO Boxes and No Nexus 7Google Wallet, PO Boxes and No Nexus 7
    I promise this will be my last word on the subject but looking at the  traffic to my website I’m not the only person not getting a Nexus 7 tablet today at my PO Box because Google Wallet cancelled their order.  The issue is interesting because it shows a massive lack of communication between Google […]
  • Half Full or Half Empty, An Engineer’s ViewpointHalf Full or Half Empty, An Engineer’s Viewpoint
    My wife will confirm that living with an engineer is different. It’s not just that we tend to be socially inept or even standoffish. We see the world differently and until you spend time with one of us you can’t comprehend how differently. All my life I’ve listened to people describe personalities as, “a glass half […]
  • Where Have All The Mentors Gone?Where Have All The Mentors Gone?
    It’s easy to forget there was a time before the Internet, before YouTube and before Facebook. Nowadays if you want to know how to change the power window motor on your 1994 Ford pickup, you pull up Google and do a search. Odds are good that someone has made a video telling you how. As […]

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  • Suppose You Built A Blog And No One CameSuppose You Built A Blog And No One Came
    Imagine your disappointment, if after building an entertainment park, your only visitors were robots for Google Street View (no references to EuroDisney please). When I started this blog, I never imagined how hard it was to get readers to my website. I should have known, after all, I don’t spend all my free time reading […]
  • How To Take Part In  A DDoS Attack Without Even TryingHow To Take Part In A DDoS Attack Without Even Trying
    This last Friday was a busy day for many of us. For my part, I was flying back to Texas after a brief business trip but if the numbers are to be believed, many of you were taking part in a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack that affected much of the Internet. Oh, I know […]
  • Surviving An Engineering PresentationSurviving An Engineering Presentation
    If you’re a nontechnical person and had the misfortune of having to sit through an engineering presentation you probably felt the presentation was never going to end. There was just not enough coffee in the room to keep you awake. There’s a reason for all of this. Like many engineers I never enjoyed giving these […]

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  • FocusFocus
    In gaming, you get to pick specific attributes that contribute to your characters success. Real life is similar, but we don’t get to choose our attributes. In a way I was lucky, one of my strongest attributes is focus.  For an engineer, the ability to focus on a problem is crucial. When I focus on […]
  • I’m Stuck But I Have A Bold And Cunning PlanI’m Stuck But I Have A Bold And Cunning Plan
    Have you ever started something but try as you might you can’t finish it? It doesn’t matter if it’s a book that you hope will get better, a movie that always puts you to sleep or the first blog post of a new year, we all been in that position. Come to think of it, […]
  • An Attempt To Make Sense Of The Rules Of WritingAn Attempt To Make Sense Of The Rules Of Writing
    Over the last 3 months I’ve been trying to improve the content of my blog, both the pictures I use to illustrate my articles and the quality of my writing. As I expected, Poser has helped me  to improve my pictures. I’m starting to understand the shortcuts and tricks that make a picture look real. […]

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From the Doghouse -It’s all about them

A look at dogs having fun!

Short Stories

With posts like these, ever wonder what kind of fiction I would write?

Random Posts

  • Are You Blocking Me Again Or Is It My ISP Cache?Are You Blocking Me Again Or Is It My ISP Cache?
    Some weeks seem fated to go bad. I started last week getting stung by a scorpion and then I learned a new term, ISP cache.  The scorpion sting stopped hurting long before I understood what kind of grief the ISP cache was causing me. When my aunt asked me why …
  • Poser Debut, an Engineer’s ReviewPoser Debut, an Engineer’s Review
    I think Smith Micro has a real hit with Poser Debut. As  a engineer I’ve always been impressed by an artist’s ability to convey a message using a minimum of information. If I want to represent a bird in a picture I immediately think of feathers, beak, eyes and wings. …
  • Cloud Encryption, Prudent or Paranoia?Cloud Encryption, Prudent or Paranoia?
    On a typical day I’ll use Dropbox three or four times. It provides an almost seamless method of sharing files between my smartphone, either of my tablets (iPad and Android) and my PC. I also use Dropbox to share pictures and files with my Wife and Mother-in-law. As far as …
  • A Sense Of Community, We Need To Thank Those People!A Sense Of Community, We Need To Thank Those People!
    I’d like to take a moment to give a shout out to all the people willing to take the time and effort to share their knowledge. Think about the last time you were trying to rewire your old washing machine to incorporate a microwave dryer. The first place you turned …
  • Gamification, Another Management Fad?Gamification, Another Management Fad?
    I like my job, I really do. In order to ensure I continue to like my job I avoid a lot of topics that I would like to write about because my management might not see my point. This is one of those topics. One of the stronger engineering traits …

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