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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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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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

Random Posts

  • My Adventures And More At Amazon WriteOnMy Adventures And More At Amazon WriteOn
    This is the year I intend to promote my short stories. I have them posted on Opinionbypen but without better SEO on them I can’t expect Google to send anybody my way and sure enough, that’s exactly what has happened. When Amazon’s newsletter for self publishing authors highlighted their WriteOn site I decided it was now or never. […]
  • Encryption and Hacking, A Government Granted Right?Encryption and Hacking, A Government Granted Right?
    Did you heave a huge sigh of relief this year when your personal rights were reaffirmed? Twice in fact, once by the Library of Congress when they issued an opinion that hacking your vehicle’s software was legal and once by the UN when they declared encryption to be a basic personal right. Considering the mess that […]
  • A Plateau In Blogging, Which Direction From Here?A Plateau In Blogging, Which Direction From Here?
    When I was teaching fencing, my colleagues and I often observed an interesting phenomenon. If a student made it through the beginning classes, odds were good that they would usually stick with it for another six months. It was at that six month mark that students started to drop out again. It’s also around this […]

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  • Know When to Say Goodby to Your AppliancesKnow When to Say Goodby to Your Appliances
    When I make a mistake I try to admit it. If I can turn it into something positive it helps reinforce this behavior. Writing this post is about as good as it gets for this one. From my wife’s point of view I have a very bad habit of maintaining our appliances well past their […]
  • Vampires, They Exist and Their Numbers Are GrowingVampires, They Exist and Their Numbers Are Growing
    There was a time when Science Fiction described different worlds, aliens, spaceships and ray guns. Sometimes the science was a thin veneer for the author’s own social/political views but even those were usually entertaining. Not quite Science fiction but close enough to be stocked with the Science Fiction were the Swords and Sorcery novels. Tolkien […]
  • Musings on Parallel UniversesMusings on Parallel Universes
    All my life I’ve been fascinated by the concept of parallel universes. You know what I mean, universes that coexist with ours, having only minor differences. Then again, maybe you don’t know what I mean. The idea goes something like this. Every time you make a decision, a universe exists where you made a different […]

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  • Data Mining For Personality CluesData Mining For Personality Clues
    I find understanding people every bit as difficult as trying to crack an encrypted file. I spend a lot more time at trying to understand people because I believe communication requires mutual understanding. While taking Udacity’s Cryptography course I learned about the use of side channels to help in decrypting messages. A side channel was […]
  • The Importance Of Good Grammar, A Mathematic LookThe Importance Of Good Grammar, A Mathematic Look
    Every once in a while I have to let my inner engineer interact with the real world. I apologize to you now but this post is the result of one of those times. About a year ago I wrote a post bemoaning the confusing rules of writing. It’s my nature to look at a system […]
  • Why Would You Want To Write A Blog?Why Would You Want To Write A Blog?
    Ever notice that the moment you describe a problem to an engineer, they stop listening to you? Before you’ve finished describing the problem, they’ve started working on a solution for you. True, some of the very best engineers have the ability to remain focused on you until you’ve fully described the problem. As my wife […]

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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

  • Death By Productivity ImprovementDeath By Productivity Improvement
    Have you ever screamed in frustration when your favorite software company announced that they had come up with new methods of productivity improvement? Personally I’m tired of all the help I’m getting. Windows 8 serves as a perfect example of a productivity improvement that nobody wants. Unless your job consists …
  • Communication As Seen By An EngineerCommunication As Seen By An Engineer
    Communication, the human race has been attempting it for thousands of years. Whither it’s art, music, writing, movies, even this website, it’s all a form of communication. With that much practice, you would think we’d be better at it. Honestly, I don’t know why we aren’t better at it but …
  • Rest In Peace Kindle Write On, I Hardly Knew YouRest In Peace Kindle Write On, I Hardly Knew You
    From the moment I learned about the existence of Kindle Write On, I felt this was a fantastic idea. Here was a place for aspiring writers to put their efforts under the eyes of a supportive community. Last February I opened an account, screwed up my courage and posted two of my stories …
  • ESD Training, A Poser OpportunityESD Training, A Poser Opportunity
    Almost everyone has heard the term ESD, ElectroStatic Discharge. It’s the little shock you get on a cold dry morning as you touch the doorknob. It’s seldom fatal to us unless it comes in the form of lightning, also a form of ESD. Fifty years ago, unless you were working …
  • Making a Demon Skull With LED EyesMaking a Demon Skull With LED Eyes
    Two weeks ago, I promised I would explain why I had a collection of demon skulls and I would have met that schedule but repairing my 3D printer took priority. That’s done and unfortunately by the time you read this Halloween is probably over too. Still, I really like the …

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