Why Do I Care If My Random Number Generator Isn’t Random

I’m always amazed at how little interest people take in probability and random numbers. Is that RAND function in Excel really random? Is it possible to synchronize two random number generators and predict numbers? What is a weak random number generator and why would...

Negative Reviews, They Don’t Always Represent Bad Product

If, like me, you read a lot of reviews before making a purchase you wonder why a lot of big name companies are sending out shoddy merchandise.  Sure it looks like the majority of people are completely satisfied with the product but there’s always a few dead on arrival...

It’s Absolutely Impossible For Us To Stop Being An Engineer

We all do it. When we're reading a book or watching a movie containing elements of our expertise and the story does something so ridiculous that we find it impossible to enjoy the story. Even worse we find ourselves sharing our disgust with anyone willing to listen....

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

Random Posts

  • Email, A Training Tool For Poor PerformanceEmail, A Training Tool For Poor Performance
    In a typical game you have a number of obstacles that you have to overcome. Overcome enough of them and you gain a level. Not unexpectedly, the designers of these games often use psychologists to maximize the rush of endorphins you get for each accomplishment. It should come as no surprise that responding to your […]
  • Trust In The Digital Age, Has The Definition Changed?Trust In The Digital Age, Has The Definition Changed?
    I want to ask you the question. If Target announced that it was having a 50% off sale today and you could only use your credit card but they assured you that you could not get hacked, would you do it? My guess is no. Simply speaking, they have lost your trust in their ability […]
  • A Cost Analysis of Blogging Versus GamingA Cost Analysis of Blogging Versus Gaming
    Hypothesis :  Blogging is cheaper than gaming. Experiment: Follow blogger through first three months and collect cost data. Results:  Collected costs after the first three months are shown below.     $300 Webhosting and Domain Name registration for 3 years…..Subject chose to do three years because it would keep him committed to the blog and […]

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  • Outsourcing Our Mind To Gadgets, The Sad Case For HumanityOutsourcing Our Mind To Gadgets, The Sad Case For Humanity
    When my wife was complaining that she no longer remembered any phone numbers, her phone took care of that, I remembered something Kurzweil said in his book, we were outsourcing our mind to our machines. Remembering phone numbers is certainly not the only function we’ve outsourced to our gadgets. I used to pride myself on […]
  • Congressional Lottery, A ProposalCongressional Lottery, A Proposal
    Sequestration or not, every member of Congress should be deeply ashamed of the service they’ve given us getting here.  Many people have advocated getting rid of incumbents, term limits, campaign spending limits. I would like to offer my own solution. I believe I have a plan that restores Democracy, brings back the idea of independents, […]
  • The Way We Present Numbers Reveals A Lot About UsThe Way We Present Numbers Reveals A Lot About Us
    The first time I saw Spock turn to Captain Kirk and say, “This plan only has a 5.377 percent probability of success,” I was hooked. Spock was able to use his massive intellect and compute the probability of the Enterprise surviving an encounter with the Romulans to three decimal places. That one action immediately earned […]

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  • Why Publishers Should Allow Me To Loan EbooksWhy Publishers Should Allow Me To Loan Ebooks
    I’ve come across a dark cloud in my digital world, I can’t loan ebooks. It’s no secret that I’ve fully embraced the digital world. I have an Android smart phone, an iPad, a Kindle, a netbook and a few dozen other devices I used to use. My Kindle account is attached to my Kindle, my […]
  • The Rise and Fall of a Power ZombieThe Rise and Fall of a Power Zombie
    We’ve all been told about the coming zombie apocalypse. We’ve seen the movies of the zombie hordes but the reality is here, now and it’s far uglier. Forget the mindless searching for brains and more brains. That particular species of zombies accidentally migrated to Washington D.C. and died of starvation. No, if you want to […]
  • Windows 10, Microsoft Doesn’t Get ItWindows 10, Microsoft Doesn’t Get It
    Have you ever been listening to someone and thought to yourself, “they just don’t get it.” No, I wasn’t talking about our politicians. Although given their actions over the last few year, it’s obvious that they don’t get it either.  Instead I was talking about some of our leading industries and the decisions they made. […]

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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

  • 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 …
  • A Look Back at Some of My Favorite PostsA Look Back at Some of My Favorite Posts
    Each post I write is a snapshot in time. Sometimes I go back to correct them or add a little more information but I’ve learned that I always need to continue looking forward. Rewriting my old posts, as much as they might need it, doesn’t give me time to write …
  • Ever Think of Your Engineer as a Super Hero? The Evidence is There.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 evidence than you might suspect. Let …
  • Stop Insulting My Intelligence, A Rant For The Rest Of UsStop Insulting My Intelligence, A Rant For The Rest Of Us
    I’m tired of people insulting my intelligence. No, I don’t mean the comments on Opinionbypen suggesting my writing is only slightly better than what my dogs could write or the few choice words my supervisor uses after reading my latest progress report. I’m not even talking about the 500 emails …
  • A Brief Guided Tour of an Engineer’s Thought ProcessA Brief Guided Tour of an Engineer’s Thought Process
    I’m going to break a few rules today. I’m going to take you on a guided tour of an engineer’s thought process. Just in case you know an engineer and realize just how easily we get distracted, we’ll keep this very focused with no detours allowed. My particular brand of …

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