Growing up as a Cold War kid in the 1970s, I was fascinated by Berlin. I’d read of the airlift, the city being divided then the construction of the Berlin Wall. I always wanted to visit the city. Little did I realize in the year that I did, the wall would actually come down. In […]
Google Glass comes into the restroom — and for men’s rooms, will that lead to more privacy? Just an alert that’s the topic of my column today at CNET, which you’ll find here: Google Glass and the men’s room urinals.
When I was a senior in high school, I was fortunate enough to attend a leadership camp that taught me that we all have prejudices, but those prejudices don’t make us racists. There’s a huge gap between those two things that I fear gets terribly lost when discussions of race come up. The Tech Is […]
I heard the boys playing downstairs the other day, as I lay in bed, waking up on a Saturday morning. And it really came home to me more than ever. The times I’ll hear them both playing as kids, as they were, are becoming fewer and fewer. doing Parents I’ve known over the years, those […]
I skinned my right arm over the weekend, right below the elbow. I was rollerblading through a parking lot along the beach here in Newport, and a big truck decided to pull into a parking space I was passing. Diving for the asphalt was the fastest way to avoid getting hit by a very large […]
Oh, Ivar. I welcome you back into my life. It’s been too long, my old friend. The smell of your freshly cut pine (are you pine?) once again fills my office nook. Your presence brings me nearly full circle through my life of home furnishing. I thought you were gone, but you return once again, […]
When I was a boy, I thought I’d live in space. I believed this with such certainty that I had a resigned acceptance about the things I would be leaving behind. Things as in possessions, in particular the many spaceship models I’d built from kits. I’d look at them before getting ready for sleep, thinking […]
We can’t fly as fast as we used to. Our music sounds worse than it did years ago. On a regular basis, I often can’t understand what people are saying on the telephone, something that never, ever happened when I was a kid. How did we get from having the best of things to things […]