My friend, Bob Hazy finally got his first novel published. He spent over a year writing it and then enlisted the aid of both friends and professionals to make suggestions and do editing. I congratulate him on such a fine achievement. Amazon carries the book and the descriptive byline is as follows: “In a modernist… Continue reading A Friend’s Debut Novel
Living in a low-risk environment, personal security is something that is generally taken for granted; unwatched and unminded, where everything miraculously sort of takes care of itself. The US suburbs for the most part are quiescent where break- ins and violent crime happen infrequently. The equation shifts somewhat for someone living in an urban environment.… Continue reading Personal Security
I am on a tear at the moment to try many different tequilas, especially those that come as a recommendation from my friend, Pancho. Last night I tried Cazadores Reposado and while it was a good tequila, a great bargain, and comes from the highlands of Arandas, Jalisco – I have to say I prefer… Continue reading Cazadores Reposado Tequila
My friend who is currently traveling in Russia with his family just sent me an article that explains in great detail why Russians as a general rule don’t smile. I read it. My first thought was ‘that’s way too complicated’. My second thought was yes, smiles are welcoming and smiles are also done out of… Continue reading Smile you Russian Bastard!
I exchanged emails with a friend of mine who is presently touring Russia with his family. I look forward to hearing more about his trip: what they saw, what they ate, and how the whole Russian experience thing went when he gets home. He said in his email that the people were not very friendly.… Continue reading More Reflections on Travel
This was a comment that I made today to an EETimes article entitled ‘What Makes a Good Manager for Engineers‘. I spent 10 years with Intel working in a variety of roles as an engineer. And in all honesty I wasn’t successful there. I blame myself for being a better engineer than I was a… Continue reading Counterpoint – Intel Management
My comment to this morning’s The Guardian article on gentrification: Gentrification accomplishes two things. First, it is a level-set that is biased in favor of those who have money. Second, diversity in people and architecture is displaced by less interesting objects that only appear to be bright and shining. Personally I favor countries, cities, and… Continue reading Gentrification