In the movie 2001 A Space Odyssey a computer takes over a spacecraft and tries to slay the astronauts so they would not, due to the human inherent proclivity to err, jeopardize the mission. His name was Hal 2000. Overnight, without my permission the very large software company across the lake installed Windows 10 on … More Open the Pod Bay Doors Hal
In the summer of 1986 a movie was released called “Top Gun” . It’s about naval aviators, staring Tom Cruise. It’s about testosterone. And it is about a time when my cohorts and I were still young men. And leaving the theater we all wished we had made other career choices. During this time I had client … More Top Gun Call Sign: Maddog
Oh to be in space. The music there reflects the best in humanity. Consider the title track to Star Trek, which boldly transports us to a place where we travel faster than the speed of light, projects wonders to behold at every turn, and in conflict we are at once resolute yet hold true to … More Space Music For All Humanity
Google Star Trek and a whole world, or should I say worlds, open up. I had no idea one could sign up to be a Klingon, a member of the Borg Collective, or a member of the Federation and be assigned an e mail address that marks the earthling for ever as something else. There … More Be Your Own Klingon
It’s Presidents Day. Let talk about governance, in particular bad governance. You know it when you see it. We have a massive hole on the waterfront in Seattle where a tunnel should be because we presumed there wasn’t any obstructions in the way when we started digging. No one seems to know why pipes left … More Leaving Jar Jar Binks in Control
What we leave behind on earth is seldom organized. Typically there are unaddressed problems lying in wait for the family when we pass. Take houses for example. Rarely do we find anyone as optimistic as my parents, still living, who at 70 put a 40 year roof on their house. Most of the time the … More The Debris Field of a Life
A bus passes me on the commute with a marquee advertisement on the side referencing this years edition of Disney on Ice: “Lets Celebrate”. I asked myself what if Disney really is on ice? It turns out persistent rumors circulate that he had himself frozen immediately after death, perhaps for a second chance at life. … More Disney on Ice?
When under stress we are bound to say anything to save our skins. Take this guy. Supposed to be King of the Forest; Not Prince, Not Duke, Not Earl. Instead he is a ‘fraidy cat. Sold his soul for temporary relief.
A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, it was the 1970’s. My wife and I ended up watching a rerun of NCIS on some syndicated station during a rain storm last week. A guest star was Lando Calrissian – an actor I had last seen in Star Wars. Time has not … More Return of the Jedi
Captains Log: Star Date 10.24.2014 aboard the Federation Starship SS Litigation . We have been directed to venture into a discretionary environment, The Family Law Nebula, to determine the current conditions of our local judiciary. Far too many years have passed of mandatory mediation. Judgment as to the discretionary bent of our local bench has … More The Family Law Nebula