Category: Technology

The Future is Coming – Get Ready for it!

  Aloha friends, I’m glad to be able to focus on positive changes to our future – there’s a link at the bottom that explains why the picture above is a happy one. Each week, I’ll send out a few links and maybe some thoughts on what is happening...

Stephen King Just Quit Facebook – Should You?

Author Stephen King is the latest celeb to leave Facebook. I can’t blame him. It’s like being connected to trash TV 24/7 Only you can answer that question for yourself – but frankly, if we’re just talking about what is good for you – you probably should. I’ve done...

Insecure Apple – OxFam Inequality – and better Social Networks

Just some quick updates that don’t necessarily have to do with a fixed impeachment trial. 1) When Apple wanted to protect user data by encrypting backups- the FBI and the U.S. justice department put the quabbash on the idea. Why? Because they are already looking at your data and...

Clearview A.I. and the End of Personal Liberty in America and England

Clearview A.I. is a new facial recognition company that scrapes the photo data from social media websites and complies it for law enforcement, government, and other clients. It is backed by Peter Thiel, a big Trump supporter – and is already in use by large numbers of police and...

A Few Questions to Ask Yourself – but you probably won’t bother

Question 1: Why are there five times as many empty(unoccupied) houses/apartments in as there are homeless people in San Francisco? (Source: https://sf.curbed.com/2019/12/3/20993251/san-francisco-bay-area-vacant-homes-per-homeless-count)   Question 2: How does the US Presidential Democratic Primary system work? Why does it matter? (Source: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/how-fivethirtyeight-2020-primary-model-works/)   Question 3: Why have we ignored that our...

Bitcoin – Get Rich or At Least Have Fun Watching the Ride

A few years ago – I set up a bitcoin wallet, but I didn’t really have $100 to spend on something that was probably going to be replaced by something else – I saw the value proposition of Bitcoin, but the interface and use was too clunky. I set...

Getting Left Behind – A Technological Cautionary Tale

I was riding high in 2011 and 2012. I was living in Africa and traveling the world with an office in Istanbul, an office in Morocco, and a fake office in Hawaii – just because it was the only way to stay connected to my home. I was publishing...

It’s Probably Too Late – We’ve already fucked ourselves.

I was that ten year old kid in the early 1980s with a subscription to OMNI. I’ve been fascinated with the topics that magazine covered ever since. I’ve been following the rise of machine intelligence and the human quest to live forever (even if within a machine’s databanks)for most...

Blogging is Dead. Why am I still blogging?

The more I look at it, the more I see that blogging and user generated content in general – are dead things. When I say dead, I don’t mean they are gone, obviously they are not – but the model for making money from these things is dead and...

Elon Musk’s Greatest Fear is My Greatest Hope – Artificial Intelligence

I’ve all but given up on God or Aliens rescuing us from ourselves. Let’s face it, human beings are pretty fucking awful. The very things that caused us to rise up from the muck and become fairly extraordinary animals are the same things which ultimately will probably destroy us....

Cutting the Laptop Cord – Reviewing my iPad Pro 12.7

For the past two weeks, I’ve been pretty happily existing without a desktop or laptop computer. Maybe it’s been longer than that but I had to use the laptop for a few things that I haven’t learned to do yet on my tablet – so let’s just call it...

Reality TV and Social Media

I think it’s too bad that reality TV came before social media. Before there were social media stars, there were reality TV stars and unfortunately, they were mostly assholes who became stars because of their bad behavior – and I think they may have shaped the way social media...

Before-Digital and Post-Digital Ages

I’m fairly certain that at some point in the future, the dividing line between ages will be BD and PD- much like the dividing line we use for BC or AD (Before Christ or After Death was what I learned in school – which was wrong but sticks in...

What should I do?

It’s not an existential question (not this time) – it’s a question I’m increasingly asking myself these days and it is great. It’s been close to a month since I deleted my Facebook, Linkedin, and even my old Myspace accounts – they are deleted, gone, not recoverable (but probably...

Being On Hold

I’m on hold today. The recording told me that call volume is larger than usual and waits may be extraordinarily long. So, I have my phone on speaker and am carrying it around with me. I don’t have work today, so it’s not a big deal. It’s good the...

Digital Enslavement

It’s too late for this blog post because let’s face it, only a small handful of people even read this blog and the truth of the matter is – I am fairly certain that barring a worldwide power outage or massive solar flares, the digital chains that bind the...

The Technological Point of No Return

I am a neo-luddite. I make no bones about it. I have come to believe that technology – in particular information technology is a bad thing. And – for the most part – I think we would be better off without much of the rest of what we call...

Creation, Thoughts, and Ideas from a Creator

Without a doubt, the greatest impediment to innovation or creation is not inspiration, but procrastination – most specifically , waiting for the right time, right materials, right circumstance, or right something – if Leonardo or Michelangelo had waited the world would be a poorer place – if Steve Jobs...