Manufacturing Boom Next

21 December 2013

Manufacturing Boom Next

The energy boom is here, now it’s time for entrepreneurs and bankers to invest in business that can utilize this business advantage. Low cost natural gas can power our roads and more. Can our business leaders see the vision? Can the politicians break down barriers to success and fuel the required infrastructure changes? Is this regional prosperity coming for all? 


23 September 2013

I’ve been neglect at writing here. I’ve been busy with personal and family issues and moving coasts as part of that.

Here’s a really good article about crazy complication or kludge for our systems.

Perhaps the root cause of cost escalation in the US?

I haven’t been writing enough lately. I’ve been too busy planning and executing my move back west. This post makes me sad and angry and wishing I was saying more. Today, I’m only an echo.

Damn the 4th amendment any how.


Need a baby name?

7 June 2013

Was just reading Seth this morning on the long tail of baby names and I had to look up my daughters Xenja and Kaia.  The Feds actually track this if you need name. It’s a bigger download than I thought it would be with every name >5 occurrences in a year since somewhere in the 1800s.

Xenja is graduating high school, but didn’t make the cut in any year, though there are some more normal spellings of Xenia and Xenya. Kaia is much more popular and more so than I actually thought. Sure shows how big the long tail is.



equal not marriage

27 March 2013

Justice Scalia asks if the issue(s) before the court is about changing the definition of marriage. I think he has the right thought, but about the wrong word.

For me, the real question is are we going to change the definition of equal. I’m pretty sure that there isn’t anything about marriage in the Constitution, though equality is central. How many kinds of equal do we want to have? Is marriage a special right applied to only some couples?


20 March 2013

My Mom passed late Monday night in hospice. Hospice was a wonderful and peaceful place in her last few days and weeks.

Serendipitously, I came upon Jon Udell’s piece about this article that’s a good read on dying that perhaps something we’re missing as a society.  I’ll miss my mom, but I’m so thankful for her stay at hospice and the wonderful people there.

For those interested, we’ll be having a celebration of her life on April 6th at her home.


Thanks Mom

16 March 2013

After seeing her last night at hospice, I came to think of what she’s given me and what I’m lucky to have.


My Mom was proud. She did everything she put her mind to. If someone told her that she couldn’t do something; that made her try harder, achieve and accel at it. Everything she did, she did well or as best she could. She showed us how and didn’t brag about it. Doing it, enough said.


My Mom was always comfortable in her own clothes. She was the square peg that did fit into the round hole or the round hole had to change. She wasn’t afraid of being the one, the only one that did or supported something, somebody, … She broke new ground and made it seem expected, normal, right.


My Mom was traditional. She taught us about heritage and the things that tied us to our past. We understood where we came from and the little things that made us a little different, those things make us each unique. Other peoples traditions, they could become ours too. Pick up the little stones in life and make them home.


Being helpful to others is something my Mom did. Empathy, helping out and being there when someone, anyone needed something. Going beyond what you need today and giving time to someone else. Dropping everything that you are doing to help and assist. Other stuff can wait.


Treating everyone the same unconditionally. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, what you have or if you have anything. There was no hierarchy for my Mom. The bottom and the top are the same and we share it all.
I love you Mom and thanks!

What? No!!

13 March 2013

What am I going to do now?

Official Google Reader Blog: Powering Down Google Reader.

This article is excellent advice Don’t slog away at the end of the day.

What Dave discusses is what I callprogramming in my sleep. In addition to letting the problem rest for awhile, I also find that walking away from the problem or changing locations that I do my work can help too (e.g. coffee shop).

Only 2%, wow!

15 February 2013

According to The Future of Money, only 2% of all currency transactions or exchanges are related to the exchange of goods and services. All the rest, or basically ALL transactions, are currency gambling. Now that the banks are bigger and even less able to let fail, is there a way to put a fee on these bets and not on normal trade?

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