New AppleTV & George Orwell

Short version: Unless you are wanting to play a few games on your TV, or unless you want to cut the cable cord, the new 1st gen TV is a total pass. Version 1 of the tvOS is, as has become standard practice for Apple’s new products, a big step backwards. The foundation they have set in place has potential… Continue reading

Why I’m Minimizing My Facebook Presence

I initially setup my Facebook account with a ton of information about me: where I went to school, was born, have lived, blah, blah, blah. I also created accounts on other social network services, providing them with a lot of personal information as well. As time has passed, I’ve learned more about what is being done with this information and… Continue reading

Forget the Future; Imagine the Past

Interview I came across an interview by the Paris Review Magazine with William Gibson*, the sci-fi writer who created the neologism, “cyberspace.” His perspective is always so challenging and insightful. This portion of the interview is making the rounds in cyberspace: It’s harder to imagine the past that went away than it is to imagine the future. What we were… Continue reading

Orwellian Doublespeak

OK, let’s carefully look at this quotation from CNN’s website today, with a critical eye focused a bit more precisely on reality and not Orwellian doublespeak: After Jason Collins came out as gay, ESPN’s Chris Broussard said the NBA player was living in “open rebellion to God” — sparking a backlash against the sportswriter. That’s proof, some Christians say, that… Continue reading

To Twist a Phrase…

What if the hokie pokie is what it’s all about?! The LARGE PRINT giveth and the small print taketh away. Will you turn out to be the hero of your own life? When the terrified men on safari asked their guide what they should do about the hungry pack of wild animals encircling their tents, the guide responded, Stop acting… Continue reading