9/11 Remembered

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Is it possible to remember 9/11 and appropriately honor those directly affected and yet look for a new ways to respond, ways that seek healing instead of vengeance? I hope so.

If this resonates with you, I invite you to view this Charter for Compassion video video.1


  1. Yes, I shared this video a couple of years ago, but with the continued violence in the Syria and Iraq and the renewed drumbeat for never-ending war, maybe we find a different long-term solution. 

My Facebook Experiment

I love my friends on Facebook. I love your status updates. I love the pictures you take. The more, the better. When you post to Instagram and share it on Facebook too, that’s really cool. If you write a clever tweet, I want to see it. If you write a blog post and share a link to it on Facebook, I want to see that, too.1

In other words, if you wrote it, created it, or photographed it — I want to see it!

Conversely, your links to news, your links to politics, your quiz results, your game invites — I’m not so interested.2 But if you post all those things, don’t worry. I’m not asking you to change.3

Instead, I’m taking charge of my own Facebook news feed.4 When someone shares a link to something they didn’t create,5 I click the “V” at the upper right and then select the “Hide all from this website” on the drop-down that appears. I’ll never see links on Facebook from that source again. Ever!6

I started this experiment by hiding one of Buzzfeed’s quizzes. Since then, I’ve hidden scores of viral story sites, radio stations, news organizations, sports sites, recipe sites, etc. The effect on my news feed has been dramatic. I see more of my friends and less “stuff.”7

And the satisfaction from hiding stuff? That just can’t be beat! :-)


  1. Actually, that’s my biggest complaint about Facebook: it doesn’t show me everything you post. 
  2. I get news, politics, and religion from Twitter and some RSS feeds I read. 
  3. In return, please don’t ask me to be consistent. I won’t be. 
  4. This was inspired by Mat Honan who “liked” everything he saw on Facebook for two days straight. His experiment made Facebook an ugly mess. My experiment does the opposite. YMMV. 
  5. I have a few exceptions. There are some organizations I’ve liked. I actually want to see their stuff. There are also a couple of news orgs that I haven’t (yet) hidden. Time will tell whether I hide them, too. 
  6. Yeah, this does appear to be irreversible. Not that I’m complaining. At some time in the future I expect to accidentally hide a source I might want to see from in the future. At that point, I’ll get more serious about learning how to undo this. In the meantime, should I recognize my error immediately, there is a handy undo link. 
  7. Sure, my friends continue to link to places I haven’t yet hidden. But it feels like there’s less of it. 

The Right Tools for the Job

I just started my first class on Coursera.1 When I attempted the first homework assignment, I pulled out the tools I typically use at work: 0.9mm mechanical pencil, blank photocopier paper, and the calculator on my Android phone.

Nope! That just wasn’t going to cut it.

Off to the office supplies store I went and got the real stuff: 0.5mm mechanical pencil, an eraser in a holder, engineering paper, a D-ring binder, and enough dividers. When I got home, I retrieved my HP calculator.

And although those tools got me through college, it wasn’t going to be enough now. I had to get my reading glasses, too.

Now I’m ready.2 :-)


  1. It’s Introduction to Power Electronics from the University of Colorado. The tools my team designs and builds help our customers validate their voltage regulator designs. This class will help me understand a little better what our customers go through. 
  2. And I’m having fun. And I hate to admit it, but I’m working hard. Where are my college buddies so I can relax with a game of hearts? ;–) 

A Geek’s Day

It’s a great day to be in tech, with Intel’s IDF keynote streaming on the laptop and Apple’s iPhone 6 and Apple Watch event in two windows on the larger monitor.

Jackson School Sunset

This evening, Heather and I walked around the neighborhood while the Earth continued spinning its path around the sun. The moon waited in the wings, soon to play a starring role.

Reid Wiseman on Twitter

Reid Wiseman is posting some amazing pictures on Twitter — a recommended follow.

He posted this cloudfree image of the the northwest just this morning.1


  1. Image credit: Reid Wiseman, NASA astronaut

Yuna’s First Day of School 2014

Yuna is back after a summer at home and travelling abroad. This is our fourth year having Yuna in our family as she attends school in America.

We’re glad Yuna is “home” again and wish her the best as she completes her high school years!

Orchids

After going to an orchid show in Sacramento a couple of years ago, I’ve developed a soft spot for orchids. We have more than a few plants on our kitchen drainboard. I think maybe five of them are orchids.

Inspired by the orchid show, I repotted a few of them and “rescued”1 another from a local big box home supplies store. Now, two are reblooming2 with another on the way.

If only I could make the Christmas cactus happy, too. I wonder, if I spent even a portion of the time I did learning about orchids, I bet I could.

Do you have a favorite house plant?


  1. Okay, it was half price at the end of the season, but it was one step away from the dust bin. 
  2. Including the rescue. 

Jamison’s First Day of School 2014

Woo hoo! Today is Jamison’s first day of school as an upperclassman. It’s time for the traditional first day of school photo in front of the Japanese maple tree.1

We’re proud of Jamison and the awesome young man he’s growing up to be.

Here’s to a great school year!


  1. And maybe a nontraditional photo, as well… :-D 

Labor Day Kayaking

Labor Day afternoon, we kayaked the Willamette, embarking at Willamette Park. The river was lower than the last time.1 The northern dock wasn’t in the water until its end and we weren’t able to go between Hardtack and East islands. Instead, we crossed closer to the floating houses and went father around the islands before deciding to turn around. Along the way, we watched the other paddlers, the bicyclists on the river path, and the train. We heard those at Oaks Parks screaming as their rides swung around.2

I’m even more convinced than ever that I need my own kayak.


  1. And the sky was bluer. :-) 
  2. And were glad we were on kayaks.