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. 
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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? ;–)