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Crop Circles – From the Ridiculous to the Sublime

Last week, I had a little fun researching crop circles (better called “crop formations” because they are not all circular).  I find their shapes mysterious and hypnotic. The first thing you need to know is that there are actually companies that you can commission to create a crop circle for you.   The Firefox man-made crop circle was 220 feet in ... Read More »

My Plan to Convert PHP-Fusion sites to WordPress.

I’m working on a plan on my other site for converting PHP-Fusion sites to WordPress.  PHP-Fusion is a “content management system” (CMS), in which the website can be built almost entirely using a web-browser, and users/authors can update the site with minimal technical skills.  The full plan and reasons for converting from PHP-Fusion are listed in two blogs on that ... Read More »

Google Reveals Stats in “Amicus Curiae” Brief

Google recently filed an “amicus curiae” brief in a New York federal court case where EMI (record label) is suing MP3tunes.  An amicus curiae is someone, not a party to a case, who volunteers to offer information to assist a court in deciding a matter before it. The information provided may be a legal opinion in the form of an ... Read More »

Converting Phatnotes to Evernote

Over the weekend, I convert over 800 notes from Phatnotes to Evernote.  I originally used Phatnotes (from a company called Phatware) to sync notes from my PC to my old windows-mobile phone.  When I switched to Blackberry, I gave up and did without the notes on my phone.  But now that I have an Android phone, I decided to give ... Read More »

What if you could remember everything? (Book Review of “Total Recall”)

“Total Recall” is the concept that in today’s digital world, you can save and retrieve massive amounts of data. Gordon Bell and Jim Gemmell are both researchers at Microsoft. Gordon is putting all of his atom- and electron-based bits in his local Cyberspace. It is called by MyLifeBits and includes everything he has accumulated, written, photographed, presented, and owns (e.g. ... Read More »

Sowing and Reaping

Sow a Thought, Reap an Action. Sow an Action, Reap a Habit. Sow a Habit, Reap a Character. Sow a Character, Reap a Destiny!!!! Author unknown, I jotted this down on a notepad when listening to an audio-CD. Share on Facebook Read More »

Is English like Hebrew – does it need vowels?

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey ... Read More »

Prodigal Son in the Key of F

Feeling footloose, frisky, and fancy-free, a frivolous, feather-brained fellow forced his fond father to fork over a fair share of the family farthings. Then the flighty flibbertigibbet bade farewell and fled far to foreign fields, where he frittered his fabulous fortune, feasting famously among faithless fair-weather friends until, fleeced by his fun loving fellows in folly, facing famine, and feeling ... Read More »

Doubling Knowledge and the IT Professional

Ray Kurzweil, author of “The Singularity” forecasts geometric growth in knowledge and technology to a point in approximately 2045, beyond which we are unable to see. Consider for example, my first computer had a 10 megabyte hard-drive that cost about $250. Today, I have at least a 4 gigabyte flash drive hanging from my keychain. That’s an increase in 400 ... Read More »