Posted 08 Jul 2013
For July 4th, we drove down to the northern tip of Virginia's Northern Neck to visit Colonial Beach and stay in a cabin in Westmoreland State Park. We got super lucky to score a cabin at the last minute and for just two nights instead of the normal week required for a stay. It was a great way to start off the long weekend.Read More
Posted 13 Jun 2013
The Oatmeal has a brilliant comic titled "How to suck at your religion". It's really a treatise on how NOT to suck at your religion. It's a little long (well, tall) but it's too brilliant to pass up. If everyone followed this common sense advice, the world and everyone in it would be much happier.Read More
Posted 01 Jun 2013
As much as I'm not looking forward to the emergence of the cicadas, I've got to say I'm incredibly impressed by the biology behind their arrival. This amazing video chronicles the short, above-ground life of the cicadas. Watch them in all their HD glory.Read More
Check out these awesome glasses that allow people with hearing loss to enjoy going out to the movies
Posted 20 May 2013
As someone with a deaf family member, I know how inaccessible movie theaters have been to people with hearing loss. In the past, some theaters provided boosted audio to people with mild hearing loss, but even that distorted the sound and didn't work well. Other theaters provided bulky devices that rendered captions, but they were not in your line of sight and it was so bright as to distract other patrons. Neither was a good solution.Read More
Posted 02 Apr 2013
This story by NPR Planet Money's Chana Joffe-Walt shocked me and totally changed the way I used to think about our economy. What I didn't know, what most people probably didn't know, is that the number of Americans who are collecting social security disability has increased tremendously since 1980. Every month, 14 million people now get a disability check from the government for around $1,000.
Joffe-Walt spent 6 months exploring the disability program. As she reports, the story of the U.S. economy we normally hear is not the full picture, not by a long shot. Our federal disability program is only slightly caused by an aging workforce; it is primarily an increasingly expensive, relatively hidden safety net.Read More
Posted 21 Mar 2013
Even when think you are being safe, browsing the web can be a dicey affair. Websites use Flash to initiate "drive by downloads" or to track you sureptitiously. More worrisome is the constant stream of Java exploits (37 so far this year and it's only March). Even mainstream sites can get hacked and end up serving malicious code to your browser. However, there is an easy solution supported by all major browsers and it's called Click to Play.Read More
Posted 03 Mar 2013
Watch this video and decide for yourself if the current of wealth (not income) distribution in the U.S. is healthy and/or fair.Read More
Posted 27 Feb 2013
Amazon really knows how to treat its customers right. In addition to the low prices, they make returns so easy. In fact, sometimes you don't even have to return something that doesn't work out for you.Read More
Posted 18 Feb 2013
I was just the victim of an eBay fraud attack which resulted not only in my eBay listing being canceled but also of the entire listing being deleted with no way for eBay to recover it.Read More
Posted 11 Feb 2013
Two weeks after I published the post below, a whole bunch of people way smarter and cooler than me came out promoting the same message.
First, Congress voted to update its Congressional Art Competition to include a new nationwide Congressional Academic Competition focused on science, technology, engineering and math.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said,
“By challenging students to explore the importance of computer science in their everyday lives, we hope that this competition will help empower them to use their creativity to code for a more prosperous and innovative community.
Then a whole cadre of geeks including Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates helped launch a national nonprofit to encourage young programmers, Code.orgRead More