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When I was young, my favorite stores to go to were gaming stores. Wall-to-wall racks of D&D manuals, Warhammer 40k miniatures, and puzzles of every shape and size. But as the stores would get bigger and business would get better, they would start to expand their offerings in order to attract a broader customer base. Shelves that once held puzzles […]

Almost every Tuesday morning I visit one of my local coffee places called Colectivo1. There are over half a dozen stores that lay near or along the route to someplace I have to be. I’m there on plenty of non-Tuesdays as well, but on Tuesdays they give double points for the loyalty card program so it’s become a habit. This […]

For as long as there have been comedians, there have been jokes about the differences between men and women. Among them is the notion that men always want to “fix” when women just want someone to “listen” instead. I am guilty of this. Not just because I’m a man, but because I have an engineer’s mind. When I see a […]

Today I presented the “Tech Savvy / User Friendly” philosophy to a group of professionals during a breakfast networking group. When I asked if there were any questions, someone asked if that made me “Rocket Man.” Another person suggested “Buzz” because of my hairstyle1. After the meeting I spoke to one of the attendees who is a fan of the […]

Cover image edited from: http://laughingsquid.com/calling-vs-texting-then-and-now/ Yesterday was my birthday. I’m not saying that because I’m expecting you to send me presents or anything1, but something happened that reminded me of something important. Every year our Facebook, Twitter, SMS, and other social media feeds fill up with messages wishing us a happy birthday. Some are are personalized reflecting our current age, […]

WARNING: The “geek factor” of this post is a little high. Are you a Star Trek fan? If not, do you know one? In the days before J.J. Abrams breathed new life into the original series, there was a classic debate right down the middle: Who was a better captain of the Enterprise: Kirk or Picard?1 Every Trek fan I’ve met […]

With the recent stories of technology being used to peel away privacy and civil rights, disclose private information and bully from afar; I thought a little good news is in order. The first in a new “Technology for Good” series, let’s look at three recent stories of technology being used to help raise the quality of life for mankind and man’s […]

When I was very young, in the late 70s, my favorite toys were Legos. Specifically the Lego Space sets of the era. Each set was put together to the instructions at least once, but after that they quickly became other toys that I liked better. Sometime in the early 80s our family got our first computer: a Radio Shack TRS-80 […]

Last night I was fortunate enough to attend a lecture by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson here in Milwaukee. He was charming, dynamic, funny, and (of course) brilliant. Due to my own biases regarding “technobabble” and other communication-blocking devices, I was frequently aware of the fact that he was discussing the secrets of the universe in language that I could understand without […]

iRobot, the company that brought us the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner, has now created a new robot: the iRobot Create 2. Hackers have long been using the Roomba as a robot platform, and while the Create 2 has the same circular body as its older siblings, this green little kid was designed specifically for robotic creation. Created with STEM (Science Technology Electronics […]