Mar
27

A New Way of Doing Solar Power?

One of the things that presents an uphill struggle for clean energy, and in particular solar and wind technology, is the cost of installation. Although we’ve improved, solar energy still costs more than conventional electricity, especially since the cost of installation comes before the benefit. When individuals buy a solar panel array with all its… Continue reading »

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Mar
20

Don’t Be A Victim

I’m not going to sugarcoat the state of things right now. We’re in volatile times as the manufacturing economy we’ve enjoyed for the past hundred years or so gradually recedes into the past. There’s been a lot of people left out in the cold by these changes, myself included. Baby-boomers grew up in the jobs-for-life paradigm. If… Continue reading »

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Mar
14

How To Make Your Publications Rock: Graphic Design and the Rule of Thirds

When I updated my iPhone’s software last week, I noticed that my phone’s camera now has a grid option. It divides the picture area into thirds each way, for nine equal squares. This is a handy graphic design thingy that improves my picture taking. How, you ask? Lots of folks seem to think that the… Continue reading »

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Mar
13

Book Review: Civilization by Niall Ferguson

While I was at Costco a few months back, I spotted a book called Civilization: the West and the Rest, by Niall Ferguson. I’d never heard of the fellow (more a function of my not getting out enough than anything else), and subsequently found out he’s actually written quite a bit. By happy coincidence, my… Continue reading »

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Mar
06

How to Celebrate Your Own Independence Day

Things sure have changed. Western society is moving from a manufacturing model to service industries. Long time employees are being shown the door as companies do more for less, trying to economize with automation and outsourcing. People who have led comfortable – if uninspired – lives suddenly find themselves on the street with an uncertain… Continue reading »

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