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Category Archives: Marginalia and Notes from the Editor

Charitable Giving

As someone who’s been the beneficiary of charitable giving, I heartily endorse it! And, actually, you may have enjoyed the benefits of charity, directly or indirectly, too. For instance, if you have had cancer or know someone who has had cancer, you’ve benefited from money donated to cancer research from any of a number of […]

Flood Sensors

This is mostly of local interest and probably would have been more help last week. But, I’m hoping it will serve as a convenient place to find this information next year when the hurricane season starts again. And, yes, this is mostly relevant to the greater Houston area, where, dear readers, you will recall has […]

Another Year Older, And …

… hopefully wiser. But, who’s to say, really? I don’t think it’s an accident that my birthday fell on a Monday this year, because, I’ll tell you, it’s felt a little bit like a year of Mondays! Still, I’ve survived another lap around the Sun, and that’s something to celebrate, especially considering how close I’ve […]

Lunch Read

More self-education at lunch. This is a little less work oriented than last week and certainly less technical, but it’s still the same idea. It’s an email newsletter, which seem to be gaining a bit in popularity again.  In this case, it’s a curated email, sent weekly, filled with content that the site owners claim […]

Updated Look and Feel

I’m experimenting with a new look and feel for the site. Actually, this theme, called “Latte“, is meant for a more person-centric site and feels a bit more narcissistic than I’m really comfortable being out loud.  Also, it’s more bent toward a resume-like format.  Still, I like the typography and general styling, so I’m going […]

Positive Thinking

I think everyone could use a little positive thinking this week. I know I sure could! I have read more than my fair share of self-help books and the one thing they all mostly have in common is the idea of “positive thinking”.  Whether it’s The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale or […]

Re-Organizing

It’s time to clean up my act. Seriously. My wife is a professional organizer and decorator, so those of you who know me well know how she suffered when she first moved in with me.  I hadn’t devolved into a complete hoarder, but I had gotten an unfortunately significant start.  She dug me out.  Honestly, […]

Job Search Log

So, I was laid off Tuesday. I wasn’t surprised by it, for sure, since they’ve been laying off two and three people a week for the past six weeks or more.  I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed, though. A couple weeks ago, another sort of IT person, who’s here from the real […]

Starting Your New Year

So, here we are, the first day of a brand, new year! Honestly, it’s a pretty arbitrary demarcation of time.  I mean, it doesn’t even really sync up with any significant natural phenomena, like a solstice or anything.  So, really, the whole idea of a “new year’s resolution” is pretty random.  What’s so special about the […]

Friday the Thirteenth

That’s right, today is Friday the Thirteenth. I used to assume that Friday the Thirteenth was considered unlucky due to some Biblical association, since so many superstitions seem to tie back to some obscure custom related to religion. Personally, I assumed it had something to do with Judas being the Thirteenth Apostle or some such. But, […]


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