Category Archives: Random musings

Stories we tell ourselves

I’ve never been a great athlete, but have always been athletic. Or at least that’s the way that I think of it. Growing up in the 800-person farm town of Shannon, Illinois, I spent many summer afternoons playing pickup games of baseball with other boys in the town. We’d gather around one o’clock, pick teams, […]

Digital Innovators: the Digital Immigrants who explored and created our modern world

“My grandkids often beat me at Rock Band. And I say, ‘You may beat me at Rock Band, but I made the original records, so shut up!’” – Paul McCartney Often you see the world divided between “digital natives”, the young people who grew up using digital technology and are incredibly comfortable and facile with […]

Researchers claim to discover person whose mind was changed by reading Internet comments

Researchers in Boston today announced that a person has had their mind changed by comments that they read online. Researchers have long theorized that this was possible, but this is the first time that they have actually confirmed in the wild that it has happened. The person in question, Janet Blanding of St. Paul, Minnesota, […]

Massachusetts Maritime Academy has a wicked awesome simulator

Recently my wife and I rode in the Cape Cod Getaway, a 150-mile fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. After the first day of riding, the 2,000+ cyclists stayed overnight at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, an 1100-student state college with such programs as Environmental Science, Marine Safety, Maritime Transportation, International Maritime Business, and Engineering. […]