Author Archives: Thom

Peace and comfort

“Courage is grace under pressure” – Ernest Hemingway My oldest sister lost her three-year fight with cancer, but not before demonstrating courage and grace to rival any Hemingway protagonist, and not before wrapping her life up in as neat a … Continue reading

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Coolness that looks cool

Even cooler than the gun itself is the visual component. But the whole thing is cool from a engineering POV. Tweet

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On leadership and dissent

Benjamin Runkle has penned a fascinating article detailing the first meeting of General John J. Pershing and Major George C. Marshall 100 years ago today during the early days of the AEF involvement in World War I. Pershing, upset with … Continue reading

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Do we really know?

These days it’s commonplace to judge someone based on a single post, a single statement, a single act. People have been condemned for a brief moment in time, in complete ignorance of everything else that has come before it. Who … Continue reading

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Carillons are cool!

Martin from Wintergatan continues his tour of the amazing instruments in (and near) the Spielklok Museum in Utrecht, Netherlands, and discovers what must be one of the coolest jobs around: city carillon player. I’d LOVE to get the tour he … Continue reading

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Bibbi Babkhas!

I was trying to explain to my kids where I got a certain quote and turned to YouTube to save me. Some of you may remember the catch-phrase “Well of course not, don’t be ridiculous!” So while I was introducing … Continue reading

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Sit and listen

I’ve been enjoying audio books for years now. They’re a great way to spend my hour-a-day commutes. But I’ve noticed lately that I’ve developed a weird habit. I can’t just sit and listen to an audio book. I can listen … Continue reading

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Does context matter?

I’ve already said my piece about NFL protests. Knock yourself out, Colin. You too, Donald. But I do have to wonder something. Suppose you went out to see a movie. You buy your tickets, your popcorn and soda, find your … Continue reading

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They can even trash hotel rooms

Nigel Stanford just released his new album, “Automatica.” With it comes a new video in which he blends music and automation in a way that has the musician, tech-head, and writer in me going totally gonzo-bonkers. I could watch this … Continue reading

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Writing Update – Sept. 14, 2017

The only real update is that I’m back to writing after at least two months of being away. Work got crazy, demanding unpaid overtime, and my writing time had to go. But that time away was important for at least … Continue reading

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