See you with my heart

I'm reading Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo to my daughter right now. I read books like that kind of like I'm hearing Stuart Mclean read them on Vinyl Cafe. It seems to make the story more poignant some how. It makes the deeper meanings jump out at me. Tonight the story of Gloria Dump jumped out at me and so I thought I would share my revelation. Gloria Dump is an old woman living in Naomi Florida where our precocious heroine Opal and her intrepid mutt Winn-Dixie have recently moved. It's because of Winn-Dixie that Opal is able ... more ...

Songs of Innocence Lost

"So this album just appeared on my iPhone. A free U2 album...that's cool. But don't you think that's a little bit creepy?" I can't count how many times I've heard that in the last few weeks. And every time I've been completely mystified. It doesn't seem weird to me at all, but then I guess I understand the abstraction. In my mind, this was a simple marketing stunt. In order to plump up WWDC Apple wanted to do something really unorthodox. It's kind of their thing. They've worked closely with U2/Bono in the past, so this just makes ... more ...

Needs versus Wants

I've been spending time over the last few weeks digging into how I do things. How I negotiate proposals. How I set my rates. How I decide what to work on. What it is that I do. What it is that I want to do. Despite claiming that I know what I want to be when I grow up, I'm constantly asking myself if what I'm doing matters to the world or to me. So I've spent a lot of time lately listening to experts in podcasts and presentations about the presenters' theories on what the important tasks are. Universally, ... more ...

The power of culture

Today I attended my first Ismaili Funeral Ceremony. It was an experience to behold since it was, at first, completely foreign. I went to pay my last respects to a quiet, powerful woman who has left us way too soon. As at most funeral ceremonies, I connected with many people that it was a joy to see, despite the circumstances. But mostly I will take from it a deep curiosity about the culture she lived in, in which I was so briefly immersed. I say that it was foreign, at first, because the initial experience was a cold immersion in ... more ...

The slow death of government IT

I read the wired article on the lateral move of Todd Park from US Government CTO to technology advisor to the whitehouse. It's a fascinating deep dive into the mind set different between modern technology companies and our political administrations. What's interesting is that there has been some leadership down south that has yet to materialize here. And the question is why? The article, and my experience, cite a mentality rooted in caution, security over experimentation and adherence to bureaucratic procedure as the major causes of the current failures. Fundamentally, thought, for me the issue is rooted in the government's ... more ...