Just Re-Vote Already

As Brexit crashes towards a no deal hard exit, poles are showing a majority of Britons would like a second “people’s vote” to settle the matter. I am perplexed by the argument that a second vote would be ignoring the will of the people. If you vote twice, then you will just keep re-voting and…

Why I Say “Happy Holidays”

First of all, I do wish people a merry Christmas, but usually on Christmas day. I also appreciate Christmas well wishes from others; but, I appreciate pretty much any well wishes: happy Chanukah, cool Yule, or even a plain old “Have a nice day.” I celebrate a lot of holidays. Being from the middle of…

Big Data Is Not Enough

Originally posted to LinkedIn on Aug 25, 2014 You Don’t Want to Need Big Data Janitors When Big Data hit the scene, technologist told us to throw away our databases, our spreadsheets, and our models. This was a brave new world where simply having tons of data would answer everything. A 2008, Wired article prognosticated “The End…

My Day At Bletchley Park

Bumph Place I think that I shall never see A sight so curious as BP, This place called up at war’s behest, And peopled by the strangely dressed; Yet what they do they cannot say, Nor ever will ’til Judgement Day. For six long years we have been there, Subject to local scorn and stare. We…

The Future is Fluid, But It Always Has Been

  All things have properties; however, they are not innate to the thing. Rather, properties are how an item relates to the rest of the universe. An item is dark because of how it interacts with light. A thing is heavy because of how it interacts with gravity. A particle is fast because it speeds…

Tweed Kilt

This was one of the projects born from having something in your stash for years, and finally spotting the missing piece in a discount bin half a world away and years later. A long time ago, I had bought a roll of brown, plaid wool on discount. I wanted to make a kilt that didn’t look…

Let’s Fix Tron Legacy

One of my biggest Pet peeves is terrible movie that could have been good, movies that were sunk by simple, easy to fix problems; movies that could have been classics instead of bombs. Movies that seem to exist only to infuriate the fans. Let’s fix Tron Legacy! First of all, Tron Legacy had a lot going for…

Shirts for Introverts

Concept Sketches   For most introverts, a hoodie becomes your default uniform. It’s not that your typical engineer/introvert/gamer doesn’t want to look cool — hoodies are cool, function is fashion — but it is nice to have some options. Comfort might be a dirty word in fashion, but it is so easy for things to…

Rag Time

  I have had a long time ambition to try and make a rag rug. It was why I learned weaving in the first place. But, when I moved to London, I left behind my growing stash of quilt remnants and have been “ragless,” so I was thrilled when I found a local  shop was selling…

BREXIT: The Leave Was a Lie

No Doubt, BREXIT is Bad Two weeks after the BREXIT vote, I am still reeling from how obviously bad it all is. BREXIT is bad. The referendum was a bad idea. The players behind it all were bad people. Yet, the slog towards BREXIT seems to continue. I can accept that before the vote, people might actually have believed…

Quilt Runnings

  Table Runner As I found furniture and started to get all the basics together, I decided that my big wooden table needed a runner. I liked the raw wood, and didn’t want to cover it all up. I wanted something colorful and geometric to go with the raw planks. When you have something very…