The Downside to Virtual Reality

A few weeks ago, I tuned in to the TED channel on my Apple TV to catch up on some TED talks. One of the most popular that week was Alex Kipman’s demonstration of the HoloLens (I've embedded it at the end of this post). I have a lot of ambivalence about augmented reality and virtual reality technology. I can see benefits for sure—especially for advancing scientific understanding and medical … [Read more...]

Further Reflections on Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Monday afternoon I saw the documentary film Jiro Dreams of Sushi. My original review is here. My first inclination was to focus on Jiro's single-minded focus on vocation. I'm the type of person who likes exposure to a wide-range of information and experience. I read to learn about what I can't experience first-hand and I read to be inspired to experience new things that I might not otherwise … [Read more...]

Lessons From David Copperfield

Last night I watched MGM's 1935 version of David Copperfield on Turner Classic Movies. We can glean more than a few "life lessons" from the characters, as is typical of Dickens and much literature that stands the test of time. Here a few quotes from the film and book for today's Monday Motivator post: "Never be mean in anything, never be false, never be cruel." David's aunt, Miss Betsey … [Read more...]

Farewell, Summer

The calendar says today is August 21, 2011. As I write this sentence, the clock says it’s 6:22 p.m.  The almanac and calendars mark the beginning of fall with the Autumnal Equinox which, this year, occurs in the Northern Hemisphere on September 23 at 5:05 a.m. (EDT). Despite all the official rules to the contrary, my heart declares today the last day of summer. I love the path I’ve chosen for … [Read more...]

Patience, Grasshopper

We cannot know the future. And we must not fear the unknown. But we must listen and, through wisdom, seek to discern and understand. We often have to make choices with incomplete information. Major decisions usually involve the greatest degree of uncertainty. But we must trust that the ethical decision is the correct decision. In the end, integrity trumps rational, economic … [Read more...]