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...]

The Whole Habanero

Friday's Google Doodle celebrated the 151st birthday of Wilbur Scoville, the guy who developed the system to measure hot pepper heat. http://www.google.com/doodles/wilbur-scovilles-151st-birthday In one of those odd cosmic coincidences (that usually aren't coincidences), as I was driving home Wednesday evening I got into the car just as NPR's All Things Considered was finishing a news … [Read more...]

Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness

The words of the Declaration of Independence are part of the core of my personal philosophy and helped to steer me in the direction of law, as an intellectual pursuit and a profession. The values that inspired the Declaration of Independence provide a big chunk of the foundation of the Shinecast® mission and this site, as well. I previously wrote about what I celebrate on Independence Day in … [Read more...]

Why Adults Don’t Laugh

For Day 36 of the Idea Machine, Claudia Altucher asks us to consider why adults stop laughing. The obvious answer is that we get busy and beaten down my life's challenges. But I think the real reason goes deeper into cultural norms and socialization that date back into the medieval age. 1. From The Court Jester and Other "Fools" to Stephen Colbert The professionalization of humor began with … [Read more...]

Wisdom Mashup: New Books By Combining Ideas

It's Day 26 of the Idea Machine Project. For today, Claudia Altucher has us combining and mashing ideas from two previous days. The objective: Come up with new book titles and subtitles based on the influential books that I listed on Day and the lines that struck a chord with me (Day 23). The subtitle is based on the book and the title is based on the line. If you're confused, see Claudia's … [Read more...]

Idea Machine, Day 21: Explaining My Wisdom

Claudia Altucher gives an intriguing prompt for Day 21 of Become an Idea Machine. The gist is about coming up with book titles to describe life lessons and wisdom I've acquired over the years, along with a few items for the table of contents in these books. I suggest you read Become an Idea Machine [affiliate link] for a better understanding. [affiliate links explained here] If you're … [Read more...]

How to Shine

The quickest route to the top of the mountain, to the place where you can truly shine, requires three steps: You must be willing to explore so you can discover your true purpose and calling. You must find inspiration and be an inspiration to others. Through exploration, discovery and inspiration you'll grow. Without growth, we become stagnant. Like an unused muscle, we experience … [Read more...]

The Care and Feeding of Heffalumps

The tale of "Piglet Meets A Heffalump," in Winnie-the-Pooh is replete with wisdom about human behavior, particularly in the face of our tendency to fear what we don't recognize or understand and our desire to hold on to what we have out of fear of loss or a mindset based on scarcity. I think some of our greatest insights can come from simple stories—like this one. Here's a recap, if you've … [Read more...]

Epiphany: The Power of Action

An epiphany refers to a striking breakthrough or or manifestation or “enlightening realization” that enables someone to more deeply understand a problem or situation. Epiphanies usually come after much thought, study, deep consideration of the problem. For some time, I’ve been grappling with issues about where to best focus my efforts to fulfill my purpose. I’ve had inklings, over the years. In … [Read more...]

Zoom, Vivace, Jazz: The Power of Words

Can three words inspire, motivate -- even define you for an entire year? A lifetime? If words shape our thoughts, our emotions, our actions, it would seem so. “Our life is shaped by the mind, we become what we think.” Buddha I know the power of words. I value words. The Book of John in the New Testament says Jesus is The Word: "In the beginning was the Word..." So it's hard to believe I’d … [Read more...]