I woke up this morning at 2:00am because I had to go to the bathroom. When I rolled over and looked at the clock, I realized that the first thing I had to do in my 4th decade of life was waking up mid-sleep. I hope that is not a sign of things to come. It dawned on a few hours later, when I woke up on purpose, that 30 is an interesting milestone in life. We are old enough to clearly be considered “adults,” but we still have so much to learn and experience ahead. It is a time when we may realize that our years on this Earth are, in fact, limited, but we have more than half of them ahead of us yet. When faced with an existential moment such as this, I knew I had to do what all normal people do at a major milestone in life: write about it. So, while they may not be quite as amusing or insightful as Dave Barry’s 50th birthday tips to the world, including such gems as warnings against licking a steak knife and combining laxatives with sleeping pills, I still have something interesting to contribute to the world today. And I know that I still have another 20 years to reach the level of transcendence that led to Mr. Barry’s list. Here are a few of the most important lessons I’ve … [Read more...] about Thoughts at Thirty
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We recently invested in a D-SLR camera, which stands for digital single lens reflex. SLR cameras are the big ones that you see people carry around with the giant lens on the front. I am super excited about how it has been so far. Here are my first publish worthy shots. … [Read more...] about SLR Cameras Take Great Pictures!
It seems like hardly a week goes by these days without someone I know sharing that their email account was hacked. Whether you are on Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, or any other mail platform, there are bad guys out there trying to get into your account to spam your friends with their viruses and junk messages. If you’ve been attacked and a bad guy got in, here’s how to clean up and keep it from happening again. … [Read more...] about What to Do When Your Email Gets Hacked
photo © 2006 Tobin The world is on its way to a scary place. With talk of $5 per gallon gas, the world is again looking at energy as a major concern for the future. I have spent a lot of time studying the energy situation. In a course on the business and viability of the energy industry, I learned about coal, natural gas, oil, solar, hydro, geothermal, wave, tidal, wind, and other energy sources. My semester project assessed the future of near shore wave based power sources. In other words, I became an expert in powering our future. The energy solution for our future will take multiple steps, but I have only seen one viable method to power our homes, businesses, and cars without destroying the planet and relying on a finite energy source. That solution is a multi-tiered nuclear based energy solution. To preface the solution, I want to discuss the most common concerns about nuclear energy: safety and waste. Safety Nuclear energy is the safest base load power system in existence. I would rather have a nuclear plant in my backyard than breathe in the toxic fumes from a fossil fuel plant. The only major nuclear disaster in history took place under extraordinary … [Read more...] about The New Energy Economy