My first real job was at Burger King, and it was with the first paycheque from that company that I bought a pair of glasses. The reason was quite simple, as I am horribly near sighted and have been for as long as I can remember. Buying those glasses allowed me to see the world in ways that I never thought possible … ways that millions of us take for granted each and every day. I still remember walking out of the shopping mall back in 1999 with my new pair of specs, bought 2-for-1 at eyeFocus, and looking across the parking lot at a building some 500 meters away and seeing just how clear its outline was against the blue sky above it. I remember being completely shocked to the point where my friend asked if I was alright. I was better than alright, though — I was simply enjoying the moment of clarity.
March 4, 2014 9:00 PM
March 3, 2014 3:00 PM
“I am so nervous,” she said as we finished the last of our coffee. We sat at a local café situated between our two offices, having come here shortly after a lesson together earlier in the day. The invitation was made on her part, and I accepted knowing full well what she wanted to talk about. It was written all over her face, and has been for the better part of two years. The request was accepted to clarify a number of matters … the most important of which being expectations.
March 2, 2014 6:00 PM
As my 35th birthday quickly approaches I can’t help but think of the rather short expected lifespan a person can have when born into my family. Looking at the last 150 years, it’s true that the number has increased by five, but we’re still looking at the average male passing away before their 74th birthday and the average female a few years after that. None of my genetic family members of either gender lived beyond the age of 79. This means that I am fast approaching the median point of my expected time here. Have I accomplished any of the things I set out to do? Do I still have the ability to do so?
March 1, 2014 3:00 PM
The wife and I were at a local electronics shop today looking at various household appliances that we’d like to pick up before the federal tax rate is bumped up 3% in a month’s time. Something that has long been on our list of nice to have’s is a microwave that can heat food in less than an hour, as our existing model is getting a little long in the tooth. One of the models that Reiko has long thought about picking up has been the Panasonic Bistro, which seems to be able to do just about anything you could ever ask from a kitchen appliance aside from washing the dishes. There’s just one little problem with it, though: it wasn’t designed to be used by its target demographic.
February 28, 2014 8:00 PM
Podcasting isn’t easy by any stretch of the imagination. Having tried this myself for a number of weeks, I can say without a doubt that publishing content through this medium is at least fifty times more difficult than creating a blog post. There are a number of reasons for this, with the most obvious being a person’s desire to sound good over a pair of headphones. That said, there’s a lot more to podcasting than just speaking into a microphone. A few days ago Jeremy Cherfas wrote an interesting article articulating what podcasters need to address the differences between the read and the heard. Rather than look at the technical needs to create a podcast and make it available for people to download, he looks at the next stage: discovery.