Monthly Archives: November 2013

Will Robot Baristas Bring the Age of Starbucks to an End?

A few posts ago, I fretted about technology leading to mass, permanent unemployment. Today I ran across this post about a coffee vending machine that supposedly produces fancy coffee to rival Starbucks! I’m on the fence about whether this machine … Continue reading

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The Afrika Reich – A Review

Summary: Escape the Nazis! In Africa! Let me guess, you say. It’s another alternate history story. And, wait for it, the Germans win WWII, right? Gee that’s almost as original as the South winning the Civil War! Ok, it’s true. … Continue reading

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Lights in the Tunnel a Review

Summary: Good book. Scary premise. Hope he’s wrong. In Lights in the Tunnel, Martin Ford, a CEO of some tech company whose name I can’t find, asserts that technological improvements are going to lead to mass unemployment.  He believes that … Continue reading

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The Goliath Stone – A Review

An earth shattering asteroid, a gray goo nanotechnology threat, and sinister government forces, all wrapped up with a touch of tongue in cheek humor. The Goliath Stone delivers a fun story with interesting philosophical and political musings. The Goliath Stone was … Continue reading

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The Great Inversion and The Future of the American City – A Review

Just finished Alan Ehrenhalt’s new book, The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City.  I’m on the fence about this book. It has some strong points, but there are definitely better recent books about the future/benefits of the … Continue reading

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Being Alone vs. Loneliness

Just came across an article in the Wall Street Journal titled When Being Alone Turns Into Loneliness, There Are Ways to Fight Back.  I think the title oversells the article a bit.  The ways to fight back it offers are … Continue reading

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Watching Him Run Away

He has a nice smile. The thought came to her unbidden, as if placed there by someone else. Katherine smiled back, hoping to convey her appreciation of his courtesy. He passed her and she turned her head to watch him run … Continue reading

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Running Alone

He was new in town. Or he felt that way at least. He’d moved to the city six months ago. Every other day he ran 4 miles along the river trail. And every other day he saw her. Sometimes she … Continue reading

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