When Progress Ruffles Traditional Feathers

I am not someone who spends a lot of time listening to the news or current events. Politics are definitely not my thing. Yet, this week when I was listening to the radio and news about the avoidance of the fiscal cliff,one comment really got me going... ...more

Fantastic Friday - Balancing Home and Work with Technology

Fantastic Friday - it is fantastic to use technology to balance home and work....more

I'm Sexy and I Know It

Data Scientist - The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century? The Harvard Business Review (HBR) set off a fire storm of analysis when it published its article on The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century.  Of course people flocked to the article because of the word “sexy” in the title, and who wouldn’t? HBR wasn’t writing about the current nerdy sexy style of hip hop artist and professional athletes sporting nerdy spectacles, argyle sweaters, and other smart, nerdy wears - they just sport the style....more
@chicktech Seems to be a very profitable field for people that like to find and manipulate data ...more

Living with the Millennial Generation Means Not Laughing at Rage Comics

The generation gap has become a gulf in my household, and I struggle every day to keep up. Three quick observations:...more

Who Inspires You?

Richard Branson inspires me. Not for the reasons you may think. No, he inspires me because of an answer he gave in an interview at the World Business Forum. When asked what made him an entrepreneur, Sir Richard replied "I was brought up in a loving family". That inspiring answer silenced the suit-filled audience....more

Wiring The Technology Generation Gap

Technology isn’t easy. We all know that. But technology is extra difficult for those who didn’t grow up with it. My parents are no different than anyone else in their age group. They don’t like change, and technological change is an even harder pill to swallow. Grandma and her iPad by Iain Farrell via FlickrMy parents have never had a passion for technology....more
@Darcie My husband writes software but everyone in my family thinks that means that he can help ...more

What is NFC and Why Do I Need It?

NFC makes just about anything smarter. Imagine flipping on music when you walk into a room with just a wave, or see a new recipe from a grocery store ad with just a tap. Wouldn’t it be nice to start up your workstation and access your email just by setting your phone on the desk?...more

Public toilets – the modern version of trial by fire.

Public toilets are the bane of my life. Truth is I’m afraid of them and I have just cause.As a child, parental reminders to, “cover the seat and don’t touch anything,” when in questionable places became, “BEWARE! Danger lurks around every rim!” Since sitting on public toilets was the equivalent of taking a dip in plague-infested swamp water, I didn’t. Sit. Or crouch. Or anything. Not even at school....more
@Darcie I shudder every time I think of it.more

Preparing for Childbirth in the Digital Age

To start off with, let me make this perfectly clear: I am NOT going to take a video of myself in labor and post it for the world to see on YouTube. The world does NOT want to see that kind of crazy, trust me. THAT kind of crazy is reserved for the people I really love and really want to scar for life (i.e, my husband). Nor am I going to Skype with you between contractions....more
@Laine Griffin Thanks for helping alleviate some of the guilt I feel about being so "connected" ...more

Users as Co-Creators: On Tech, Art, and Meaning

Have you ever seen an interview with an artist - a writer, say - where they're asked about the meaning of their work, and they say something like, "It is whatever you say it is?"It can come off as elusive, flippant, or falsely innocent. But those artists have discerned an important truth about their vocation: Art cannot exist without an audience....more
Two current examples on my mind:   I know this isn't about tech, but I just became aware of it ...more