Thematic Photographic 377 - Softness

I was staring at our sleeping dog the other day and realized his fur is getting a little long. Actually, my wife and kids have been reminding me to make his grooming appointment. I'll get on it and re-shoot his fur for a future entry here ....more

They hate Jews, too

Fun fact about me: I'm Jewish. While I've never identified myself front-and-centre as a Jewish tech journalist, I likewise have never shied away from discussing issues related to Judaism - mine or general ones - whenever the opportunity presents itself. I don't hide who I am or where I come from, but at the same time I've never led with it.If I'm being blunt, I've probably erred too much on the side of public silence, choosing to not to rock the boat out of fear that someone in the fast-changing and fast-constricting world of conventional media will somehow take exception to my decision to share my views on racism and xenophobia.But history is a funny teacher, and I grew up with the lesson that silence in the face of racism merely encourages that racism to grow ....more

On a softer kind of strength

"There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness." Han Suyin ...more

Different London. Different world.

Not like homeLondon, KYDecember 2014 The scene: We were midway through the first day of a very long drive away toward a warmer place than the one we had left before dawn. The peculiarities of time, distance and speed resulted in us getting hungry right around a rather familiar-sounding place. Like our hometown, it's also called London ....more

On having a choice

"Everything that happens is a small part of our journey. We can choose to be passive or we can be proactive and overcome our fears, set our own goals and do the best to reach them. For better or for worse, we always have a choice."Giorgio Pautrie ...more

Teletubbies return with a vengeance

If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you may be familiar with Po. She's the littlest of the four Teletubby characters that a few years back dominated the children's television landscape. I've had this particular Po figurine since our eldest son was a toddler ....more

Windows on a plane

ShinyNewark, NJJuly 2016 I've had a thing for aviation photography for almost as long as I've had a thing for aviation in general. Planes seem to offer up a never-ending roster of possibilities when you've got a camera in your hand.And despite the worries in post-9/11 America over security, I still think bringing the camera along on a trip to and through an airport is a worthwhile risk. Don't you? ...more

On making sense of Nice, France

"There is a saying in Tibetan, 'Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.' No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that's our real disaster."Dalai Lama XIV It's been a brutal week on so many levels. And after a crazed terrorist plowed a truck through a crowd in Nice, France and a monster in plain sight murdered 5-year-old Taliyah Marsman near Calgary, Alberta, it would be easy to throw our hands up in the air and say we're done, that we've lost our belief in humanity, that a world that would allow this to happen is a world we no longer want.But I'm guessing that's what these monsters would want us to believe. Because if we do, if we give up, then they win ....more

Coming back from the clouds

Just got home from an all-too-brief week away from the chaos that is the real world. For the first time in, well, ever, I disconnected. Didn't log into email, didn't tweet, didn't update my Facebook status, didn't read anyone else's either ....more

What's 10 in dog years?

In a world where people are gunned down simply because of the color of their skin, and others are blown up because of their religious beliefs or ethnicity, a dog's birthday doesn't really rank up there on the global priority list. But in this case it's our dog, Frasier. And he turned 10 today ....more