Unanswered Questions

Feynman (1918–1988) was a theoretical physicist known for his work in quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics (for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965), and physics. He pioneered the field of quantum computing, and introducing the concept of nanotechnology (in 1959!) He taught at the California Institute of Technology from … See the Meme


This is one helpful way to decide whether someone should be your friend. Happy 17th Anniversary to my best friend: my wife.

Context Matters

Pet store photo — and the text added to it, even the title — by my friend Al Boss (who even has a super-cool name, and provided permission to use his photo and words here).

NASA’s Job

The full context of this quote, from my eulogy of Jerry in 1999: Jerry was a brilliant and uncompromising engineer. One of his strengths was keeping humans in the loop: It’s relatively easy to design a machine. It’s a lot harder to design it well so that it helps people, rather than get in their … See the Meme

Get a Read on This

Addison (1672–1719) was an English essayist, poet, playwright, and politician, and the co-founder of The Spectator magazine in 1711. Yep: they had magazines in 1711.

Plato Speaks

Think before you speak. Plato (c425–c350 BC) was a Greek philosopher and the founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. He is widely considered the most pivotal figure in the development of philosophy, especially the Western tradition. Unlike nearly all of his philosophical contemporaries, Plato’s entire … See the Meme

The Hotel’s Advice

I took this photo: I saw it on the wall at the last hotel I stayed at (in Tooele, Utah). Seriously? Someone thought this was useful advice? (“Use stairs, not elevator” might be helpful, but this?!)