A Fight For Fitness

A week ago, I restarted my practice of martial arts – Kyokushin Karate. And of course, being winter and post-holiday season, I’ve gotta fight just to get fit…and be fit to fight. So I’m still in the “realizing-how-out-of-shape-I-am-phase.” But at least I know what I need to work on: everything. And the older I get, the longer this phase seems. I’m a 40-something karate kid. … Continue reading A Fight For Fitness

Karate And Mental Gymnastics

Something happened that I didn’t expect. Looks like for 2019, I’m taking karate again! It happens to be January, a new year, so it’s a good time to start a new thing. Or in this case, renew an old thing. Last week, my youngest son had his birthday and became old enough to join karate with his 4 older brothers at our local YMCA. My … Continue reading Karate And Mental Gymnastics

Blogs Back In Style

Being a blogger, I really like the open and independent web. So when I read a recent article that mentioned old-school blogs coming back in vogue, I was stoked! Beyond that, though, we’ve grown ever more aware of the problems with centralizing the internet. Traditional blogs might have swung out of favor, as we all discovered the benefits of social media and aggregating platforms, but … Continue reading Blogs Back In Style

A Music Subscription Sounds Good

Lately, I’ve had a lot on my mind. Work has been busy and somewhat stressful. Outside that, my cognitive focus has been on designing a bedroom addition to our house. Plus my wife and I discovered the show Parks and Recreation and have been enjoying it nightly! Meanwhile, something unexpected started. I have never been interested in subscribing to a streaming music service. I’ve never … Continue reading A Music Subscription Sounds Good

Tinnitus And Technology

For quite some time, I’ve had tinnitus. There are 3 or 4 different tones continuously ringing in my head between my ears. It’s constant, loud, and can be very bothersome at times, even anxiety inducing. So after trying some things on my own to no avail, I finally arranged a visit with my doctor to get my hearing checked out. Earlier this week I got … Continue reading Tinnitus And Technology

The Grip Of The Smartphone

A thought-provoking idea was posted recently on Cal Newport’s Study Hacks blog. It asked, “Are smartphones necessary anymore?” That notion was based on the premise that a smartphone is nothing more than a connected mobile device. But many of the responses in the comments showed that the smartphone is much more than that. When Steve Jobs introduced the quintessential smartphone (iPhone), he said it was … Continue reading The Grip Of The Smartphone

Computers Are Like Cars

Unlike my previous post, which specifically talked about how iPhones and iPads last a long time these days, this one is about the longevity of computers in general. I was realizing just how long both my own and my wife’s PCs are still running after many years. And I think it’s like owning a car. I upgraded my wife’s desktop PC core in 2011; that’s … Continue reading Computers Are Like Cars

The Longevity Of Apple Tech

Thanks to Apple’s recent news about slowing iPhone sales, it’s apparent that people don’t upgrade their phones as often as they used to. Until last week, the device I used was over four years old. I upgraded from an iPhone 6 to a brand new…iPhone 7! Wait, but that phone is like two years old. That’s right. And it’s a great upgrade! I would say … Continue reading The Longevity Of Apple Tech