Sunday, February 18, 2018

I have a Competitive Advantage, do you?

I’m wondering if I should share my competitive advantage. Wouldn’t that allow others I may be in competition with a quick way to close the gap? After all, if you have an idea for a product, say “the Carpoon” for example, won’t someone else try to exploit it?

But maybe by sharing my competitive advantage I’d encourage others to follow suit and gain by that.

I’ll ponder it a little more. Feel free to provide your thoughts on the matter.

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Tech - iPhone X

Just got an iPhone X as a Christmas gift. I didn’t expect it but my iPhone 6 was getting slow and the battery problematic.

I’ve been enjoying the setup and transition of my apps handling most of it manually to do a little housecleaning rather than wholesale transfer.

I can say that I like the new features, the size, and the images provided by the new device.

More to come as I put it through it’s paces with the start of the new work year.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Blog Installment Theme - Pursuing Architect

New installment based post category to start the new year and to reinvigorate my writing more regular blog posts.

Parking the idea here for now, more like stopping briefly in the Loading Zone rather than long term parking.

Read "On Writing" for Steven King's thoughts on waiting for the muse to come before just sitting down to write.

Also read "Drive" to discover Dan Pink's approach for self- and other- motivation.



Fun flies when you're doing time...

That was a mis-quote from a prior colleague, I believe from my Superconducting Super Collider days. That would make it over 20 years ago as that was the last place I worked prior to moving to New Jersey. I can't remember the particular persons name, but I do remember him talking about being a guest ice guy at Dallas Stars hockey.

The quote comes to mind since I haven't posted to this blog in over 3 1/2 years. The fact that was when I stopped working in NYC and so lost my train commute time for writing. Since then there has been a lot that has transpired in my work life and life in general.

Those are topics for future blog posts, if I am able to break out time to write, that is.

Being that it is Christmas Eve and New Year's is coming after with it's opportunity for resolutions. We'll see...

Merry Christmas, 2017, and Happy New Year, 2018!


Friday, June 27, 2014

Decision Analysis - Part 1 - MPG versus gas price

Gas mileage comparo for my daily commute:

Seems the VW turbo diesel is still in the lead.

Next I will factor in price difference and cost per year.

Car options are:

Diesel: VW passat, VW jetta

Gas: Mazda 3

Electric: Ford Fusion Energi

and base comparison is the VW eos using premium gas (Andy)

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Still Rocking the 1st Generation iPad

Why is that? Because it just works for most of the things I want and need to do with it. Of course I am missing having a camera on this model as you know I like to blog with photos. Yeah, I could blog from my cell phone but don't really like the one I have.

There may soon come time to upgrade my tablet device, particularly in that this one can't be updated to the new OS. Until then, this is my device.

Enjoy the gear you have.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

1st Post of 2014 - On Walden Pond

So here is a New Year's resolution for 2014. Post more to my blog than I have over the past several years. I shall try.

Do other's feel that days and weeks are moving way too quickly? Not only to accomplish things and create happiness but even to keep up with the essentials.

I may need to turn to Henry David Thoreau to get some perspective and ideas for slowing down the pace of life. Would it be just wrong to read "Walden" on my Kindle as I am riding the train and subway in my 4-hour work commute? Seems like the perfect anachronism. Wait, doesn't that mean "out of time?" What about out of place and time?

Any recommendations?

Enjoy a new day.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Basecamp from 37 Signals vs Project Director from Mindjet

I am going to do an evaluation comparing Basecamp collaboration tool versus the new offering from Mindjet called Project Director. I like the simplicity of Basecamp and have been a user for more than five years but I also like the ability to mindmap in a group setting that MindManager has allowed me equally as long.

Mindmapping is also the basis for the planning approach I have developed called Visual Project Planning Method (VPPM) and that is not well supported in Basecamp since it is more task based rather than project plan based. MindManager's integration with MS Project and other MS applications is also a plus.

I will provide more direct evaluation results in an update to this post. If anyone has something to offer related to this topic please post a response or send a direct email.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Poor Sport or Bad Loser

I was playing online chess on the train commute this morning. A good game matched against an opponent only two points separating our ranking. We were into the end game and I managed to get a queen against his remaining rook. I then trapped his rook and was ready to finish him off with my queen and king to his lone king.

Rather than take his next move he offered me a draw three times. Since I had the advantage to win I declined each time. Rather than move (I would have been able to check mate in 3-4 moves) he let the time run out. I was awarded the win based on time but this seems like an approach of a poor sport.

He could have resigned or played for a stale mate draw but to offer a draw when you are behind is insulting.

Seems online games see more of that due to anonymity. Any thoughts?

Friday, June 21, 2013

So long

As in so long between posts. Not so long as in goodbye. January to June. Not that nothing has happened but way too much occurs all the time.

The brief stay at a cabin on a frozen lake in February comes to mind. I need another getaway. Thinking about a driving vacation in a camper van or small RV. Need to do some research for vehicles and route and destinations.

Enjoy whatever getaway comes your way.

Thursday, January 10, 2013


This is a test. Not a quiz or exam kind of test. An action to check if something works. My blogger app for Droid in this case. This is only a test.