Browsing articles by " benrobb"

Facebook Is Not Your Friend, Your Friends Are Your Friends

Facebook is not run by philanthropists intent on providing a valuable service to the world by helping them keep in contact with people they know (or don’t know as the case may be).  It is run by businessmen who are making money in various ways that include selling advertising and personalization. Not that there is anything inherently wrong with making money (I like to do that myself), but it does have an impact on how […]


Fishing for Favors

A bit of advice for those who are seeking help from someone else, but first a little story.  A few weeks ago, I was out of the office, when I received a phone call that had forwarded from my desk phone.  The following dialog ensued between myself and Phone Girl, who’s name I’ve forgotten, from some company who’s name escapes me. Phone Girl: Hi my name is [Phone Girl] calling from [Some Company].  For the […]


Magic or Technology

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Arthur C. Clarke, 1961.  I invite you to watch the latest photo-editing technology from Adobe.


Weighted Companion Cube-o-lantern

I’m not the most creative person in the world, but every once in awhile I try. We were carving pumpkins for family night on Monday and I was trying to think of something besides the regular old triangle-nose-smiley-face-with-two-teeth pumpkin. Alison suggested I do the cube. She was referring to the weighted companion cube from a game called Portal in which you weave your way through levels of physics puzzles with your portal gun and anything […]


The Back of the Napkin

The Back of the Napkin has been on my to buy/read list for while now.  The idea is that problems can be solved (and ideas can be sold) with simple pictures to illustrate. The author just won a contest for best presentation.  Here’s the presentation and it happens to explain the healthcare problems that are all the rage today with amazing simplicity and clarity. So if you’re like me, and you didn’t know anything about […]