Friday, December 17, 2010

WISHING YOU A VERY MERRY............

I want to wish all of my readers Happy Holidays and a healthy and fulfilling New Year. I am optimistic that 2011 will be a very good year for the very good people who are smart enough to read my blogs.

That said, I am taking a break for the next month or so to clear my head and finish the book I have been working on,"How To Cope Better When Someone You Love Has Cancer." My goal is to have it published by Spring, 2011.

Meanwhile there are 143 blogs on copewiththeeconomy.com and 459 on mindlymatters.com. Feel free to go back and read all the ones you missed.There will be a test in February!

Be well and happy.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Thursday, December 16, 2010

THE YIN OF TECHNOLOGY REPEATED

Since no one liked my barber pole blog,I am back at the techno stuff.

Last week I finally concluded that technology is becoming and will continue to be our conscience. That's not a bad thing at all.Our world needs a really SUPER super ego.

Even simple technology like video replays can help that cause. Tell that to the Jets conditioning coach, Sal. He stuck out his knee on the sidelines and tripped a Dolphin
who was already out of bounds. Sal was really way out of bounds and by his own admission, post replay, just not thinking.

Replay outed him. Suspended for the rest of the season without pay and fined 25K. Sigmund would be pleased.

As of Wednesday he was suspended indefinitely when it was learned he organized the line-up of those five guys. It was "premeditated" tripping. What in heavens name was he tripping on?

The moral of the story is watch your back and your legs. Big brother and sister technology are watching!

Bye For Now,

Bill

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

MAD AT MADOFF ONCE AGAIN

If you scroll back a couple of years I spent some blogs on Bernie, who made off with people's money. He also stole from charities. No obvious conscience in sight. Now he sits in jail for 150 years. No "get out of jail "card for him.

Now he has paid the ultimate price. His 46 year old son, Mark, hung himself on the second anniversary of his father's debacle. What a sad time for this family,Mark's younger brother and especially Bernie's grandchildren, who lost their dad.

My standard line is that cess makes a mess. So does greed and glopful behaviors. Why, I wonder, don't people understand that?

Bernie was brilliant. He could have made a more than good living the old fashioned way.What made him chose the fast lane to hell. I guess we will never know.Hopefully, we can learn from him to go in the other direction.

Bye For Now,

Bill

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

YOU LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERYDAY

I never knew before today that the red and white barber pole has it origins in blood.
Barbers were the first surgeons. Shave and a hair cut and get your appendix removed.

So they would hang their bloody white surgical cloths outside on a pole to dry.From that simple beginning came the standard pole symbol of a barber shop.

Now aren't you glad you know that? If not, I could rant on and on about technology.

Bye For Now,

Bill

Monday, December 13, 2010

THE YIN OF TECHNOLOGY

I know that you thought I was moving on after Friday's summary technology statement.

Over the weekend I read some fascinating articles on advances of robot surgery for prostate cancer as well as many other procedures. They emphasized minimally invasive, faster recovery, more accurate and targeted interventions.

In addition, it is possible for a surgeon in the US to operate robotically and remotely on someone far, far away. Surgery is becoming a video game.

Of all the conveniences of technology as well as those to come, I believe it will be in the field of medicine that we will see the most progress. These will truly be a Yin blessing of grand proportion.

Bye For Now,

Bill

Friday, December 10, 2010

THE YIN AND YANG OF TECHNOLOGY

I wanted to conclude this rant and rave about the techno world with a quote or two. Unfortunately, I found none. So here goes:

Technology is the best of times and sometimes the worst of times all rolled into
one amazing grace evolution and revolution. The I phone seems like an
incredible hand held computer that also serves as a phone. But what will be in
five years? Only time and Steve Jobs know for sure. What I know is that it will
be even more amazing and yet, none-the-less, a little more scary! WNP

Bye for Now,

Bill

Thursday, December 9, 2010

THE YIN AND YANG OF TECHNOLOGY

Technology screwed up and didn't publish yesterday's blog till almost 8PM. No big deal in the scheme of things.All five of my loyal readers had to wait an extra 12 hours.Sorry.

Today I was thinking that the ease of communication, while overused and abused at times,is quite amazing. When I think of the good old days, they really weren't all that good in terms of so much delayed communications.

Think about the day my father died. My mother had to call the City College office. They had to trace what class I was in and send a message to the room with a monitor for me to come home. In today's world that would be handled by a text that read, "Bad day in the Bronx.Come home at once."

Take it one step further. The medical technology today would have prevented Dad's death. All he needed was an angioplasty which unfortunately was not yet invented. Same for my father-in-law who died at age 51.

Despite some glitches here and there we are quite fortunate to be living in these times.Feel grateful. Tweet everyone you know and post that on your facebook. Quickly, before wikileaks lets it out of the bag.

Bye For Now,

Bill

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

THE YIN, THE YANG AND THE BIG BANG

I had a revelation this cold morning in South Florida.

I had received feedback that I was looking at technology through outdated eyes. I assume they meant old fashioned and not old fogy!

So I began to think perhaps the wiki leaks, school test scandals and even the facebook communications of teens as well as the "cheater" outed by texts, cell phone bills or whatever may have a positive value.At the end of the day it causes everyone to be more accountable and think twice before they leap into glopful behavior (see previous blogs).Perhaps technology has become a supplement to our collective and individual consciences. Perhaps it is and will continue to strengthen what Freud called our super-egos--the part of our mental system which reigns in our animal based ids.

Here is what I thought. The Pentagon will be more cautious about what and how they communicate. So will business people and scammers. Parents will need to provide more oversight. People engaged in inappropriate situations will have to think twice before outing themselves via technology or taking the risk of detection.Profs will have to be a little more creative in their exams,instead of just copying out of a book. And no one will ever use a mimeograph again!

In sum, we will have to consider the "big bang"possibilities in an information gone wild era. Maybe, just maybe, the techno-revolution is the best thing that ever happened to civilization. Perhaps not! Time will tell.

Bye For Now,

Bill

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

THE YANG OF TECHNOLOGY

So I picked up a newspaper in my car from November that I had not yet read. Seems there was a cheating scandal at UCF. There are websites which provide the questions and answers text book authors write to help Profs make their exams. These "question banks" are no different than the ones I used as a fellow in the early 60's to make tests for the Profs I was assisting. I made them on a mimeograph machine of all things.

So 200+ students got the questions for a midterm test in an aptly titled, Strategic Management" class. Everyone did so well they suspected a leak. So everyone got in trouble as well as the Prof whose was chided for using the question bank knowing they are sold on line.So he made up a new exam.............. I would have given them an A for their strategic management.

There is a definite need for regulation. I rest my case!

Bye For Now,

Bill

Monday, December 6, 2010

THE YIN OF TECHNOLOGY

For all of my moaning and groaning about the loopholes of our new technology, there is always a saving grace.

My uverse wireless router seemed down.Multiple functions were not happening.

I called their tech support number. I fought with their automatic voice guy and won. I won't tell you what I called him as he kept telling me to reboot my computer. "Done that!", I said among other things. I finally talked to Husaan in Canada.

He jumped on it quickly.He was able to Mac adjust the router remotely that had become unadjusted for reasons unknown. It all works now. It is all good now. This part is all amazing now. Every time I feel out of control in cyberspace something happens to help me to feel back in control.Awesome.

Now if we could only regulate that sucker!

Bye For Now,

Bill

Friday, December 3, 2010

THE YIN AND YANG OF TECHNOLOGY

I truly believe that one of these days someone will find a way to establish rules and guidelines that govern cyberspace. If not, I believe that we will take matters into our own hands, fingers and keyboards and do our best to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

Someone needs to come up with an iprotectu app. Someone or many someones need to slow it all down to a more manageable level. At some point the risk reward level needs to be weighted toward the latter, rather than the former.

Realize that we have only just begun. The techno revolution will accelerate in the next decade beyond our wildest imagination.Brilliant minds are developing brilliant plans to suck us in. Now is the time to set the bar and capitalize on the good and minimize the not so good. If not, we will be downgraded to pawns in a world controlled and owned by technology. Fight really hard to never allow that to happen.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Thursday, December 2, 2010

THE YIN AND YANG OF TECHNOLOGY

It is an interesting coincidence that just when I start talking about the dangerous side of technology that Wiki takes a big leak and lets the world take a big peak!

The scary part here is that the Pentagon is so easily and serially hackable. The Pentagon!!! I mean this is not your local bowling alley or deli. I betcha they don't even have Norton virus protection on their computers! Their password is probably nogatnep (pentagon backwards) for you non-dyslexic types.They probably still use that greasy PC kids stuff.

They actually hired a former hacker to help them get more secure. Isn't that like Bank of America hiring a bank robber to get the inside scoop. Surely there are high tech, high priced security firms out there that could help. Or do they only spend five hundred dollars on essentials like 3 inch nails, toilet seats and three ring binders (that they probably leave laying around) with government secrets. I'm quite sure they lock the toilet seats which is why they cost so much. Tight assed is not tight lipped!

All kidding aside this is pretty serious. If politicos and undercover CIA types can't keep secrets, how do the rest of us stand a chance? You better stop texting your secret boy or girlfriend,lest Wiki leak it to your beloved. 4warned is 4armed! Next time use a pay phone.They don't tell and they don't leak and they don't really exist anymore.

I'm going to stop now as I need to look over my shoulder. So do you!

Bye For Now,

Bill

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

THE YIN AND YANG OF TECHNOLOGY

Appropo of yesterday's blog my very favorite cartoon shows a dog at a keyboard. He is sitting on his hind legs at a desk chair and his friend, a smaller dog, is on the floor. He says to his friend, "The thing I like about computers is that no one knows you are a dog!"

Bye For Now,

Bill