Building The Perfect Beast

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RIP, Zim

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That was a pretty long and illustrious cup of coffee…

Don Zimmer, former Dodger, and big-league manager, dead at 83

Written by Jeffery Battersby

June 4th, 2014 at 10:03 pm

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Who Pinched My Ride?

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Outside Online has an interesting article on one man’s quest to find the person who stole his bike. It’s a fun read. Kind of a pseudo-detective story, with no happy ending.

The futility of locking is shocking. We’re living in an age of surveillance and DNA swab kits; isn’t there a good all-American fix, a tool, gadget, or technology solution? Every technical panacea seems to have its own flaw. Victims of bike theft have created online registries for stolen bikes, but these are obituaries, not a way to preempt the crime.

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May 29th, 2014 at 1:25 pm

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Maya Angelou Dies at 86

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Maya Angelou Dies at 86

If growing up is painful for the Southern Black girl, being aware of her displacement is the rust on the razor that threatens the throat.”

—Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

And another from NPR.org.

Maya Angelou brought about a paradigm shift in American literature and culture, so that the works, the gifts, the talents of women writers, including women writers of color, could be brought to the foreground and appreciated. She created an audience by her stunning example.

—Professor Joanne Braxton, College of William and Mary

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May 28th, 2014 at 1:12 pm

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Daylight 5 Review

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My review of Daylight 5 is now live at Macworld.com. Daylight 5 is a great CRM tool for keeping track of all your contacts and the business you plan to do with them.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

May 23rd, 2014 at 7:44 am

Michelle Obama Cites View of Growing Segregation

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Michelle Obama Cites View of Growing Segregation

Today, by some measures, our schools are as segregated as they were back when Dr. King gave his final speech.

—Michelle Obama

Interesting that this should appear in the NY Times this week as I was just making mention of this to my wife and my mother.

Just this past week I had the pleasure of meeting the young man I’ve spent time corresponding with this past year. He is a student at a school west of Atlanta, where a friend of mine teaches 5th grade. The population breakdown of the community is about 50/50 black to white, but what I found most interesting was that the school where my friend teaches, based on my totally unscientific observation, has a white population of less than 5%.

According to my friend, who has been teaching in this district for quite some time now, the school district lines have been drawn and redrawn over the past several years so as to keep all the poorest children and children of color in the school where she teaches.

If you don’t think segregation is alive and well in the US you are greatly mistaken. It may not be as obvious as it once was, but it exists and it is, perhaps, more insidious than it ever was.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

May 18th, 2014 at 10:39 am

It’s Different for Girls

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So, here’s where I admit to being completely naive when it comes to how women have to live in the world. I have had friends tell me of their experiences with bad male behavior in public, including someone I dated in high school telling me that she often had men pinch or tap her ass in public, but this is craziness…

From Heidi Roizen’s It’s Different for Girls:

Years later, we decided to raise venture capital. I was meeting with a Boston-based VC in his office. He had a window behind his head and, unbeknownst to him or the other people in the office, I could see a reflection in that window of what was going on behind my head in the corridor (all-glass offices can be quite revealing in this way.) As I pitched him, one of his partners engaged in a pantomime in the corridor, making a circle with the fingers of one hand while poking his other fingers through the circle, then thrusting his hips in a sexual fashion.

Despicable…

Written by Jeffery Battersby

May 6th, 2014 at 9:17 pm

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OneNote for Mac Review

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My review of OneNote for Mac is now available at Macworld.com.

OneNote for Mac is a great app, although not yet as feature-rich as it’s Window’s counterpart or as capable as Evernote, it shows promise. Perhaps enough promise to make it your note taking app of choice.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

April 14th, 2014 at 10:07 am