The real role of education

As debates about the direction of educational systems take place in the US and other countries, it's worthwhile to take into consideration the possibility that we're teaching the children too much theory and too many arcane concepts rather than practical things which will prepare them for real life. There's nothing wrong with knowing physics or [...]

Four wishes for Lightroom

It's 2011, a new year, and it's likely that Adobe will put out a new version of Lightroom this year. With that in mind, it would be wonderful if the Lightroom team could implement the following features in the next minor or major version of LR: Find and Replace within metadata (details here) Faster navigation [...]

My wishlist for Flickr

I joined Flickr in December 2004, and stuck with it since then because I like it. In spite of the various censorship issues that have plagued it over time, it's still one of the best (if not the best) places to share photos. (Videos are another matter...) Here's a short list of what could make [...]

Making the custom bed frame

Last summer, I made a custom king size bed frame for our bedroom, out of solid wood. I held off on writing about it until now, nine months later, because I wanted to make sure the end result was solid and worth writing about. We've been sleeping on it ever since, and there's nothing wrong [...]

Changes in TV viewing habits

The BBC reported recently on how TV viewing is becoming a more social experience. When I read through that article, I said, hang on a minute, I had an idea back in October of 2005 along the same lines... I called it audience-inclusive advertising, but the thoughts I wrote in there can be applied to [...]

Undercover Boss was my idea too

A couple of weeks ago, my jaw dropped as I browsed Twitter. SNL had put together a skit lampooning a new show on CBS called "Undercover Boss". I didn't even know the show existed, much less that it had been on SNL. Since the show's launch after the Superbowl, it turned into a nationwide hit, [...]

Better media width compatibility in WordPress

One thing that works against you when you want to try out new WordPress themes (and this applies for either self-hosted WP installs or for WP.com blogs) is the width of your media, like the images you upload for your blog posts. Many themes are narrower than the width you may have chosen for your [...]

Why can't I use AirTunes from my iPod or iPhone?

For those of us with an AirPort Express, this question comes up at some point: why can't I play directly to it from my iPod touch or iPhone, using the same AirTunes technology that is available through iTunes? After all, an iPod touch or iPhone has WiFi, and AirTunes works through WiFi. If I can [...]

How about a real Apple TV (an Apple tablet)?

Ligia and I were watching cartoons in bed this morning, on my laptop, and I realized Apple still hasn't capitalized on the opportunity to create a real Apple TV. Here I was, after having ejected my external drives, disconnected the laptop from its peripherals, taken it off its stand and put it on our bed, [...]