Are smart guns the future of gun safety?
A few weeks ago I purchased a new handgun.
I wanted to write about it, but in light of the shooting in California I decided to delay the post. Blogging about my enjoyment at the purchase of a new firearm didn’t seem appropriate considering. And then there was a shooting mere blocks from my family home at Seattle Pacific University. And then another at a High School in Oregon.
Like or it not I now have a role in this conversation.
While discussing the events with friends I’ve seen the question forming on their lips. Very few of my friends have a firearm. What did I, a seemingly reasonable person and friend, think of gun control?
I’ve been mulling over domain names for the better part of a week.
In the pantheon of first world problems, naming a website is a nightmare. I’ve been through naming and identity exercises with two start-ups and it’s often an exercise in choosing the best in a field of bad options. In an increasingly specialized world there are even company naming consultants; typically stellar copy writers or creative folks who offer naming as a service. Virtually every word and pairing of words has been taken. So, unless you want a .co, or .info extension, you need to get creative and be prepared to make compromises. Continue Reading
Holland Library – Washington State University
20 years after graduating from university and I suddenly have a tremendous amount of home work. If I’m going to pull this off, I’ll need a hint of credibility. Fortunately research is something I excelled at in school. And the technological leaps since the early 90s make the task so much easier. As I sit here and type with the world’s information literally at my fingertips, I’m reminded of my many hours in WSU’s Holland Library. While the microfiche served me well, I’m glad its been replaced by vastly superior tools.
I come from a line of liberal arts majors and, as my father has said on more than one occasion, liberal arts programs train you to think. I like to think I’ve set course on an agenda that fuses a bit of brawn and brain. Continue Reading
A list. Salvation lies within.
You don’t thrown down a goal like acquiring a secret agent’s skills after 40 without due consideration. Fortunately, like any aspiring agent, I have a secret weapon. I love lists.
Now, if you’re anything like me, you might think, “hey, I love lists too.” And you’d be wrong. You probably like lists. I love them – it’s an important distinction. I make lists at work, I make them at home. I have lists for different categories of travel. I wrote my wedding vows in list form. I’ve even been known to write down items after completing them – only to immediately cross them off. It’s the list crossing that is key; it creates a virtuous cycle. The more I list, the more I complete. The greater the velocity, the greater the gratification. At this point you might be thinking that I have a potentially unhealthy relationship with lists. And you’d be right.
So, what’s the secret agent list? It’s a fluid list of competencies, activities, travel destinations, and milestones. As an aspiring writer the list also does double-duty in providing a steady supply of material. Right now the list breaks down into five important categories including: transportation, cultural & social intelligence, combat, exotic locales, and “don’t tell mom.” And while not a category in its own right – we have mash-ups.
A word on each…. Continue Reading
I was seven years old when I realized I wanted to be a secret agent. Most people don’t decide who they want to become until college or even later. Some never do. I was lucky.
The epiphany struck, embarrassingly enough, while watching Moonraker. Well regarded as among the worst in the Bond canon, Moonraker was rushed into production after the success of Star Wars. You can just hear the development meetings “We’ll replace the Walther PPK with a ray gun and make millions.” And they were right – it grossed over 200 million worldwide. Regardless, the film had an indelible impact. While I’m not exactly writing this post from MI6 or the George Bush Center for Intelligence (senior, not junior), I can lay claim to a few skills and experiences that are “on the list.” And there is, indeed, a list. More on that soon.
Fast-forward 33 years and I’ve come to the realization that my childhood dream can and should be realized. I can become secret agent material after 40. With a bit of cash, guile, and Advil – I can do damn near anything I set my mind to. Humility has never been a family trait.
Now, how best to get started?