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September 12, 2016 by Frogboy
So I finally got a Tesla.

Some of my friends were surprised I didn’t get one earlier.  I have a 20kw solar array that provided more than 100% of my electrical needs. So why didn’t I get a Tesla when they first started coming out? The short answer: I didn’t think they were practical at the time.

When the Roadster came out in 2009, it’s theoretical 240 miles (realistic, 190 mile) range wasn’t far enough for me to do serious distance yet.  Remember, in ...
August 7, 2016 by Frogboy
In no particular order.

 

If the Roomba would just empty its bin on its own, it would be a completely autonomous vacuum system. I wish there was an AI bot that could just block posts and messages from friends when they’re about politics. I don’t care which monster you want to support. You’re still supporting a monster. There are not enough bike paths to my office here in Canton/Plymouth Michigan. Nothing reminds you of your mortality like having a car zip past you going 5...
August 4, 2016 by Frogboy
I recently picked up a Roomba and am amazed at how far they have come.

Like many people, I followed the original release of the Roomba robotic vacuum it seemed kind of like a toy at the time.  No more.  It’s for real.

Right now, my office building spends about $1,600 a month on cleaning.  Now, vacuuming isn’t the main thing they do but it is a significant part of what they do.  It is tempting to just buy three high end Roombas (one per floor) and let them go and se...
June 18, 2016 by Frogboy
When running an Internet business, trust is one of the most valuable commodities a business has.  That’s why I was so surprised to discover that Teleflora seems to operate on what appears to be an unscrupulous business model.

For my wife’s parent’s big wedding anniversary she ordered this:



What they actually got was this:



Besides the fact that it only had a handful of the roses, the most ridiculous part is that the little white flowers they included rather than th...
February 24, 2016 by Frogboy
Last night my wife and I attended a debate organized by the Michigan Review at the University of Michigan.

On one side was Breitbart editor, Milo Yiannopoulos and on the other was journalist and noted feminist, Julie Bindel.

The debate revolved around Feminism’s effect on modern society. 

 

The Venue The room was filled to capacity.  The handful of protesters were escorted out promptly the moment they began to try to disrupt the venue.   Meanwhile, ...
November 11, 2015 by Frogboy
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December 3, 2014 by Frogboy
Some of you know Kris Kwilas as Nakor around here.  He’s been with Stardock since, I think, 1996.  Last week he’s moved from our VP of Technology to being a consultant. He’s going off to do new and great things.  It’s been a long planned move. He gave me a 2 year notice that he was eventually going to do it.  But I feel like my right arm is missing.

Our management team continues to evolve. We’ll have to do a new management page.  These days it’s:

Me Angel...
October 31, 2014 by Frogboy
Happy Halloween everyone! Just pouring some thoughts out into the ether here.

I <generally> don’t like boycotts

I’m only speaking of myself here. So don’t think that those of you reading this who engage in boycotts are being tut-tuted by me.

Here’s my rationale:

I don’t like coercion. I don’t like the idea of using economic power to stifle someone’s speech. The answer to speech I don’t like is more speech.

When we decide to exert our economic power to punish peopl...
November 28, 2013 by Frogboy
It's Thanksgiving!

And I have a lot to be thankful for.  In no particular order, here are some things that I am very very thankful for.

 

#1 My Wife and kids.

My wife and I have been together over 20 years. I love her so much. We met in college during an..incident in EE lab (you do not want me to work on anything that actually involves electricity).  Since then, we've had 3 wonderful children.  I am very thankful for them in ways that I think many can appr...
November 18, 2013 by Frogboy
Listen to this, it’s worth it

A good friend of mine sent me a link to this episode of “The Moth”: http://themoth.org/posts/stories/anonymous

It’s about a popular teacher who nearly saw his career ruined by hateful, anonymous rivals who took snippets from his blog to paint a horrible, completely inaccurate picture of him.  It illustrates the disproportionate power of cowardly, anonymous people have to inflict harm on others.

The power of malice

I can relate to this in a v...
May 1, 2013 by Frogboy
So…

Whatcha doing?
April 13, 2013 by Frogboy
I’ve been doing a lot of reading on Walt Disney recently and he tale is both amazing and quintessential.  His professional life was a conflict between his desire to do amazing work with the challenges of running a business.

Early in his career, Disney was devoted to moving “cartooning” into being a serious art. His first true sound cartoon, the famous Steamboat Willy, required the invention of numerous new technologies in order to synchronize the sound with the animation.  It was ...
February 9, 2013 by Frogboy
(Alex – 16 year old son, Ryan – 12 year old son, Debbie – wife, me are looking out the window at all the mouse trails under the snow)

Debbie: That’s pretty cool

Ryan: You know, this family is pretty weird

Alex: Shut up and get ready to go to the Lizard show [we’re about to leave to go to a reptile show]
November 26, 2012 by Frogboy
So what kind of car do you drive?

I've got a Chevy Volt.  Best car I've ever had.  
November 5, 2012 by Frogboy
What...do I do?