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May 31, 2020 by Frogboy
Brad’s hand youth system. Hand on left: untreated. Hand on right: one day of Brad’s youth system. The secret ingredient: Bee stings!  
May 29, 2020 by Frogboy
I do my first Spring inspection on the new hive.  The bees are really gentle so I don't bother wearing gear.  No problem. But when I go to put the hive back togoether, one young bee has managed to get stuck on the outside. Knowing that she isn't likely to find her way back in (she can't fly yet) I take her on my finger and try to get her to walk back in the front.  She insists on walking on my arm.   Eventually I gently blow to get her to move back towa...
May 29, 2020 by Frogboy
It's funny how Twitter started out claiming it was a messaging service.  And yet, over the years, it has become as moderated, often with a political bias to its moderation, as any community forum. I wonder if it might be worth putting in effort on JoeUser.com.  Before there was Facebook or Twitter, we had JoeUser which was intended to be a place where people could easily share their thoughts with friends.
September 28, 2019 by Frogboy
When it comes to dogs my views can be summed up by this incident this weekend... I am at the store and I need a USB-C cable.  They're $9.99.  I call my wife and tell her "I dunno, $10 for a cable, can you just bring the one we have downstate with you?" However, before I had left the store I bought a $9.99 "Super Premium" dog bone.   Priorities. Post your picture of your dog here. We have two dogs. First, the new puppy: This is an "English Creme" retr...
February 26, 2019 by Frogboy
I'm on an airplane right now.  I've been flying pretty regularly since I was 5 years old (parents got divorced and back then they could live in different states).  It's the flight experience where you can really see how much tech has changed.  More to the point, as Kurzweil has pointed out, tech is changing exponentially and it's gotten to the point where it's really hard to miss. On the way to the airport I was able to check in to my seat via the Delta app that put a not...
October 1, 2018 by Frogboy
One of the challenges I face in my role as the CEO of a company is that I always live in the future.  My job is to project things that will happen 1 year, 3 years, 5 years from now.  As a result, I tend to worry about things all the time. Andy Grove, the former CEO of Intel, wrote a book I highly recommend called Only the Paranoid Survive. It's been a boon and a curse to me because I have learned a lot from it but at the same time, it has resulted in me constantly focusing on the ...
June 24, 2018 by Frogboy
One of the less pleasant trends I've seen in social media is the lack of recognition that actions can have consequences.  It never ceases to amaze me to see grown adults behave in a beastly way and be shocked, shocked that their actions have resulted in consequences that were almost entirely predictable. One exercise that I think many people would benefit from would be to consider what someone else might do in return.  Rather than trying to guess what they might possibly do, consi...
December 3, 2017 by Frogboy
Sunday’s are strange. Do I have enough time to start a new book?Is the dog getting enough attention? She doesn’t seem to think so.i really want to play game X but shouldn’t I be working on Star Control? Or GalCiv? Or Ashes of the Singularity?My son has math homework. Shouldn’t I be helping? How much?People are mad at the Democrats/Republicans. Should I care? I don’t really care.its cold outside but the solar array inverter needs to be checkedYouTube Let’s p...
November 19, 2017 by Frogboy
I have 3 children. I love them to pieces. But dogs? Obviously not in the same league but holy cow there is just something so touching in their unconditional devotion. Sometimes, especially with the smarter ones, their similarities to small children can be uncanny. For instance, my 6 year old Entlevucher brings her stuffed dinosaur to bed every night, she just sleeps with it. Who else here feels the same?
August 30, 2017 by Frogboy
I don't know how common this is with dogs but my dog, an Entlebucher mountaint dog, has a fairly complex moral system when it comes to food.  Namely, she seems to have an internal rule set on what it is okay for her to take food. Here's an example of my dog's morality in action.  If my wife brings me a plate of cheese and crackers, she can set it right in front of me and the dog.  I could get up, leave the room and come back without fear that she would take it.  However,...
February 26, 2017 by Frogboy
I'm on my way to GDC.  I write this from first class on a 752-200 from Detroit Metro.  25 years ago I lived in poverty. How did I go from having nothing to being one of those 0.1%ers? The usual, hard work, self-discipline, delayed gratification. But there's another element that rarely gets talked about: Being born lucky. I took a political test and one of the questions struck me, "Some people are born lucky." as a True or False statement.  I remember watching a vide...
September 12, 2016 by Frogboy
I don’t like sounding like chicken little. Nevertheless, the sky is falling. For those of you who don’t know me, I run one of the oldest independent software companies in the world. My specialty for the past 20 years has been in AI. It is my job to research, evaluate trends and invest accordingly to stay ahead of the curve. And I am here to tell you that the sky is falling. It is automation. It is inevitable. It is irresistible. And if you think that automation always creates new oppor...
June 4, 2016 by Frogboy
I think long before global climate change matters one way or the other that the fate of humanity will be determined by how we make use of strong AI. In the near term (next 5 to 10 years) we’re going to see a huge swath of jobs disappear.  This past week Panera bread added a kiosk to let me order my food.  Wendy’s and McDonalds are already heading that way too.  Transportation is next.  My Tesla Model X with auto-pilot is on the way. I should have it in the next mon...
February 9, 2016 by Frogboy
My wife and I recently came across a show that referenced a person who had the inability to visualize images in their minds.  My immediate reaciton was, “Of course they can’t, nobody can.  We call those hallucinations.”  I thought it was absurd to suggest that people could just conjure up an image in their minds.  Turn out, I’m the defective one: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/23/science/aphantasia-minds-eye-blind.html?_r=0 So in my case (which for 45 years I...
January 3, 2015 by Frogboy
My wife is a mathematician by training but her wit is second to none. In a different life, I think she’d been a good comedy writer.  So I’ve decided to start tracking some of her quips. This is all from this morning:   Me: You’re too good a cook. You’re making me fat. Deb: And if I was a bad cook, you’d be complaining about that instead. Me: And? Deb: You’re like the Kobayashi Maru of food. -- Deb: Every time we travel now we have to find people...