Retrospective: 2017

Retrospective: 2017

As I do each and every December, I sat down to write about the past year, and all its up and downs, reflecting on whether it was a good year, or a bad year. 2017 must be categorized as both. For Houston, it was both a great year, and a terrible one. For me and my...
My Year in Books: 2017

My Year in Books: 2017

To see the full list of books I read this year, click here. I’ve been doing these year-end book reviews for a decade now. This year, I’m beginning a huge shift away from updating a website, and just using the incredibly-valuable tools already on the...
Review: iPhone X

Review: iPhone X

The iPhone X (yes, it’s pronounced “10”, not “ex”) was announced to much fanfare, and fans immediately began salivating over it. Critics argued that it was merely copying what was already out there–phones like the Galaxy S8, the LG G6, and others. And while those criticisms are somewhat valid, after using the iPhone X for a few days, it’s clear that they’re not exactly true. This really is a next-generation smart-phone, and in many ways has arrived ahead of time.

Review: Apple AirPods

Review: Apple AirPods

At long last, truly wireless earbuds! Apple has received a lot of criticism for the AirPods since their announcement. Many have complained about the look of the ear buds, the price, and the idea that it might be easy to lose them, but few people have actually provided...
Review: Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Gen)

Review: Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Gen)

Amazon wants us all to believe that the Echo, and Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, is something we absolutely need in our homes. She’s an always-listening artificial-intelligence assistant, ready to help out in myriad ways. Alexa can provide information...
Retrospective: 2016

Retrospective: 2016

As has become my custom, I take a look back at the previous year, the good and the bad, the surprising and the obvious, and reflect on the year as a whole. Many would agree with me that 2016 was not a great year. It saw turbulence across the globe, in all aspects of...
What I Read in 2016: The Year In Review

What I Read in 2016: The Year In Review

For the Goodreads graphical version of this report, click here. Over the past few years, I’ve set myself fairly aggressive reading goals, and managed to hit those goals. 2016 is the first year that I can remember falling short of my goal, and not by a little bit—but a...
Retrospective: 2015

Retrospective: 2015

As 2015 ends, I take my yearly look back, at what has happened, not happened, and try to determine how happy I am with the previous year. 2015 has been quite a year, with mostly some very significant ups, and the downs being fortuitous in that they could have been far...
What I Read in 2015: The Year In Review

What I Read in 2015: The Year In Review

For the condensed, graphically pretty version of this that Goodreads provides, click here. While my reading rates continue to decline, my to-read list certainly hasn’t kept pace; it has grown by a full 20 books this year, which means nearly every book I read got...