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...
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...
I Want More From Artificial Intelligence

I Want More From Artificial Intelligence

  Siri. Cortana. Google Assistant. Alexa. These are all variations of today’s artificial intelligence-based assistants. They all let you do roughly the same things, like adding items to your calendar; sending messages; setting alarms and timers; and doing basic web...
Vacation 2015: A Tale of Three Cities

Vacation 2015: A Tale of Three Cities

Note: This is necessarily a long post, since it will contain lots of detail about a lengthy and detailed trip. Preface If you’d like to see full highlights from our trip, I’ve put together a Google Photos album, which you can view here. This vacation story begins way...
Retrospective: 2014

Retrospective: 2014

As has become my habit, at the end of each year I look back at the previous 365 days, and reflect on events–good and bad–to see just how my year has gone. 2014 had its challenges, and 2015 certainly looks like it’s going to be full of change, one way...
The Astros New Identity Stinks

The Astros New Identity Stinks

The Houston Astros have a new identity–new logo, new uniforms, new mascot. But that identity stinks. ‘New’ isn’t even the right word to describe the Astros updated look and feel. Even ‘updated’ isn’t the right...
A New Era For Houston Baseball

A New Era For Houston Baseball

On Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011, the ownership of the Houston Astros officially transferred to Jim Crane and his investor group, ushering in a new era of baseball for Houston, Texas. Not only do fans have a new owner, but face the impending switch to the American...