"Murphy was an optimist!"
Tick tock January 31, 2014 8:48 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Philosophy, Poetry
It’s the last day of the month
I’ve never felt so fucked
Choices to be made
Life goes on
Day by day
Future becomes the past
Days go too fast
Obligation in the way
Watching kids grow up
What would Chapin say
Another beat of the clock
Time is an illusion
Created by man
Used to fill the void
Used to drive us mad
Disproven by physicists
We exist all at once
Then we’re fucked.
Lame Dad January 29, 2014 12:27 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
There is a rare snow in Knoxville. I’m working from home. I type on my keys and see others posting pictures of the snow men they are building with their children and the sledding for their kids. I type faster instead of going outside with my children. While I feel lame, I look to my left to a stack of bills and know that the choices I make are to avoid being even lamer.add a comment
The day thus far January 26, 2014 2:31 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
Woke to no Internet or television. Troubleshoot. Programmed until my eyes bleed and my head exploded. Troubleshoot. Programmed more.add a comment
Caution January 25, 2014 9:18 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
Difficult weekend ahead.add a comment
Knoxville is a small town January 22, 2014 7:04 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
I was born into a city of 30,000 people. So, Knoxville’s population of 182,200 (or 441,311 if you include Knox County) should seem large. However, you cannot point your finger around here without pointing at someone that is more connected to you than Kevin Bacon.
Today I went somewhere where I should have seen no one that I know, and in three separate parts of the building, I was recognized by 3 people I knew.add a comment
Deep Thoughts January 21, 2014 10:46 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Deep Thoughts, Humor, Philosophy
Almonds are cool.
Until you being to imagine you are eating tiny cockroaches.
On waking up January 20, 2014 8:05 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
Truthfully, most days I wake in a panic attack. It’s a terribly way to start your day.add a comment
My life January 19, 2014 12:15 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
Authority: "Jump in the water!"
Me: "Okay. I’m in the water."
Authority: "To live, you must swim to that island."
Me: "I think I have just enough strength to make it there."
Authority: "They won’t let you on the island without a boat. Here’s some wood and nails to build a boat."
Me: "Thanks! I have the skills but I need some tools."
Authority: "That guy over there in his boat has a hammer and saw. But he’ll want you to build a raft for him in exchanging for loaning him tools."
Authority: "Your nails are sinking."
Authority: "The tide starts going out in an hour…and there is a storm approaching from the south. Have a nice swim!"
You might be a programmer January 18, 2014 9:50 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Humor, Philosophy, Programming, Technology
You might be a programmer if…
…you’ve ever sat at your desk, computer in one hand, pot of coffee in the other, and considered wearing an adult diaper.
Of Grasshoppers January 18, 2014 9:32 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Of Grasshoppers, Philosophy
Student: Why do they frustrate me so?
Master: Are you sure they are the cause of your frustration?
3 day weekend means… January 18, 2014 9:21 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
This weekend is a holiday weekend to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We have Monday off from work. You would think that means this weekend would be filled with additional time with my children and activities with the family. You’d be wrong. I will hiding in headphones and be programming rather non-stop for the next three days. Vacations are for work.add a comment
Scent Msg Successfully January 17, 2014 1:21 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Gadgets, Technology
How many minutes do you think the oPhone prototype was in testing before someone farted into it?
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This Phone Lets You Send Smells, Not Texts
Stop holding me back! January 16, 2014 10:58 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Technology
Today I saw someone ranting over fitness trackers with “what will they think of next, a device that tells you if it is raining?”
These people have no vision. If the mass of people with these negative gut reactions were the drivers of technology, we’d still be in the stone age.
I see things like the quantified self, wearables, google glass, smart homes and think “about freaking time” and wonder why we aren’t thirty years beyond where we are now. One easy answer is the damned corporations, their lobbying and profit seeking. But the truth of the matter is we have to slow down technological progress for the neo-luddites and simpletons who can’t see beyond the end of their nose and fear change.
Give me my flying car so I can get off my own lawn!add a comment
A bad path January 13, 2014 11:18 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Technology
The arts teach more than your standardized tests January 10, 2014 8:17 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Touchy Subjects
Tennessee. Haslam. McIntyre. Knox County School Board. This video is for you.
Yo! Knox County Schools…how about stepping up and doing stuff like this with our students? Lessons? How about hand/eye coordination, team work, rhythm, did I mention team work?, leadership, technical production, composition, self-confidence, and most of all, accomplishment. Did you know that there is a mathematical side to music? And poetry (literature) in the lyrics? I’m sure I missed some.
Do you get any of that out of a standardized test?add a comment