9/11 + 20

It’s been 7,305 days since I watched the Pentagon burning through the office window – two wars and billions of “borrowed” dollars gone down the rabbit hole – Al Qaeda, Taliban, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Arab Spring, NSA, ISIS, Syria, Iran, a mob storming the US Capitol, and the recent inglorious end to the United States longest war.  We are still in the midst of the worst Pandemic the world has seen since 1918.  And the USA is still awash in cultural and political hate and discontent!

The more things change, the more they stay the same!

Memorial Day 2021

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, from the hills, from the sky;
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.

Fading light, dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright.
From afar, drawing nigh, falls the night.

Thanks and praise, for our days,
‘Neath the sun, ‘neath the stars, neath the sky;
As we go, this we know, God is nigh.

Sun has set, shadows come,
Time has fled, Scouts must go to their beds
Always true to the promise that they made.

While the light fades from sight,
And the stars gleaming rays softly send,
To thy hands we our souls, Lord, commend.

A Tale of Two Hips

hip replacementsAs of 19 April 2021, my left bionic hip has been in continuous service for 4,044 days (12.07 years); my right bionic hip has been in continuous service for 3,085 days (8.45 years).  During recent trips to the orthopedist and a few x-rays later, I got the good news that they are aging gracefully.  Unfortunately, my arthritic knees are not!

OWK Streetwalkers

Back in the olden days, our family lived in a city along a river in the Southwestern corner of Pennsylvania. Just about everybody we knew worked in the steel mills, foundries, coal mines or some related occupation. For a while we lived in house on a hill along a Red Dog road. No sidewalks, no curbs…just a Red Dog road.

Now I live in an upscale neighborhood in a town in the richest county in Virginia. Utilities are all buried, the roads are paved and well maintained as are the sidewalks. Yes, sidewalks!

It has always been my impression that sidewalks are indeed called sidewalks because one walks on them. But it appears that more than a few residents here either haven’t figured that out yet or perhaps have some a long standing aversion to “walking” on sidewalks. On any given day, one sees as many people walking in the road rather than on a perfectly good sidewalk. Maybe it’s just that they are concerned taxpayers and want to minimize wear and tear on the sidewalk. Or they have a fear of falling if they get too close to the curb and lose their balance.

Or maybe they too spent their early years in a house on the side of a Red Dog road and perhaps haven’t learned that “You Can’t Go Home Again.” (Thomas Wolfe).

Just a Few Tweaks

If you’ve ever been involved in the design of a web site, or for that matter, any software system that has a human interface, this should sound familiar.

Please Make it look like Apple. I love it, but can you invert all colors?. Make it look like Apple. Do less with more. You can get my logo from Facebook. Can you make it pop. Can you put “find us on Facebook” by the Facebook logI need a website. How much will it cost can it handle a million in one go can you turn it around in Photoshop so we can see more of the front. Can you pimp this PowerPoint, need more geometry patterns can my website be in English? for do less with more I’ll pay you in a week we don’t need to pay upfront i hope you understand can we try some other colors maybe can you make the font bigger?. We don’t need a backup, it never goes down!.

In addition, can you rework to make the pizza look more delicious can you lower the price for the website? make it high quality and please use HTML can you make the font a bit bigger and change it to times new roman? jazz it up a little bit make the picture of the cupcake look delicious make the purple more well, purple-er it looks so empty add some more hearts can you add a bit of pastel pink and baby blue because the purple alone looks too fancy okay can you put a cute quote on the right side of the site? oh no it looks messed up! i think we need to start from scratch can we barter services? we try your eye, but can you change everything?

Turn it around in Photoshop so we can see more of the front can you turn it around in Photoshop so we can see more of the front can’t you just take a picture from the internet?

Although what you’ve given us is texty, we want sexy for I really like the color but can you change it. We need more images of groups of people having non-specific types of fun that’s great, but we need to add this 2000 line essay can you make pink a little more pinkish, yet anyway, you are the designer, you know what to do give us a complimentary logo along with the website. Can you make it pop.