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The Good Hackers

January 19th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips The original hackers were the good guys. Some of today’s hackers still are. Nintendo recently brought back a handful of old video games in a clever packages called the NES Classic Edition. They sold a boat-load of them. The trouble is, you can’t add any games to it. Enter good-old hackers who […]

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Tags: Customer · Fun · General Systems Thinking · Programming


April 14th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Never by surprised at what some persons consider to be “fun.” Consider this when managing risk. Recently, Microsoft put an Artificial Intelligence system called Tay on Twitter or something to learn how to chat. Some persons found it and taught it how to chat like a jerk. Microsoft wasn’t prepared for that […]

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Tags: Excuses · Fun · People · Risk

Service as a Service

June 25th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillip The whatever-as-a-service has gotten a bit out of hand. I have lost track of where we are in the world of XaaS. Software as a Service was one of the early ones for me. Then I heard of Infrastructure as a Service (does that mean rebuilding roads and bridges? Perhaps not.) I […]

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Tags: Fable · Fun · Play

The Clay Pot Heater

February 6th, 2014 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I build a heater from two clay flower pots and some tea candles. I saw this on the Internet (how many times have you heard that one) and decided to build my own. It was very cold the week I did this, so that explains why I did it. I saw that […]

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Tags: Fun · Ideas

A Genius of America

September 10th, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips America breeds misfits. These people sit in the back of the classroom and laugh. Then they grow up and invent things that no one else imagined. Part of the genius of America is that we breed misfits. These persons sit in the back of the classroom. Some of them laugh all day […]

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Tags: Adapting · Differences · Fun

A Great Christmas Gift

January 2nd, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I receive a Fiskars tool for cutting open those annoying plastic packages. I often find that the best Christmas gifts of my life are (1) unexpected and (2) inexpensive. Such happened this year. The photo here shows such a gift from this year. It is a cutting tools from Fiskars. It cuts […]

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Tags: Design · Family · Fun

It’s Called “Winning the Pennant”

October 18th, 2011 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips <rant>Baseball now moves into the World Series. You take the pennant winners from the National and American leagues and play a best-of-seven series to see who is the best in the world. Now, let’s see if we can ruin this. People must be trying to ruin this, because they are succeeding at […]

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Tags: Communication · Fun

College: Education and/or Fun

October 3rd, 2011 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Most people in America still see college as fun first and education second. At least education is in the top two. Here is an article about the slow pace of adoption of online learning in colleges. The technology is here and has been here for years. Still, most colleges don’t go online. […]

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Tags: Fun · Learning · Play

A Smashwords Update

September 26th, 2011 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I’ve sold a few short stories on Smashwords. I’m thrilled. Back in February 2011, I declared that I was posting my short stories on Smashwords. To date, I have sold about $65 worth of stories. I am pleasantly surprised. The key to selling as many stories as I have is the Smashwords Premium […]

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Tags: Fun · Writing

Keep Quiet About It

July 18th, 2011 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips One of the few things I remember learning in high school is that if I keep quiet about some privilege I have, no one minds. I guess I learned a lot of things in high school. I remember that I learned how to play a couple of musical instruments and march in […]

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Tags: Fun · General Systems Thinking