Smart Speakers are invading our homes: Will you welcome them in?

Smart Speakers are invading our homes: Will you welcome them in?
I happily admit that I am a gadget junkie, but I have never had any interest in obtaining a smart speaker. For those not familiar, smart speakers are virtual assistant enabled wireless speakers. The more well known versions are Alexa, Google Home, and the upcoming HomePod by Apple. I’ve said repeated that I saw no need for one... Read more »

iPhone X: Bringing out the fanboy in me

iPhone X: Bringing out the fanboy in me
Just a little over two years ago, I announced that I had left Android and Windows for the Apple world. It was a love affair that just a few days later spawned a post about why Apple is better. Fortunately, I have calmed down since then. I still absolutely love Apple, but I also know... Read more »

Halloween: The Official Start of the Christmas Countdown

Halloween: The Official Start of the Christmas Countdown
It’s finally Halloween. I have so many friends that anxiously await this day every year. They love dressing up, they love going out, and they love scary movies. Since Halloween combines all of these things, it’s their favorite holiday. I also love dressing up and going out, but I could live without scary movies. The exception being the... Read more »
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Amazon: Why I hate the Wal-Mart of the online world

Amazon: Why I hate the Wal-Mart of the online world
I feel like the lone wolf here, but I have to just say that I think Amazon sucks. First and foremost, their prices are no longer the cheapest. I use the Google Chrome extension WikiBuy, which compares online prices for any product, and I am noticing more and more that Amazon is no longer the... Read more »

Hiatus over: breaking the trend, returning to church

Hiatus over: breaking the trend, returning to church
When I awoke yesterday morning, I did the same routine so many others do on a Sunday morning. I got up, had coffee, read the news, and showered. Then, I did something unusual for me. Actually, it’s something becoming more unusual for Americans in general. I went to church! That’s right, I, a loud, gay, immigrant-loving, equal rights... Read more »

It's more than 'just change' to food service workers

It's more than 'just change' to food service workers
I was standing in line yesterday buying a drink, when the person in front of me was eight cents short of being able to pay for their purchase. The clerk was about to cancel the purchase when somebody stepped forward with a dime. The customer who didn’t have the change was ever grateful, but then the... Read more »
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Facebook's 'On This Day' becomes prosaic

Facebook's 'On This Day' becomes prosaic
By now, everybody should know that Facebook has a feature called On This Day. For the few that are not aware, it’s a daily look back at all the shit you’ve posted on Facebook in previous years. For those people who use Facebook only as a way to track milestones, this is probably a wonderful feature that... Read more »

Procrastination and planning are not mutually exclusive

Procrastination and planning are not mutually exclusive
Note: As part of this month’s Blogapalooza-Hour at ChicagoNow, we were given one hour to write about what, why and how we procrastinate. This is my entry into this month’s challenge. When it comes to procrastination, I like to claim that I have mostly perfected it. After all, I have had over 25 years of experience. Procrastination became... Read more »

Some days be glad you wore underwear...

Some days be glad you wore underwear...
I’m the kind of guy that takes the ‘casual’ part of business casual very seriously. I like to dress comfortably, and I tend to cycle through the same outfits over and over. I honestly don’t care that I have a closet full of clothes, I just grab the first few and that’s my weeks worth of outfits. After... Read more »
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Bebe Rexha rocks Chicago in intimate Metro show

Bebe Rexha rocks Chicago in intimate Metro show
While I am sure every artist dreams of selling out stadiums filled with thousands of fans, I think there is magic in smaller shows. Something is just special about actually being able to see the artist from anywhere in the venue, versus paying tons of money to watch the performance on a jumbotron. Judging from the popularity... Read more »