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What exactly are "Moments of Brilliance"?

Well, as you've no doubt recently seen on any street in any city, digital cameras -- especially those in the form of cell phones -- are becoming ubiquitous, making our lives more documented than any prior time in history. The same is happening to our conversations: First with email, and more recently with text and instant messaging.

Theoretically, "Moments of Brilliance" might contain any such casually captured moment of life. The first few items are up now. Do check them out. What we have so far are primarily clips from IM conversations that are either: nostalgic, illuminating, surreal, or some combination of those attributes. What qualifies as such a "Moment"? Any such captured 'slice' from our lives. It doesn't even have to be in an electronic format; for example, drawn art or handwritten notes can be scanned for display, preserving their original form of expression.

Original thought, an accidentally captured portion of a conversation that turns out to be a muse, or merely a subtle allegory -- discovered treasure, if you will -- of some mundane-yet-profound aspect of our lives. Even intellectual horseplay is perfectly at home here. Have a look at what's been posted so far, and you'll see what is meant by that.

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Finding "Hope"

As the title to this article, "Finding Hope" has a very blunt and somewhat obvious double-meaning. In a few sentences, I'm going to ask you to re-think that title, and I hope you get a chuckle, as I do. Because what it means is not necessarily what you think it means. Not in this case.

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The Circuits Blowing

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The Circuits Blowing
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For those of you who don't recognize this photograph: It's from a spectacular split-second moment during a recent, ultra-high energy rock concert. (More below...)

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She Saves Me Again

She saved my ass again.

However, it's with some bashfulness that I confess that "she" is -- once again -- not a person, but the GPS navigation unit in my new Superphone. (I refuse to use the buzzword "smartphone". Trust me, they're designed by humans -- many of whom aren't that smart.)

My (Current) One and Only

My (Current) One and Only

So, it's like this. I'm back in my humdrum life again after that splendiferous vacation I told you about, during which I fell in love with Superphone after she guided me around Sacramento. (Anyone who knows me knows I'm exaggerating, playing myself down. My life is not that boring; I merely fear that it is.)

So what's so special about how "she" saved my ass today? Simple: the Nav capabilities of the phone (which are phenomenal, and remember, this is a skeptic speaking) allowed me to wander & explore places I haven't been to. Now it has a workapplication as well, which is what this article is about.

So, today I'm back working after that nifty vacation I told you about. And the work ain't bad. The only thing honestly that's bad about it is the just-out-of-reach expectations I place on myself. And the job became -- as tech jobs often do -- more than I bargained for, literally.

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Dreiunddreissig ist jetzt mein Alter! Kommt! Sofort!

Happy Birthday to Me, I'm Thirty-Friggin'-Three.

Es ist mein Geburtstag. Ich bin dreiunddreissigjaehrig!

Heidi Klum didn't show up (as usual), so I'm honored to let uber-thespian Alan Rickman help me "celebrate" my 33rd birthday. It's not for a few weeks. But once you pass 30, you start to just brace in advance for the coming punch. I'm sure you understand... What's a few weeks, when you're facing the inevitable?

"Dreiunddreissig Das Stockwerk. Kommt. Sofort!"
Alan Rickman as the singular, classic, quintessential ultrasmooth movie villain Hans Gruber, In the original Die Hard.

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Art in Motion: Specialized Allez Elite Double

Art in Motion: Specialized Allez Elite Double

The silver thing in the photograph with the wheels (above or below, depending,) is referred to by most people as a bicycle. However, in certain circles it is also known as "Dharma". (Thanks, Big Al!)

Damn cool ride, too. It's a Specialized Allez Elite Double. I don't know what "double" refers to -- I mean, these are great bikes, but I only see one of them in the ad. [Update: My brother has explained it refers to the number of cogs on the front spindle, which as you may know determines the range of gear ratios.] These high-end machines are made about an hour from where I live, in Morgan Hill, which is an odd coincidence; I grew up riding them back in New York City... well, starting when dad became a rich man, anyway. I think he only bought two for himself. (Though I'm hardly one to judge if you look at my guitar collection. Ya gotta do what you love. Of course, I made my bones at 24, while my dad took slightly more than twice that long to find his pace, so I guess I might cut him some slack.) As it goes... or rather as it went, back during my "days of origin" in New York, Northern California was just a distant dream for me. And far from biking distance, if you catch my drift.

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