Author Archives: Jim

Why Not Vote for the Political Insider? Listen to Horatio Bunce!

Today there is a focus on the “Citizen Politician” with the rise in the polls of Donald Trump and Ben Carson – the “political outsiders.”   You can see them as the solution to a country on the wrong track  or just … Continue reading

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Do you start every sentence with So… ?

My wife and I have our own set of pet peeves about how people use and often teach the English language.  So this NPR story really caught my attention. As a techie and programmer – in my heart anyway, don’t … Continue reading

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Making the be$t of the situation

Curtis and Leroy saw an ad in the Starkville Daily News Newspaper in Starkville, MS and bought a mule for $100. The farmer selling the mule agreed to deliver the mule the next day. The next morning the farmer drove up and said, “Sorry, fellows, I have … Continue reading

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Do you hear Crickets?

I heard a story quite some time ago that I am unable to find references to, but it is amazing to me how often it applies to how people think and perceive the world. Here’s the story…   A man from … Continue reading

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Computers Are So Rude… What’s the Consequence?

Of course computers are not rude, you need to have some intent or emotion to be rude.   You could argue that the people who write programs are rude, but that is not really the case… in fact they are often … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Appreciation – Dr. Jane Goodall

I was really lucky that my daughter Kate invited me to a lecture by Jane Goodall at F&M College (credit for picture).   Dr. Goodall is an amazing person on so many accounts.  But I was really impressed that while celebrating her … Continue reading

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A World Too Perfect

Today, admittedly, April Fools day, I heard a story from the sports world that for the first time, a major league baseball umpire was over-ruled by a computer.  I’m not a big sports fan so I was a little surprised … Continue reading

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The First Open Source – Ben Franklin?

I am a huge open source proponent, not just because of all the advantages it brings to the world, but also because the community demonstrates a way of doing things that is exciting because it so incredibly successful, surprising and, in … Continue reading

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Resume – Jim Irwin

Where I have been:  Over 30 years of applying technical and cultural change to the inception, initiation, development, sales, and delivery of client-centered strategies and solutions as products, consulting services, or C-Level advisory functions.    Where I’d like to be:   To … Continue reading

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Used Keys Stay Shiny

Benjamin Franklin makes the observation that it is the used keys that are shiny.   There is no intent to keep the key shiny, but it is a happy side effect of their use (unintended consequence). Since I read this in … Continue reading

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