The Inaccessible Internet

The Inaccessible InternetIn 1989 Tim Berners-Lee created what is arguably the most impactful, world-changing invention ever – The Internet. In this world where we are surrounded by The Internet of Things, you can’t blink an eye without being influenced in some way by this brainchild of one of the world’s most intelligent human beings.

Berners-Lee is credited with many famous quotes in regard to the Internet. Here is one that inspires me every day when I fire up my computer and start working:

The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.

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Carolina in My Mind

Welcome to North CarolinaUp until now, many of the posts in this blog have been centered around my life in the Boston area.  After 15 years of dealing with New England winters (especially the Winter of 2015) my wife and I decided it was time to give up our investment in the area.  We were ready to let go of the great piece of property we had and take the southbound lane toward friendlier winters.  For us, the decision on our new destination was an easy one.  After vacationing twice in North Carolina we set our sites on the state James Taylor so aptly wrote about in his song Carolina in My Mind.

Dark and silent late last night, I think I might have heard the highway calling.
Geese in flight and dogs that bite.
And signs that might be omens say I’m going, going I’m gone to Carolina in my mind.

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Times Have Changed and So Have I

It certainly has been a long time since I have posted any new content to my blog.  For those who have followed my blog in the past, I want to let you know that I will be revamping the blog in the near future and will resume posting.  Some things in my life have remained constant since my last post and many things have changed which may bring a fresh perspective to what I write about in the future.  All of these changes are good, positive changes.  I look forward to continuing on and sharing my thoughts with you.  Please bare with me as I make updates to the blog to present a more current user experience and make the space more accessible to those who will benefit from any accessibility enhancements that may have been added by the WordPress platform.


Reaching Across the Aisle – The C-Party

Government ShutdownI read something the other day that made real sense to me.  I think a large majority of us feel our elected “representatives” in Washington are causing a real  bottleneck, to say the least.  Nobody there seems to want to play nice in the political sandbox.  Every John Q. Public has an opinion on what’s going on in those hallowed halls that pave our American Way.  The lack of negotiation and compromise is causing some serious problems in this country’s ability to move forward.  And when those in our government reach an impasse, their solution is to buy more time before the next critical deadline and subsequent impasse is to take place.

I’d like you to read the article I read the other day.  It is an outline for a new political possibility that is based on common sense.  It is based on the grounds that we as owners of this country should believe in.  Yes, WE OWN this country.  We the people own this country.  Not political parties, not China, not the television networks. Read the full post »

My City Was Gone

reinventing detroitAfter several years of struggling and trying to rebuild itself after the collapse of the automobile industry, the city of Detroit has filed bankruptcy.  It becomes the largest city in America to do so and sadly, now it will serve a model for many cities that are also perched on the edge of the cliff of financial ruin.

There are many who believe the downfall of America’s auto industry is to blame here, but it’s not.  There have been decades of mismanagement by political leaders.  Kwame Kilpatrick’s mayoral regime weaved a cloaked web of corruption, fraud, racketeering, and extortion.  This jailbird, once seen as a formidable player in America’s black political landscape, is now doing jail time.  He took the people’s trust and faith and knitted an orange prison jumpsuit with it. Read the full post »

Heart – The Beat Goes On

heart-2013-tourHeart made a stop at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA to rock a warm, humid night last Friday.  Fresh off their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last spring, Ann and Nancy Wilson brought the latest incarnation of the band out for an audio and visual feast that more than fully satisfied the musical belly of the nearly sold-out venue.

With food like this I could gorge day after day.

Heart could have played for three days and still have had plenty left in their tank.  They came onstage and unleashed a set that was almost in a perfect chronological order of hit after hit covering their successes from the seventies, eighties, and nineties.  The band was tight, the sound was extremely well-crafted, and I learned first-hand that Ann Wilson can still belt out vocals that simply put her on a different plane than most female singers.

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