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The world as seen from San Francisco 

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 02:40:24 +0000

Last night I had dinner in San Francisco with an illustrious group of people. Some of them would arguably be perceived as the smartest people around. Yet their worldview was very biased by their life in Silicon Valley.  Examples: A lot of the conversation on inequality centered around how zoning laws are pricing a new […]

Leo and I find the future

Wed, 18 May 2016 02:34:37 +0000

Today Leo (9) and I were on Messenger, using video, he in Madrid and me in Miami. We were having a long conversation as he walked around Madrid doing different things and I was doing my work. So we were virtually together for quite a while, happy the other person was there, sometimes silently. At […]

My elevator is way too dumb

Fri, 25 Mar 2016 22:00:12 +0000

My elevator talks to me. But doesn’t listen. It says  “8th floor” when we get there. But I can’t just say “8th floor” to go up, I have to press a button. And my elevator doesn’t recognize me, nor my voice. So anyone else who is not authorized can go to the 8th floor. I […]

The “life in bed” economy

Sun, 31 Jan 2016 23:28:47 +0000

Unfortunately yesterday while on a road bike ride in Miami, I crashed. It wasn’t awful. I will be fine soon. But today I have pain in different parts of my body and stayed in bed. The last time I fell off my bike was in 1997. Back then all I could do while in bed […]

How to stop rising sea level 

Tue, 22 Dec 2015 22:39:21 +0000

Here’s an idea I had to stop rising sea level. This plan assumes that we will fail at stopping emissions and that rising sea level will be a reality. It is estimated that sea level has already risen 15cm from 100 years ago and that currently sea level is rising around 1cm every 4 years. […]

Let’s stop blaming ourselves for ISIS

Tue, 22 Dec 2015 14:42:51 +0000

The war on terror has been brutal, inhumane, extremely costly and ineffective. But as opposed to what many argue, it is not Western brutality that gave rise to ISIS. European democracies are the kindest social systems around the world. With free health care and education for all, EU nations are more caring than US. And […]

What is disappearing from my life and what is replacing it

Thu, 10 Dec 2015 07:44:29 +0000

Here is a list that explains how technology is disrupting my life. -newspapers: Twitter,Facebook,newspaper online apps, news apps. -magazines:Medium, Tumblr, magazine apps. -my car: Uber, Lyft -my desk: iPad lying in the couch. -cable TV: fiber optic internet. -linear TV: Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu. -fix line telephones: smartphones. -cooking: Seamless -libraries: Kindle -CD holders: Spotify […]

Fathers and their boys: the ten year silence

Sun, 06 Dec 2015 22:21:05 +0000

I am a father to three girls and three boys. But this post is only about the father son relationship. More precisely it is about father son communication, or lack of it. First my experience: as a dad it is easy to speak with boys until they are around 8, then there’s a ten year […]

Thanksgiving, but every day

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 02:07:00 +0000

I celebrated 18 Thanksgivings in the USA, then moved to Europe for 19 years and now I am back in the US celebrating Thanksgiving again. Thanksgiving is a US holiday, that as opposed to Halloween, can’t be exported. Because Thanksgiving is mainly about being American. But I have another take on Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is the […]

No, this is not WWIII

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 23:16:10 +0000

Recently quite a few people have been using the term WWIII to speak about the new escalation of global terrorism. This is wrong. If the comparison relates the number of victims, we are not anywhere near WWIII. 80 million people died in WWII and the world had 2.5bn people then, if WWIII means something of […]