Casual Cape Day: It’s About Gratitude

09. March 2017 Misc, Opinion 0
Three years ago, I decided to start a new holiday at my office. I got the idea from an old friend of mine back in college, who randomly put on a cape one day, and decided to declare Casual Cape Day. This kind of thing has been done before, so certainly there is nothing particularly original going on ...

The Four Causes of Technology

02. February 2017 Philosophy 0
Aristotle, in his work The Metaphysics, enumerates a number of “causes” which describe the essence of a thing. Your business’s technology is a thing. If we want to gain a good understanding of what this thing is, then we should be able to describe this thing–in its essence–we should be able to articulate each cause in order ...

Resourcefulness, Initiative and Grit

29. December 2016 Opinion, Philosophy 0
When faced with some problem, most of us (let’s be honest) are habituated toward shopping for and purchasing some product that “solves” our problem. But the marketplace is not lacking in products. What is lacking, I believe, is spirit. When I was just a young boy, I thought that owning a new pair of sneakers would ...

How to Fall in Love with your Job: Always do your best

22. December 2016 Business, Opinion 1
Peter, most people don’t like their jobs. But you go out there and find something that makes you happy. –Office Space Even half a century ago, most people could not have connected with this movie as well as they do today. Memes from this modern classic can be found everywhere on the Internet, and people can instantly ...

The Promise of Technology is also the Danger

20. October 2016 Philosophy 0
Who would deny the promise of technology? Technology does allow us to achieve feats that would have seemed like fantasy even a few decades ago–nobody denies that. Furthermore, each iteration of new technology makes the one before it instantly obsolete, or at least, they appear lackluster. That which seemed impossible yesterday is possible today, and by tomorrow will ...

IT Doomsday?

29. September 2016 Opinion 0
Doomers have existed since the beginning of time. And almost every generation of people has believed, at one time or another, that their generation might be the last–those who witness (or usher in) the end of the world. Post-apocalyptic dystopia even enjoys their own sub-genre within the fictional realm–find these themes in every form of popular media (books, movies, TV, ...

The Measure of Success

19. September 2016 Opinion, Philosophy 0
How do you measure success? In the world of consulting, we live and die by the billable hour. Utilization. But I haven’t watched that metric for myself–ever. I’ve been told to, of course. But as with many conventions, I generally ignore it. These days, I’m lucky enough to work for a company that doesn’t ask me ...

What is Technology?

25. July 2016 Philosophy 0
What is technology? The word technology is made up of two root words—techne and logos. Both come from Ancient Greek. The first of these means “art, skill or craft,” while the second means “dialogue, discourse or study.” Techne is particularly concerned with human agency and artisanship–that which is applied to trades or skills which produce something–in other ...