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80s Music Torture Time

80s Music

This fun little game made the rounds in the late 90s and provided hours of fun trying to answer these. See how well you can do.

Below are 222 Lines from 80s pop music songs. Your job is guess the song and artist of each.

Hint: No 2 songs are by the same artist and all songs are between 1980 and 1989. The average person (who was of age back then) should be familiar with almost all the songs, if he or she owned a radio in the 80s. Good luck!

1. Sucking on chili dogs outside the Tastee-Freez
2. I’ve done no harm, I keep to myself
3. There’s a freeway runnin’ through the yard
4. I’ve seen a million faces and I’ve rocked them all
5. Your mom threw away your best porno mag
6. Can you hear them? They talk about us, telling lies, well that’s no surprise
7. One that won’t make me nervous, wondering what to do
8. Are you more than hot for me, or am I a page in your history (book)
9. I can hear you coming, I know what your after
10. And it’s true we are immune when fact is fiction and TV reality
11. Don’t go around breaking young girls’ hearts
12. I’ve got my back against the wrecking machine
13. You take me by the heart when you take me by the hand
14. A cloud appears above your head, a beam of light come shining down on you
15. I’m lying in the rain, but I never wave bye-bye
16. He’s the one that makes ya feel alright
17. Are you happy, are you satisfied, how long can you stand the heat
18. I think I thought you were someone else
19. I tried my imagination but I was disturbed
20. I tell you one and one makes three
21. I’ll be stretching my mouth to let those big words come right out
22. And though she will mess up your life, you want her just the same
23. You can listen as well as you can hear
24. Think of the tender things that you were working on
25. They gave you life and in return you gave them hell
26. Knew he must’ve been about seventeen
27. I am the maker of rules, dealing with fools
28. Can’t get food for the king
29. Step on a crack, break your momma’s back
30. Her hair reminds me of a warm safe place where as a child I’d lie
31. Your like the sun chasing all of the rain away
32. Everyone you meet, they’re jamming in the streets
33. I’m not internationally known, but I’m known to rock the microphone
34. Every time I see you falling, I get down on my knees and pray
35. We’ll take your car, yes we will, we’ll take your car and drive it
36. I said to my reflection, “let’s get out of this place”
37. Easy ready willing overtime
38. The five years we have had have been such good times
39. Didn’t know how lost I was until I found you
40. People of the world today are looking for a better way of life
41. You in that dress my thoughts I confess verge on dirty
42. I’m about to lose control and I think I like it
43. Write in on a pound note, pound note
44. We are strong, no one can tell us we’re wrong
45. Out on the road today, I saw a deadhead sticker on a Cadillac
46. Caught up in the action I’ve been looking out for you
47. An invisible man sleeping in your bed
48. But somewhere somtimes when your curious I’ll be back around
49. I know her love is true but it’s so damn easy making love to you
50. Oh mother dear we’re not the fortunate ones
51. And incidents arose from circumstance
52. You know I like my girls a little bit older
53. You always live your life never thinking of the future
54. Now we’re sharing the same dreams and our hearts can beat as one
55. She don’t need a man’s touch
56. She’ll get a hold on you, believe it
57. You’re everywhere, your so hard to find
58. You want your percentage, but I’m a fool paying the dues
59. No April rain, no flower’s bloom, no wedding Saturday within the month of June
60. There’s a skeleton chokin’ on a crust of bread
61. With my body and soul I want you more than you’ll ever know
62. I used to think maybe you loved me, now I know it’s true
63. Animals strike curious poses
64. Religion is a light in the fog
65. I don’t know where I’m going but I sure know where I’ve been
66. If you want to find all the cops they’re hanging out in the donut shops
67. And there’s a heart thats breaking down this long distance line tonight
68. I’m always working, slaving, everyday
69. Feel like I could run away, run away from this empty heart
70. Kickoff your Sunday shoes
71. Daddy says she’s too young, but she’s old enough for me
72. He turned to me as if to say “Hurry boy, it’s waiting there for you”
73. Your not naive, you must be strong
74. Darken the city night is a wire, steam in the subway earth is afire
75. She had the body of Venus, Lord imagine my surprise
76. I can’t help recalling how it felt to kiss and hold you tight
77. Will you meet him on the main line, or will you catch him on the rebound?
78. Watching every motion in this foolish lover’s game
79. You make the sun shine brighter than Doris Day
80. Lovin’ would be easy if your colors were like my dreams, red, gold and green
81. They threw an American flag in our face
82. When I’m dancing close to her, I can smell the chemicals
83. She told me to come but I was already there
84. Streelight people, living just to find emotion
85. It belongs to them, let’s give it back
86. Everything you do is quite angelic
87. Rolling like thunder under the covers
88. I don’t know what you expect staring into the TV set
89. My eyes dialate, my lips go green
90. I touch you once, I touch you twice
91. To have you with me I would swim the seven seas
92. Crazy little woman in a one man show
93. Went the distance, now I’m back on my feet
94. Got into a little homeown jam, so they put a rifle in my hand
95. There is freedom within, there is freedom without
96. But whatever road you choose, I’m right behind you win or lose
97. I need fifty dollars to make you holler
98. So let’s sink another drink cause it’ll give me time to think
99. Goddess of the mountain top
100. Couldn’t see how much I missed you (now I do)
101. They even bother my poor father ’cause he’s down with me
102. Where can I find a woman like that
103. Paul, I think I told you I’m a lover, not a fighter
104. Mine’s an ordinary life, working when it’s daylight and sleeping when it’s night
105. I had whiskey on the rocks and change of a dollar for the jukebox
106. Just don’t ask me how I am
107. Your lights are on but your not home
108. Take your passion and make it happen
109. That little faggot he’s a millionaire
110. I was wrong, now I find just one thing makes me forget
111. So if you’re feeling low, turn up the radio
112. It’s no better to be safe than sorry
113. Darlin’ in my wildest dreams I never thought I’d go
114. The road is long, there are mountains in your way
115. The Salvation Army band played and the children drank lemonade
116. The more you live, the faster you will die
117. I’ve got a secret I’ve been hiding under my skin
118. I love you though you want to hurt me so
119. Wouldn’t wanna be swept away, far away from the one that I love
120. The sheik he drove his Cadillac
121. She showed me the beach, gave me a peach, and pulled out the suntan lotion
122. Two silhouettes saying goodnight by the garden gate
123. Have some chicken, have some more pie
124. I asked the doctor to take your picture so I could look at you from the inside as well
125. Well it’s all right riding arounnd in the breeze
126. I’m just going to keep on counting until your mine
127. Every time you call my name, I heat up like a burning flame
128. This is it boys, this is war
129. I can’t understand what makes a man hate another man
130. I can’t sleep at night, I toss and turn
131. I know you really want to tell me goodbye
132. Food is served and your stone cold munching
133. Don’t let go while I’m hanging on, ’cause I been hanging on so long
134. We can dance, everybody look at your hands
135. I know a place where we can dance the whole night away underneath electric stars
136. I know a thing must come to an end but it’s hard to take losing a friend
137. Well Superman looked up at me, he said “You rock so naturally”
138. You can say anything you like, but you can’t touch the merchandise
139. You want a piece of my heart, you better start from the start
140. But when the wrong word goes in the right ear, I know you been lying to me
141. I follow where my mind goes
142. What’s your definition of dirty, baby
143. We’ll leave the TV and the radio behind
144. All you sittin’ in high places, the rain’s gonna fall on you
145. I turn the switch and check the number, I leave it on when in bed I slumber
146. So when the night falls, my lonely heart calls
147. So you better go back to your bars, your temples, your massage parlors
148. Did you really think about it before you made the rules?
149. So you think my singing’s out of time, well it makes me money
150. Across the north and south to Key Largo, love for sale
151. I swear that I could see forever in your eyes
152. Bermuda, Bahamas, come on pretty momma
153. Nothing had the chance to be good, nothing ever could
154. Take my license and that jive
155. Well by the force of will my lungs are filled, so I breathe
156. Dreams stay with you like a lover’s voice fires the mountainside
157. No huggin’, no kissin’ ’til I get a wedding ring
158. I don’t worry ’cause my wallets fat
159. Sister’s sighing in her sleep
160. Better make it fast or else I’m gonna get pissed
161. Wish I knew what you were looking for
162. What’s your price for flight
163. I know a guy who’s tough but sweet
164. And I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone
165. Why do I find it hard to write the next line, oh I want the truth to be said
166. Put the needle on the record
167. Every time he pulls me near, I just wanna cheer
168. Whoa no, I’ve got to keep on moving
169. Once upon a time, there was light in my life, but now there is only love in the dark
170. I stain the sheets, I don’t even know why
171. There were incidents and accidents, there were hints and allegations
172. I can’t get any rest, people say I’m obsessed
173. She danced like she never danced before
174. Do your fancy dance
175. Your moves are so raw, I’ve got to let you know your of my kind
176. get up, get up, get up, get up, let’s make love tonight
177. But when I win your heart, I’m gonna paint it cherry red
178. All the doors I closed on time will open up again
179. Dream of better lives, the kind which never hate
180. You can feel the punishment but you can’t commit the sin
181. I’m not the one to tell you what’s wrong or what’s right
182. He wants me, but only part of the time
183. People don’t you know, don’t you know it’s about time
184. You were the first, you’ll be the last
185. You think you’re mad, too unstable, kicking in chairs and knocking down tables
186. Your heart’s been aching but you’re too shy to say it
187. The only one who’ll hang out with me is my dear old granddad
188. Things are going great, and they’re only getting better
189. So you better treat her right
190. It’s time to bring this ship into the shore and throw away the oars forever
191. We are the ones who make a brighter day, so let’s start giving
192. We could dance and party all night and drink some cherry wine
193. Dressed up like a million trooper
194. You’ve got to find a way, say what you want to say
195. Sail away with me to another world
196. I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on
197. Welcome to the big time, your bound to be a star
198. Yo no soy marinero, por ti sere, por ti sere, por ti sere
199. Work all day to earn his pay, so we can play all night
200. Ever since you’ve beem leaving me, I’ve been wanting to cry
201. Baby baby when I look at you, I get a warm feeling inside
202. And when we hear the voices sing, the book of love will open up and let us in
203. Some of them want to use you, some of them want to be abused
204. He’s licking his lips, he’s ready to win, on the hunt tonight for love at first sting
205. I have a picure pinned to my wall
206. I can see a new horizon underneath a blazin’ sky
207. You’ll flow down her river, she’ll ask and you’ll give her
208. Earth below us drifting falling, floating weightless
209. Ooh baby, do you know what that’s worth
210. I know when to pull you closer and I know when to let you loose
211. Le me hear your body talk
212. Won’t you pack your bags, we’ll leave tonight
213. The beating of our hearts is the only sound
214. And if this world runs out of lovers, we’ll still have each other
215. Is it so wrong to be human afterall?
216. There is good and bad (mmmmm-hmmm) in everyone
217. Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken
218. It’s gonna take money, a whole lot of spending money
219. I’m not the kind of girl who gived up just like that
220. It must’ve been some kind of kiss, I should’ve walked away
221. You see it all around you, good lovin’ gone bad
222. Ronny, Bobby, Ricky and Mike, if I like the girl, who cares who you like

Now try not to cheat and see how many you can get. Post your answers in the comments if you like.

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Fruits of the Spirit Dying on the Vine

I took the summer off church. The last few weeks of my time in church in late June and early July were becoming increasingly painful. At the root of my discomfort in church was a deepening questioning of the vaildity of the idea of Fruits of the Holy Spirit and in turn the actual concept of the Holy Spirit, and therefore the trinity and so on.

I grew up in the church. Not from a super young age but starting at the very impressionable age of 11. Early on I realized that following the acceptance of Christ you were inbued with the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit, the third member of the Holy Trinity, sent to us after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, to help guide Christians once the physical person of Christ was no longer amoung mankind. In Romans 8 the role of the Spirit is outlined as:

As Christ has set us free from a life served in bondage to the law, we now walk according to the Spirit. And the Spirit of God dwells in us, the believers. And anyone who does not have the Spirit does not belong to Him (vs 9). The chapter ends celebrating the adoption into the family of God by through the redemption of our bodies and displaying the Fruits of the Spirit. Displaying the Fruits of the Spirit are central the demonstration of a changed life in Christ, The thing the sets us apart from non-believers and the sign for the hope of things to come. At the core of my current spiritual crisis is my doubt in the existence of Fruits of the Spirit within the Chrisitian community.

The Fruits of the Holy Spirit are outlined in the episitle to the Galatians in Chapter 5 ‘But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.’ (vs 22).

I look around me, at the many many Christians I know, some displaying the fruits of the Spirit more prominently than others. Many, many, myself included, barely displaying most of the fruits, even some of the time. That would be okay, as we are all a work in process. But where my doubts really begin to break down is when I examine the many non Christian friends I have. Many of them don’t display all the fruits of the Spirit either, or at least not most them, but many they do display some of them. And some of these friends display these attributes far more strongly than many of the people who profess a life in Christ and are purportedly given over to the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

So my mind began to ponder this and I racked my brain for those among me who displayed a life changed, a life evident of a transformation into living according to the Spirit and not by the law. And when I examine those Christians around me; my lovely and amazing sister with kindness beyond measure, the elderly spiritual giants at my church, displaying wisdom beyond years lived, my father transformed from a life of drugs and other temptations, transformed to a man of God, and lastly my amazing life partner, who displays the entire list everyday of his life. But when I look more closely at these individuals, and others, what I really see are personalilty traits that leads them to be kinder, more patient, less forceful people. And when I look at the the non Christians in my life who also display what looks like Fruits of the Spirit and I see the same thing, personality types, not a decision or a life changing event that sets them apart.

So then the true test should be a display of Fruits of the Spirit in those who do not already have a personality that lends itself to kindness, and goodness and self control. To peace and patience, to love and joy. And I turn my gaze to myself. I have a text book type A personality; driven, outspoken, critical, opinionated, fearless and prone to taking over. I have spent my entire adult life trying hard, very hard, with all my might, to fight this person inside me, in order to display the Fruits of the Spirit. And to my great sadness, try as I might to beat down my type A self, it always comes roaring back with a vengance, stomping all over the poor struggling vines of the Fruits of Spirit. And not just me, so very many Christians display deeds of the flesh. Described as ‘immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissessions, factions, envying, drunkness, carousing, and things like these.’ (vs 19 – 21) Capital letter ‘C’ Church loves to focus on the items at the beginning and the end of this list, immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, drunkeness, and carousing. But so rarely do we hear much on the items in the middle of the list, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions and envying. In fact judging by the daily deluge to my email inbox from my family members that love to rail against anything democratic, supporting Obama, worring about the socialization of our society by promoting any form of welfare or caring for those less fortunate. Judging from my Christian friends who are quick to judge and rail against types of people, they don’t know. It is evident that there are many Christians who are exceling at this list at a much higher rate than the Fruits of the Spirit.

Fruit Dying on the Vine

I think the genesis of this doubt started with the display of fear and mistrust as our church went through a building campaign. Watching so many people being afraid to step out in faith, unable to imagine a facility that would serve people other than ourselves. Lastly not even willing to be incovienced to park elsewhere during construction phases even at the expense of visitors curious about the changes in action but never to return and the lack of parking was a sure sign of a closed door to them. So many of the people I church with every Sunday have a laundry list of complaints about any and every little thing, a spirit much more similar to mine, one of judging and criticism, instead of kindness and gentleness.

The media has been ripe with hints of this from the blog post on CNN about how Christians can be so mean online. Just google the phrase ‘Why are Christians so Mean’ you will be sadden and amazed at the amount written on this very topic.

Another example is the recent decision by Anne Rice to ‘leave’ Christianity.

So my mind wonders, maybe, just maybe there is no such thing as the Spirit of God, or at least a Spirit that leads us to the Fruits of the Spirit. But so very much of the New Testament centers around a life with the Holy Spirit, transformed for the rest of the world to see. But if I can’t see this in the world around me, perhaps it isn’t really there. And if that isn’t true, then what else isn’t true? Jesus, the body of Christ, God the Father? And as you can guess the whole house of cards that is Christianity starts to come down around me. And since I have spent my whole life trying to live under these beliefs, you have no idea how disorienting and scary it is on the other side of these beliefs.

So sitting in church or among other Christians where it is inevitable that the topic will turn to how Christians should behave has become painful, so I have taken a break. Rarely do I get a chance to think through the deep complexities of what I am truly pondering but maybe getting this in writing will help me continue the journey to find out what is up with the Fruits of the Spirit.

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I’ve Been Bad but You Can Be Good.

Okay okay lomagirl had to shame me into it. She told me that my New Year’s Resolutions for 2010 should have included a resolution to blog often and she is right and there is no time like the present. So Happy New Years (okay Chinese New Years is in just a few days so I can pretend it is still New Years), happy year of the Tiger.

2010 Year of the Tiger

My random thoughts lately bring me back to some previous posts on things like the Tea Party movement. The lack of movement in the Congress (I am sorry but just saying no to everything and then saying ‘well they didn’t ask nicely, is not a winning strategy). The ever present spin machine trying to make the Obama Administration treatment of suspected terrorists look like a position that is soft on terrorism when they are doing nothing substantially different than the Bush administration. The sad state of the Health Care Reform Bill and many other topics that are covered ad naseum in other sites.

So instead of musing political in that vein I am going to head a slightly different direction and challenge you all to think about Empathy as a Social Movement.

I heard this very interesting conversation about a month ago on KQED’s Forum program with Jeremy Rifkin about his new book “The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis” which posited the theory that our great nation and planet as a whole is still operating the Manifest Destiny philosophy and get it is time we change that mentality and teach a new lesson to the upcoming generations that prepares them for the ‘Third Industrial Revolution.

You can listen to that conversation here.

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New Years 2010 Plans

A quick look back at my resolutions reveals a mixed bag of success and inspiriation. As a reminder my list looked like this:

I generally don’t like New Year’s Resolutions but a new year also brings the thoughts about what new things we might want to explore or accomplish: So here is my list. I reserve the right to update this at any point.

1) Try a new local restaurant I have never been to each month.
2) Keep up with at least daily updates on Twitter.
3) Help my team write really good development plans for 2009.
4) Camp at least 4 times this year. (Hurrah for new camp stove).
5) Try a new beer each month at our regular WAP (Work Avoidance Program).
6) See a new foreign film each month (thank you Netflix).
7) Install a new floor downstairs.
Help John learn to drive my car before he gets his permit. (Hurrah for manual transmissions)
9) Help The Service Project become a vital ministry at our church.
and the long shot….
10) Get off the continent.

And how did I do?

1) Try a new local restaurant I have never been to each month. This was the best resolution ever, I highly recommend you try this one yourself. New restaurants are born each month and it keeps you from being in a rut, at least foodwise.

2) Keep up with at least daily updates on Twitter. – Well not so good on this one, but if you add Facebook to the mix then success. Not sure that is such a good thing though.

3) Help my team write really good development plans for 2009. – So so, some of them reached for the stars, others still can’t grasp the concept. A year of lots of changes though, and I think a stronger team than ever.

4) Camp at least 4 times this year. (Hurrah for new camp stove). – Utter failure, not one camping adventure last year. Sad face.

5) Try a new beer each month at our regular WAP (Work Avoidance Program). – Success but harder than it sounds. Since WAP occurs at one of three places each month it was hard to find things I hadn’t tried yet. But never the less a success. I discovered Smithwicks (and that it is pronounced Smiticks), love it. I discovered I hate Chimay Trappist Ale. Yuck. And that Stella Artois is way overblown and nothing to get your panties in wad over.

6) See a new foreign film each month (thank you Netflix). – Mixed bag, I did well the first part of the year and saw some great films. Nine Queens from Argentina. Children of Heaven from Iran. Pan’s Labryrinth from Spain. Character from The Netherlands. Mananagar from India. All great films and mind expanding. I recommend them all. Think I need to renew this one.

7) Install a new floor downstairs. – YESSSS! Thanks to the Mattman. Men I highly recommend you plan and do a big project for your honey. I will do wonders for your sex life.

8. Help John learn to drive my car before he gets his permit. (Hurrah for manual transmissions) – Well he can start, stop and shift from 1st to 2nd but so far he is afraid to drive a manual, oh well.

9) Help The Service Project become a vital ministry at our church. – Not so great on this one. We lost alot of steam on this one this year. Not really sure why. This next year I really need to find a new place at my church home. Couples group? Outreach? Not sure yet. Your thoughts?

10) Get off the continent. – Not yet, but at least I am headed to the other side in 10 days.

And now for 2010:

1) Try a new local restarant each month. Huge success, gonna keep it up.

2) Learn to cook Indian food. Curry, Rice, Raitas. Bought some books today for inspiration.

660 Curries

From Curries to Kebabs

2) Camping twice this year. Okay let’s scale this back and see what happens. It looks promising. The J’ohnson’s are at looking at Memorial Day for the annual trip to Yosemite. Hope it pans out.

3) Bartend an event. I want a new challenge and a chance to work on my muddling skills.

4) Finish The Prisoner series from Netflix before the new series debuts. Only have about 12 episides to go. So one or two a month should do it.

5) Persue a grad degree this year. Thinking about Human Resources. Let’s see what is possible.

6) Get new planter boxes for tomatoes and peppers built. Matt, hint hint.

7) Go one month as a vegetarian.

8) Take a once a week sabbaitical from the internet. I pick Sundays.

9) Okay try this again, one foreign film per month. I think I need to print this list so I can remember and be inspiried.

10) Read 25 books from my Shelfari list.

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TMI Overload?

TMI is Too Much Information, for those of you who have not yet jumped on the information super highway. And that little piece of information is over in the breakdown lane. Watch this for sense of what we are facing. and be reminded that since this video is a year old, this information is even truer today.

Problem is not all the information is even information and most of the information is irrelevant or redundant. So how to find what you really need? I don’t actually have the answers, I am curious though. What are your ideas? What do you use to filter the information overload? Let me know.

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Remembering Ada – Women in Technology

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March 24th is remembered by some as Ada Lovelace day. For those of you who have no idea who Ada Lovelace is, let us get acquainted. Ada Lovelace was the first child of famous poet Lord Byron and as he was disappointed in her gender and took no real interest in her, her mother took to schooling her in mathematics and science to prove her worth to both her father and society. Born in 1815 to high society where women were not expected to have a career or even a higher education, Ada was something of an anomaly. It is said that her mother exposed Ada to mathematics and science to root out the madness that Lord Byron was purported to show. Lord Byron clearly given to whatever proclivity overcame him and famous for many affairs and improper sexual relationships of the day, was not necessarily mad, but one can see why his wife might claim him to be.

But why a day to remember the scorned child of a famous author? Because Ada was famous in her own right and many say 150 years ahead of her time. Ada befriended inventor, philosopher and mechanical engineer Charles Babbage. Charles Babbage conceived of a machine to help with mathematical calculations called the Analytical Engine . Ada is best remembered for writing a translation and annotation to a paper describing the Analytical Engine that was so detailed and included a way to calculate numbers using the Engine, that many proclaim was the foundation of programming and she is credited with conceiving of the idea of software 100 years before it would be required.

And so on this day we are encouraged to remember women in technology as a way of honoring those who come before us.

I want to recognize two amazing women I have had the privilege to know in my amazing accidental career in high tech.

intel_logo-thumbJoanna, whom I met in my most recent job, is in the very unsexy high tech field of capital equipment. Joanna is about 15 years older than me. I can remember the first time I saw a computer, it was in a very large room at my university and we had to feed it cards to get our statistics data out of it. This was closely followed by the arrival of brand new Apple Macintosh personal computers that our school was testing. Before I even laid eyes on the giant Vax at school, Joanna was working in a lab at Intel hand processing 2 inch wafers that would become the precursors to the 8086 processor chip technology. She has the most amazing stories to tell about the early days in Intel. And the most fascinating mind who loves to discuss things like Jazz music and early California history.

netscapeAlison is almost her complete opposite. 15 years younger than me, Alison never really knew a life without computers. Finishing high school in 3 years with one abroad in Argentina, she graduated valedictorian but was not admitted to Stanford because she did not have 4 years of high school class work. She instead chose NYU and entered the medical program but quickly discovered she didn’t really want to be a doctor. Switching to computer science, she let her analytical skills run wild. Employed by Netscape pre IPO, and having served a stint at a major cell phone provider bought out by one the largest cell phone companies in France, Orange. She most recently serves as head of technical support for a large email security provider. Alison is the most intelligent and yet compassionate (they are sometimes mutually exclusive) woman in business I know. She completely understands what technology can bring our a crazy over connected lives and utilizes it to the fullest but not at the expense of personal relationships and personal fulfillment.

These two very different ladies bookmark the opposite ends of an amazing time in our history and technological advancement that I like to compare to a life spanning the invention of electricity. There are some many wonderful things that computer technology has unfolded for us and many more that I cannot even dream of. So thank you Ada, for giving us the ideas that helped spawn a tech revolution and for being in a woman in technology far ahead of your time.

Some day more people may know who Ada Lovelace is than know her famous father. She left us a far more valuable gift and today in her honor I say thank you.

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Death to America, Finally Realized?

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For many years we have watched as those in other countries protest and chant “Death to America”. I heard an interview with someone from Iran recently who was stating that this does not necessarily mean death to the people of America but to their ideals and vices which are contrary to the teachings of Islam.

I think with our current economic environment we might finally be putting some of these vices to death in ways that no armed conflict or attack could ever acheive.

And the one American vice most likely to change: Greed

I was having dinner with a friend last week and he brought up the fact that the new economic climate might mean a signigificant shift in the way we live our lives in America. It should come as no surprise to any walking talking citizen that we have been on a spend it now, pay for it later binge for far too long. Here are just a few statistics to prove my point:

According to an article by Stacy Mitchell at www.newrules.org:

“Between 1990 and 2005, the amount of retail space per capita in the U.S. doubled from 19 to 38 square feet, while per capita retail spending has increased by only about 14 percent. In the last year alone, developers built 143 million square feet of new shopping centers and bigbox stores.”

We have shopped and shopped. Bought cheaper and cheaper products (that break or fall apart sooner and sooner, necessitating yet another purchase). We no longer know how long a blender should last, what it should really cost and what it should cost to sustain a reliable work force.

We are completly caught up in newer, cheaper, smaller, and newer. Yes newer seems to be the overwhelming marketing strategy. How many new kinds of potato chips, crackers, oatmeal and any other number of food products, does the grocery store need to roll out each week to entice us back into Walmart?

As the recent bank bailouts have illuminated, we have been on the short side of make money now and worry about the consequences later. As much as we would like to say that the executives and stock brokers have been the ones to have the short view, it really has been all of us. We have been living large, buying cheap, throwing away and buying again like there is no tomorrow.

But sadly tommorrow has come. And for most of us things are like a really bad hangover. We all just want to jump into bed and go back to sleep until this is all over. But I think this change will ultimately be a good thing for America. We need to rediscover things like value, sustainability, reasonable consumption, and most importantly living within our means. And maybe, just maybe, we will put a dent in our Greed. And put to death one of the things that make us the target of those around the world.

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