iGen- Book Review

Whether you’re a parent, a teacher, an employer, or just an observer of the human condition, there is a good chance you’re concerned about the youth of today.  They are glued to their phones, they don’t go outside, they can’t/won’t get jobs, they seem incapable of genuine, face-to-face communication.  What are we going to do with them?  Take away their devices?  Kick them out of the house?  Throw up our hands and give up? Continue reading

The Circle- Movie Review

Imagine a monolithic technology company.  A Google/Facebook/Apple hybrid.  And imagine that company decides to globally eliminate all secrets and privacy.  Everyone’s every waking moment is broadcast in real time for the whole world to see.  No matter how intimate.  No matter how sensitive.  Like Big Brother on steroids, only using contemporary or very-near-future technologies that Orwell’s worst nightmares couldn’t have even fathomed.  Sounds horrific, right?  Continue reading

The Joys and Sorrow of Fitbit

fitbitA Fitbit falls firmly in the category of items I would never purchase for myself.  It’s trendy, it’s techie, it’s expensive.  But when the craze hit, I was mildly (if remotely) curious.  So when a family member unexpectedly got me one a little over a year ago, I decided to check it out. Continue reading

Netflix is winning

Netflix-and-ChillNetflix is winning, or at least it seems that way sometimes.  As of this morning, I am 3 books behind schedule in my Goodreads reading challenge.  I’ve only set a goal of 65 this year, as my work schedule and other time demands make attempting to read any more uncomfortable, if not impossible.  But now I have discovered a new obstacle. Continue reading

Black Mirror

black mirrorHow had I never seen this show before? It combines dark psychological twists with intriguing exploration of the philosophical issues associated with the current (and near-future) state of cyber-tech and its potential impact on the human experience.  A week ago I had never heard of the show; I have now binge watched every episode on Netflix, and am desperate for more. Continue reading

Cosmopolis- Book Review

CosmopolisFor reasons I am still trying to wrap my head around, Don DeLillo’s White Noise moved me more than any book I had read in quite some time.  Not in an altogether good way, or bad way.  I found it both pleasant and intensely disturbing.  It was familiar and horrifying, and thus both comforting and startling.  I liked it.  It was something to experience. Continue reading

One-way ticket to Mars

mars to earthPicture this.  In the year 2024, a human colony will be established on Mars.  The selection process will be very rigorous, and only a chosen few will get to go.  The only catch: we only have the technology to get these bold space adventurers there; there is no coming back. Continue reading

What are you ladies READING?!?!?!?

Naughty!

Basically every media outlet I am exposed to is buzzing about this book: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James.  The buzz is not so much about an obscure book suddenly becoming popular (this happens all the time), but the type of book it is, and the audience it is popular with. Continue reading