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Empty Cans: This is a problem

David Kirkpatrick, friend of Facebook creator Mark Zuckerburg, peered out at our crowded audience. “Okay, so how many of you here write code- program- at least part of the time?” In the packed audience, few hands went up, including my sheepish one as an occasional, dabbling programmer. “Oh, this is a problem.  In this day, … Continue Reading

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Empty Cans: Cabbies, Iran, Javeed’s Law, Libya

Cabbies should teach history and sociology.  Taxis should be classrooms in melting pot cities like Vancouver.  Javeed, an Iranian cabbie taught me much about Iran.  From his point of view… The Iranian Revolution, which overthrew the Shah of Iran and led to the Iranian hostage crisis, was not an Islamic Revolution.  The Shah, though a … Continue Reading

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Empty Cans: Ice Bucket List

Tonight I knocked something off my bucket list. Thanks to Keith Kiraly and Jason Lush, I attended my first NHL game, as the Vancouver Canucks hosted the Nashville Predators. The Canucks skated to a 5-1 win in front of 18,860 rabid fans. I had a great time. A few reflections… In Canada- or at least … Continue Reading

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Empty Cans: Four Excuses- or Reasons- to Avoid My Calling

I wonder if I’m Called. I often feel called to be a Deacon in the Catholic church. If there is a call, it is to leverage in God’s service all that is me- Artist, Creator, Poet, Lover of the Divine, and Appreciator of deep mysteries. At times, part of that calling is to help recreate … Continue Reading

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Empty Cans: Suffering- What is it?

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In the aftermath of my half marathon, I remember a key thought on what pain is. Shelli and I had the pleasure of listening to and meeting Father Michael Himes, a theology professor from Boston College, at a diocesan seminar on suffering last fall. So many great speakers, and none better than Father Himes. That … Continue Reading

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Empty Cans: My First Half Marathon

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Today I completed my first-ever half marathon in Kansas City. Glorious weather. Great runners. Excellent, organized volunteers. It was a grind. 13.1 miles after only running 5 miles in the last two months. How do you do that? Well in Saville terms, I hamburgered it. In other words, I threw together all the ingredients at … Continue Reading

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Empty Cans: iOS5- Christmas in October

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So it’s here. The launch of iOS 5. For a techie, the launch of a new iOS is Christmas Day. Open up the new presents. Hopefully, you won’t want to return it. And it’s a good thing that it is exciting, because all in all, the process is somewhat excruciating. The long initial download is … Continue Reading

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Empty Cans: Sorry, Mark Cook

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Have you ever been in a place where you thought you had a good idea only to realize that it was really someone else’s idea? Upon launching this daily blog and the commitment egged on by my friend Jonathan Plummer, I was searching for its name. It’s easy, I thought. The Daily Grind. Makes perfect … Continue Reading

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Empty Cans: Relentless

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I will be there for you, Buckeyes. Through thick and thin. Now is the thick part- or is it the thin part? My Buckeyes lose a 17 point lead and the game during Nebraska’s first ever Big Ten home game. Nebraska played well in their comeback. The Buckeyes experienced a meltdown starting with the a … Continue Reading

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Empty Cans: Hay is in the Barn

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Very busy week in Vancouver. We accomplished so much, yet have much bigger dents to make. Vancouver is quite a city. I’ve said in the past it was like if Hong Kong and Miami Beach had a baby. While thats still true, I suppose now you need to throw in Canada in there somewhere. This … Continue Reading

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