In some places in Colorado it’s very hard to see the stars at night. I know a few good places between Broomfield and Boulder where you can see them well, but in many areas the “light pollution” makes it impossible. See the full story at the Denver Post.

I never heard the first three parts, but this is Adam Sandler’s “Chanukah Song, Part 4,” which is pretty funny:

Many moons ago I thought I wrote an AppleScript script named GetStockUrls, whose sole purpose was to open many webpages from at one time. I could run that script, then easily look at the stocks I owned.

Today I found that script on an old Mac computer, and when I did that I saw that I didn’t write it with AppleScript, but instead created it with the Mac Automator. This image shows all you have to do in the Mac Automator to achieve this result. On my current Mac this script opens the Safari browser and opens each URL shown in a new tab. I can then move between the tabs to see what I want to see, quickly and easily.

This image shows what the result looks like in the Safari browser:

Is the Nexus 6P the best smartphone of 2015? One reviewer on thinks so. (Note: Not just the best Android smartphone on the market, but better than Apple’s iPhone.)

Lest you think that reviewer is alone, Forbes also says that the Nexus 6P is better than the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6S.

Personally, I can confirm that Android 6 (Marshmallow) rocks. A few weeks ago I wrote that Android 6 is faster and smoother than Android 5.

This link has online materials for a Haskell course. I don’t know if those notes will make any sense if you don’t know anything about Haskell, but if you know a little about Haskell the notes and assignments look useful. (I found this course via this learnhaskell Github project.)

A few times a year I’m reminded that a single individual can make a big difference. Last night I watched the William Shatner documentary that covered the first three years of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and it’s clear from that documentary and other sources that Michael Piller made an enormous difference to STNG. We’ll never know if the show would have just died off without him, but everyone in the documentary credits him with the show’s success. He later helped develop the other Star Trek properties, and also created The Dead Zone tv series.

As I mentioned one time before, if you are interested in dividend investing, you will eventually find David Fish, his DRiP list, and this list of Dividend Artistocrats. has this nice page that summarizes eight rules of dividend investing. I’ve learned a little bit about dividend investing, and it’s helpful to have a summary page like this as a reminder.

Albert Einstein quote: “Education is not the learning of facts, but that training of the mind to think.”

I wrote about this in my book, A Survival Guide for New Consultants, that one of the few things I learned in college was how to learn. Everything else — the details that I actually learned at that time — are not important, especially now. But learning how to learn has made all the difference in my career and in my life.

This is a nice photo of Zach Greinke’s changeup grip. I never did master the changeup before I hurt my arm. In retrospect I wish I had learned how to throw it when I learned how to throw a curve. My ERA my junior season (before the injuries started) was 1.00, and I’m sure it would have been lower if I had known how to throw one. (I don’t remember where I got this image, but it was probably

How big is your data? This slide comes from this Twitter page. is among those reporting about Android Studio 2, and near the bottom of their article I was reminded of this cartoon about programmers slacking off because their code is compiling.

“Current neuroscience research shows that gratitude practice begins the process of shutting down the default-mode network (‘monkey mind’), which is responsible for many of our distractions.”

I added the “monkey mind” part. This quote comes from my current favorite book, Right Concentration: A Practical Guide to the Jhanas.

“Breathing in, I calm my body and mind. Breathing out, I smile.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

“If you think you’re enlightened go spend a week with your family.” ~ Ram Dass

(Happy Thanksgiving week)

I have a “reading table” where I sit every morning with a cup of coffee, and this is my current reading list. As you can see, it’s all about mindfulness and meditation.

(On a related note, here’s my list of over 100 mindfulness quotes.)

“I am not this hair. I am not this skin. I am the soul that lives within.” ~ Rumi

Other people in your life have to be who they are so you can be(come) who you are.

If you examine your relationships with your parents, siblings, friends, and co-workers, I think you’ll find that to be true.

A website named has a good interview with Jonathan Ive about the new Apple Pencil and iPad Pro. For quite a while now there has been no need to upgrade an iPad, but this makes it a little more compelling, especially for people who like (or need) to draw.