Chris J Powell

Grounded, but Still Lost

I have been thinking long and hard about what this particular site will be as I move forward in my digital life and I have opened this post page at least a dozen times without being able to even begin to type anything.  The words just wouldn’t come.  I have this sense that my life is in this constant state of flux right now and while I am able to put focus towards most aspects of my existence I find myself struggling to make any real attempt at building out the new version of this site, its purpose and its future. I feel myself at times spinning out of control when it comes to organizing my thoughts so that I can really put some effort into building this out. I know that I should dive back in and reconnect the images and content and do a massive clean up of broken links to restore this site to its former glory. It needs a redesign too so maybe it is just the amount of effort that it will take to reconstruct … Read more

So I am 44, Now What

Every year around this time (ie yesterday), I turn a year older and this causes me to sit back and look to the previous year and contemplate what I have done, what I am doing and what I will do. Last year I looked at the number 43 (post has gone missing), and what that means to me, but just after that post an amazing thing happened…life has a funny way of giving you exactly what you don’t know you are looking for.  I met a wonderful, understanding life partner who has brought great joy and happiness over the past year. As I celebrated the completion of 43 years on this rock and enter into my 44th year with something truly amazing to look forward to. I now have an amazingly complex newly extended family, my daughter now lives with me full time and wedding bells will soon be heard throughout the land as I commit myself to the most wonderful woman I have ever met. As I sit back and reflect on the passage of time I see that … Read more

Technology Freeing Us from Bonds – Or Making Us All Slaves

It is funny how technology has the ability to both connect us to each other in new and amazing ways and at the same time isolate us and make each and everyone of us who embraces the world of technology beholden to the whims and the changes that it provides. The health issues that I have been going through have made me really think about what today and tomorrow is likely to bring to me and to my future and I wonder if the world of technology that I have fallen head over heels for has made my life easier or if it has made me more dependent on it. For me, my love affair with technology really started back when I was a young lad when my parents decided to bring home a Commodore Vic20.  It enabled me to start mucking about with programming and let me see the fruits of my labors you see, you could purchase programming magazines and enter the coding and then see the output on the screen before you.  It was amazing how, in … Read more

Infographic of the Week – The World Needs Data Scientists

The world is filled with lots of Data.  Everything from your wants, desires and purchasing habits, to the co-relation of socioeconomic needs for the cities we live in…but there is a shortage of people who can look past the bits and bytes and see the Data for what it is…a gold mine of information.  What is even rarer, is the ability to turn that raw data into a usable and functional plan that can be used by businesses, governments and even consumers like you and I. This week’s Infographic is brought to you by Itellipaat, a company that provides Hadoop training.

Life Hacks Revisited – and Updated

My life has become a bit of a tangled mess of both interesting new adventures and mundane continuations of the drama that was before it was turned upside down.  I really enjoy the Krispy that I am becoming.  I am standing on my own two feet, moving forward and truly looking forward to what tomorrow has to offer and then reality sometimes creeps in to reveal that life is not really meant to be rainbows and unicorns. In many ways the Life Hacks that I have instituted into my life to help me remain focused on what I will be next June when the first year of my development into Krispy 2.0 is complete are going along…slowly.  I am finding that the loss of 1/3 of myself (weight wise) has started to add some unique challenges like joints that for no apparent reason slip out (shoulder and knee especially) and that while I am eating relatively healthy foods, I seem to be affected by common colds and flu like illnesses on a far more alarming rate. The new me does … Read more

Leap of Faith in Technology

I remember growing up thinking that the future of today would be filled with embedded computers that we interface with nothing more than thought, that cybernetics would be a common thing and that the world would be a very dark place that corporations had taken over everything.  In many ways, that fantasy of a future that science fiction portrayed is partially true…but many of the things that science fiction (mainly in the Cyberpunk Genre) forecast have been stymied by one thing and one thing alone…POWER. For all the advancements in modern technology, the one thing that has not kept pace is our real ability to power the ever smaller, but more powerful devices that we use every day for an extended period.  Take our Smartphones…I rarely get more than 8 hours worth of use out of my Nexus 4 before being forced to plug the bugger in and give it a boost.  It is so bad that I tend to just plug it in most of the day at work, only unplugging it when I go for break and lunch. … Read more

Aging and Technology

It is funny how the older that I get the more technology starts to become almost foreign to me.  I can only imagine what it must be like for those out there over 70 who remember gathering around the radio for an evening radio broadcast, the option of leaded or unleaded gas in our cars and telephones that were permanently fixed to the wall.  Time seems to speed up as I get older and the good old days for me…really are that time when the technology we take for granted today was just starting to emerge. A glimpse into the future will reveal an astounding array of things that will confound those of us still struggling to stay caught up with the technology of today and the speed of that change is likely only to grow.  I went looking for a “futurist” view of the world and found an interesting video that looks 5-10 years into the future and the things that we will take for granted in 2020-2025: Is the future really bright…or will we just be getting by? … Read more

What Next

I have been sitting here staring at the screen wondering what I should do with not only my life but with this online persona of Krispy that I have built over the past several years.  You see when I made my post about Observations of a Pedestrian Commuter on Thursday, I was struck not by just one but by two cars on my way to work.  I have been seriously thinking about my own mortality and what I should really do with my life moving forward.  I am at a perplexing cross-road in my life.  I can turn right, left or go straight ahead and I just don’t know which path will lead me to the best future. The way I see it, no path that I take moving forward is going to be easy.  In fact I actually hope that I never find that “easy street” because what is the fun in being handed everything without having to earn it…but at this point in my life, as I face the facts and start my life over again with the … Read more

A Whole New Thought Process

As I go through my personal transformation into what will be the Krispy of Tomorrow I sit back and wonder what I really want to do with my life.  This deep thought has me really wondering about the first 42 years of my life and the series of wrong turns, missteps and challenges that I have faced to put me in a position that I really need to focus on what tomorrow will be for me. New beginnings don’t happen very often and most definitely second chances to get things right don’t just appear so while I really want to take a more laisez faire attitude that has me stopping and smelling the roses…the focus for me for the next couple of years must be one of drive and determination.  You see, during the grand reset of my life, I have been placed into a position that I have to evaluate many things that I feel are important so I figured what better time to share with you all than right now the things that are going to make or … Read more

Graphene – Imagine the Possibilities

The world as we know it is really and truly a wonderous place.  The technologies and materials that are being produced have me wondering what will be next.  Graphene has been around for a while but this super material can now be used in 3d Printing…imagine the implications of that…a super strong material like Graphene being used to augment the plastics used in the 3d Printing Process…now these little machines are able to not just prototype…but produce super strong parts and entire items…this is just amazing! What is Graphene? According to Wikipedia:  Graphene is pure carbon in the form of a very thin, nearly transparent sheet, one atom thick. It is remarkably strong for its very low weight (100 times stronger than steel) and it conducts heat and electricity with great efficiency. Ok…so a material, one atom thick that is 100 times stronger than steel…that is amazing! So what is Graphene being used for today? Nothing…it has no current commercial applications but that is just around the corner.  Things like: Bioengineering: Graphene may have biomolecular capabilities that enable it to be harnessed … Read more