Home Theater: Part I

The time has come for a new home theater. It took 15 years to build the first one and as consequence some of the equipment is so old it is not completely compatible with the newer equipment. There has been significant progress in the audio and video quality that is available, even in the last two or three years, that it's well worth it to upgrade the experience. In addition, innovations have brought more connectivity options and home (IoT) integration will bring a more seamless, enjoyable experience.

Notes from My First Role in Leadership.

I learned a lot in my first experience in a leadership role. This list, by no means exhaustive, are the learnings I took away from the experience:

Moments of Weakness

It can be tough for a man to change his mind once he speaks. But not his thoughts. But isn't a journal a place for thoughts? A journal should be the only place a man can state something only to change his mind later.

But look at the Mark Twain journals. He poured his heart out (to the shock of readers) and it's cast him in a different light. Like we never knew the real Mark Twain. It's assumed that the things he wrote he believed for all time. He hasn't given the opportunity for growth, fleeting feelings, etc.

Treatment of Home Theater DACs

In a hifi setup, what is the best place to locate the DAC?

The key requirements are:

  • Upgradeability
  • Compatibility
  • Absolute quality

When the components are broken down into their respective functions the upgradability improves. Initially the cost goes up due to chassis costs, additional test time, etc. But down the road each function can be upgraded while the rest stays in place.

Compatibility is obtained by choosing gear that uses standard outputs and adheres to well known standards.

Science of relationships Part II

Pondering science of people again. What are the building blocks of relationships? What are the fundamental concepts of communication? Then it occurred to me that the relationship between politics, interpersonal relationships and all possible communications can be described simply as below:

Little World

I wonder what it was like to be alive hundreds of years ago, without phone, internet, news. When the only thing you knew was in a ten mile circle around you, the city you live in and the micro-society that lied therein. But also there were no maps and everyone else was just like you: they knew only the world they grew up in and nothing of yours.

Your little world would have been so unique and special. And so precious knowing every little thing about your corner of the universe.

Daily Watch

I'm interested in a new watch. This will be my daily wear. Thought I would document the process until I arrived at a choice.


What is the science behind relationships?

Is there a theory of relationships? Any science at all of what a relationship is, what kinds there are and how to create them? It's as bad as science of leadership and business.

I propose this hierarchy as a start:

Early thoughts on forgiveness, justice.

I found this short essay in a journal. I believe I wrote it in 2010. I have made no attempt to modify except for spelling errors. It is interesting to compare my earlier views on justice and forgiveness to my views now. Most amusing is my discovery of the ego which I define as 'personalization'. The influence of Kant, Nietzsche and Enright seem obvious.

Pope's Encyclical for 2016

I have found it quite a challenge while shopping to choose products that are ethical, healthy and sustainable. For one, it's hard to remember everything and second the information is not always available. I can improve the second by picking places to shop that list this type of information and hopefully this entry will help me wrap my head around the first.


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