WSJ – American Tech Firms are Winning the R&D Spending Race with China

https://www.wsj.com/articles/american-tech-firms-are-winning-the-r-d-spending-race-with-china-1540873318?emailToken=733a85d5bba8a4beabc062c97f85ad52dH/gYnhWDZGoik+flfNPYpw93WYplWJhcU97Wky9298kMSa7wG/LhAWroeRyKH+x6KQieb4rKJURvmVuCEmdcSfKnh5Nj4XRvPidlv59HVGMFDJp8r7GIijYaUwL+i9G&reflink=article_gmail_share American companies maintain a major advantage over their Chinese rivals in a critical area: spending on research and development  invested more than $5 in R&D for every $1 spent by Chinese companies - report from PricewaterhouseCoopers Chinese Baidu, Tencent, Alibaba each spent less than at least 44 other companies reflects an approach toward innovation by … Continue reading WSJ – American Tech Firms are Winning the R&D Spending Race with China

WaPo – Purchasing a Portable Power Generator

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/thinking-about-purchasing-a-portable-power-generator-heres-what-you-need-to-know/2018/12/17/a5d78ddc-fa42-11e8-8d64-4e79db33382f_story.html?utm_term=.65f4acb3cdbc I've definitely found the several generators I've owned over the years really handy. Sump pump to keep basement from flooding and furnace to keep house warm not to mention a few lights running and frig's going. Not enough to power for AC or baking bread in oven Don't wait until the lights go out … Continue reading WaPo – Purchasing a Portable Power Generator

WSJ – How Estimates of the Gig Economy Went Wrong

https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-estimates-of-the-gig-economy-went-wrong-11546857000?emailToken=f1a8b062fa5921ad6cfd1becef5fb7a9VwgwoVr8PlPRm2UKaK1il6T+1f/yU+5pbU1/47rytjadFx02RUZjC4X4YIIMNSEdhAL84fk8MfcgvLjd/J8y7h1DEcqwt9x2fRIiAoP63Wo%3D&reflink=article_gmail_share Alan Krueger of Princeton University and Lawrence Katz of Harvard sifted through new evidence to explain how a 2015 survey, overestimated how people cobbling together a living from odd jobs, especially via apps like Uber, would upend traditional work arrangements Earlier this decade, researchers said the gig economy was taking over the way people … Continue reading WSJ – How Estimates of the Gig Economy Went Wrong

Wirecutter – Best Outdoor Security Camera

https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-wireless-outdoor-home-security-camera/?smid=nytcore-ios-share  testing 20 models in a variety of weather conditions picked the Nest Cam Outdoor as the best DIY outdoor Wi-Fi home security camera 1080p video two-way audio smart-home integration customizable activity zones weatherproof plug lack of a battery power supply will limit your placement options to areas within reach of an outlet or electrical cable you'll … Continue reading Wirecutter – Best Outdoor Security Camera

WaPo – Providing comfort and a connection as the end draws near

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/providing-comfort-and-a-connection-as-the-end-draws-near/2018/12/21/0c18b9bc-d947-11e8-aeb7-ddcad4a0a54e_story.html?utm_term=.7785eab5700c http://www.companioningthedying.org/causes/about-us/ there is growing interest in thinking about the dying process many people have had the experience of sitting at the bedside of a dying person without the slightest clue what to do. Sister Rose Mary Dougherty, 79, a member of the religious order School Sisters of Notre Dame, calls this companioning the dying … Continue reading WaPo – Providing comfort and a connection as the end draws near

NYT – The Yoda of Silicon Valley

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/17/science/donald-knuth-computers-algorithms-programming.html A fun read for those of us who computer geeks and still like low level programming Donald Knuth has reigned as the spirit-guide of the algorithmic realm author of "The Art of Computer Programming," more than one million copies in print, "The Art of Computer Programming" is the Bible of its field volume opens with an … Continue reading NYT – The Yoda of Silicon Valley

NPR – Is it a Nasty Cold or the Flu

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/01/06/681783725/is-it-a-nasty-cold-or-the-flu I've actually wondered about this myself multiple times. Nice article by the folks from NPR to help shed a little light on how to differentiate. Hats off to those folks at NPR … especially as we're getting into flu season. both are viral respiratory illnesses per Dr. Yul Ejnes, an internal medicine specialist in … Continue reading NPR – Is it a Nasty Cold or the Flu