Sunday, December 23, 2012

Why eWISEinc LLC?

My Zimbio Why the eWISEinc blog, you ask? Where can a person maximize contribution in a world of constant improvements and change?  We want to deliver decisive efficiencies for linchpin sectors, and add value via a well integrated, best in class, approach.

eWISEinc LLC is considering solutions such as the one shown here:

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Reasonable Steps

My Zimbio Earlier this morning I reposted a blog entry proposing giving weapons concealed carry permits (CCW) precedence over "gun-free zones for schools" to allow teachers to carry a firearm (or have a firearm present, perhaps in a nearby lock box).  The original blog is here:

A friend responded to my repost with a question about whether there was an armed guard at Colombine, suggesting that one armed individual wouldn't be very helpful.  Other comments suggest Europe is safer due to gun laws.  This blog is my reply.

A lone gunman killed 72 people one July day in Scandinavia (2011). In Mumbai, India, where gun laws are even more restrictive, a few buddies held law enforcement at bay for three days in 2008, killing 166 people.  The NRA suggestion that armed guards be placed in all schools seems heavy handed, but I am also concerned with some of the "weapons ban" conversations that are sweeping social media.  

Truth be told, I didn't own a firearm until after my first Iraq deployment, where I was prohibited from carrying a weapon.  When I returned to the US, I decided to exercise my self-evident right to own a firearm.  Since then I have purchased several additional firearms (mostly to address specific hunting quarry) and received some guns from my Dad.  I don't own anything that qualifies as an assault rifle (under anyone's definition), although I probably would acquire such a rifle in 308 caliber should budgets allow.

 So my life probably would be affected if an assault weapon ban is enacted, although I wouldn't become an automatic felon (as would some of my friends, who own one or several such rifles for hunting or target work).  

I think state-level laws allowing teachers and other school employees with CCW permits to carry in an otherwise gun-free zone make sense and would be effective.  We shouldn't force all teachers to carry guns, or even require every school have an armed staff-member.  We should make it legal for a former member of our Armed Forces, or otherwise trained person, to carry a firearm in the school where they work.

I believe a broad ban would be a bad idea and not very effective.

Friday, September 14, 2012


Professor David from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) recently spoke in Pentagon City about Iran's nuclear program.  I asked him what might cause Hezbollah or Hamas to shift targeting focus to the US.  He was quick to remind the group that the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut was such an attack, but suggested that our foreign policy should not be driven by threats.

Less than a week later, our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of those lost in Libya, and those serving overseas in embassies or military bases.  We can't imagine that some wacko producing and publishing a video could result in such violence and hatred for all of us.  We are saddened that some of the most idealistic among us, the most committed to your welfare, should pay such an awful price.  We can't help but imagine callous and well trained manipulators whipped up popular anger and orchestrated those attacks.

We underscore our hopes for the safety and prosperity of your children, just as we fight for the prosperity and happiness of our own.  May we find a way to prosper in peace together.  Amen.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Make something!

My Zimbio  Twitter helps me stay informed on occasion.  Today I was directed to Joel Runyon's blog about Russell Kirsch.  Russell invented the first internally programmable computer.

Joel didn't say whether Russell amassed a fortune.  Evidently Russell didn't mention it either.  You can expect a Harvard MBA (me) would worry about that!  Joel didn't set out to find Russell Kirsch... evidently Russell found Joel working on his blog at a local coffee shop.

Best Russell Kirsch quote in the blog:  "...nothing is withheld from us what we have conceived to do.  Most people think the opposite..."  Evidently there were only two people who believed that, to quote Russell again: "God and me, so I went out and did it."

Thank you Russell, for that inspiration.  And thank you, Joel, for finding that fine man, for sharing his wisdom.  Perhaps I should save this post, log off and make something! 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Teaching Mathematics

My Zimbio  This morning my youngest woke convinced we should hold a yard sale.  Primarily, she wanted to trade that big Barbie house in her room for some cash, from which she would make a gift to charity and buy a new treasure (probably something to expand her "my little pony" collection).

She would hear nothing about waiting for the neighborhood sale, when signs would have been posted for a week.  Those signs and neighboring "vendors" virtually guarantee that crowds will converge intrigued by the collective marketing.  My princess identified forty or fifty items for sale, made the price tags and sat out with those items (arrayed across the driveway) while eating her breakfast.

I gave her two dollars in change, confirming she knows a penny from a nickel from a dime.  After her sister and Mommy woke up and joined us, we each pretended to negotiate for several items, then got change back from our payment.

Great day to be in the sun, learning from one another.  One little first grader may not be rich, but she will be tuned to her numbers in the Fall.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Coach Pete

My Zimbio  This year my eldest daughter agreed to play lacrosse if I would be her coach.Wow... what could I do?  Learning how to teach scooping and cradling, finding ways to coach field positioning on the practice field or from the sidelines, working with all the personalities... yes, a joy.

Although I was skeptical that work would tolerate early evening practices (yes, I had to miss our championship game due to a major capture), I attended almost every one.  My girls all progressed along the skills spectrum and most came to understand many key field realities.

Contributing to the fastest sport on two feet could be the beginning of a new passion.  Certainly understanding a bit more about what my little girls are thinking... priceless!!