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Today is my 50th birthday.
Or at least by the time I upload this it will be.
It has been 3 months since I have posted anything. Slightly longer than that since I wrote anything substantive for the site. When I realized I had been this remiss and first started contemplating the structure for yet another blog where I talked about restarting, reviving, or reworking the blog I felt saddened, forlorn and a bit disappointed. I think most people hit moments like this in their lives. Moments where they felt adrift and unproductive. So, at the end of this month, this year, and this decade I find that this blog, like my life, is not in need of a revamp. It just is.
When I was a kid, role-playing games like D&D were at the height of their popularity. Video games were still in their infancy, with only slightly better than 8-bit graphics on the best of systems. Into this target rich environment of 1988, R. Talsorian Games, Inc. introduced Cyberpunk 2013. In addition to their style, tone, and bleak outlook, there is another aspect all of these stories have in common, time. Each is set in an increasingly distant near future. I think these visionaries were too pessimistic in their estimates.
It’s that time of year again. That’s right everyone it's award season again. It is also that other time of the year. The time of the year when the number of angry rants from my more conservative friends - yes I actually do have a number of more conservative friends - increases exponentially.
When I was deployed to Iraq I had a very clever Lieutenant Colonel for whom I worked. She was rather fond of repeating to the soldiers a particular phrase. “Words mean things.”
Two forces - the global economy and the nature of conflict changing and shifting - are the most likely aspects of ongoing change that will affect United States joint and multinational military operations. These changes will require the United States military to be a more dynamic and a more flexible force.
I’ve noticed on the news there seems to be a lot of Analysts now. They’re not called correspondents or reporters or journalists but Analysts. Especially when they’re talking about “Security”, “Politics”, or “Economics”. How many people watching the news actually know what that term means I wonder. How many people understand what it takes to actually do analysis?
A recent trip got me thinking about some of the similarities and differences we native English speaking cousins have. To paraphrase George Bernard Shaw, ‘It’s not just Britain and America divided by a common language.’
I hate running. It's not that I dislike running, I actively disdain and abhor it. You may think I'm exaggerating because Americans in general seems to dislike exercise. No. I hate it. I would rather do just about anything other than run. Even if I was being chased by a hungry lion that had a …