Four years ago, I bought new lithium-ion batteries for my cordless phone system and remote control for my sound system. Starting in February, the batteries in the cordless phone system would only allow me to talk on the phone for ten to twenty minutes depending upon the handset. The battery for remote for the sound system expanded causing the remote to no longer fit into the dock and cracked the case. I was able to buy three new batteries for the phone system for $5.99. The new battery for the sound system remote was $14.99. My 2013 Nissan LEAF will be five-years old in June, new batteries for my Nissan LEAF are $5,000! Continue reading
It has been year of great darkness for many of us. Traditionally this is the season in which that we are reminded of the coming light. I hope that we find lightness over the holidays and that we have a happy new year. I have two sides to my writing career, light poetry and highly technical news/feature writing. The core of all my writing is to bring light information communication into the world. Best wishes for all my readers and friends so that we don’t take ourselves too seriously.
Bad writing on the Internet wastes people’s time and money. The massive mega-media universe of neophytes who attempt to demonstrate complex do-it-yourself tasks, sends people in directions that they shouldn’t be going if something was written correctly in the first place. Crowdsourcing of information by amateurs can make writers who understand that small details are essential, absolutely crazy. My latest Odyssey involving a dripping bathtub faucet illustrates the importance of interviewing true experts.There is nothing more powerful than someone who has done something many times and is an expert in the process. Continue reading
Great feature writing starts with a concept and the writer goes on his/her own odyssey. She meets many foes and friends on her odyssey to discover what no one has before. Good feature writers tell stories about people overcoming tragedy and transforming the world around them. Continue reading