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5G is coming, and it has the potential to change everything. The first wireless technologies allowed for basic communication, and 4G paved the way for the transmission of larger amounts of data, opening the door to everything from streaming video to improved navigation systems to basically constant internet access. more
A couple of weeks ago, Janet and I celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary. Yeah, I know that’s a long time to put up with someone, but I’ve managed, somehow. Back when I was un-retired, our anniversary consisted of me being out of town at a trade show, like we did on our 36th anniversary. It’s the same trade show every year, and I always had to go, so to keep from gettin’ in trouble with Janet, we would usually go out the night before I have to leave. We have a nice dinner somewhere and I give her a little bauble, and she gives me a little something, and that’s it. more
Hurricane Florence made landfall at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina on Sept. 14 before moving over eastern South Carolina. In addition to the tragic loss of life, the storm caused substantial wind damage and devastating flooding. Recent preliminary damages estimates by Moody’s Analytics indicate property and short-term losses of $17-$22 billion. more
Just the other day, I was reminded of a trip I took once upon a time to New Orleans. When I was a working man, I was in the sporting goods business … Not socks and jocks and stuff like that. I used to sell huntin’ and shootin’ stuff. You didn’t think I could make a livin’ writin’ this junk, did you? more
My wife Janet and I were fixin’ to go out to eat the other night and I wasn’t really too keen on goin, but sometimes you have to bite the bullet, so you don’t get shot with one. Well, just as we were walkin’ out the door, the phone rang. more
The newest Army Command is coming to Austin. Army Futures Command is part of a historic reorganization of the Army and is the first new 4-star Command in 45 years. It’s a notable departure for the Army, being located in an urban area (rather than a military base) and having an express mission of interacting with the surrounding businesses and academia. more
A federal judge in Houston has ruled that the state of Texas can’t end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA, which is good news not only for Texans directly and indirectly affected, but also for the economy. (I was directly involved in the matter and gave testimony regarding the economic effects of DACA.) more
The other day I heard a little boy talkin’ to his momma. He was pointin’ at his belly button and sayin’ somethin’ about his “nabel.” Well when he said that, it reminded me of somethin’ that happened back when I was a little kid. more
The current bull market in U.S. stocks is now the longest on record (according to most people). Unless the economy derails (which is unlikely for the foreseeable future), the bull has room to run, even after nearly 3,500 days on the move. There is not a precise definition of “bull market,” though most people agree that it’s a time of generally rising stock prices, strong economic growth, and high investor confidence. more
The other day, I walked into the house after gettin’ back from a short trip. I walked into the house, threw my duffle bag down, kicked off my boots, and fell down onto the bed. It was at this time the phone rang. I reached over and picked it up. more
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