Gary Conkling Life Notes

Mostly whimsical reflections on life

Humans in the Loop, But No Backseat Driver

Artificial intelligence has always struck me as more insult than innovation. Now AI has become a recurring headache for masses of people who fear robots will steal their jobs. Scapegoating … Continue reading

November 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

When History Happens Around You

Sometimes history happens when you just happen to be around.┬áBy pure coincidence, Carole and I scheduled ourselves to be in Barcelona at one of the most cataclysmic moments in modern … Continue reading

October 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Land of Lost Luggage

Losing luggage is never a good thing. It’s an especially bad thing when your luggage is lost on a long vacation. It causes you to live in the land of … Continue reading

October 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Legacy of Squirrel and Moose

Rocky and Bullwinkle delighted us as kids. Little did we know they were brainwashing an entire generation to salivate over subversive political satire as adults. Fond memories of the Adventures … Continue reading

September 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Phantom of the Obama

The British have found a way to cope with Brexit. They turned it into a musical. Maybe we can come to terms with our own national pain in the ass … Continue reading

September 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Lying and a World Without Gravity

What the world be like if we couldn’t agree on what time it is or tell the difference between a green and red light? This isn’t a theoretical physics question. … Continue reading

August 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Hangin’ Paw with Abbie

We clearly have underrated the potential of dogs. They can fight crime, detect cancer, protect our homes, guide the blind and give therapy to the sick. Now we find out … Continue reading

August 9, 2017 · Leave a comment