Archive for the Food for Thought Category

Here’s a fun blog (Warning: satire alert!)

Posted in Food for Thought with tags , , on January 17, 2008 by danweltsch

blogger calling himself Jon Swift has created a twisted view on the world, obviously aspiring to live up to the master satirist Jon Swift who wrote Gulliver’s Travels, and largely succeeding. He spouts intentionally bizarre, sometimes quite off-putting opinions along the lines of Stephen Colbert, or a more-intellectually-inclined Borat. Included here are his contributions to’s Customer Reviews, all of which start out with the phrase “I have not actually read this book but…”

Book Excerpts

Posted in Food for Thought on August 2, 2007 by danweltsch

Here is a link to a page from a site called It led me to this particular book, World on Fire by Amy Chua, which is an eye-opening look at how emerging globalization and emerging democracy around the world can and has led to violence and xenophobia as ethnic minorities that control economies of many nations, such as the Chinese in Indonesia, or whites in Zimbabwe, become scapegoats for the problems of the nations’ majority populations.

If we had only listened to this guy…

Posted in Food for Thought on May 28, 2007 by danweltsch

The horrors of September 11, 2001 might have been avoided if TPTB (The Powers That Be) had paid more attention to FBI agent John O’Neill. Instead he was marginalized. Here is a profile of O’neill produced by the PBS show Frontline; it tells his amazing story, which has a shocking ending.

Are we living in “The Matrix?”

Posted in Food for Thought on May 28, 2007 by danweltsch

Nick Bostrom, philosophy professor at Oxford University, sees the possibility of inhabitable computer simulations and “post-human” life. Strange stuff. Read it here. There is an interesting video dialogue (or “diavlog”) that touches on this subject here at

Hand-held devices and age-related decline of eyesight

Posted in Food for Thought on April 15, 2007 by danweltsch

Are new hand-held devices, which are proliferating wildly, being designed to accommodate older users with deteriorating eyesight? Today’s 20 and 30-year-olds are tomorrow’s 40 and 50-year-olds. I am 48, and can barely read the screen on my cellphone. This is an important aspect of product design that I hope is not ignored in the hot race to appeal to young consumers. Here’s a post on a forum of a Wall Street Journal article about a old-user friendly phone.

Healthy fast food

Posted in Food for Thought, I'm just asking... on March 12, 2007 by danweltsch

When will we see some fast food that’s healthy? It shouldn’t be hard to make something cheap, tasty and easy-to-prepare that’s not heavy with trans-fats, processed grains and sugar. I think the U.S. food market is ready for it…but the people here disagree.

The kids these days…!

Posted in Food for Thought on February 19, 2007 by danweltsch

Here‘s an interesting article about how young people are using the internet and social software to communicate and express themselves. It includes an interesting conversation with Clay Shirky about language evolving generationally from pidgin to creole, and the ramifications for social interaction.

Article about the United States’s sense of Exceptionalism

Posted in Food for Thought on February 8, 2007 by danweltsch

Does the U.S. have special rights to act as it wants, dictating to other countries what is best? Here is an interesting historical examination from The New York Review of Books. Notice it includes something rarely seen on the Web,

Interesting discussion about The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

Posted in Food for Thought on February 6, 2007 by danweltsch

This is from the (London) Times Literary Supplement. The book review is written by Nobel Prize-winning scientist Steven Weinberg.

Fountains of Wayne

Posted in Food for Thought, I'm just asking..., Links to Video on February 3, 2007 by danweltsch

How is it that the clever, funny power-pop band Fountains of Wayne has not taken America by storm yet?
Here‘s a video of theirs (…it’s not the one with Rachel Hunter).