Bright Ideas

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Practical reference material to assist people looking to make a difference in our world. Replicable models, book reviews, weblinks, demonstrations, tutorials, and videos for people helping people and people healing our planet.

Think Outside the Box

Tis the season to give and receive presents. What to give? How to choose? There’s intention and talent behind those who are the Jordan Spieths of gift giving. Those for whom every gift delivered is a hole-in-one and brings the appreciative roar of the crowd. My brother Josh is one of those people. He’s got a unique philosophy of gift […]

Why Is This Youngster Important to Us?

His name is Utkarsh Tandon, doesn’t sound like a Trump-friendly name, does it? Ok, setting that political aside aside, let me answer the question posed. Tandon is a high school kid in Southern California who, when a Freshman (er, that’s 9th grade, people) in 2014, developed a machine learning model for his science fair project that collected and classified data on […]

Giving Back

On the way to the supermarket last week I passed a neighbor’s “victory garden,” across from our gate, just off the main road. I’m regularly impressed by how substantial a parcel that fellow plants each year, because he works it, lives, and eats the harvest all on his own. At the end of one recent season, he invited me into his garage […]