Improbable Insights Podcast: The IoT Invasion

Download MP3 We’re back! I’ve been experimenting with formats. Let me know what you think, either in the comment section of uncertainty.com or by email at improbablepodcast@gmail.com. The IoT Invasion It’s been a year since David, Eric, and I talked about IoT. Since then, the Internet of Things has been growing by leaps and bounds, particularly in the consumer space. As mainstream companies jump on the IoT bandwagon, we’ve seen some really cool stuff come along as well as the […]

How to Get the Improbable Insights Podcast

The Improbable Insights Crew Three people sit down every two weeks to record the Improbable Insights podcast. Eric Klein works in early-stage venture capital, focusing on companies developing a variety of hardware for consumers and businesses. As a venture guy, he keeps his eyes open for cool new tech before most people hear about it. Eric also began his career in gaming, working for Bungie back in the day. He also spent time at Palm and Apple. David Bryant works […]

Shooting Wondercon 2017 with the D500

Jan and I headed down to Wondercon in Anaheim for a lovely weekend of panels, cosplay-watching, geek shopping, and more. I took along my Nikon D500, along with several lenses, and had a field day shooting cosplayers. I certainly loved the energy and enthusiasm that went into these designs. And the ages ranged from small children to people clearly older than me. I mostly shot with the 16-80mm f/2.8-f/4, but also used the 70-200mm f/4 to good effect. I pulled […]

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Still Relevant

Since this year marks the 20th year since the release of Joss Whedon’s seminal series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I thought it time to rewatch the series. This time, though, I’m watching it with my wife Jan. I should explain that I watched the series twice, each time with one of my daughters. We overlapped a bit, but effectively, think of it as two viewings. I have very fond memories of watching with Elizabeth and Emily. Buffy showed how girls and women could […]

Mount St. Helens Wreathed in Clouds

I should be back in the office today. So here’s one more daily photo before returning to regular posting. Mount St. Helens wreathed on clouds.    

The Tentpole Western

We recently went to see The Magnificent Seven. Magnificent Seven stars Denzel Washington playing Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt playing Chris Pratt, and a host of other good actors playing bad cliches of characters from westerns of yore. You have your Good Indian, the crusty old backwoodsman who hates Indians, except he becomes buddies with the Good Indian, the Asian Immigrant who knows kung-fu and knife fighting, the Mexican who thinks rape is funny, and the Widow Who Seeks Revenge. At least the […]

Kubo and the Tugged Heartstrings

My Japanese mother married my Caucasion father in the early 1950s. Back then, she bought into the idea of immigrant assimilation so completely, she never bothered speaking her native language around her sons. I grew up as an English-language speaker, and the only second language I learned, somewhat poorly, turned out to be German. However, she showered me with books from a very young age. Some of these books include lavishly illustrated child’s versions of Japanese mythology — all written […]