Technological Revolution

Last month, after executing the military coup that deposed dictator President Hosni Mubarak, one of the first things that the Egyptian military did was… set up a Facebook page. Check it out at www.facebook.com/ELGayesh.Elmasry.

Read the whole story about revolutions, Twitter and the Egyptian Military’s relationship status in my latest column in the Chesterfield Observer: http://bit.ly/ij4TCK, which went live today..

Coping with change in a healthy way; or, avoiding the comb-over

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The ancient Chinese curse of “May you live in interesting times” is getting a work out these days, and I don’t think it’s over. The fuse seems lit for any number of expanding crises, from the Mid-East and North Africa … Continue reading

Brain Surgery on a Hamster…

OK, you may have heard me in the past talk about how complicated the world has gotten, even when it comes to our pets. If you haven’t, check out this video:
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDI1ALEHB_c&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

Well, last night at a Super Bowl party I heard a story that tops even that. A friend’s family hamster… ok, to be fair, it is a pygmy hamster… has had brain surgery. TWICE. Total cost of two brain surgeries for a pygmy hamster: $120. Total cost for a brand new (and possibly identical) pygmy hamster: $30.

A couple points:

I’m not saying the family shouldn’t have had brain surgery performed on the hamster (…um, twice). I’m saying that the world has gotten infinitely more complicated than it used to be, and with that come additional stresses.
That said, the cost of the two brain surgeries added up to four times the cost of a new hamster. If the hamster were a car, he’d be declared “totaled” and be towed to a hamster junk yard.
And finally – $120 for two brain surgeries??? Forget Obamacare. How do we institute Hamstercare?.