Three Pillars of an Outstanding Relationship

Hi, all. Its been a little dream of mine to publish an essay on one of my favorite mindful e-zines, the elephant journal. The essay represents some of my thoughts on how I see compatibility in relationships.

Have a look at Three Pillars of an Outstanding Relationship and tell me what you think!

I’ll explore other ideas about relationships and spirituality soon, hopefully in future editions of the elephant journal!

Hold on Tight

Hi, all. I’ve been writing a little music and practicing the fine (and difficult) art of audio engineering. Have a listen and let me know what you think.

New poem up: Foolish to Write Poetry

A good friend of mine, India Trotter, started a new blog site called Blank Stare Corner. She asked me to submit some work and published a new poem of mine entitled, “Foolish to Write Poetry.”

Have a look and tell me what you think.

Attention San Diego Self-Published Authors

Its that time of year again. The City of San Diego wants to recognize San Diego authors who have self-published a book in 2014. Its a great event at a fantastic venue!

From the City:


San Diego Public Library

Dear San Diego County Author:

The San Diego Public Library’s 49th Annual Local Author Exhibit is nearing and the Library is calling our resident authors for submissions. If your book or eBook was originally published in 2014, we would like to display it in the exhibit, which will run the entire month of February 2015 in the beautiful San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common.


For information and to register for this event, please visit the San Diego Local Author webpage (also accessible from the San Diego Public Library’s web site, under the PROGRAMS & EVENTS tab). Please note that there are two registration forms – one for print books and one for ONLY eBooks. If your book is in both formats register/submit the print version only. Please mail your book to:

SAN DIEGO, CA 92101-7416

Authors submitting a hardcopy book will not receive official e-mail confirmation until both the registration and book is received and processed. Authors submitting an eBook must register first to receive an e-mail confirmation with information on how to submit an image of your book cover for display purposes. Please allow up to two weeks to receive confirmation.


All submissions to the Local Author Exhibit become gifts to the San Diego Public Library for possible inclusion in the collection. Qualified participants will be invited to an exclusive Local Author event to kick off the exhibit.

Be sure to add to your contacts so that further correspondence does not end up in your junk mail. If you have any questions or comments please call 619.236.5841 or simply reply to this e-mail.

Please share this message with your author friends and like the SDPL Central Library Facebook page ( The San Diego Central Library is celebrating its one year anniversary on Saturday, September 27 so come check out the wonderful new building when you get a chance!

Rachel Esguerra
Rachel Esguerra
Local Author Exhibit Assistant
Library Clerk – Literature Dept.
330 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101

The Catalyst of Distruptive Innovation

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A colleague pointed me to this article on disruptive innovation and how businessman and author Clayton Christensen recognized how disruptive technologies really work: They don’t compete with the etablished technologies at the high end. Rather they attack the low-end (less expensive, and often less performing) and eventually supplant the high end by getting better and better.

Here’s a great quote from the article, entitled “Disruptive Genius.”:

The theory of disruptive innovation lies at the core of his success. It grows from the distinction between sustaining technologies and disruptive ones. The former produce incremental improvements in the performance of established products: disk drives, for example, might offer faster speeds and greater memory storage. In contrast, disruptive technologies are “innovations that result in worse product performance, at least in the near term,” he wrote in The Innovator’s Dilemma. Yet, “Ironically…it was disruptive technology that precipitated the leading [disk-drive] firms’ failure.”

He explains that disruptive products are typically “cheaper, simpler, smaller, and, frequently, more convenient to use.” They tend to reach new markets, enabling their producers to grow rapidly and—with technological improvements—to eat away at the market shares of the leading vendors. In his book, Christensen shows how, between 1975 and 1990, successive generations of disk-drive technologies—14-, 8-, 5.25-, 3.5-, and 2.5-inch drives—disrupted the markets of their predecessors, and then were themselves disrupted. When 8-inch drives emerged, for example, their smaller capacities held no interest for mainframe-computer manufacturers, the principal customers for 14-inch drives. But the smaller drives matched minicomputer-makers’ needs—and with annual gains in performance, they eventually made inroads into the mainframe market. A similar pattern recurred with 5.25-inch drives and desktop computers, 3.5-inch drives and laptop computers, and 2.5-inch drives and notebook computers. Established companies are “held captive by their customers,” in Christensen’s phrase, and so routinely ignore emerging markets of buyers who are not their customers.

It’s not the customers you have, its the customers you didn’t know you had who wanted something a bit different than what you were offering.

The importance of diversity

After reading this article in the Sydney Morning Harold, I was fascinated by the idea that an ethnic culture could perhaps singularly among any other ethnic group carry a gene from a race of humans now long extinct.

It makes me wonder if other groups also carry genes from other extinct races…I’m sure a few people I know may carry Neanderthal. Then that makes me think that if the Tibetans were to die out, we’d lose this extraordinary gene. Perhaps Tibetans should be making more babies :-)

The human race is more than the sum of its parts. There may be much treasure still buried within our genetic code as we continue to untangle it.

My Interview with USCD Extension’s Emerging Trends

UCSD Extension has always been a fantastic way for me to continue my education (I remember a great Oracle database class there back in my more technical days) and I even developed and taught an information security class there.

Just recently, UCSD reached out to me to do an interview for their new Interactive Radio “Emerging Trends” series. I was honored to be their first guest!

Have a listen and learn a little bit about my thoughts on privacy, information security and “The Left Hand of Light.” Then tell me what YOU think!

Goodbye to my Father

My father died yesterday. I still can’t believe it. This was my father, after all. Or at least, he was the one man who was man enough to accept the position. He was my number one fan, having read every one of my published works, and always encouraging me to do more.

He understood my ambitions, crazy as they were. “Patience, my son,” he would say. “You have to pay your dues. Then you’ll have everything you want.”

He understood my anger, a very deep and restless thing, that can be surprisingly monstrous when it reveals itself to those that do not know me well.

Always shaping me, always honing me, preparing me for the time he knew he could not be there. He was generous with his time, his love and what few possessions he had. He was a nomad, having more addresses while I was growing up than I could count.

But no matter where he was, on my birthday, there came the card with a check for $5 or $10 or $35 as I got older.

I’m rambling. I’m still in shock. Maybe for now, it’s enough that the world know that it’s lost a bright light of a soul. Though perhaps you did not know him, maybe you would mourn with me for just a little while.

Then maybe life can go on.

Happy Privacy Day!

DC40640LOGOToday is international privacy day. I eliminate the word “data” from that sentence it is one of my pet peeves. :-)

Tonight I will be speaking at San Diego Gas & Electric’s Energy Innovation Center on mobile privacy, how its changing the privacy landscape, and most importantly, what organizations and individuals are doing about it.

It starts at 5pm, Pacific. I hope to see you there.

The Left Hand of Light Now Available at SoulScape

soulscapeHello, all! I’m pleased to announce that if you live, work or play in the Encinitas, CA area, you can now find The Left Hand of Light at SoulScape, a fantastic store filled with books, music, inspiring art, posters and gifts for you and the spiritually-minded people in your life. Head over to this loving sanctuary and get your copy and buy a few candles and some sage too to prepare for spring cleaning!