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Lo And Behold: Reveries of the Connected World - Official Trailer

Legendary master filmmaker Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams) examines the past, present and constantly evolving future of the Internet in Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World. Working with NETSCOUT, a world leader in-real time service assurance and cybersecurity, which came aboard as a producer and led him into a new world, Herzog conducted original interviews with cyberspace pioneers and prophets such as PayPal and Tesla co-founder Elon Musk, Internet protocol inventor Bob Kahn, and famed hacker Kevin Mitnick.

These provocative conversations reveal the ways in which the online world has transformed how virtually everything in the real world works, from business to education, space travel to healthcare, and the very heart of how we conduct our personal relationships. In the words of executive producer Jim McNiel, “It’s a journey even Werner, with his immense imagination and inquisitive mind, didn’t expect. Unless you have lived in the technology space, you don’t yet fully appreciate what dwells there.” Herzog adds: “It is one of the biggest revolutions we as humans are experiencing.”

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The depth between us

When I was young, I believed in fate.

I believed that people were put in our life path for the purpose of some significant universal plan. How else could I explain the fact that a girl who looked just like me — also a new student — was standing next to Principal Fisher holding onto my class schedule?

Her hair was just like mine: long, blonde — with bangs — not quite as light, but it seemed to balance out the fact that her eyes were just a tinge bluer than mine. Everything about her was oddly familiar — the color of her eye shadow, her Jordache jeans — except for the fact that she was cool and com-posed while I was shaking underneath my periwinkle Angora sweater.

Truthfully, we could have passed as sisters. That was the first time I remember thinking, “If this girl can do it, so can I.” She led the way; I followed. She sat next to me through first and third period, lunch and P.E. And only because of her I made it through my first day of high school.

There were many reasons Patti and I became best friends. We had everything in common. Even our differences seemed to complement each other’s flaws. Patti got her driver’s license, and then I got mine. She started beauty school, then me. She got married. I got married. It worked well that way, because I always secretly believed, “if she can do it, so can I.”

Five years later, when I found out Patti was going to have her first baby, I knew that I would soon be getting pregnant. And later, when I learned my baby would require 3 a.m. feedings, I would just remind myself, “If Patti can do this, so can I.” Patti’s daughter, Christine was born in October; Nikki in March — one year later.

No matter which way the stars aligned, or how far the universe would separate us sometimes. I never once imagined that eighteen years after our precious baby girls were born, I would be telling myself, “If Patti can do this, so can I.”

Christine died in March — now Nikki, the following October.