Tech Thanksgiving

John Kirk / November 28th, 2013

In the United States, today is the holiday known as Thanksgiving. So rather than write my normal column, I thought I’d devote today’s article to some of those things that I’m most thankful for — but with a tech slant.

We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives. ~ John F. Kennedy

True enough. And not just on Thanksgiving, but the year around too.

I am thankful for Tim and Ben Bajarin1, who run Tech.Pinions, and for all the writers and contributors at Tech.Pinions. I am honored to call them my colleagues and even more honored to call them my friends.

Thanks for bringing the smart.

I’m oh-so-very-thankful for the readers of Tech.Pinions, and even more thankful for those who take the time to comment on our articles. I LOVE reading and responding to your comments — so Bring It On!

Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns. I am thankful that thorns have roses. ~ Alphonse Karr

I am thankful for the great technology we have today. As for myself, when it comes to modern technology, I see far more roses than I do thorns.

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little. ~ Buddha

I am thankful that my research and my writing allow me explore the world of tech and to learn something new and wondrous each and every day. I hope to learn a lot every day — but I’ll settle for learning just a little.

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. ~ Albert Schweitzer

I am thankful for the Blogasphere — and thankful to be a part of the Blogasphere. Only in today’s age and with today’s technology would I be able to read and interact with some of the finest minds on the planet. I often find my spirit rekindled by a spark from another and, it is my sincere hope, that I may, on occasion, do the same for one of them.

Silent gratitude isn’t very much to anyone. ~ Gertrude Stein

I am thankful that I get this opportunity to express my thanks.

And two final thoughts.

First, Thanksgiving is a day of feasting and watching (American) football. But I implore you to take the sage advice of the one-and-only, Miss Piggy:

Never eat more than you can lift.

Second, a wise word of warning from the ever insightful Erma Bombeck:

If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.

Take a break, now and then, to thank those around you. It’s good for their mental health…and yours.

Happy Thanksgiving!

  1. By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day. ~ Robert Frost []

John Kirk

John R. Kirk is a recovering attorney. He has also worked as a financial advisor and a business coach. His love affair with computing started with his purchase of the original Mac in 1985. His primary interest is the field of personal computing (which includes phones, tablets, notebooks and desktops) and his primary focus is on long-term business strategies: What makes a company unique; How do those unique qualities aid or inhibit the success of the company; and why don’t (or can’t) other companies adopt the successful attributes of their competitors?
  • jfutral

    Nice!

    Joe

  • narvan

    John, thank you for taking the time to write on Thanksgiving.

    • FalKirk

      It’s my great pleasure.

  • Nangka

    I’m thankful for you John, and for all your wonderfully enjoyable articles, all insightful & humorous.

  • Jared Porter

    Thank you for your ever-fresh thoughts and passion to your subject of choice. Marshall McLuan was prescient 60 years ago, we are a global village via the Internet.

  • pawhite524

    The difference between a Smart Man and a Wise Man is said to be this:
    A Smart knows to believe only half of what he hears;
    A Wise Man knows which half…

    I believe you qualify for the latter.

    Thank you and best wishes to you.

    Peter

  • Joe_Winfield_IL

    I’m thankful for your ability to generate dozens of relevant quotes on any topic. Not sure how you find so many great quips that exactly match the thoughts you are trying to convey.

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