Joe Beernink

Monthly Archives: August 2012

In a previous blog post, I wrote about how watching all the TED Talks on NetFlix changed what I thought were the most important issues we, as a global community, had to deal with. This is the first in a series of blog posts I’m calling “FutureView” covering those topics in a little more detail. Unless you’ve been hidden under a rock somewhere for the last ten years, you’ve heard all about… Read More

Six months ago, when I was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, I quickly discovered I would be spending a lot of time in front of the television. There just isn’t much else you can do while you are recovering. But I couldn’t just sit there and watch “Talk TV”. I’m a strong Type-A personality. I had to do something productive. So I set my sights on my NetFlix queue. First, I plowed through… Read More

I first heard about “Ticket To Ride” via Wil Wheaton’s wonderful show, Table Top. (see video below). Wil and his gang looked to be having so much fun playing this game, that I had to have it. We ordered it last week and got it on Friday. The kids (who are 5 1/2 years old) couldn’t wait to play it. We worried they were perhaps a bit young, and at first the… Read More

I have two wonderful kids, a fantastic wife, a job that pays well, and a good education. I’ve never been unemployed for very long, and never been what I would call ‘poor’. I’ve had lean years when I was starting out, but I’ve also been in the right place at the right time, many times, and used that to my advantage. I’m fairly intelligent, have few vices that could be construed as… Read More

The list grows shorter again this month, but that’s a little bit misleading since I watched nearly 230 TedTalks. I’d go into more detail about that, but that’s a whole other blog entry. I just haven’t had much time (or inclination) to sit down and watch 2 hour movies lately, so for entertainment, I’ve stuck to watching episodic television, mainly Breaking Bad and more Masterpiece Mystery. There also aren’t a whole lot… Read More

Six months seems to be a mental milestone of sorts. For some reason, my mind has always associated ‘six months’ with “I really will be better by then.” And for the most part I am. But life is not yet completely back to normal. We’ve been pretty busy this summer with family events and work. Summer in the Pacific Northwest is not something you really want to waste. After a fall, winter… Read More

Today, a simple, 5-word tweet wasted most of my afternoon. It was sent from my Twitter account, but I didn’t send it. Someone hacked my Twitter account, and that sent me scurrying to find out what else they had found their way into. Luckily, I was right by my computer when it happened, and I was quickly able to get on top of the situation before any real damage was done. The… Read More

… from my in-law’s garden in Eastern Washington. I guess I will be eating more vegetables / fruit this week.

I’ve never been one to worry about my diet. Controlling my weight has never been a problem. In fact, I’ve often been dramatically underweight. When I started college, I was a very slender 5’11”, 118 pounds. By the summer of my 3rd year, I was just over 6’ 1/2” and 127 pounds. I worked out. I played lots of sports (though poorly). I drank my fair share of calories as well. But… Read More