Why We Need Big Bird

This post isn’t about US politics and has nothing to do with Mitt Romney‘s position to kill off funding for PBS. This post is about why we need a PBS. Old World, First Growth Forests (Huh?) I recently returned from a trip to Vancouver Island. While there I took a tour to the Pacific coast of the island with a… Continue reading

Big Bird, and Binders, and Bayonets, Oh My!

Frankly, I hope this will be the last post I write (or read) about the election. I have good friends who I know will vote for Mitt Romney. Some have chosen to do so because they and their families are deeply hurting from the financial wreckage of the George W. Bush years and believe Obama failed to fix that mess.… Continue reading

Out There Cool

This C-1 electric motorcycle is supposed to go into production in 2014. I hope it does! 200 miles per charge keeps itself upright even when hit by a car on the side will go up to 100mph just looks slick Perfect for the urban SF crowd! Got money to burn? (Pricey, well, yes. At least at first.) You can reserve… Continue reading

ATL & SFO: A Study in Contrasts

I lived in and around Atlanta, Georgia, for over 20 years. I have many friends and colleagues there. I’ve now lived in California for almost 5 years. I can not tell you how different these two areas of the country are. A former colleague’s comment to a previous post earlier today reminded me of the differences. The Atlanta area is… Continue reading

The High Price of Hate

I’ve blogged before about how the extremists in religious fundamentalism are killing faith practice in this country. We have further proof: The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life (a project from the Pew Research Center) reports that in the last 5 years alone, the group of people who self label as having no religious affiliation has gone up 5%… Continue reading

Amazon.com Binder Reviews

Wow, first it was the Big Bird meme. Now it’s “binders full of women.” Mitt Romney, all by himself, has once again created a cultural subtext for the election. Why didn’t he just be honest: Paul Ryan voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The Republican party genuinely is a boys’ club punctuated by the hubris of Rush Limbaugh.… Continue reading

Slick, Clever, and Birlliantly Positioned!

Unlike most people I suspect, literally everything I see in media, online and on TV, I’m asking myself: “Who paid for me to see this and why?” Call me cynical, but I genuinely do not believe anything in the mediaspehere happens by accident. I believe that corporations have paid large marketing corporations to attain very carefully defined goals, and they… Continue reading

Week in Politics

VP Debate Well, you know Joe Biden whipped Paul Ryan‘s ass in the debate when the extreme conservative pundits whine this loud. Paul is accustomed to arresting older men who speak out against him in his meetings, he’s skilled at batting his puppy dog eyes at the camera and having his way. Biden masterfully held him to the harsh truth.… Continue reading

Jury Duty in Marin

I’ve only lived here 10 months and was required to show up for jury duty on a horrible trial about attempted murder, theft, great bodily harm (to a 90 year old man–newspaper says the assailant shot him in the head point blank), and use of a semi-automatic weapon by a convicted felon. I was not amused. Going through security twice… Continue reading