The Christian Taliban

Yes, I believe these homegrown religious extremists are every bit as dangerous as their Muslim fundamentalist counterparts. They want to combine church and state and force all of us to live by their ancient and culturally irrelevant beliefs—their narrow lifestyle of choice. Since the SCOTUS rulings, the Christian Taliban has been doing its best to stir the pot of anger,… Continue reading

Awesome Photoshop Tip

I have always found using the magic wand to create a selection a bit, well… troubled. Some people call it the “tragic wand.” In some circumstances it works well. In others, not so. Here’s the best way to grab a selection, especially when you are trying to grab graphic elements that have transparency around the edges or in the line… Continue reading

Sunday Hike: Coastal Trail

I love hiking the Pacific Coast trail! Yesterday was a great hike. The weather was perfect! Over 5 miles and up 49 floors-worth of steps! While you will probably not be able to see it in the small pictures below, they do show the Golden Gate Bridge in the far left. Below is the map of our hike. We started… Continue reading

Yet Another Reason…

for us all to despise Facebook: Steve posted to his Facebook timeline that he was pleasantly surprised by the SCOTUS‘s “stunningly sensible” decision ruling that corporations could not patent naturally occurring genes and hoped the SCOTUS would reconsider their disastrous ruling that corporations are people and have the same legal rights as people (specifically: unfettered participation in elections). One of… Continue reading

Getting a Divorce

Yes, it’s true. I’m getting a divorce: from Facebook. We are in the “separation” phase. I’ve moved Facebook out: off of my iPad and my iPhone. I’m no longer going to use it from my iOS devices because those apps seem oppressively laden by Facebook’s marketing machine. So, I’m still checking my account from my computer, but I’m minimizing the… Continue reading

A Huge Scare

Today, in the wee hours (Pacific Time), one of my database tables somehow became corrupted. All efforts to repair it failed. My blog was dead. Totally dead! Thank goodness I have a backup strategy that is automated and followed religiously. I was able to import my blog from the backup from the night before, a backup that was not corrupted.… Continue reading