Our Transportation Needs: Electric vs Hybrid Vehicles; Ownership vs Subscription

American Cars ’67 Ford Falcon: My first car! When I was a young kid I had a Ford and then a Plymouth. After my family’s experience with American-made cars, I swore that, as an adult, I would never again own an American car brand. American cars were crap cars–junk that wasn’t innovative or in the least bit reliable. Nissan MuranoAcura… Continue reading

Calling It Quits

My blog, TimTyson.US, has been “in business” now for 15 years. That’s sort of amazing to me. But the expression “in business” is not accurate. I make no money at all from my blog–never have. In fact, very much the opposite. Having an independent blog without any advertising costs money–increasingly, too much money. It’s also becoming increasingly complex1. The Data… Continue reading

Take the Challenge

This challenge is issued to all of my friends and colleagues regardless of your political inclinations–no matter who or what you blame for the shutdown. Steve and I have personal friends that are directly impacted by the government shutdown. They are having to show up for work every day but are not getting paid. Many of you have friends in… Continue reading

Day of the Dead & Thanksgiving

RSS Feeds My day began as do the vast majority of my days: a quick read through my RSS feeds which basically serve as my daily newspaper. My imagination was most captivated by an article about the black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy: Sagittarius A* (pronounced “A” star). The article featured a video rendering of the… Continue reading

But He Doesn’t Act Gay

But He Doesn’t Act Gay… We all know people who have, perhaps with some difficulty and a bit of grumbling, come to accept and include a gay relative. They feel they don’t understand him or her being gay, but they somehow get beyond that because they genuinely love the family member. The love and the “family” cards typically trump the… Continue reading

You Must See Comedian Hannah Gadsby’s Show: Nanette

I generally do not enjoy standup comedy. You see, I typically find the jokes a bit (or very) offensive1 or just not really funny. Often, the jokes are just low level humor. But, occasionally, I’ll hear a joke that’s actually hysterical. Netflix has been hosting a series of comedy specials. I’ve watched a few with mixed results. But the last… Continue reading

Are You Really a Good Person?

I worked closely for several years with a lady that I will always dearly admire. She is truly an amazing person with a huge heart filled with kindness and compassion. She is among the most positive people I’ve ever known. She always sees the good in a person, always. That’s just her heart’s default setting. I so admire her. I… Continue reading

Born on Third Base

Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple.” — Coach Barry Switzer Completely Out of Touch I often marvel at how out of touch I am (and have generally been all of my life) with contemporary culture, and I literally know nothing about sports. If asked to correctly identify what sport each… Continue reading

A San Francisco Symphony Concert Review & Epiphany

You’re walking along. You’re minding your own business. It’s just another day in the day-to-day existence of another human being on planet Earth. Without a sound, as you meander about, a meteorite from some godforsaken corner of some galaxy you’ve never heard of bonks you on the head! I mean, what are the chances, right?! This is my story from… Continue reading