Fighting Against the Death of the Open Web

From time to time I grouse about how transglobal corporations stifle competition and fair trade to maintain their economic dominance. It’s an old story that will most assuredly never end. But, in this post, I want to specifically write about the death of the open web, how I fight back, and why you should too. Facebook As One Example I… Continue reading

Adventure Rider Makes the Ultimate Selfie!

For me, with his video GoPro selfies, Alex Chacon, the Adventure Rider, wins the Ultimate Selfie award for 2014! Using his GoPro Hero 3+ on a pole, he shoots 360º video selfies all over the world. The video below is a compilation of some of those. It’s great fun. Here are just 4 photos from the video. (Click to enlarge)… Continue reading

Optimization Behind the Scenes

Optimization [dropcap]B[/dropcap]een working like a madman on my blog—optimization under the hood. You know: part of the 10 year celebration has been sprucing things up a bit moving forward. Aside from the new look, which is temporary, here’s a list of some of the improvements: [unordered_list style=”star”] Page loads, in your browser, should be dramatically faster: between 4-7 seconds on… Continue reading

This Is Why “They” Are Afraid…

Russell Brand This is one of the major reasons I believe we have massive surveillance by government in democracies around the world. This is one reason the government wants higher education to be prohibitively expensive and public school children not to be critical thinkers. Russell Brand is a bit of a loose canon. He’s funny. He’s smart. He’s quick. He’s… Continue reading

Vacuuming Our Cat

Conrad the Kat, also known as “Beast” and “Animaux Sauvage,” is a total fur factory. He generates more fur than any critter alive. He sheds everywhere. Enormous fur bunnies lie in his wake as he saunters around his lair. I’ve given up the idea of having fur-free dark clothes. A colleague told me she vacuums here cat and that her… Continue reading

Fascinating! Completely Fascinating! But What Does It Mean?

On Friday, January 12, 2007, about 1,100 people passed by a street musician, in the D.C. subway, playing a violin. Very few people hesitated, let alone stopped even for a couple of minutes, to listen to him play. He played for about 45 minutes, and a few passersby gave him pennies, quarters, etc. He took in $32.17. But that’s a… Continue reading

Those Were the Days…

Thirty-six years ago, today: May 26, 1975, I graduated from high school. Yes, I remember Edith (Jean Stapleton, b. 1923) singing that to Archie (Carroll O’Connor, August 2, 1924 – June 21, 2001) at the old upright as All In The Family came on the huge tube TV back in the day. Gas was leaded and cost .25 a gallon.… Continue reading

Two [click, click] in One!

So I’ve gone crazy with Instragr.am, sending enhanced pictures from my iPhone like a mad man.  Now I’ve discovered Viddy, which basically does the same thing for video, although it has some limitation since it’s a new service.  (The Facebook, YouTube and Twitter uploads failed.  I had to upload it to YouTube through the iPhone’s Photos app.)  But I suspect… Continue reading

Raising the Bar

I’ve groused before about my disdain for advertising being forced in my face: pop up ads on the internet, being forced to watch an ad before or during a video (YouTube, CNN online, and many others), unsolicited junk mail in my inbox and my mailbox, fliers left on my car or on the house door, billboards littering the streets, in… Continue reading