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Late to the Breaking Bad Party

So, what does one do when you’re cooped up in the apartment all day and can’t get outside because of the toxic air quality? Well, a dear friend of mine had recently mentioned his surprise at my having never watched Breaking Bad, which he described as “frequently called the best television series ever made.” He also highly recommended Better Call… Continue reading

Horrific Air Quality in San Francisco

Wednesday When I landed in San Francisco mid-week before last, I wasn’t paying much attention. I try to zone out on the plane: listen to music, watch Netflix, or just sleep. I find that makes the long flight seem shorter. I was in “the zone.” Unexpectedly, the cabin filled with the acrid smell of smoke, and I remembered the California… Continue reading

I Have an Unusually Interesting Life

I’m serious. I just go about my business day to day, and the most interesting, if not downright peculiar, things just happen to me. I can’t discern any particular reason for such happenstance. They just do. Here’s one example… Yesterday I drove over to Crissy Field while the cleaning people were spiffing up our apartment. The air quality was horrid,… Continue reading

Innovation Out; Rent Collection In

I have often complained about Apple’s lack of substantive innovation since the original iPhone, their standard practice of marketing their most vacuous incremental improvements as radical innovations “rebuilt from the ground up” and selling those baby steps for absurd prices, and their push into renting everything from hardware (iPhone upgrade plan), then software, and services. They know the gig is… Continue reading

Not Just an Island of Plastic in the Pacific Ocean

Plastic. When I was much younger, I never gave it a second thought. One day I was nuking some prepared chicken salad in the microwave. I just plopped it into the microwave inside the little flimsy plastic container in which it had been sold. Unexpectedly I was vigorously scolded, “That plastic container is not microwave safe! You know that, right?… Continue reading

The Most Important Day of Our Lives: VOTE!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018. VOTE A STRAIGHT DEMOCRAT TICKET! Even though I have zero confidence in our digital election process1, do it anyway just in case we can save our democracy. I voted early to make certain I would have no issue with my voter registration in this crooked state! (I’m with Jimmy Carter: Kemp should be disqualified because of… 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

Another Extortion Attempt [Rolling My Eyes]

We live in such a weird world. Seriously. This is the second time some wacko has attempted to extort money (bitcoin) from me. The first was a mailed letter. I posted it here. This time the extortionist sent an email. I’m presenting the email, uncorrected, exactly as I received it. Apparently the amount of the first extortion attempt was too… Continue reading