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TWIR #1: WiFi Is Voodoo!

The Week in Review (TWIR) Topic 1 I’ve decided that wireless internet networks are more closely related to voodoo than to physics and engineering, even simple logic. While our network in this house is admittedly more complex than most small businesses, how can it go from working for over a month at a time (with no changes to it at… Continue reading

@Comcast: You Are on Notice!

Yesterday I posted about your sweet little deal with the Atlanta test market. I’m over you, Comcast, and I want a divorce—the sooner the better! I found out Google Fiber is coming to my area, hopefully in the not-too-distant future. I’ve asked them to keep me updated on their fiber network buildout. And when they do arrive on this street,… Continue reading

The Sweet, Intoxicating Smell of Being Ripped Off!

Shhh! It’s a Secret! Hey, Atlanta, did you know that you are a test market? Yes! Yes, indeed you are! I should say, we are, since I live here now, too1. We are one of the test markets2 for how Comcast is going to raise their internet prices to gouge you even more. We only get to use 300 GB  … Continue reading

A Quick Visit to the Bay Area

Last Thursday I had barely landed at SFO when I was once again reminded of some of the many reasons I love this little spot on earth, which I fondly refer to as the birthplace of my soul. Sunset over Richardson Bay from the hotel room–Mount Tamalpias in the distance The air was brisk–with even something of a bite in… Continue reading

The Rachmaninoff 2nd Piano Concerto

Sa Chen with Conductor Vasily Petrenko and the San Francisco Symphony If I were forced to pick only one piece of music as my favorite work, it would probably be Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto. The now forgotten music critics of his day bashed the 2nd piano concerto as emotional drivel, in fact, tended to bash Rachmaninoff’s work in general. But… Continue reading

Imagine My Horror During this Escalator Ride…

This is not the escalator on which this incident took place, just similar in length and steepness. I had just returned my rental car at SFO and was approaching the 3 story escalator that extends from the first floor car rental center to the top level where the “air trains” take passengers to the airport. I turned and took care… Continue reading

Happy Birthday Point Bonita Lighthouse

This year was the 160th birthday of the Point Bonita Lighthouse that provides safe passage into the San Francisco bay. I loved volunteering as a docent there at the lighthouse for 3 years! (Yes, even with GPS and other navigational devices, the ship captains rely on the lighthouses which always just work! Those tried and true old ways.) Pt. Bonita… Continue reading

Must It Be Either Religion Or Equality?

An article, Losing My Religion for Equality, written in 2009 by former President Jimmy Carter is making the rounds on Facebook. President Carter makes some critically important points as he declares he is leaving his Southern Baptist Church. I highly recommend you read his entire short article. I was completely unaware of The Elders, assembled by former South African president… Continue reading

Clever & Funny Advertising

Those who know me well know that I detest advertising. The advertisements for the new Ant-Man movie are a rare exception. Just the right size for the ants (an important target market for the film), the billboards are clever and made me laugh. Hat tip to Cameron for calling my attention to them. Related articles These Tiny Ant-Man Billboards Are… Continue reading

Our Second Solar Energy System

Solar Array Diagram with live production values Well, we now own our second solar energy array. Our first was the one atop the house in Sausalito. The solar energy system atop the house in Atlanta has been happily producing electricity now for a while. It’s significantly larger than the solar system we had in Sausalito. (Because GA Power only pays… Continue reading