Eviction

New Era in Software: Rental

And I hate it! Adobe’s software is stunning stuff, no doubt about it: Photoshop, After Effects, Dreamweaver, to name a few of the industry standards. Over the past few years, Adobe’s software has become prohibitively expensive for the common man, easily costing well over a thousand dollars for a software bundle. But, at least you […]

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Conrad Sleeps

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 […]

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Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotation

Orwellian Doublespeak

OK, let’s carefully look at this quotation from CNN’s website today, with a critical eye focused a bit more precisely on reality and not Orwellian doublespeak: After Jason Collins came out as gay, ESPN’s Chris Broussard said the NBA player was living in “open rebellion to God” — sparking a backlash against the sportswriter. That’s proof, […]

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CEO Worker Pay Ratio published by Bloomberg

Just Not Right…

So Bloomberg published the pay ratio between the CEO and average salaried worker for top, publicly traded US companies. Something is just not right when the CEO makes almost 1,800 times more money than the average company worker. I think workers, all workers, deserve a level of pay based on their contribution to the company, […]

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John Mayer Born and Raised Cover by Glass Art by David A. Smith

Art and Craftsmanship

I vividly remember, as a very young child, my father pulling into a gas station. I recall exactly where it was. Nothing exists there now. In fact, it’s been paved over and is now a major road intersection. But then, it was a gas station with dirt parking, no pavement, anywhere. It was hot. (Florida […]

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Point Bonita Lighthouse

I See a Whale…

Sunday was volunteer day at the Point Bonita Lighthouse. As always: stunning day! I counted, for certain, 7 different whales, perhaps as many as 12. They were very active, coming to the surface often. They were also very close to the lighthouse. One was particularly huge! In fact, it was the largest whale I’ve ever […]

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Cut and Paste

Brilliant! Churnalism versus Journalism

I’ve noticed for some time now that so much of what I read online and in my RSS aggregator feels like press releases. I’ve even got in the habit of asking myself, “Who is paying for me to read this ‘news’ story?!” Well, the good folks at the Sunlight Foundation (I’ve blogged about them before!) […]

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