Best Candidates Billionaires Can Buy!

Billionaire Foster Friess is backing Rick Santorum. Billionaire Sheldon Adelson is pouring funds into Newt Gingrich. Billionaire Frank VanderSloot is funding Mitt Romney. Billionaire Peter Thiel is backing Ron Paul. Billionaire Warren Buffet is among the supporters of President Obama. And all of this is just the very tip of the tip of the super PAC funding flooding the GOP… Continue reading

Today’s Your Last Chance

This doesn’t bother some people, a lot of people actually–especially young people. And at times it doesn’t bother me too much either–right now, anyway. But I wonder, seriously wonder: if I give them an inch, will they take a mile. You bet they will. And the long term implications of giving your data about yourself away to corporations just can’t… Continue reading

A Really Interesting Day

Last weekend, while roaming around the headlands, we stopped by the visitors’ center (which is the Instagram that looks like a church) to get a map of the enormous Golden Gate National Recreation Area park. Sarah was working at the help desk. She happens to be a park ranger who has as one of her many responsibilities recruiting volunteers. She… Continue reading

Women in the Men’s Toilet!

Though longer than normal, I hope this post is worthy of your time, thoughtful consideration, and comments. Today I saw an article in the Huffington Post about a woman, Tanya Ditty, testifying before the GA state legislature. The article even includes a link to a YouTube video of her speaking. She is speaking against a proposed bill that would ban… Continue reading

Chloé Gets a Blink Charger

I’ve blogged several times about Chloé, our Nissan Leaf. Here is an update. First, things I love about driving the car: We got a $7,500 federal income tax rebate and a $2,500 state income tax rebate for owning an all electric vehicle. Those tax deductions amount to a $10,000 deduction from the sales price of the car. My Prius, which… Continue reading

Going to Bed with the Devil…

and Waking Up in Hell! That’s how I see this unholy alliance between the extremist fundamentalist religious movement and the Republican party. When I was a child the Republican party stood for fiscal conservancy/responsibility and personal freedom/libertarianism. Today, thanks to the work of Karl Rove and extremist religious leaders, the Republican party can’t be conservative enough to win the extremists’… 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

Romping Around the Headlands

Today we walked almost 5 miles around the Marin Headlands, 65,000 acres of undisturbed coastal headlands along the Pacific Ocean. In the 1960s, a developer purchased a significant plot of this land to develop it into subdivisions. Fortunately, his efforts were stopped, and the area is today part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It’s simply stunning! While we… Continue reading

Upgrading Your iTunes Music with iTunes Match

Many years ago now, I set out on a long journey to digitize my entire CD collection and store that music in iTunes. The process took about a year! In those days in the last century, hard drive space was much more expensive, and the standard quality (called bit rate) most people ripped their CDs was low to avoid consuming… Continue reading