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May 31

May 31, 2018

FAKEbook

Twitter, Tawdry, and Just Plain Wrong.

A couple weeks ago, someone I had never met told me over the phone that I sounded–and I quote–”young and sexy.” I had to laugh. While I appreciate the compliment, these days it takes a whole lot of energy just to keep from being old and saggy … the “young-and-sexy” train left the station a few years back. For the most part, I guess I’m OK with that. I wouldn’t say things get any better as you get older, but…

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May 3

May 3, 2018

Quake

Living on the Edge … of the Country …

I love, love, love San Francisco. I’ve lived a number of places all over the country before I ended up here, but this is home. It felt right just driving into town the first time. SanFran isn’t just a city, it’s an entire way of life. Having said that, it’s also not always the easiest place to live, for many reasons. Housing costs are out of this world: a couple months ago, a 1,000-square-foot home–with non-working plumbing and decomposing mattresses…

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Apr 23

April 23, 2018

Littering

Creating an Environment that Profits Everyone

Seems like every time I get an urge to write in this blog anymore, I am starting off with “I’m not a political guy, and this isn’t a political blog” … which would tend to make my readers (all seven of you) start to wonder if perhaps the opposite wasn’t closer to the truth. But the fact that certain issues have become political hot potatoes under the current regime doesn’t negate the fact that they are still important issues; frankly,…

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Apr 2

April 2, 2018

two 3d humans with empty chat and idea bubbles

Quality Content and Quality Conversation

I met this guy over the weekend (no, not in a bar; we were at the Collaboration Fest Craft Beer Festival in Denver. Which I suppose is kind of like a bar. But not really. Anyway …). He’s an internet marketing consultant who lives over in Oakland and went to school near Loma Linda. I learned this in the first five minutes, because those are the ice-breaker type questions one usually asks within five minutes of meeting someone. The idea…

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Mar 5

March 5, 2018

SchoolGun

Guns Aren’t the Problem; We Are

I try very hard not to get political in these little missives of mine, but I’m having more and more trouble understanding the deep rift between sides in the “Gun Issue.” Let me first state that a) I know how to shoot a gun. I was raised on a farm and taught early; and b) I do not own a gun, nor do I want one. That is not any kind of edict against guns themselves: I just have no…

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Feb 8

February 8, 2018

BkSanFran

How to Be Disorganized in One Easy Lesson

I’ll be the first to admit that I am not the most disciplined guy in the world. It’s not my fault: there are just too many things that I want to do, and they’re constantly interfering with the things I need to do. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. People accuse me of having ADHD; happens all the time, but I’m not sure. I’m not the sort that gets completely distracted at every new shiny object, nor do…

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Jan 10

January 10, 2018

SanFran

San Francisco: Ups and Downs in Tourist Town

Sometimes, the biggest problem with living in San Francisco is the people who DON’T live in San Francisco. I’m sure that’s true with most places that considered ideal vacation destinations; if all the tourists in Orlando at any given time decided to work together, they could stage a coup and overthrow the local government just from sheer numbers. And don’t get me started on Branson, Missouri … you could populate a small country with the amount of people there at the…

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Dec 12

December 12, 2017

UniversHealth

Why NOT Having Universal Health Care Should Not Be an Option

This is not a political site, and I am not an overly political guy. I’m not about to make any blanket statements about the Affordable Care Act being the greatest thing since sliced bread, nor about how heartless the GOP is being about this whole thing (you can decide that for yourself). But I do believe that some form of universal health care is important, and that importance goes beyond simple dollars and cents. Now some of you will read…

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Nov 16

November 16, 2017

amazon-echo

The Alexa Experience? Thanks But No Thanks

My nephew Ernie was showing off his new Echo last weekend. For those of you who’ve been living under a rock or something for the last decade, Amazon’s Echo is the physical conduit for Alexa, their voice-controlled personal assistant. It’s roughly the size of a tall boy and contains Wi-Fi, a couple of speakers, and seven (I don’t know, either) microphones. It’s connected to “the cloud” and sits in your home, plugged into the wall, waiting quietly for recognition ……

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Nov 2

November 2, 2017

MyPinhead

Poking Where It Hurts

I’m an open-minded kind of guy (whether that is the “reason for” or the “result of” studying philosophy years ago, I’ll let you decide). But I’m also a guy who’s ever-so-slightly terrified by what I see happening to public healthcare. I, personally, have insurance, but I’ve got plenty of friends who have been dropped or who have seen their rates skyrocket, and frankly, it makes me nervous. So I’ve been trying to use the aforementioned open mind to find pathways…

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