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Aug 6

August 6, 2019

GunAltar

From the Pulse to El Paso

I’m feeling especially pensive today. Bear with me. So, I live in San Francisco. And I love this town, I really do. But even I admit that its reputation for being a hippy-dippy sort of place … well, let’s just say that those ideas are rooted in reality. One of the best parts of this community is its open-mindedness … but a few folks have taken that concept to extremes: it’s possible to be so open-minded that your brain falls…

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Jul 17

July 17, 2019

Area52

Security, Technology, and Area 51

So. You’ve got a million and a half folks signed up to storm Area 51 and see what the government is hiding. That’s like TWICE the number of people who live in the City and County of San Francisco, risking guard dogs and tear gas because they’re just certain that the government is hiding alien autopsies out in the desert. And y’all think I’M paranoid … Seriously, even if the Feds DID have top secret information on UFOs … do…

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Jul 5

July 5, 2019

Women-in-Stem

Waddaya Mean, Is It Really a Problem?

Recent studies show that a much smaller number of women are enrolling in and graduating doctoral programs in fields related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) than other disciplines. This despite the fact that women earn more doctorates overall. And a new report from The Ohio State University indicates that the fewer women entering a STEM class, the less likely any one of them will graduate within six years. Didja catch that? The fewer women there are trying to…

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Jun 6

June 6, 2019

NothingsPrivate

Once More into the Breaches

Here we go again. This past week has seen not one but TWO major data breaches from the healthcare industry. LabCorp, a medical testing company, just announced that the personal and financial data of some 7.7 million customers had been exposed. This just days after Quest Diagnostics announced a breach affecting 11.9 million of its patients. The breaches were similar, and with good reason: both came through a third-party billing collections contractor, American Medical Collection Agency. According to the agency,…

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May 15

May 15, 2019

Not my desk. But close.

Clean Up. If It Makes You Feel Better.

I am a bit of a neatness freak … but only by necessity: my apartment is so small that anything out of place not only gets noticed, it gets tripped over, which leads to cursing, which leads to the lady downstairs knocking on the door and asking if everything is all right and should she call 911. Hey, it’s San Francisco … you gotta expect a little weirdness. But that is about the only reason I care about neatness, and…

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Apr 29

April 29, 2019

ebPPnoMore

PayPal Doesn’t Need eBay. No, Really.

I may be putting too much thought into something no one else cares about—it’s certainly happened before—but my intuition tells me that PayPal is in for a much rougher future than it’s letting on. The company would like us to believe that they are in great shape going forward. In fact, they’re saying it SO often and SO loudly that, well, as ol’ Willie once wrote, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” See, PP is making all this noise…

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Apr 3

April 3, 2019

Eatdog1

How Bad Can a Hot Dog Be?

So I’ve been toying with the idea of going vegan. My friend Lauren is constantly going on and on and on about the health benefits, the environmental benefits, and just plain being nice to animals. Of course, I find it easier being nice to animals than to most people, but I’m still thinking about it—if it will shut her up, than it’s worth considering. The biggest hold-up here is: I love hot dogs. And for those of you who haven’t…

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Mar 19

March 19, 2019

IOT Thief

The Internet of Things … Just Not MY Things

So, a lot of my posts make me sound like a technophobe, and this one isn’t going to be any better. I’m really NOT a technophobe, I just don’t happen to subscribe to the belief that every new piece of technology is best for me. And the more some outsider tries to convince me it IS for me, the more suspicious I get. Take banking, for example. I still get my normal, old-fashioned paper statements in the mail each month….

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Mar 7

March 7, 2019

WhoCaresTime

DST Is for the Birds

I’m just gonna go on record here as saying I hate Daylight Saving Time in all its shapes and forms. On the other hand, I love me some good sleep. So you would think I would be all over the “fall back” hour, right? No. It screws up my system. It’s the same reason I make myself get up at my normal time, even on weekends: if I get off-schedule, it just messes with me. Trips to New York mess…

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Feb 14

February 14, 2019

GrumpyVDay2

So I’m Single on Valentine’s Day. What’s Your Point?

The most obnoxious people in the world, no doubt, are couples on Valentine’s Day. I’m not talking about the “We’ve-been-together-four-years-here’s-your-stale-Walmart-chocolate-now-go-away-so-I-can-watch-Netflix” kind of couples. Nor do I refer to the “We-just-met-in-a-bar-Saturday-but-we’re-sure-we’re-soulmates” type, either. Not sure either of them count. No, we’re talking about the ones in the middle. The ones who have gotten past the first reveals of the human beings under the façade…but haven’t been together long enough for cynicism to completely beat down the entire idea of romance. I’m…

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