Friday, November 17, 2017

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

a must-watch HBO/Vice News reveal of the Paradise Papers

The November 7 episode of HBO/Vice News series reveals the Paradise Papers, the largest by far expose of the intertwining businesses of the mega-wealthy, the powerful and many administrations, especially the Trump administration.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

things French, mostly

KevinO follows a steady diet of things French these days, including reading the news in French and a visit to Paris. He should check out a recent post at one of my favorite blogs, the long-running kottke.org, which is filled with French influences... I also see a Montreal restaurant review, which reminds me I was looking at a flight to Athens with a five-hour layover in Montreal - maybe I could visit with Debbie Marc?

Friday, November 3, 2017

first lucid dream

Brief and momentary, real: I became aware of my waist length hair and wondered what was going on, as my hair has been short for forty years.  It then dawned on me - "I'm dreaming!" I exclaimed to myself. I was joyful. That's all I remember. I occasionally dream I have long hair, usually flipping it back - this must be my wakeup object, rather than Castenada's hands trick.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

play Spot the Bot

Cal undergrads use machine learning to id the political bots

where does the ideology of the two parties come from and how does it play out?


This NY Times opinion piece looks correct and does not bode well for the dominant Democratic strategy. It also implies that success would require a long-term campaign to define an identity, given the weak one that now exists.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

the Energy Gang podcast


The Energy Gang podcast from Green Tech Media really excites me and keeps me informed. The rapid declines in costs of renewable energy and energy storage seem to be overshadowing the ideological fights about which way to go.  These trends make Trump's promises about coal moot.
For an investor-type view of the industry, you can't beat this podcast!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

missed concert of giants of Indo-jazz

reviewed here and first-person reported by David and Bebe, this was an event I regret missing.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Ken McLeod - Vajrayana in the West

Anil Prasad's Ralph Towner interviews

200020062010, and 2017

we are safe (so far) from the fires

Fires are raging around the North Bay.  We watched for awhile, then packed a carload of memories and headed to the Peninsula to wait out the emergency.  After two days we decided it is safe enough to return.  We are still ready to jump if the fire comes our way, but at this time it is on the far side of the ridge and we are two miles from the base.  The local fires are 20-40% contained now but had been 0% for days when we left. We are hopeful this passes without destroying our house...

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Dave Winer

Dave Winer is my favorite blogger. His blog is http://scripting.com/ and he operates many other sites devoted to his ideas and the software he creates.  I read him daily.  He is prickly and opinionated and not everyone's cup of tea.  He was one of the A-list bloggers that cyberbullied me around the turn of the century when I was suffering a mental breakdown due to stress and lack of sleep.  Nonetheless, I read him.  I also have written him occasionally to offer tips on subjects he might find interesting, nearly always links. A month ago when I copied him on a tip, I included an unsubscribe button, which he clicked; I have not and will not email him again. Today he posted on Facebook a general warning to all: "Please refrain from sending me unsolicited texts and emails. Should you not do so I will contact the appropriate legal authorities." I guess I am not the only one he is "unsubscribing" from...

Friday, September 8, 2017

Regen VIllages, a contemporary version of the Village of Arts+Ideas?

In the Seventies I was a co-founder of the Village of Arts+Ideas, an intentional community dedicated to a vision of an eco-village.  This talk by James Ehrlich introduces a modern version of that vision.  I am fascinated and intrigued!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Build it or fuck it

I just listened to an old Security Now podcast. Steve Gibson told a long story about a beamed audio device he designed and built as a high school student, which was funny and interesting. The moral was for kids to experiment and build things. This reminded me of one of the mottos back in the Village of Arts + Ideas: "Build it or fuck it", which meant the real test of ideas is to actually create something...

https://twit.tv/shows/security-now/episodes/592?autostart=false

Friday, May 12, 2017

wooden heart

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

the war in Laos in the 60s and 70s

A colleague from my Oracle days once told me to remember that corporations have no gratitude.

A Great Place to Have a War shows that neither do countries.  The Hmong surely know this.

I did not know that more tonnage of bombs was dropped on Laos than on all Axis nations in World War II and that the clandestine war there was the birthplace of today's CIA approach.

A worthwhile book - read it

Saturday, April 22, 2017

music for West Coast Swing dancing

for those curious minds who want to know what music we dance West Coast Swing to... (not the same as Lindy Hop):

http://www.radiowcs.com/radiowcs_live.html

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

frozen and rolling

In the early Nineties I visited Cancun and rode a parasail. GF-at-the-time LRG ( ex-gymnast ) casually swung on the bar and enjoyed the view; Z panoramically shot the view with his video cam and relaxed. I, OTOH, froze in fear of heights, to such a degree that I could not relax enough when landing to run, but instead rolled in my frozen seated position... Imagine me over the Niagra Falls...

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2016/jul/17/niagara-falls-new-zipwire-food-restaurants

Carl Stone's electronic music

Zurkonic review

I wish www.envelop.us or sfjazz.org would invite him to perform.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Oren Ambarchi's Intermission 2000-2008 album

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