Sunday, December 2, 2018

wish for Trump apology

A part of the 60 Minutes Fukushima report showed top executives of Tepco, the nuclear company, bowing to the ground to local residents in apology. My first reaction included the wish that Trump would do the same during his exit...

Fukushima disaster on 60 Minutes

Last night 60 Minutes aired an episode on the current work to address the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. The scope of the problems and the attempts to address them is amazing. Well worth watching!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

US population profiled by the Kochs

I heard on NPR that the Koch brothers' organizations have developed profiles of approximately 200 million US citizens.  Given a population of around 320 million with about 75 million under age 18, that nets out to 200/245 adults!

Dave Winer on the election

I have followed Dave's writings for decades.  I think this year is his best.
Here is his reaction to the election, which I could not agree with more.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

a good evening moment

Listening to WQXR's Q2 radio channel and reading a great collection of short stories you should check out - life is good (notwithstanding the Big Picture)
"He had always been friendly but it seemed that he hated to be awakened by drum solos."

King Crimson 2017

stochastic violence

Someone who wishes to remain anonymous wrote:

I learned a terrible new word this week, "stochastic," as in stochastic violence. Look it up. It's the use of propaganda and incitement that creates a probability of violence without knowing the specifics of how or where it will occur. It's not really random, though the randomness of specific targets is part of the terror. It strikes me as related to the fascists' long use of a "strategy of tension," to increase societal fear and violence and then exert more control. Combined with the easy access to weapons for the X% of the population that is unhinged -- it's bad and it cannot be unintentional.

I heard about "stochastic terrorism" on Pacifica radio this week in an interview about the rise in hate violence. Apparently, it's a known social science phenomenon. The quantity of violence is predictable while the where, when and how is not. A fascist strategist like Steve Bannon would know its usefulness.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018


long: IBM 80, ORCL 20, CMG 190, MSFT 24, CRM 50, FB 20, SPY 210
short: SHLD 40 to 1, RSH 2.60 to 0.35, M 47

10/16 update: cashed out Friday, except for M

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Frum on Trump

David Jolly interviews David Frum in January, 2018 about the book Trumpocracy. This is totally worth watching.

starting Dzogchen trekcho/cutting through

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Relax your gaze and look out
Don’t stop concepts—let them be.
Anything that comes up in your mind, don’t follow it; just meet it where it is.
       Relax, with no effort or manipulation whatsoever


Since all things are naked, clear and free from obscurations,
there is nothing to attain or realize.
The everyday practice is simply to develop
a complete acceptance and openness
to all situations and emotions
and to all people,
experiencing everything totally
without reservations and blockages,
so that one never withdraws or centralizes onto oneself.

donor pages for Democratic Senatorial campaigns

Dave Winer's list

key races:

Kavanaugh is one symptom of a larger problem

Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda in Five Acts was even more interesting than I expected. It showed me things even I did not know, reinforced the significance of Fonda, and encouraged activities into late life. The life she and Hayden led together reminded me of my early years.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Tech humor

Bloomberg writers show sense of humor, burying this in the middle of a very serious article:

“Two of Elemental’s biggest early clients were the Mormon church, which used the [video compression] technology to beam sermons to congregations around the world, and the adult film industry, which did not.”

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Cory Doctorow on BookTV

Cory Doctorow appeared on BookTV's program In Depth and he was as interesting as usual.  Highly recommended!

One thing that Cory mentioned I must comment on: people shorting stocks based on illegally obtained information from corrupt FBI agents.  Although for a while early on I was a member of the website run by Anthony Elgindy, I quit before the criminality began and I had nothing to do with it or even with naked shorting. I kept to a clean path, which I eventually realized was not possible on Tony's site, where I was a naif. As I've said other times, the cyberbullies who focused on me around the turn of the century were in part triggered by me shorting stocks during the Dot Com boom (otherwise known as juggling flaming swords).

also see American Greed S4E28

new bike trail plan headed to Jerry Brown's desk

Europe's current fascist trend

Long but important piece.

Sara and I visited the area about ten years ago and saw the museum mentioned here.

Monday, September 10, 2018

typical stress and strain challenges for Black Americans

This story is an example of:
1) why we need the BLM movement
2) encouragement to resist the especially racist time we are in, which Trump gives license to
3) the crazy stress of everyday life for Blacks in the US and the unreasonable level of caution they must exhibit just to survive

online mindful communication class

This hour-long GreenZoneTalk class has been released to the public

Friday, September 7, 2018

Mueller probe of deep background of California swing dancing

this detailed information shows that Mueller will go to any lengths to find the roots of swing dancing in So Cal... or, in other words, Internet Geeks will catalog anything so we can use it!

Saturday, August 25, 2018

RIP John McCain

I sincerely regret the passing of John McCain, but I also wrote to chide him when he chose to pivot to the Right again with a speech at Liberty University years ago.
As Vox Media said about choosing Sarah Palin: "... he also betrayed his own values hoping to win a presidential election, and sent the Republican Party down the path to Trump"
A mixed bag for sure, but also both a patriot and a pivotal figure in American politics. RIP

Thursday, August 23, 2018

uplift dream

A dream last night: I was with a bunch of lifelong friends from high school. We were on a large forklift which was lifting everyone up to where we wanted to go. It broke and we got in trouble with the owners, Trumpista loggers, and our lives were now in danger. "You're not Democrats, are you?" asked the team leader...

Thursday, August 16, 2018

back to the cushion

After a lapse of several months in my meditation practice, I returned to it. Short sessions reminded me again of its centrality and I simply started up fully again. Challenging times in terms of politics, work time, and institutional crisis in my Buddhist community knocked me off course, but they require more, not less, practice.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

RIP Cecil Taylor

While I have not listened to him in years, the evolution of my tastes makes Cecil Taylor more a candidate for my soundtrack. His death this week brought him to my attention again. The one hour show below was entertaining and warm-hearted:

In the Seventies, I spent regular time with Art Lande, as he was a friend of my first wife and teacher to her and one of our friends. When I mentioned a liking for Taylor, Art was puzzled, as the "difficult sounds" Taylor produced were not to his taste. Of course, my sonic journey over the decades since has taken me even further out there... I wonder what Art thinks of Taylor now.

Friday, April 6, 2018

for future consideration: Matthew Remski  While I have not participated in yoga, Ayurveda, Hinduism or astrology, this is another syncretic touchpoint.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

recommended, the HBO documentary "King in the Wilderness"

This documentary is good to watch - the soulful, truth-telling people featured are an antidote to what prevails today in politics

Saturday, March 24, 2018

NYC visit in a few months

We are meeting up with some friends in New York City in a couple of months! While there we will visit the David Bowie exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum.  We're planning to meet with friends from
our high school, dance, music, and software lives.  Really looking forward to this!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Showrunner documentary

This documentary is fascinating! Saw it on the Indy channel... Of special interest because one of my inlaws is a showrunner.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Susie Rockwell Celebration of Life

My trip to Davis for the Susanne Rockwell Celebration of Life was worth it (2 hours each way and 2 hours at the church). I estimate that more than 400 people were there and there were many moving speeches and comments. Clearly, she had a huge impact on all of us in her personal, work, and volunteer life. I am proud to have known her and to be part of her karass. I regret that I didn't spend more time with her, which is my key takeaway: live fully while we can! Condolences again to Brian Sway

Update: and she was featured on the UC Davis web site's main page.

I like these tatoos by Mowgli

Mowgli's tattoos

Thursday, February 22, 2018

RIP, Susie Rockwell, friend for over 50 years

I will always remember Susie's smiling face...

Friends and family are mourning the loss of Susanne Rockwell, 65, a former Sacramento-area journalist turned vibrant public relations professional who helped pioneer the use of social media at UC Davis. She died unexpectedly Feb. 19, 2018, at her Davis home from complications of throat cancer.
A celebration of her life is planned for 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at Davis Community Church, 421 D St.
Rockwell was well loved by many friends and colleagues, both on the UC Davis campus and in many social and service groups in Yolo County.
“In so many ways she was the glue of our communications office family and a community-builder in so many ever-widening circles,” said Maril Stratton, associate chancellor emerita and former head of the campus Public Communications office.
“The campus benefited enormously from her principled practice of community journalism, her recognition — and artful telling — of a darn good story, and her demonstration of just how big a heart, kind a soul and irrepressible a spirit one person can possess,” Stratton said.
Born in Roseville, Rockwell spent most of her childhood in Redding near Lake Shasta and the Sacramento River, where she developed a love for Northern California and its environmental riches.
She graduated from Shasta High School and entered UC Davis in 1970. She signed on as a writer for The California Aggie, UC Davis’ student newspaper, where she met her future husband, Brian Sway. They married on April 10, 1976.
During her junior year, she studied in Spain, an experience that ignited a lifelong passion for travel and an appreciation for learning foreign languages. When her daughters reached school age, she made sure that they were enrolled in Davis’ Spanish immersion program.
She earned two degrees from UC Davis: a bachelor’s (1974) in international relations and a master’s (1996) in rhetoric and communications.
As a young journalist, Rockwell first found employment as assistant editor at the Winters Express, where she worked until 1976. She then joined The (Vacaville) Reporter, working there until 1983, when she was hired to manage a staff of 15 writers as the assistant “Showcase” editor at The Sacramento Union, then one of Sacramento’s two daily newspapers.
During her years in newspapering, she was active in the Society of Professional Journalists, serving several years on the local chapter’s governing board.
In 1989, she joined the UC Davis Public Communications office as editor of Dateline, the staff and faculty newspaper. She served in that role until 2000, when she was appointed to develop and edit the campus’ main website, while also providing communications services to the College of Letters & Science.
Colleagues recall that Rockwell was a fearless early adopter of social media and multimedia, evolving from a comfortable position as an expert print journalist to a far more challenging one as a new practitioner of online journalism. She bridged the sometimes-enormous gap between web developers and information specialists with patience and good humor. She was a leader in helping the university use new media to enhance student safety and strengthen overall communications with its broader audiences.
Most recently, Rockwell launched a new What Can I Do With My Major blog for UC Davis, drawing input from the campus community to help students envision the wide array of career options available in various areas of study. Now, just 10 months after its debut, the blog has a robust readership around the world.
Still promoting her love and esteem for communicators, Rockwell coordinated the current posting titled “How UC Davis Undergraduates Can Become Journalists,” written by a UCD alumna now attending the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
In addition to her campus duties, Rockwell always made time to share her experience, including working with the Campus Rotaract clubs at UCD and at local high schools to provide opportunities for student internships and career training. She also served as a resource and speaker for career days at schools in Woodland.
“Students and their experiences here were always Susanne’s priority,” said Dana Topousis, chief marketing and communications officer who leads what is now called the Office of Strategic Communications at UCD.
“She touched so many people at UC Davis through her passion for writing and telling stories. She was often the first to want to learn something — like web development and social media — and then the first to advocate for being innovative.
“On a personal level, Susanne made deep connections with people and never hesitated to share a kind word about a colleague,” Topousis added. “To say we will miss her is an understatement. We will honor her memory and carry her legacy forward.”
Rockwell also had an abiding commitment to fostering diversity and accessibility in the campus community. In 1998, she received a UC Davis diversity award for “being ever vigilant in her search for stories” to reflect the variety of people who are critical to the success of the campus.
In 2006, she was honored by UC Davis’ Soaring to New Heights diversity program for her role in redesigning campus web sites to make them easier to use by people with visual impairments. She also was an early champion of nonsexist language in communications.
Colleagues note that Rockwell was for nearly three decades the social anchor for her campus department. Even during tumultuous times, she insisted that the university communications group was “family,” and made sure that newcomers were welcomed and veteran staffers acknowledged. She wrote countless, unsolicited award nominations, intent that colleagues receive recognition on campus and through professional organizations.
Rockwell’s daughters Meagan and Julia said she felt it was important to take on challenges outside of her comfort zone. Although she never thought of herself as an athlete or serious runner, in 1999 she enrolled in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program and successfully completed Sacramento’s California International Marathon.
Rockwell and her husband Brian, even while juggling the joys and demands of parenting their two daughters, were tireless hosts, generously opening their home for community fundraising events as well as office retreats, holiday celebrations and retirement parties.
In addition to campus participation, Rockwell was active in the community, especially through the Sunrise Rotary Club of Davis, where she served as president in 2013-14. Over the years, she and her husband welcomed seven high school exchange students from Europe, South America and Japan into their home through Rotary Club.
Keenly interested in supporting wildlife and Yolo County wetland habitats, Rockwell also served for eight years on the Yolo Basin Foundation board.
She is survived by her husband Brian Sway of Davis; daughter Julia Sway and son-in-law Matthew Simpson of Portland, Maine; and daughter Meagan Sway and son-in-law Sage Friedman of Portland, Maine. She also leaves her brother Robin and sister-in-law Lori Rockwell of Scotts Valley; brother and sister-in-law Andy and Jan Sway of Burbank; sister-in-law Caren Sway of Valencia; and nephews Matthew Rockwell of Scotts Valley, David (and wife Misha) Sway and Daniel Sway of Los Angeles, and Michael Branstetter (and wife Jenna) of Ventura.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Helen Rockwell and Jerry Rockwell, and a brother, Scott Rockwell.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Yolo Basin Foundation, 45211 County Road 32B, Davis CA 95618; the Davis Sunrise Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 4531, Davis, CA 95617; or the UC Davis Foundation, 1 Shields Ave., Davis CA 95616-5270.

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