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Journals and the hazards of custom software

There is a large gap in this journal. The cause is a wrinkle I never have with my paper journal — software.  Back when I began this journal in 2005, I had a particular format in mind, a format not supported by the blogging software available back then.  So I built my own journaling tool. … read more →

Only in Silicon Valley…

It is new Year’s eve. I step out of the market in downtown San Mateo with a few last-minute items and a passing shadow causes me to stop and look up. Several hundred feet above me, a 250 foot long zeppelin is passing directly overhead. Imagine an A380, puffed up like a football passing silently … read more →

Michael Jackson: Doomed to spend eternity on LA’s Freeways?

I hope that Michael Jackson will find the peace that so eluded him in life, but so far his mortal remains have spent more time commuting on Southern California’s freeways than communing in the afterlife. Yesterday he fought heavy traffic to travel from a morning family meeting at Forest Lawn to a mid-day gathering with … read more →

Save that old TV – there’s a message in the “snow”

Digital TV is wonderful, but there is one feature from the age of Analog TV that I will miss – snow. Yes, that warm white hiss that appeared whenever reception was bad, or a station went off the air. Back in the rabbit ear days before cable, snow was an irritating distraction or downright annoyance … read more →

I’ll Believe — when you can spell!

“Beleive?” The financial crisis is generating no end of shifty get-rich-quick schemes, even here in Silicon Valley. But one wonders whether the grifters behind this sign tacked to a telephone pole in Palo Alto really can’t spell, or if they were in such a rush to exploit the gullible that they didn’t have time to … read more →