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Free as in Knowledge

September 24, 2020

There are 40 days until the US presidential election.

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This weeks donation goes to the Wikimedia Foundation.

In 2007 Amazon released the first Kindle and with it the ability to connect to the internet and read simple webpages and newspapers. Because of the circles I run in many people made the observation that by combining the Kindle with WikiPedia (already 7 years old by then) they had essentially created a small electronic slate that contained all of the known information in the world or perhaps the Galaxy? The description of the actual guide in Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was that it resembled “a small, thin, flexible lap computer” encased in a “sturdy plastic cover.” Sound familiar? If anything the kindle was a more modern version of the device described in HGTTG. Of course without the information freely available from Wikipedia it was just a device for reading books.

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To Whom It Should Concern

September 23, 2020

There are 41 days until the election.

I wrote a letter that I will be printing and sending to my two senators (Diane Feinstein and Kamala Harris) and my congressional representative (Judy Chu). It’s not much, but it’s something. I realize it seems like a rather cold response to events, but my extensive one night of research said to: send a real letter not an email, reference specific bills and keep it short.

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Don’t Panic

September 22, 2020

The answer to the great question of politics, the universe, and everything is 42 days until the election.

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Tuesdays are my day to be geeky over on my SQL Blog. I don’t always get a tech post done, but I force myself to sit down and work on it each week.

Reed v Reed

September 21, 2020

There are 43 days until the next US election and 121 days until the next US presidential inauguration.

With the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsberg the news has been filled with her accomplishments. I cannot begin to list them all here, but there was one item I kept seeing that felt like hyperbole to me so I decided to research. There will be a lot of ink spilled in the coming days about her replacement and what should and shouldn’t be done. I don’t feel like I can affect that outcome very much, but I was curious about the claim I kept seeing.

If you are a woman with your own credit card you can thank RBG.

-Twitter and Facebook feed from several people
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Shaken, Not Stirred

September 20, 2020

There are 44 happy hours left until the election.

Hemmingway Daiquiris

My Christmas gift to Kira this year was a collection of high end spirits and the recipes for 26 cocktails – not all of which involved grapefruit. In normal times this probably would have kept our bar stocked for several years, but 2020 happened so it went a little faster than I expected back in December of 2019.

Most of the ingredients were common for the drinks I picked out and we worked our way through the list of drink recipes over the first couple months of “quarantine”. Except for one drink, the Fig Old Fashioned. I did realize how difficult it would be to find black figs. Maybe I was just looking in the wrong stores, but it wasn’t until this weekend that I got my hands on some and we were able to make the last recipe. So I present you with our top 10 list of Quarantine Cocktails. As decided by me.

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Dead Ends

September 19, 2020

There are 45 days until the US Election.

The Bobcat fire is still burning in the mountains to the north of us, but the air has moved back into the Healthy zone so I went for a 18km run this morning. My plan was to run back down to the Rio Hondo Bike trail and explore it for a few kilmoters further than last time. That plan was foiled by several dead ends on my run.

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Fresh Air

September 18, 2020

There are 46 more days of breathing until the next US election.

The AQI dropped below 100 yesterday so I ran by the address that hosts the PurpleAir monitor and took a picture of what I thought was the monitor. It is not.
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Swinging Left

September 17, 2020

There are 47 days until the US Presidential election.

I started my count down to this election on Facebook just a few days after the last election. Reading what I wrote that day makes me realize how much I have normalized things in the last four years. It makes me remember how lost I felt and how not-normal this administration was from the very beginning.

There are 1454 days until the next presidential election. The question I keep asking myself, the first thing Kira and I started talking about when she got home from work yesterday is – What can I do? What can WE do? What can we do to balance the ignorance and hate that seems to be a welcome change to half of our country? I don’t know the answer, but I hope to keep focused on the question.

November 9, 2016 · Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan
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Strontium, Zirconium, and Phosphorus

September 16, 2020

There are 48 days until the next US Presidential Election.

Mixed in with the news of the continued Corona virus pandemic, historically large wildfires, and Hurricane Sally you may have read news this week about attempted hacks on the 2020 election by foreign operatives. Usually the media blows these things out of proportion to get some clicks on the story so my idea for this post was to research some of the hacks and explain how they aren’t as bad as they sound. Which I still think is true, but also I came away more worried about the state of cyber security than when I started.

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Binary Thinking

September 15, 2020

There are days until the next until the next US presidential election.

I’m over turning zeros and ones into words on my tech blog today.