My son, Ian, is 13!

Wow, how time flies!

It’s a boy!

Nothing like the marking of time to bring your own mortality into focus!

At the time the nascent blog community, especially the EditThisPage community, took note and commented, even Dave Winer and Scoble. The birth of Ian is still likely the most noteworthy thing I’ve done … :-)

A Complicated Anniversary

Today we observe the anniversary of the CIA’s 1973 Chilean coup as well as the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers in New York, NY, USA.

Is anyone else besides me *really* tired of hearing the phrase “Homeland’ used to refer to the USA? I mean, it just creeps me out with the similarity to ‘Fatherland’. You know…?

Battle For The Net

If you woke up tomorrow, and your internet looked like this, what would you do?

Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites.

Think about what we would lose: all the weird, alternative, interesting, and enlightening stuff that makes the Internet so much cooler than mainstream Cable TV. What if the only news sites you could reliably connect to were the ones that had deals with companies like Comcast and Verizon?

On September 10th, just a few days before the FCC’s comment deadline, public interest organizations are issuing an open, international call for websites and internet users to unite for an “Internet Slowdown” to show the world what the web would be like if Team Cable gets their way and trashes net neutrality. Net neutrality is hard to explain, so our hope is that this action will help SHOW the world what’s really at stake if we lose the open Internet.

If you’ve got a website, blog or tumblr, get the code to join the #InternetSlowdown here:

Everyone else, here’s a quick list of things you can do to help spread the word about the slowdown:

Get creative! Don’t let us tell you what to do. See you on the net September 10th!

via Battle For The Net.

Foo. Bar. Baz.

So far behind the curve that updating WordPress to the most recent version cannot possibly have any effect to this blog. Weather today is great, predicted highs of 75ºF which is nice. Still weeds in the garden, sheesh! Writing more cover letters for yet more job postings…, too old, too out of step…

Looking for some suggestions for readings for a literate, intelligent, almost 13-year-old. For some reason he does not see the value of reading. [W.T.F.??] “How sharper than a serpent’s tooth…”



A busy evening of math and social studies homework is starting to wind down. The math wasn’t too hard, but Ian thought it tedious. His social studies homework is to illustrate the five themes of geography (location, place, human/environment interaction, movement, and regions) using screenshots from things he has constructed in Minecraft. Still haven’t done his 20 minutes of reading or practiced the bass…

Mid-90s today. Trivial compared to the old life in Las Vegas but toasty for the front range. Weeds are still virulent in the garden while the tomatoes are huge and still green. WTF?!?

Labor Day

Thank you Workers!

Catching up on Frontline from last May. The two-parter about the NSA warrantless wiretapping. I still fail to understand why the bulk of the Bush administration and, frankly, some significant sectors of the Obama administration, have not been indicted and sentenced to some serious prison time. And I’m not even referring to the banking crisis (you know, 2008?)

now that Bodhidharma has come to the mountains, he found that Coyote was waiting here, too…