In the time I’ve been alive, wildlife populations have declined by half. It’s a crushing statistic that I can’t even fathom. Meanwhile human populations continue to explode, and the amount of data created by our activities in a day exceeds the amount created in all of history before 2011, approximately. So I’ll make this brief. It’s time for a reappraisal of what is important. An existential reexamination of why we exist and what we examine. Drastic measures are needed. So, I created an Instagram account and uploaded a kitteh.

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Yay, Net Neutrality! It’s a Good Thing and Everyone Is Happy!

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We now know without a shred of doubt that if President Barack Obama issued a statement saying he favors cute fluffy kittens, the GOP would light up the Twit-o-sphere with angry denunciations of cute fluffy kittens which are destroying America.

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One Of The Things I Like Most About Teaching Guitar Lessons

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I learn things I might not otherwise learn! Today, I worked out the rhythm and lead guitar parts for “More Than A Feeling” by Boston.  On request, from a student. As often happens, with a classic single like that, there’s so much more to it that one might expect. It’s a very clever and sophisticated chord […]

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Thoughts On Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s National Holiday

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George Takei posted this great image on his FB page. I remember the “Flesh” colored crayon from my childhood. It was “white,” well, caucasian, northern european, sort of tan/pink – the color of my skin! I remember thinking, “that’s pretty limited.” And I was uncomfortable with it. Copper, yellow, red, blue etc. all those colors […]

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Are We A Nation Of Laws Or Not?

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Not merely broken, the system is evil. We’re witnessing lawlessness from law enforcement in the form of repeated cases of homicide, which then are handled by baking the offending officers a cake and sending them home to make book deals. Meanwhile everyone else is expected to be “peaceful” and law abiding. Sure, OK! Right, I […]

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Was Ist Los Mit Der Uber Goober?

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Maybe it’s because I am half German that I am wary of things called “Uber.” It’s a knee jerk reaction, I admit, to a common prefix that simply means “Over” or “Above.” Suddenly Über-the radar, is this heinous behavior from an Uber exec, which seems to suggest that that company feels it is Über-the law, or […]

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Oh we are having ALL the fun Now!

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Saw this while driving by Mosswood Park in Oakland yesterday, had to stop and take a few pics. These dapper doggie heads used to dot the landscape in these parts atop signposts in front of Doggie Diner restaurants. The best part is they’d rotate so you could get a full view. I don’t think I ever […]

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It’s Not A “Card,” It’s Racism, Plain And Simple

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Something I have been trying to articulate, but haven’t quite managed because my brain explodes when I try to, is perfectly stated in this New York Times Op-Ed by Charles M. Blow called The Obama Opposition. The GOP’s opposition to the Obama administration is to Barack Obama the person. It is for the most pathetic […]

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One True Confession Deserves Another! Here’s Mine. What’s yours?

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The problem with the Navy SEAL dude claiming to have killed Bin Laden is that his name isn’t Brock. He looks like a Brock. I’m just not buying him as a Robert. If he expects anyone to take his boasts seriously, he has to be a Brock Johnson, or Max Hudson, you know, something manly, […]

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From Russia With Love: English Translations of Soviet Era Songs, by Andrei Marcon

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Before Moscow native Andrei Marcon emigrated to California as a young man in the 80’s, he acquired some cassette tapes of Russian underground music, which were passed around person to person against the wishes of the Soviet authorities. He has since taken it upon himself to translate into English some of these songs which he […]

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