Category Archives: Technology

Cleaning, Feeding, Preparation

BenchSpotForget about the wars, revolutions and the gubmint listening in on your cell phone calls!  You’ve found a peaceful spot where you can sit and listen to birds sing, where gentle waters flow as you read.

I am fixing some problems I have procrastinated about, and feeling dumb because I didn’t address them before.  We didn’t cook much until I began dieting.  We didn’t know how to clean the oven.  We are now entering our third day in the process of cleaning the oven Continue reading

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My Wife Fell Down Today

Mary took a misstep on the concrete steps outside church this morning.  She had a moment’s dizziness, went to one knee, and her head bounced.  Gravity never forgets. Continue reading

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Combating Misinformation About Vaccines

Working in health care requires me to constantly help the doctors educate and inform those who seek treatment.  Patients are always missing the forest for the trees, focusing on some minor possibility while ignoring obvious larger causes for diseases. Continue reading

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Full Steam Ahead

Steam-powered zero carbon water taxi

Having always been an odd boy, at different ages I sought identity among the punk enclaves where I lived. Continue reading

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Small Town Free Press

For a couple of years before we moved from Los Angeles County (pop. gazillions) to Port Townsend, WA (pop. 9k), I read the weekly newspaper online as a way to familiarize myself with Washington’s issues and interests. Continue reading

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What Will You Die From?

I’ve written about death and dying before by sharing personal stories about helping people in my care die with less discomfort.  I’ve also written about relating to death as a normal part of life.  What I haven’t done is lay out simplified models to help you predict what you are likely to die from. Continue reading

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Five Fabulous Sound Fx

Don Martin proved you can also do sound fx with invented words.

You may have heard the expression “seeing is believing”?  If you’re talking about accepting the reality of what’s presented in a TV show or film, then hearing is believing. Continue reading

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Are You In or Out?

There are two ways to attune your attitude toward the natural environment.  You can generally view it as an outside “thing” to be tamed, shaped, mastered and utilized for resources.  Or you can look at the whole as being an ecosystem, which you are a part of, not an outside agent to. Continue reading

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Here Are More Reasons

I like to leave my back yard wild.

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The Vortex of Audio Horror

When I was a kid I liked a comic book about a muscular guy in the year 4000 who wore a, well, “tunic”.  Kind of homoerotic, but my sexuality was ambiguous when I was eight.  Magnus, Robot Fighter was an orphan raised by a kindly sort of Zen robot to be able to break steel with his bare hands.  He needed to do this because humanity was being taken over by evil robots run by a mega-corporation, and people needed a champion. Continue reading

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Deluxe Gift Baskets (#4)

“There is only one disease – congestion,

and only one cure – circulation”

— Chinese proverb

Here are some blogs I read for body health info.  I want to be healthy for whatever time I’m going to live inside this bottle Continue reading

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Deluxe Gift Baskets (#3)

http://home.myfairpoint.net/vze6omtd/jorysquibb/index.html

Jory Squibb built a microcar, which he named Moonbeam.  It took 1000 hours and $2500 in materials – mostly Honda Elite scooter parts.  It holds two adults, includes a heater, goes 45mph and has a range of 200 miles on a 2-gallon tank. I know how to do lots of things, but not this kind of thing.  Here’s where I’ve been reading how to Continue reading

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I Hated It, and I’m Right

What do you mean you don’t think this is great acting? I’m not moving, not blinking and I’m speaking brilliant sarcasm as fast as humanly possible. Continue reading

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Kill Tech

I don’t write about political topics in this space because I don’t think I have much to add to the discussion that isn’t already being better written by others.  I’m making an exception because I think this topic is as much historical-cultural as it is political. Continue reading

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Caged

The warehouse of unopened boxes in Citizen Kane (1941).

I’ve been thinking about a kind of imprisonment many of us struggle against – the cage of material possessions. Continue reading

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Technical Difficulties

The world’s most famous television test pattern was introduced by RCA in 1939 and was still in use until the 1970s. Continue reading

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Be Safe Out There

When my wife and I went through our decade-long decision process about where to live in retirement, we tried to examine large factors influencing quality of life.  One of those factors was travel from where our house was to where we need to go most often. Continue reading

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Casa Not-So-DeLuxe

Here’s where we are living while Mrs. Invisible and I continue to slog through the required paperwork and await the closing of escrow on Casa DeLuxe.  She worked for a  TV network for 30 years.  They certainly made a big deal out of it if ever she was late turning in a story for broadcast.  Now that obtaining a home and mortgage depends upon processing her pension in a timely fashion, they can’t be bothered to do it properly. Continue reading

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Small Town Stress

There’s one main two-lane road into town.  Right at the border, the city is putting in two roundabouts.  The traffic flow stops for 10-15 minutes, first in one direction, and then the opposite way.  Because I just escaped from megalopolis, this kind of delay is nothing much Continue reading

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So, Is This Theme More Easily Viewable?

I would especially prefer to hear from those of you with visual-impairment issues and others who found my white-text/black background theme choice hard on their eyes.

I have a cold and am going to take NyQuil and knock myself out Continue reading

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