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Thoughts on the Democratic Process…

I appreciate the enthusiasm that people bring to the democratic process. It's been rare where politics on the national stage reflect the thoughts in my head, or the choices I've made with my life. It has happened once or twice…

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Silicon Valley Could Use a Good Skeptic

For all the talk of saving the world, the techies of Silicon Valley tend to practice a most savage form of capitalism. The law on the SF peninsula is to kill or be killed, industrially speaking. The big players seek…

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An Appreciation for Woody Guthrie

Troubadour is a French word that means a poet who writes verse to music. The word also implies hard traveling. Chances are if you have something to say with a song, moss won’t be growing under your feet. Woodrow Wilson…

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It’s Time for Defenders of the 2nd Amendment to Grow Up

The 2nd amendment to the US constitution reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” I don’t know what this…

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Julian Assange Kind of Seems Like a Dick

Julian Assange practices a journalism branded on a liar-liar-pants-on-fire conceit. Assange has gained notoriety through his organization Wikileaks by stealing private information and then releasing it as sensational evidence of grand conspiracy. In keeping with journalistic prudence, he keeps his…

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Thoughts About Napster and the Documentary “Downloaded”

Napster, the extinct file-sharing service company from the early 2000s, had a fast and furious lifecycle; kind of like a supernova that comes out of nowhere, burns bright and then fades fast. The company flamed out so quickly that its…

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An Appreciation for Sun Ra

Sometimes it's not about how good something is in the moment, or what the point of purpose is. Sometimes the impressive thing is the fact that it happened at all. That's my take on the legacy of Sun Ra. He…

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Hillary 2016

I think the argument that Hillary is an ineffectual political insider and/ or beholden to special interests is tired. You could replace her name with anyone else running for high office and it would carry the same weight depending on…

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My Issues with Streaming Music Services

Much is made of how the digitization of music has transformed the music industry. There are negatives (the artist gets ripped off, it’s too corporate, the technology is clumsy, etc.), and there are positives (disruption to the old school business…

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Marshal Gold Discovery State Historic Park

A while back I visited the Marshal Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma, CA. The park marks the initial discovery of gold in California in 1848. The actual spot where it happened is nondescript: a quiet riverbank along a…

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Politicking Through an Ugly Election Season: 10 Annoyances

The 2016 election season has been ugly so far, and it will probably only get worse in the coming months… My biggest pet peeve could be boiled down to essentially this: people are not serious enough about local elections, and…

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Parallels Between Fringe Songwriters and Old School Weed Dealers

I sometimes look for insights from other businesses with parallels to the art market of fringe songwriting. Beyond general characteristics shared by all capital-based businesses – managing margins, staying profitable, building towards some kind of measurable growth – the operational…