Hi-Tech, Low-Tech
Nov16

Hi-Tech, Low-Tech

One of our favorite social events of the year is The Tech Awards, sponsored by San Jose’s Tech Museum of Innovation. The black tie event is one of the main fundraisers for the program which sources innovative social entrepreneurs, largely in Third World countries, and awards them recognition and grants to fund their on-going work for the social good. We got involved because Andy is on the advisory board for a program run by...

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My Dad the Vet
Nov11

My Dad the Vet

Veteran’s Day is always a difficult one for me. I know most people mean well, but I have a hard time with all the platitudes in a time when veterans benefits seem to be first on the chopping block, the GI Bill is being gutted, a horrifying number of Vets are disabled, homeless, seeing their families need foodstamps to put food on the table even while on active duty, and falling through an increasingly frayed safety net. So, may...

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About Those Giant Squashes
Nov08

About Those Giant Squashes

Yes, these. I told you about them yesterday and how they have reached out and strangled my whole garden like something out of Little Shop of Horrors. They are apparently another example of the old Seed Bait and Switch that I fall victim to every summer. The scam usually happens when I attend one of the various seed festivals around Sonoma — especially this one. I buy into the romance of getting seeds from some little Mom and Pop...

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Aging Out of Apple
Nov04

Aging Out of Apple

I’m among the Apple Faithful. Really, really faithful. I’ve used an Apple computer since about 1985 when the first Macintosh rolled off the line. I still have it on a shelf in the garage. It’s such an original Mac, it even has the engraved signatures of Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and the rest of the development team on the inside of the case. I can’t count how many Apple computers I’ve had since then...

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Juice Cleanse Redux
Oct05

Juice Cleanse Redux

Yes, I’m doing another juice cleanse. No, this isn’t going to be a regular thing with me. In my experience, a juice cleanse isn’t a weight loss technique. The weight you lose is mostly water and quickly comes back. Worse yet, any meaningful exercise program you have in place will have to be sidelined — both for the duration of the fast and for several days afterwards. Here’s where I think a juice fast is...

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Juice Cleanse: Day Three
Sep13

Juice Cleanse: Day Three

Here I am at the last day of a three day juice cleanse. And this is what I know for sure. No matter what they tell you about the healing, cleansing power of juice and nutrients, antioxidents yada yada, if you have a caffeine monkey on your back, it will kick juice’s ass and steal its lunch money. Most juice cleanse programs — and certainly Urban Remedy’s cleanse which I am using — suggest you stop caffeine...

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Juice Cleanse: Day Two
Sep12

Juice Cleanse: Day Two

Here’s the good news on a juice cleanse: you will not be hungry. Well, I’m going to amend that later on in the post. But in terms of physically getting enough calories, you will feel satisfied, at least on the program I chose: Urban Remedy’s 3 day juice cleanse. The juices range from 100 calories to 320 and total up to 1070 for the day. Not a lot, but not starvation. Especially given that you will — or should...

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Juice Cleanse: Day One
Sep11

Juice Cleanse: Day One

It all started when my friend Christine showed up glowing and visibly slimmer. She’d just done a seven day juice cleanse and was raving about how great she felt. She even hauled some of her own juice concoctions up to Sonoma. I guess she was using them to pre-detox because she chased them with the great lashings of wine which seem to be a feature of any event up here. Still, she had me intrigued. I’ve researched juice...

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Can To Nyad Be a Verb?
Sep05

Can To Nyad Be a Verb?

Did everyone see former Olympic medalist Diana Nyad clambering out on that Florida beach after an uninterrupted 110 swim from Cuba — the first person to do so without a shark cage? Oh, and you did catch that she is SIXTY FOUR years old? She’s tried this feat several times in the last several decades, but in a clear case of getting older and better, it took until now to be mentally and physically tough enough to make it. I...

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Keep on Truckin’
Sep03

Keep on Truckin’

I have been banking my Car Kharma for a long time now. For someone my age, I’ve had relatively few cars and, as Andy will tell you, they’ve all been “crap”. My first car was the cheapest stripped down Honda Civic. My second was one of the first Priuses off the assembly line. You know, back when they thought only poor hippies would drive one, so they had cloth seats, roll up windows and no amenities. Finally, a...

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