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The new travel experience

Go to TripAdvisor Pick a place you know Select someone with hundreds of reviews Click “Rating” to dredge the bad reviews to the top Read this stuff — and the replies from the struggling hotel manager Some reviewers are sick … Continue reading

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Osteria Stellna, Point Reyes Station

Delicious Italian take on fresh local ingredients. Worth a detour.         Pricey: 3-course lunch with a carafe of house white set me back $115. I prefer this place to the Station House Cafe, and coming from me, … Continue reading

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Uh oh. Internet Time Lines implicated in NSA intel shipments

Tourists failed to notice as the NSA began secret shipments of compressed Palantir streams and TOR logs into secure storage in bunkers in the Swiss Alps. Switzerland’s Alpine hideaways contain more servers than Google’s worldwide computer centers. One tank car … Continue reading

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Google Account Activity

Forgive me, I’m thinking about digital nourishment at the moment. Google can  report your monthly emails sent and received, events scheduled, # of searches, YouTube videos watched, and most popular YouTube contributions. I send about 300 emails/month and receive 10 … Continue reading

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Tragedy

Saturday I decided to treat myself to lunch at my favorite restaurant in the whole world, O Chamé. “Japanese-inspired cuisine” says the website but O Chamé is much, much more. Twenty years ago I worked at a medical software start-up … Continue reading

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The office experiment

Uta wants  to convert my upstairs office into a guest bedroom. My office would migrate down a floor to the library. I’ll be giving up a great view of the redwoods for a view of the lower yard. I’ll gain … Continue reading

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Sentenced to boredom. Now what?

Today an otolaryngologist informed me that acid reflux is the irritant that’s underneath me clearing my throat incessantly for the last thirty or forty years. There’s nothing else wrong with my throat. Just this one irritated part. I told the … Continue reading

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Internet Times Lines

Internet Time Lines is an n-scale (1:160) short line railroad that operates a single track from Kreuzberg, Switzerland, to Berkeley, California, a distance of 1,333 scale yards (100”). At midpoint, the tracks pass through a wormhole time wrap, enabling a steam … Continue reading

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Eggs & the bachelor cook

Eggs in under five minutes. Sauté pico de gallo and a  teaspoon of Moroccan harissa in butter. Break a couple of eggs into the skillet.MVI_3516 Mix everything up. Stir to keep from over-cooking. Toss in a handful of cheese. Melt … Continue reading

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The warm feeling of vindication

When checking out of the Randolph Hotel in Oxford a couple of weeks back, I was surprised to be charged £3 for “Credit Card Processing.” What? When I pay hundreds of dollars for a room, I expect the hotelier to … Continue reading

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