my calendar reform effort: the Earth Epic Calendar

(18.16.12) 11.719 Westlight 63 EE Soundtrack in my head: Chemical Brothers, “Let Forever Be” I have a geek fascination with calendars and I cannot lie. Many people have made many attempts at calendar reform over the years. I decided to put forward my own modest proposal for calendar reform, to bring it it into the … Continue reading my calendar reform effort: the Earth Epic Calendar

media attacks against Tulsi prove her allegations of journalistic bias

It seems the biggest media companies aren’t even trying to hide their bias any more. Presidential candidate and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard announced the week before last that she was considering boycotting the fourth Democratic debate in Ohio. She felt and still feels that the Democratic National Committee in partnership with corporate media organizations have been … Continue reading media attacks against Tulsi prove her allegations of journalistic bias

madison moving day madness magnifies mucked-up mid-town milieu

  During the month of August, and particularly August 14-16, U-Haul and other trucking rental companies unleash thousands of trucks on the streets of Madison, Wisconsin--driven by people without licenses to be truck drivers.  Yes, it's Madison Moving Day. Does chaos result?  Yes and no. In many ways its an annual rite of passage, and … Continue reading madison moving day madness magnifies mucked-up mid-town milieu

stunning storms still sweeping southern wisconsin with wild, wet, windy weather

The repetitive nature of the storms stills sweeping southern Wisconsin just beg for alliteration.  This has been a freaky summer.  Ever since the EF2 and EF3 tornadoes came through a couple weeks ago, wild wet, windy weather has repeatedly barrelled through the bottom of the Badger State. Two nights ago around midnight, we and our … Continue reading stunning storms still sweeping southern wisconsin with wild, wet, windy weather

ef2 tornado strikes madison, ef3 tornado strikes verona

Around midnight Tuesday morning, a number of us discovered that our mobile phones were producing sounds that we'd never before heard.  They sounded either like the horn on an ambulance, or a high-pitched noise accompanying a TV test pattern.  The tone lasted not even a second but it caught our attention--just as an unfamiliar sound … Continue reading ef2 tornado strikes madison, ef3 tornado strikes verona

take back your online privacy without asking

Today, on the first anniversary of the first article about NSA mass spying, a number of organizations and Internet companies are promoting ways to take back your online privacy *now,* without asking the government.  The idea--many security tools exist to limit and frustrate the ability of the NSA to collect your personal information.  More details … Continue reading take back your online privacy without asking

time for clear thinking about petition sites and dot-org spams

When unsubscribing from a petition site, please include a link to this article. But first, of course, read the article, and you'll see why you'll want to unsubscribe.It seemed like a great idea at the time.  I first saw the online petition arise in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. Back then, President Bush had 90% … Continue reading time for clear thinking about petition sites and dot-org spams

one nice thing about top 40–a great source of awesome cover versions

I absolutely love creative cover versions of familiar songs.  From a DJ's standpoint they're a great way to engage the dance floor while at the same time turning them on to other types of music. Sometimes the cover versions bring a previously undanceable song to the dance floor, and sometimes the cover can be downright … Continue reading one nice thing about top 40–a great source of awesome cover versions