mid 1960s cheese pop. admit it…you love it

Somewhere between the TV themes to "Leave It To Beaver" and "S.W.A.T.," pop music evolved in interesting directions but a lot of this interesting pop history has been widely forgotten.  When people think of the 1960s, they think of beach and surf music, the Beatles, flower power, and acid rock.  But there's another aspect of … Continue reading mid 1960s cheese pop. admit it…you love it

joe strummer sang about this border crisis hypocrisy 30 years ago

The image of Americans protesting against busloads of refugee children represents a new low in American hatred of the "other."  To them, it matters little that these children are refugees and desperately fleeing for their lives.  They are "illegals" that don't belong here--regardless of their needs, regardless of what U.S. federal law saws, and regardless … Continue reading joe strummer sang about this border crisis hypocrisy 30 years ago

your boss’s religious exemption and you

The US Supreme Court's decision in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby has opened the floodgates for supposedly secular companies to claim a "religious exemption" from rights that employees and potential employees would otherwise enjoy. Suddenly, a new reality is emerging that when a company owner's religious beliefs conflict with that of their employees, the company owner … Continue reading your boss’s religious exemption and you

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

orbital + david gray = warmth in an alien world

I never followed Orbital's career that closely. The electronic dance music band, consisting of brothers Phil and Paul Hartnell, have put together quite an extensive catalog of music over the last quarter century. I have a  compilation of their releases called Orbital 20.  Their music is sometimes harsh and almost always futuristic. While I don't … Continue reading orbital + david gray = warmth in an alien world

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

lyft and uber: 20% tech, 80% talk, and 100% invasive species

How would you feel if a new company set up shop in your town and immediately proceeded to start breaking the city's laws? And when threatened with enforcement of such laws declared that your laws were outdated and needed to be changed?  Now imagine a company whose very business plan involved deliberately breaking such laws … Continue reading lyft and uber: 20% tech, 80% talk, and 100% invasive species