Month: July 2013

Getting Slimed At Work

After coming back from lunch at my non-writing tech job, I noticed a pair of heavy-duty hoses running from the men restroom, up a ladder in the hallway and into the plenum space above the dropped ceiling. I carefully stepped past the hoses and warily watched the ceiling tiles as I made my way back…

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Crashing Into The Ground At LaGuardia Airport

After the airplane crash landed in San Francisco, my roommate reassured me that I had nothing to worry about for my first airplane trip that I’m taking on my birthday next month. Southwest Airlines flies the older Boeing 737 airplanes that are more reliable than the newer Boeing 777 airplane that crashed. And then a Southwest Airlines…

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Driving While Black In My Apartment Complex

While the Trayvon Martin protests took place in a hundred cities over the weekend, I listened to Brian Copeland on KGO Radio. (Sign his MoveOn petition to boycott the state Florida until the “stand your ground” law is repealed.) Like President Barack Obama sharing his experiences of being a young black man in America, he shared…

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Kickstarter: The MegaTokyo Visual Novel Game

My favorite webcomic, Megatokyo, has a Kickstarter project to create a Megatokyo visual novel game for the PC, Mac and Linux. A visual novel game is the Japanese version of the old “Choose Your Own Adventure” books, where you interact with the characters and decide what happens next in the story. Megatokyo is about two American…

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The Finer Point Of Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s Cover

Bad enough that Bloomberg BusinessWeek got Silicon Valley’s history wrong, they took that wrongness to their recent magazine cover. If a hedge fund manager un-zipped his pants, either a manly green arrow shoots up to the heavens or something plops out to flop around like a dead fish. Erectile dysfunction at its best. Interestingly, the video…

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The Nickel-&-Dime Business For “Other” Utilities

When I first moved into my apartment almost eight years ago, I didn’t have to pay for the water, sewage and garbage. As the Great Recession lingered on, the new residents had to pay for those services and existing residents were “grandfathered” from paying. That changed last year. I wasn’t happy to pay an extra…

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San Jose Arena Renamed As The “S-A-P” Center

The renaming of the San Jose Arena was made official as the HP Pavilion became the SAP Center. That’s pronounced as S-A-P (not “sappy”) Center. However, if the San Jose Sharks have a bad season, the informal nickname might be the Crappy Center. The sad reality is that the name for the arena doesn’t matter. I…

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Crashing At SFO With Carryon Luggage In Hand

The Fourth of July weekend was relatively quiet in Silicon Valley. With the downtown San Jose fireworks show cancelled this year, no air cannons thumped the ground a few miles away to launch fireworks. No idiots shot fireworks from their balcony, and, despite a few M-80s going off, the apartment complex didn’t burn to the ground.…

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Do You Know The Way To Alviso?

One of my pet peeves is how the national news media represents California in general and Silicon Valley in particular. When Los Angeles had a sharp four-point-something earthquake a few years ago, CNN carried on as if California slid into the ocean and ran a video clip from a grocery store surveillance camera that showed…

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