May 2005

Cousin Bruce

This is my cousin Bruce. He was a professional tennis player and now is the Director of Tennis at a fancy schmancy place in Maryland. He was always my image of an athlete. One time, when I must have been around 18 or 19 we played tennis at the tennis club. I played my best tennis of my life. I could do no wrong, and yet still, he was toying...

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Intelligent Design

Katie and all three boys are sleeping over at MaryAnn’s house. I get the whole house to myself. Ahhh, sleep, wonderful sleep. I was just reading an article in the New Yorker about Intelligent Design. The basics of ID, as it is called, is that living cells are so complex and specific, that they could not have been the process of natural selection and therefore must be designed, by something,...

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Pollen Count

Allergies this year have been brutal. Some of the most intense reactions ever. This website is helpful. This one is not quite as good, although it shows that the Pollen count on 5/21 was sky high.. Looks like this weekend is going to be a pain in the ass. I am considering Allergy Shots. (Also known as Immunotherapy.) The problem with this is that you have to get shots year...

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Turdy Tree

Yesterday was my Birthday. I am turdy tree now. One third of a century. I am hoping to live forever, but each year is nice to commemorate. We had dinner at The Alameda and roasted marshmallows (Jared calls them Schmellos) on the fire to make smores. All in all a good time. I spent most of yesterday looking at houses on the peninsula. It’s hard looking for homes in an...

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Democrat trends

This trendline is disturbing to me. It reminds me of when Jefferson anilhilated the Federalists between 1800 and 1808. Democrats need to believe in progressivism. They do not need to be the party of medium and middle of the road and lukewarm. They need to be the party of justice, and fairness, and common human decency. They need to be the party of flattening out the hockey stick of economics.

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My wife, The Swan

I am looking for a link, but I can’t find it. This morning, on NPR, they had a guy on with a perspective. He talked about an experience he had years ago watching a woman on a bike doing ballet movements with her arms while she biked through Berkeley. She rode no-hands in this manner and made a 90 degree turn gracefully without ever stopping her ballet. He thought she...

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Alot going on

Danny having his first baby today. House in Hercules has an accepted offer, pending closing. Looking for new house on the penisula. Kids need alot of my time and unfortunately, I am not spending enough with them. Work needs my time too. Balance is hard these days. I started reading a autobiography by Ron Dellums. It’s not bad. I like stories of character building through personal and professional adversity. This...

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New Niece

My brother, Danny, just informed me that his wife Lindy has just broken her water and is entering the final stage of baby creation, Labor. We have a countdown of anywhere from 6-24 hours. We know that it is a baby girl, named Molecule. Molly for short. I have no idea about the middle name. Hmm, I should’ve asked about that. I am excited for him. Kids are fun. I...

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Allergic to expensive houses

My allergies have arrived with a Vengeance. (capital V) My eyes are itchy, my nose is running and plugged up and my head feels like a water balloon. Not fun. Not fun. Our friend Mark mentioned to me that they have injections that might help. I need to do something. This weekend we saw some good houses. Nothing has struck us as perfect. One house we LOVED was near Atherton,...

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Web App Golden Rules (Part 1)

Rules for a great web application: (in no particular order) Use CSS. Try as hard as you can to eliminate all presentation specific information from your html. Abstract the presentation layer! Use DOM. Try as hard as you can to eliminate all client side interactivity from your html. Abstract the interactivity layer! Use a text Editor. Never ever ever use a WYSIWYG editor to make a product. Think Human factors...

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