There has been much ado about the Russian email to Donny Junior. The New York Times appears to have been attempting to extort an interview from him threatening to publish the emails. What I haven’t heard anything about is just how the NYT _obtained_ those emails. Okay, I’m a writer and have over 30 years in IT, but, even an ordinary email user has to realize no matter what the lawyers claim it wasn’t legal. The NYT was all up in arms when the emails of the DNC wing of the Clinton Organized Crime Family got hacked and where aired on WikiLeaks where they could be presented in their unfiltered state, but so far, I haven’t heard boo for an explanation on how the NYT obtained these emails _before_ Donny… Read more >
If you have never seen a ‘Dead Horse’ list then you must neither have a job nor pay even the slightest bit of attention to how people get elected or what they do once in office. In short, your brain cannot hold anything longer than a tweet. Here is one in memo format I stumbled across a long time ago. Subject: What business does when it’s is caught riding a dead horse. The tribal wisdom of the Lakota Indians, passed on from generation to generation, says that when you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. In the world of the modern corporation and government, however, a whole range of far more advanced strategies are often employed, such as: Buying a stronger whip…. Read more >
My mom wrote this children’s book when I was a wee lad. I discovered the manuscripts and original artwork last summer. She asked me to assist her with a self published edition. Mom wrote “Harry The Helicopter Goes Skiing” when I was a wee lad of 4 years old. I was her Beta Reader! I really enjoyed this project and look forward to handing my mom a printed copy that she can share with her friends and family.
There are some wholly inappropriate statements one just can’t un-hear in life. Sadly they are so inappropriate as to be utterly hilarious. I heard this politically and socially incorrect statement at least 20 years ago. This morning I was writing an email to a cranky old man I know and it came back. I don’t think it really ever went away. You see, if we live long enough, cranky old man syndrome waits for all of us. A friend and coworker had to take a few days off to attend the funeral of a relative. It was an elderly relative in poor health, so not a shock. Of course the weather on that day was what television weather personalities cheerfully call a “wintery mix.” For those of you who have… Read more >
Five Stars – Nostalgic – Exquisitely written expose’ on Surfing The book’s description on Amazon was more than enough to convince me to order a copy. I read the preface as soon as it arrived and wasn’t able to put it down until reading the final, evocative pages of the epilogue. Having grown up in the S.F. Bay Area, and traveled/surfed the same stretch of coast in the ‘70s that Duane writes about, I can attest to the honesty and authenticity of this wonderfully crafted piece of non-fiction that answers so many questions about the lure of the world’s greatest sporting adventure. This book is everything it should be and more. Duane’s style and delivery has a poetic touch that deviates from the stodgy conventions of other work I’ve read… Read more >