Are we free at last? – A reflection for Dr. King’s birthday

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Originally published on maaia.com on January 16, 2012 As I pause this year, to reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I am wrestling with the notion that many Americans still hold: that today is primarily a African American or “black” holiday. While Dr. King’s struggles were rooted in the Civil Rights […]

Are we free at last? – A reflection for Dr. King’s birthday

As I pause this year, to reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I am wrestling with the notion that many Americans still hold: that today is primarily a African American or “black” holiday. While Dr. King’s struggles were rooted in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, his words can be […]

My iPhone is watching me

Steve Jobs claims “we haven’t been tracking anybody,” but the Apple CEO sure seems to have been collecting quite a bit of information about me!  Having heard all of the media buzz about location information being stored in a secret iPhone file, I decided to run a Mac OS application called iPhone Tracker.  Running the […]

Who are the real radio pirates?

Since writing the blog entry “Digital broadcast TV & the spectrum famine,” I have been thinking about the way the power to communicate has been acquired through the years.  There is a great Ken Burns documentary titled “Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio” which takes viewers on a journey through the ruthless […]

Rhode Island governor’s race endorsment: Lincoln Chafee (I)

This is the second and final installment of my blog’s gubernatorial endorsement series. RHODE ISLAND — LINCOLN CHAFEE In 1999, then-Mayor Lincoln Chafee was thrust into national politics when he was appointed by Governor Lincoln Almond (yes, two Lincolns) to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the death of Chafee’s father, veteran Republican Senator John […]

California governor’s race endorsment: Jerry Brown (D)

If you have been following my Twitter feed or Facebook wall for the past couple months you have undoubtedly seen the links I have passed along for the Jerry Brown campaign in California and the Lincoln Chafee campaign in Rhode Island.  As November 2 draws nearer, I thought it was important for me to share […]

Photos: Minotaur IV rocket launches from Vandenberg AFB

A Minotaur IV booster carrying a military space surveillance satellite lifted off from Vandenberg AFB this evening from South Base at 9:41 p.m. PDT.  A first-of-its-kind military tool to monitor satellites and space junk is aboard the rocket. According to the U.S. Air Force, the device will help keep better tabs on the more than […]

Outdoor wireless webcam up and running for less than $100

After several months of mental planning I finally set up a companion weather webcam for my personal weather station. Over the summer I ran a few tests with a cheap USB webcam pointed out the front window, but the view of the yard proved to be rather uninteresting. What I really wanted to do was […]

Vintage Pullman railcar reveals secrets of the Calif. coast

A couple weeks back I saw a flier in a local shop advertising a day trip on a vintage railway car.  The classic 39 seat first class lounge was built in 1949 by the famous Pullman Standard Car Manufacturing Company for use on the old San Francisco Overland Trail line between Chicago and San Francisco […]

Schwarzenegger’s knee-jerk reaction to the BP spill

After 9/11 the Bush administration’s knee-jerk reaction was to attempt to stem immigration and tighten airport security.  After the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Gov. Schwarzenegger’s reaction was to stem off-shore drilling. While I personally agree with the decision not to drill in the ocean I am not in favor of knee-jerk […]