27 May 2017

A parakeet's tale

People often say that their pets chose them, rather than the other way around. It’s literally true that Lola chose me. We were in the pet store wanting to get a second budgerigar, now that our first was tame and settled. They had a cage with some hand-raised budgies in. They opened the cage door, and I put my hand out, palm up, just inside the cage. Most of the birds edged away, but one small green budgie walked right over without hesitating, and jumped up onto my hand. ... Read more

21 May 2017

Home video reflections

Ripping old DVDs of home movies, it’s amazing to see how consumer video has progressed in the last couple of decades. In 1997, I had a Sharp Viewcam, which was one of the first home video cameras to have a large (for the time) LCD screen. That meant you didn’t have to have the camera at eye level to use it, making it much less intrusive when recording. The camera used the 8mm analog tape format known as Video8. ... Read more

22 April 2017

An anonymous source

The New Yorker has an article about the looming threat of a government shutdown in about a week’s time, if the Republicans don’t manage to settle on a budget they can all agree on: “Next week is going to have quite high drama,” a top White House official, who sounded excited by the coming clash, told me. “It’s going to be action-packed. This one is not getting as much attention, but, trust me, it’s going to be the battle of the titans. ... Read more

20 April 2017

Russia timeline updates and Rudy Giuliani

A note about some recent Trump/Russia timeline additions. As previously noted, the Rosneft sale — which Trump campaign people were allegedly offered the brokerage fees on — went via a shell corporation set up as a joint venture between a Swiss corporation called Glencore, and Qatar. It turns out that Rudy Giuliani worked as a consultant for Rosneft, as well as for Qatar — and also for Alfa Bank in Russia which a Trump server kept connecting to for unknown reasons. ... Read more

20 April 2017

The man who mistook a pen for a hat

This is an attempt to catalog Donald Trump’s apparently worsening mental condition, because I couldn’t find any other web pages doing the job. Remember, Trump’s father Fred suffered from Alzheimer’s during the last decade of his life, and it’s genetic. Check out the Alzheimer’s Association list of 10 early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Note that a very common symptom of Alzheimer’s is disturbed sleep, with sufferers waking up upset and angry in the small hours. ... Read more

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