26 November 2013

Mentoring

Texas has some of the safest cities in the US — but the fourth highest incarceration rate of any state. In part, this is because it was one of the first states to establish a “three strikes” law, which (combined with the disastrous “war on drugs”) helped triple the prison population during the 80s and 90s. Things are getting better now, but there’s still a long way to go. In the mean time, it’s conservatively estimated that over 4,600 children in Travis County alone have an incarcerated parent. ... Read more

20 November 2013

Sticker shock

It’s health insurance enrollment time again. I’m enrolling us, because let’s face it, I hate freedom. I’ve been watching the news, and I therefore know that Obamacare is a vile plot to make wealthy people pay a lot more for healthcare so that the undeserving poor can shirk their duty to die quietly of treatable ailments. We’re not part of the 1% — not by a long shot — but I think we’re in the 20%, if that’s a thing, so apparently it’s up to us to pay for those single mothers. ... Read more

17 November 2013

The Sony Ericsson P900

It’s commonly believed by folk in the US that the iPhone was utterly new and without precedent. I think it’s because before the iPhone, smartphones weren’t very popular in the US. Things were different elsewhere in the world, though. In 2005, I had a Sony Ericsson P900, a smartphone launched in 2003. I found it in a closet the other day, and I couldn’t find many screen captures of the P900 software online, so I decided I’d take a few snapshots. ... Read more

5 November 2013

Your Google+ identity is now your business card

Google are apparently hellbent on making your Google+ profile be your publicly visible worldwide profile. With this goal in mind, starting in 2014 Android phones will be displaying your Google+ profile information as caller ID when they receive a call from you. Your Google+ user icon, name, and other information will show up for whoever you call. Not worried yet? Well, consider that my work phone number is a VoIP system which forwards the call to my cell phone. ... Read more

29 September 2013

The last days of Chester budgie

In the summer of 2012, Chester budgie had a narrow escape. This August, as we prepared to go away for a week’s vacation, I noticed that his poop was abnormal. I wasn’t overly concerned, but I warned our pet sitter. When we returned at the end of the month, Chester was clearly not doing well. Unlike the last time, he wasn’t throwing up, but he was sitting fluffed up and sleeping a lot. ... Read more

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