Fire in the Wine Country

My thanks to those who have asked if we are OK given the ongoing fires in our area. Fortunately, we are in lots of smoke depending on the wind, but we’re a ways from the fires. Here’s today’s fire map. We live about where the “d” in “Bodega Bay” is on the left of the…

Too Good To Not Quote

Here’s a Letter to the Editor regarding some African students attending Oxford in England. They have been demanding that the statue of Cecil Rhodes at Oriel College be taken down on the grounds that Rhodes was a racist … which he was … Dear Scrotty Students, Cecil Rhodes’s generous bequest has contributed greatly to the comfort…

Keeping a Low Profile

I was amused to see that Sheriff Joe Arpaio was in trouble for “profiling”, something which for unknown reasons is anathema in the US. The Israelis are not suicidally stupid on this subject like the US is. The Israelis assume, for example, that the people who are most likely to carry a bomb on their…

Overcoming Melanin Deficiency

Me, I’m your average white guy. Well, OK, perhaps below average, but definitely that kind of pinkish color that for some reason we call “white”. I hear the preferred PC term these days is “melanin challenged”. Now, one oddity of our modern times is that average white guys are the one group that it’s still…

A New Quantum Species

About eighty years ago, Erwin Schrödinger proposed a thought experiment. At that time, one school of ideas about quantum physics held that things could exist in a “quantum superposition” of two different states. However, as soon as someone observed the things in a quantum superposition, the superposition “collapsed” into just one state or the other.…

Trademarked Hate Speech

I was overjoyed to see that the Asian-American band called “The Slants” has heard from a unanimous Supreme Court that their band name is legal. They had been denied the right to use their band name based on a trademark law called the Lanham Act. It was a part of the Lanham Act that the…

Fixing The Brakes

The brakes on our van have been shuddering, so I took it to Valley Tire and Brake. I was in town and had to wait, so I took a walk. Not far from VT&B there’s a lovely section of tree-shaded creek. It’s in the city, so it has concrete sidewalls, but it’s peaceful and pretty…