Category: personal

Hunter S. Thompson died seven years ago He wasn’t exactly a role model, but he was a good writer, and he had some keen insight into the human condition as well as politics.  I first became aware of Thompson when I read “Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail”.  Jimmy Carter was running for President, and I was a student at… Read more »

Washington DC is a bicycle and pedestrian friendly city

We spent the past weekend in DC for a volleyball tournament (which was awesome, too).  The thing that impressed me most was the unusual bike lanes and the Capital Bikeshare program.  First, Capital Bikeshare has over 1200 bikes and 140 stations in the DC area.  Aside from the number and strategic location of the stations,… Read more »

LRHSD Math and Science Career Expo – November 14, 2011

Thanks to all the students and parents for coming.  My big fear with these types of presentations is that no one will show up. Below is a link to the presentation.  The version I used in the presentation was a draft I downloaded from Google Docs, so the download is the ‘cleaned up’ version. Good… Read more »

Things I’m reading to improve my writing

I’m re-reading some and I’m sorry it took me this long to re-read them.  With the volume of electronic communication we produce and consume daily, I believe it’s more important than ever to be mindful of the use of capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.  Not only does this make you appear more competent (not smart, just… Read more »


I’m late to the party, but if anyone is interested in Google+, let me know. OK, it took less than five minutes for someone to ask, but my other condition is that you show you’re not a bot, and your connection come from a valid IP address. Yes, I’m being a pain, but apparently that’s… Read more »

Why Not to Take a Break After College

Why Not to Take a Break After College – This is a great advice for students graduating into a tight job market.  In addition, I would recommend networking as much and as often as you can. Establish a professional e-mail address – something like or similar.  Drop the ‘’, or keep it… Read more »

RCI Financial Title–Timeshare ripoff details

I’m posting these details for the greater good.  This should be indexed on Google within 24 hours. My mother just got an offer from RCI Financial Title.  They said they have a ‘corporate buyer’ for her three timeshares. The e-mail contained a poorly formatted, pseudo-contract offering $50,000 for her timeshare. They request a “Doc stamp… Read more »

Orphaned by Blogger

Well, it was a good run.  I was one of the first people to use Blogger, starting in late 1999, and although I experimented with other blogging software, Blogger was my primary publishing tool until May, 2010.  The Google folks made a business decision to eliminate FTP publishing.  I had the option of migrating to… Read more »