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Oh, the agony

Oh, the agony

Newport Harbor High School tower fell to the wrecking ball yesterday. OC Register, Daily Pilot The building is naked. The corner is naked. My mom called me up and told me how sad and forlorn it looks when she drives by the school. There’s a big reunion next week… we’ll meet and have a wake, […]

Blog Day

I saw somewhere that Blog Day (today) is for linking to five blogs.. to get people reading new ones. My Long Goodbye… occasional posts where writer tries to make sense about her father’s Alzheimer’s West Coast Grrlie Blather — My friend Kelly started blogging a goodly while back, and in more recent times has moved […]

At a family gathering…

..an internet cafe breaks out. [via Dave Rogers] “I wasn’t a house host anymore, I was running a Kinko’s.” Makes me glad that the last extended family trip I took was to North Rim. Which reminds me. Pictures.

What it was like to be interviewed for someone else’s background check

I was interviewed — “interrogated,” I called it, for someone else’s clearance. After she interrogated me, I interrogated her. Well, okay, I asked her about her work as an invesigator. Afterwards, I spent the rest of the afternoon writing about the experience. The date on the Word file is August 29, 2004– nearly exactly three […]

It’s fully voluntary, you’re not being coerced, but you’ll be jobless if you don’t comply

(UPDATED) That’s the upshot from NASA Administrator Mike Griffin to staff members of Jet Propulsion Laboratory about a new badge requirement where all employees, for the sake of national security, must submit themselves to — extensive! — background checks. It’s called HSPD12 — homeland security presidential directive #12, and there’s a web site put together […]

Dr. Paul MacCready, RIP

Paul MacCready, creator of the Gossamer Condor human-powered aircraft, founder of Monrovia’s AeroVironment, died. LA Times story and AeroVironment Press Release announcing news of MacCready’s death. I met him (and Bryan Allen, the Gossamer’s pilot and engine) at a book-signing at Vroman’s (it’s a book that didn’t appear in my recent post and photo of […]