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A Tale of Two Fingers….and One Tendon

November, 2009 – Belmont, California

My Japanese garden machete is from Soko Hardware in San Francisco. Soko is one of those urban hardware stores where in addition to finding screws, toilet plungers, and extension cords, there’s a large selection of white paper lamp shades, pottery in dark blues, greens, and golds; metal teapots, and craft tools: rasps and planes and chisels for woodworking; shears and scissors for flower arranging, and gardening tools, so many gardening tools. Continue Reading

France Annoyances – Banking

France Annoyances – Banking

O’Reilly Media, best known for its books on high technology – the books often have distinctive pen and ink drawings of animals – has a book series called annoyances: Windows 7 Annoyances, Mac Annoyances, and so on: these books address common problems on these systems or software and provide solutions for them. Annoyances seems like a useful… Continue Reading

Grand frère is watching you

Grand frère is watching you

Carcasonne Technology continues to mitigate the need for human contact. Recently I was exceeding the speed limit on a highway, but instead of being pulled over the ticket came in the mail, a number of days after the actual event. See the image below. The salient information is that at 3:23 in the afternoon of Wednesday, February… Continue Reading

Off the grid

Not the electrical grid. I’m talking about the insititutional grid: a w-2 type living at the same address for at least five years with a good driving record, low cholesterol, regular bowel movements, and three people who can give you character references Continue Reading

L’audace, l’audace, toujours l’audace

This story begins before I am certain how it will end. Tomorrow my family and I interview at the French Embassy; we are applying for long stay visas so we can live in France for a year.  In addition to a mountain of paperwork, the process requires an in-person interview with all family members (there… Continue Reading