Bending the knee

September 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

  Like the rest of America, I can’t help but think about the implications of the last several weeks or months coming to a head because a bunch of football players decide to make a stand and a President who can’t help but send his judgement across the Twittersphere, igniting an already complex conversation that America has needed to have for years, since probably the civil rights movement. Of course, the way that this is being framed, set into context, is that is isn’t about American citizens still being judged by the color of their skin, no instead this is about disrespecting the flag, which somehow equates to additional disrespect to those who CHOOSE to fight for that flag. We learned about this in University– Cognitive Dissonance.  The act of creating a conflict above another conflict in order to distract from the original conflict.  This is a classic rhetoric being used and its amazing that so many people are falling for it.  The President and his followers are actually creating a conflict […]

The presence of mind

September 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

Where to begin…. Our vacation was abruptly changed by a tropical storm which pounded Cabo San Lucas over a couple of days.  Barely a blip on the American Media frenzy that was too busy repeating stories of Hurricane Harvey, the storm packed 55-70mph sustained winds, but the real storm was the rain.  45-60 inches of rain in 6-8 hours in a lot for any area to handle, but the Baja peninsula is all sand and it doesn’t rain often, so when it does, it pools and doesn’t drain. In brief, here is our timeline: We arrived on Saturday afternoon on a beautiful day, Hot and Humid, but not unbearable by any means.  It’s the type of heat that challenges you, refreshes you, makes you desire the pool, water, a cold beverage.  By Tuesday, that heat became overcast, humid, unseasonal.  You could feel the weather changing, the Mexicans were also feeling the change– they like to inform us that a storm was coming and that they were expecting lots of rain– when they […]

I’m back (you didn’t even notice I was gone)

August 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

We had a little scare this week. Hosting a website is a tricky business.  You have your domain, which you own, as long as you pay the domain fee.  Then you have to have a company which hosts the domain, usually the same company.  For years, I have been using Bluehost.  They used to be solid and pretty cheap, but I have had them now for over 7 years and last month, the renewal wasn’t on autopay, I didn’t pay attention and the site was brought down.  That was on July 5th. On the 31st, since I still hadn’t renewed my hosting, they deleted the whole thing.  Databases, site, everything.  I called them, wondering what in the hell was going on– they explained that they don’t make backups and that data is deleted at the end of the month following non-payment.  Years of work, flushed away without a care.  She offered me to go to sales to start over… Lili cried at the loss of all that she had been working on […]

The Culture of Celebrity

May 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

I remember as a young kid my grandmother would always get the National Enquirer in the checkout lanes in the supermarket.  My parents used to laugh because she would believe all that celebrity gossip that went on in that rag, even though they spent a lot of time fighting slander lawsuits.  She died before the internet really took hold, but its really amazing to see how the National Inquirer no longer exists but the internet has replaced it ten fold.  The news breaks immediately, everyone sends out the same scoop and then they spend the next several days getting any additional information about a “news event” to push viewers to their site to view their content and advertising. Take for example the recent death of Chris Cornell.  I get a text alert at 3am on Thursday morning, informing me of his death in Detroit.  No cause of death, just that he is dead.  By the time I wake up at 7am, still no cause. but by 8am it appears that he may […]

Greetings From The Wall

April 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

        Where is Hogg? I have been traveling quite a bit in the last couple of months– all of it for work. First off, work travel generally sucks.  Airlines these days, suck.  Companies rarely let you travel business class and coach is always packed to the gills.  Then there is work, then the hotel and that’s about it.  Very little time to actually travel, see the sights, let alone scope out a place to get a decent meal.  My last couple trips have been to some of my favorite cities, Chicago and Phoenix.  Both great towns, while at the same time they have some crappy parts to them.  For this particular blog, we will discuss Phoenix.  I’ll tackle Chicago at another time. I love being in the Southwest in the spring.  It’s a great break from the LONG, wet winters of Seattle, the gray can get to anyone this time of year, so it’s nice to come out to the desert and get some Vitamin D in your system.  […]

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