Bad Staff Work Strikes Again!

Years ago I got to be a representative to the California State Democratic Party annual meeting in Sacramento. It was a fascinating experience. And it contained at least one funny/weird element I’ll never forget, when Gavin Newsom stepped up onto the stage to the tune of Viva La Vida from

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Two Slits, Many Questions

Let’s be honest: quantum mechanics is a bizarrely wonderful and beautiful creation of the human mind. Richard Feynman, the Nobel laureate, famously said that, while there were a few people who understood general relativity (another beautiful construct), no one understood quantum mechanics. Yet that doesn’t stop us from using it

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Oh Frabjous Day!

Well, not yet. Everyone is entitled to a fair trial, and no one can predict how a trial will turn out. But… And maybe, just maybe…

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Why Are Sequels Disappointing: Some Thoughts

I recently saw Across the Spider-Verse, the sequel to Into the Spider-Verse, which was one of my favorite movies — and certainly my favorite animated movie — of at least the last decade. I really enjoyed Across — I highly recommend it — but I left the theater feeling that,

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Olema and Point Reyes

To celebrate our 39th anniversary we spent Memorial Day weekend up in Olema, just south of Point Reyes Station, at the entrance to the Point Reyes National Seashore. While we didn’t get too much sunshine we hadn’t expected much, and the cooler weather made hiking more fun. The Drake’s Bay

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The Long and Winding Road

Route 36 is a famous (at least among motorcycle afficionados) state highway in California. Why is it famous? Because it supposedly has the most curves of any highway in the state. People claim more than 2,000 in a particular 130 or so mile stretch of it…which works out to be

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