A neighbor gets nosy…

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Back in December I was forced to evict a relative from my home.  Long story, but after six months of legal actions and $500, he was gone.  I set up a webcam in a bedroom window to keep an eye on things, since he tried several times to come back.

Today, I had a visitor check out the camera close up.

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Maybe he wasn’t being nosy, but rather was looking for a way to get inside and cool off, as it was 106 degrees outside!  Poor guy…  keep a-knockin’, but you can’t come in!  Sorry!

Dispatching at warp speed

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Dispatching at warp speed. “Sub-space channels open, Captain!”

I think I’m a bit insulted!

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So the previous post has a video, in which I talk about having the perfect face and appearance for radio.  Watching it from my website, I noticed the ad that was embedded.  This of course reflects the Internet’s current scheme of targeting ads to users based on either some clever algorithm and slick NSA style tracking software, or a coven of crones stirring a caldron of vile liquid (I’m not sure which!).  I wonder if this particular ad is age-based, and if so, just how much data-mining are they doing??
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Oh, Internet, how poorly you understand me!

Video killed the radio star, take 2

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Video killed the radio star

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A long time ago, in a universe far, far away…

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From my junior year at Mt. Whitney High School, 1974-1975.  I remember that kid, but it’s hard to recognize him.

Gerald Ford is President, Harvey Milk has yet to win elected office, the fall of Saigon is imminent.  Visalia’s population is 65,000.  Apple Computer is a year away.  99.9% of phones have a cord.

He is 17, in serious denial, and is trying to find girls alluring.  It’s not working.

Quick!  I need a time machine!  I need to talk to this kid!

A Tale of Two Cities

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens

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What a difference a day makes!  On Monday, June 3, 2013, the City of Visalia‘s City Council issued it’s second LGBT Pride Month Proclamation.  On Tuesday, June 4th, the City of Porterville issued it’s first.  The two events could not have been more different.

Both cities provide online applications for proclamations, with instructions on how to turn them into the city.  Such requests are routinely handled by cities across the country, and are ways for cities to recognize citizens and groups.  Here’s Porterville’s “Request a Proclamation” page.

Visalia’s proclamation resulted in applause and friendly chatter in a standing room only crowd that overflowed into the hallway.  This year’s proclamation went mostly unnoticed by the greater community in Visalia.  Last year it provoked some media coverage and talk-radio interviews with the Mayor of Visalia, Amy Shuklian.  Porterville’s proclamation, in a meeting room at least twice the size of Visalia’s, also with standing room only and overflow into the hall, resulted in boos, catcalls, the arrest of a anti-gay protestor, and at least two calls for the death penalty for homosexuals.

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