Friday, October 5th, 2018

Real World Rollback

When doing anything, it’s always a good idea to have reasonable a way to undo it. Sometimes reverting something, while possible, requires too much effort or costs too much. On rare occasions, it may be impossible and one is faced with a “point of no return”. If dealing with digital data, the standard process is […]

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Father’s Day, Perf and PII

For Father’s Day this year my daughter presented me with a sheet of paper containing a variety of “my dad…” statements e.g. My dad’s favorite color is:__________ My dad always says:__________ My thoughts drifted to The Newlywed Game as I wondered how many of the questions I would have answered with the same exact answer […]

Friday, May 4th, 2018

Crossover Dates

My wife and I recently crossed a round number year anniversary of the date we first met in person. It occurred to me that it was actually more than half my lifetime and (in hindsight) thought that “crossover date” might have been another moment in time worth paying attention to. Below is a quick and […]

Friday, August 25th, 2017

The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel

Previously I wrote about a board game our daughter enjoys playing, Hi Ho! Cherry-O. One of the things that makes it somewhat uninteresting to adults is the lack of any applicable strategy; luck completely determines the outcome. Another game she enjoys is The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel. While luck determines much of the outcome, there are […]

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

Burger King Is Out Of Burgers

Just over 20 years ago, I arrived in Berkeley California for college. 1996 was an election year, though not remotely as contentious at the presidential level as the most recent one. At the time, talk of red state/blue state would have brought to mind Sandra Boynton not Clinton Dole. However at the state level, proposition […]

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Hi Ho! Cherry-O

As our daughter approaches 3 years old she has begun to play some simple board games, one of which is Hi Ho! Cherry-O. While playing it recently my wife lamented that the game was taking forever to end. The analysis in the Wikipedia page is for a single player, but the majority of the time […]

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

At The Library

A couple of weeks ago my wife mentioned an upcoming show at 924 Gilman St, a well known music venue in Berkeley California. The lineup for January 7 2017 was curious: The Mr. T Experience, Pansy Division, The Smugglers, Squirtgun, Brent’s TV, The Potatomen and Kepi Ghoulie. I thought she was joking, this was 2016 […]

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Anniversary Of A Sort

This is not a post about sorting algorithms; nor is it celebratory. December 10, 2012 marked the 1 year anniversary of what seems to be the worst event in my life to date (and perhaps some of the other people involved). I have resisted writing about it in the past because I felt the need […]

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Pets

As a kid I often wanted a pet [dog] that I could play with, but my parents weren’t too interested in having any (we had some freshwater fish) and I likely couldn’t handle the responsibility myself; so I went pet-less until around the age of 11. At that time, we reached an agreement that I […]

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

City of Sacramento Parking Ticket Nonsense

When was the last time you put a coin into a parking meter and had to turn a knob in order to complete the transaction? I can’t remember when I last watched the red or yellow metal plates rise and fall, checked to see if the arrow indicated I had been credited the appropriate amount […]