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3D Printing

First Attempt Neither Josh nor Matthew are particularly materialistic, and coming up with Christmas and birthday gifts can be challenging. When I asked Matthew back in 2015 what he wanted for Christmas, he…

Jungle Music

I have a distant memory of a scene from The Buddy Holly Story in which (as I recall) his father is berating Buddy for wasting his time playing “that… that… that Jungle music.”…

Leaps of Faith

“God explains everything.” That’s an expression of faith. “Science can explain everything without invoking a god; there is no need to believe in god.” If science has explained everything, then why are there…

Medical Email

For the past couple of years, I have wanted to write about the role of email in medical practice and doctor-patient relationships. I’ve finally done so, and posted the result on the Sacramento…

Dear Virgin Mobile:

Dear “Virgin Mobile” pranksters: Thank you for an entertaining couple of days. You really had me going! At the end, I expected some “Candid Camera” guy to pop out from behind my sofa,…

Public Trough II

People keep asking me why the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Behavioral Health Services (to spare my fingers, hereinafter known as DBHS) is dismantling effective community programs in…

Sacramento County Mental Health… again

On 26Mar2010, at 15:54, =====@======.=== wrote: I’ve specifically been praying for $1M for TCORE. Is that about right? Understand that I have no inside knowledge of the budget of TCORE, DBHS, or the…

The DMV Gets It!

Hard on the heels of my experience with the San Juan Unified School District came one of startling contrast, even more so because it came from such an unexpected quarter: the much-maligned California…

Getting It: how the San Juan Unified School District could do better

who got it In the late 1990s, word around the internet was that web search was pretty much a closed book. The search engine du jour was a site named Alta Vista, and…

All I Want is a Charger

A year and a half ago I bought a Honda Civic Hybrid. I still miss driving a convertible, but otherwise it’s a wonderful car. I wish, though, that someone would make a charger…

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