Electronic Voting in Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County is facing the issue of secure, tamper-proof, electronic voting. The issue came up recently when the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters recommended that the county acquire touch-screen DRE machines from Sequoia Voting Systems. These machines do not provide a voter-verifiable audit trail. More info on the important issue of the risks … Read more

Escape to SeaEscape

We recently spent a nice long weekend at SeaEscape, near Elk on the Mendocino coast. SeaEscape is a private vacation rental, perched on a cliff directly above the Pacific ocean. The house features 3 bedrooms, 2 that are ocean facing, a large hottub, and a fully equipped (and well stocked!) kitchen, a fireplace and a … Read more

There Will Be No Time for Discussion

when Patriot II, a greatly expanded version of the original Patriot I anti-terrorist act, is introduced. The introduction will come at a time of national crisis, perhaps after another terrorist attack (against us, not by us, silly) or during a war w/Iraq. There will be immense pressure to pass the abill w/out due consideration. That’s … Read more

Is it Possible: Vote Fraud in the USA?

Sometimes I think like the simple country boy that I am at heart, following the path of least resistance and pointing out the obvious. Let’s see, in my life, awareness beginning in the 60’s: rigged elections in foreign countries w/our CIA involved; George Bush, head of the CIA; George Bush, elected as US President … … Read more

Scavenger Hunting for Grownups (aka Geocaching)

We spent the afternoon driving home from our stay near Elk (near Mendocino) by visiting a number of spots that we probably wouldn’t have known about were it not for the new outdoor activity known as geocaching. Geocaching is the sport of using your GPS receiver to try and locate cleverly hidden caches(comprised of small … Read more

That’s One Bad-Ass Rat

While much has been written regarding the recent Supreme’s decision which makes a mockery of the founders’ intent with respect to copyright, I found an actual interview with one of the principles in the case, one m. mouse. Among his choice comments was this call to action: Beyond that, all I can think of is … Read more

Try Weird Stuff, See What Works

Thanks Dave, for mentioning this interesting, insightful interview with Jerry Garcia. … give me a hot project and I’ll be happy. The money part is not the important part, the important part is the opportunity to get your hands wet, to go out there to jump around, fuck around, make mistakes. Try weird stuff, see … Read more