A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
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It was testing week in karate and, as usual, Big Guy was under the gun. Not as much as he used to be, when he didn’t have a clue and had to frantically cram, but …

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Moderate the Internet? Best of luck on that one
Tuesday, 2 Nov, 2010 – 21:25 | Comments Off
Moderate the Internet? Best of luck on that one

I’ve never tried to moderate the entire Internet, though I once took a stab at sorting out spats on one small corner of it.
My days were filled with complaints about “inaccurate opinions,” and my nights …

Do movie ratings work? Heck no.
Tuesday, 26 Oct, 2010 – 22:07 | Comments Off
Do movie ratings work? Heck no.

I thought I had merely run into a strange one last winter when a mom was fine with her pre-teen daughter watching a movie about a force so demonic that even an exorcist was scared …

It’s not about the Net. It’s about decency
Friday, 1 Oct, 2010 – 17:04 | 2 Comments
It’s not about the Net. It’s about decency

I knew it was coming the second I heard that the Internet was tangentially connect to Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi’s suicide.
Yes, tangentially. The Internet did not kill Clementi. It wasn’t even a weapon in …

If a warning label falls in the forest and no one reads it …
Wednesday, 22 Sep, 2010 – 22:11 | Comments Off
If a warning label falls in the forest and no one reads it …

I thought I was as shocked as I could possibly be by a warning label last fall, when I bought a pack of lip balm that included a five-line disclaimer.
That was before I was fixing …

The case (sort of) for Ines Sainz
Thursday, 16 Sep, 2010 – 19:46 | One Comment
The case (sort of) for Ines Sainz

Three things that amuse me about the whole “was Ines Sainz harassed by the New York Jets” controversy:
1. The number of people who start out by saying “I don’t think anyone should be harassed” …

Why I won’t be saying (much) about that whack job in Florida
Wednesday, 8 Sep, 2010 – 12:18 | Comments Off

Gen. David Petraeus spoke out against his plans yesterday, and I tweeted a link to the story.
That’s the last  you’ll hear from me about the deranged “minister” in Florida who seems to have captured the …

For some of us, digital IS the down time
Friday, 27 Aug, 2010 – 14:34 | Comments Off
For some of us, digital IS the down time

I have a new nightly routine of late, mainly because the old one wasn’t working.
Use to be, I’d tuck the guys in and then toss fitfully in an attempt to doze off. I’d eventually give …

The legacy of Robert C. Byrd
Monday, 28 Jun, 2010 – 23:15 | Comments Off

It was more than 20 years ago when I met U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, but I recall two things vividly about that day.
The first was how ill at ease he appeared at what was …

It’s not the medium. It’s what you put out there
Monday, 26 Apr, 2010 – 21:32 | One Comment
It’s not the medium. It’s what you put out there

Note to California State Sen. Ellen Corbett: Social networking sites do not post personal information about minors. The minors themselves do that.
That’s why Corbett’s bill, which The Sacramento Bee says would ban sites from posting …

A SWAT for refusing to let the birth certificate nonissue die
Thursday, 22 Apr, 2010 – 18:03 | Comments Off
A SWAT for refusing to let the birth certificate nonissue die

It’s kind of ironic, given that John McCain was the subject of the original birther lawsuit, that Arizona is like a pit bull after a steak when the citizenship at issue is Barack Obama’s.
Or not …

Green behaviors common in the U.S.? That’s hard to believe
Wednesday, 21 Apr, 2010 – 17:51 | Comments Off
Green behaviors common in the U.S.? That’s hard to believe

Ever since I’ve moved to California, I’ve enjoyed the benefits of curb-side recycling.
It really couldn’t be an easier: Separate your trash in the house and select the appropriate bin outside in which to deposit it. …

When your sick child really isn’t
Tuesday, 20 Apr, 2010 – 18:11 | Comments Off
When your sick child really isn’t

They’re probably not doing it because they’re out to get you – though it feels like it sometimes – but you’re right about the second part: Day cares do send kids home when they’re not …

When the ‘profits first’ policy fails – disastrously
Thursday, 8 Apr, 2010 – 19:02 | Comments Off
When the ‘profits first’ policy fails – disastrously

It’s not as if big coal companies ever have been benevolent societies – the song “Sixteen Tons” and its lyrics about owing your soul to the company store stemmed from a miner’s reality.
It’s not as …

Everyone could find jobs if they were just willing to move
Thursday, 1 Apr, 2010 – 20:21 | 2 Comments
Everyone could find jobs if they were just willing to move

How nice it must be to have all the answers – even if the answers keep changing when the question is whether to extend unemployment benefits.
At least unemployed workers are no longer lazy – apparently …

When the First Amendment should come second
Wednesday, 31 Mar, 2010 – 18:23 | 3 Comments
When the First Amendment should come second

I’m a big Bill O’Reilly fan today.
I also agree with Michelle Malkin.
And I think an appeals court was dead wrong when it ruled, on free speech grounds, in favor of people who protested at a …

Yes, let’s look at mobile, cloud privacy. But don’t stop there
Tuesday, 30 Mar, 2010 – 19:51 | Comments Off
Yes, let’s look at mobile, cloud privacy. But don’t stop there

The most important point to come out of a diverse coalition that’s callings for tighter electronic privacy laws: Officials should be able to access “communications that are not readily accessible to the public only with …

OMG! They’re putting information on the Internet!
Monday, 29 Mar, 2010 – 20:03 | Comments Off
OMG! They’re putting information on the Internet!

Your personal information posted online!
It’s 411 for pedophiles – a major security risk!
It’s called Spokeo – a name parodied two years ago as Spookey, the Big Brother of Social Networking sites.
And, in the end, it’s …

Internet cons try to co-opt patriotism
Sunday, 28 Mar, 2010 – 19:28 | 2 Comments
Internet cons try to co-opt patriotism

The next “soldiers” you meet could be close relatives of  your Nigerian uncle – if you’re not careful, that is.
It seems that the latest stunt from the set that’s sent us emails from Australian barristers …

Legislating in the heat of emotion
Friday, 26 Mar, 2010 – 17:13 | Comments Off
Legislating in the heat of emotion

It’s perfectly understandable when people try to assign blame in the event of accidents – in fact, doing so is even official policy for some agencies.
If I were the parent of a beautiful 16-year-old who …

Paywall anyone?
Wednesday, 17 Mar, 2010 – 18:41 | Comments Off
Paywall anyone?

The worst news for the newspaper industry out of today’s the Pew Internet and American Life Project report was not that 82 percent of those polled said they’d go to another site rather than pay …

How to avoid turning OpSec into OopsSec
Sunday, 14 Mar, 2010 – 17:59 | 2 Comments
How to avoid turning OpSec into OopsSec

It was a blunder so classically moronic that you wonder how the person who posted it was deemed intelligent enough to serve in the military – any country’s military, including countries with mandatory service.
“On Wednesday, …

I know what I want – I just don’t see it yet
Friday, 5 Mar, 2010 – 20:13 | Comments Off
I know what I want – I just don’t see it yet

I pay $65 a month for satellite TV service, and that’s way too much considering that we regularly watch only  Nickelodeon, ESPN and the local FOX affiliate. The package includes 200 channels, many of which …

A SWAT for trying to impose values from afar
Thursday, 25 Feb, 2010 – 19:30 | Comments Off
A SWAT for trying to impose values from afar

What’s worse than a YouTube video showing a developmentally disabled boy being bullied?
A court verdict in Italy that finds Google executives guilty of invasion of privacy because the video was posted to begin with – …

Tired of hearing about Danica? Then quit talking about her
Monday, 22 Feb, 2010 – 19:51 | 2 Comments
Tired of hearing about Danica? Then quit talking about her

First rule of complaining about media coverage: Whether it’s a philandering golfer or a foot in mouth and ink on hand politician, if you’re sick of hearing about someone don’t say something that’s going to …

Google doesn’t make us stupid. Stupid makes us stupid
Friday, 19 Feb, 2010 – 19:06 | One Comment
Google doesn’t make us stupid. Stupid makes us stupid

If computer manufacturers wanted to do the world a big favor they’d include, not a shortcut to software,but a direct link to snopes.com on every box sold.
It wouldn’t end all the “Starbucks is anti-military” emails …

Putting the media back in social media
Sunday, 14 Feb, 2010 – 17:50 | Comments Off
Putting the media back in social media

Once upon a time there was an Army post in the middle of the desert.
It had a weekly newspaper, but editions often failed to make it to all the boxes on post.
It had a radio …

YouTube safety mode is nothing special
Friday, 12 Feb, 2010 – 17:47 | Comments Off
YouTube safety mode is nothing special

It’s ironic that Google rolled out Safety Mode parental controls for YouTube in the same week that it made gmail unsafe for some folks in its careless rollout of Buzz.
Some of the early things I’d …

If we’re better off without the incumbents, let’s SWAT those not willing to make us better off
Thursday, 11 Feb, 2010 – 19:50 | Comments Off
If we’re better off without the incumbents, let’s SWAT those not willing to make us better off

A recent Rasmussen Poll found that 63 percent of the country believes we’d be better off if most of Congress were re-elected.
Granted, Scott Rasmussen has worked on Republican campaigns before and some question whether the …