Progressive news and commentary

The right turn at MSNBC continues – with the firing of Melissa Harris-Perry, the only truly progressive voices left are Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes, and some are wondering how long they’ll stick around. I’ve been turning to other sources for progressive news and commentary and want to recommend them to anyone looking for an alternative to corporate media. democracynow.org theintercept.com The Ring of Fire Vice...

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It’s 2016

Hello, world – swinging by here to blow the dust off. Remodel will come soon, and there may be the occasional blog post from time to time. Things to get off the chest and the like. Stay tuned!

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Beautiful Friction – new music by The Fixx

–originally posted in the iTunes store– Although folks are calling this terrific set of tunes a comeback or reunion, The Fixx never went away. Except for a brief inactive period in the early 90s, the band has been touring, recording and releasing new music, joined first by bassist Chris Tate and then by Gary Tibbs (bassist for Roxy Music, Adam & The Ants.) New music and a revisualization of some of their 80s tunes (the astounding “1011 Woodland”) appeared from the...

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Still around…

Highs and Lows: It’s been quite the spring. The biggest impact was losing Sebastian. He responded well to treatment for anemia, but his heart and kidneys just kept getting worse. We said goodbye on March 19 and Moxie and I are still adjusting to not having him around. Safe to say we’re broken-hearted. There will be a little bundle of fur in our future, but for right now, I just want to let the numb feeling leave…not sure how long that will take. Moxie took a few days before...

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Another (Brief) Update

Giants: The storybook post-season had a Cinderella ending…my Giants are World Champions! The games, the vibe and the parade at the end were some of the most magical times I’ve witnessed. The parade passed just three blocks from my house, so I was in place early in the morning for a perfect spot on a perfect 75-degree November day as the parade rolled down Montgomery Street. Of course, there are photos. The short off season has been full of fun appearances by various Giants and the...

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An Amazing Photo…

…From An Amazing Time: So much happening – updates coming ASAP. But I wanted to post this photo to capture it for all times. From Egypt, a tearful soldier is consoled by a civilian during the incredible protests that toppled a dictator: This photo is from @akhbarmsr Twitter feed, along with other on-the-scene images from the protests – I hope they are reproduced in other places to avoid them ever going missing. I’ve been mesmerized by the peaceful resolve and the broad...

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A Giant Week

Orangetober: It’s been a long time since I posted here. Very busy with various sites during the end of the IZOD IndyCar Series season. Usually, when they wrap up in early October, my sports are done until Spring Training. But the San Francisco Giants have made October a fantastic thing – this city is turning orange and black and people are even more friendly than usual. The Giants have scraped and clawed and found a way to torture us regularly as they won the NDLS West Division and...

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Guess I’ve Been a Little Busy!

Will Owsley’s Death: I still can’t believe he’s gone. Will’s song “Coming Up Roses” is playing in my head as I type. Hope his family and friends are slowly finding peace. Here’s the address for sending donations to Will’s boys – they can accept checks only: The Will Owsley Family Fund c/o Christ Community Church 1215 Hillsboro Road Franklin, TN 37069 Please make the check out to: Christ Community Church Bono’s Back (in more ways than...

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Life is Good…

…But Hard, Sometimes: Back in 1999, a group of online fans banded together to try to drum up attention for an album by a terrific young artist. His name was Owsley and the album was a cream-of-the-crop power pop gem that just begged (and still does) to be heard. We had a little modest success with requests to radio stations and posts on message boards. Then the album was nominated for a Grammy for engineering -not the content attention we’d have loved, but still great recognition...

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So…

BIZZY!: In addition to joining a gym and trying to get to workouts in as often as possible, my little website project has kept me busy. It’s still not 100% ready to go – gotta get basic data up for the rest of the races – but head on over to IndycarTraveler.com and take a look around…  🙂

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Update

BizzyBody: Feeling pretty well these days – asthma is under control, allergy testing on Tuesday to get that under control. Lower back feels better and my trick knee hasn’t been as tricky. Finally feel I’m well enough to get some good out of a gym membership, so I joined one that’s only a block from my apartment so I can visit easily. Crazy times at work and really busy with a web site I’m pulling together, so I need something easy to get to. Planning to stop in...

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Photo Site

Revised and Revin’: Got my photo site up and running again this week, this time powered by SmugMug, where all galleries look FABULOUS. 🙂  Now, to spend more time on my other web-based project…it’s out there, but I haven’t formally announced it yet. Keep an eye out for details, and in the mean time, have a look at the pictures: Bashtography

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Slammed

Same Story, Different Day: Still swamped. So much so that I went to the ER with chest pains last Monday. My awesome boss drove me there and stayed with me through the EKG and cardiac enzyme tests. Nope – no heart problems. I just need to S-L-O-W   D-O-W-N. Well, I’ve been trying but there’s just so much to do. Lots of change (very exciting stuff!) at work, trying to get my spring cleaning underway at home, and still working on a new web site that’s out in beta right...

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Still Here :)

Bizzy: I’ve taken on some additional duties at work and have been working on a project related to racing in my spare time. Add in the Olympics (weren’t they awesome?) and the fact that IndyCar season starts tomorrow and heck, I’ve been swamped! First practice of the IndyCar season (in Sao Paulo) will be streamed on IndyCar.com tomorrow at 4-freakin’-a.m., and you know me…I’ll be up following all the action. I’ll probably hit the hay at about 8 p.m...

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Delta Wingin’

Whoa, Nellie: For the last week or so, I’ve been following the unveiling of several candidates for the next IZOD IndyCar chassis (2012 is the target date for the switch). Dallara released a few evolutionary concepts based on the current model, Lola will unveil their ideas today (last I heard), and Swift has three models for consideration.  (I’ll take #33, please, hot pink with a black Batman logo on the sidepod, please!)  But the wild card is the Delta Wing, an open source concept...

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Brutal Week

Glad It’s Over: Just seems like I spent the week on the verge of screaming or crying. Part of it is gender-related, part of it is the winter blahs, and part of it is a list a mile-long of personal things I need to do to catch up from being sick for so long. Normally I’d not respond so strongly to all this…just feels like something’s really wrong or out of place and I can’t put a finger on it. Add to that the fact that everything I did this week seemed to take...

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Miracle on the Hudson

Remembering a Story of Hope: It’s been a year since  Chesley Sullenberger and his crew successfully ditched an A320 in the Hudson River due to damage from a bird strike during ascent from LaGuardia. The crew, and especially Captain “Sully,” has been lionized for their cool under pressure that day, and certainly their actions were key to the happy ending we all witnessed. But it’s the fact that the story’s even bigger that still boggles my mind. Things both in AND...

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My Desk is a Drugstore

Nothing But Bottles and Actuators: Let’s see…the famous purple AdVair diskus with powdered steroids (look out, Barry Bonds!); ProAir actuator with albuterol (aka asthma rescue inhaler); Cheratussin AC syrup, with an expectorant and codeine; generic Claritin-D for my allergies; medicine to regulate PMS; vicodin and Tylenol+Codeine left over from pre-Christmas tooth extractions; Azithromycin (a very strong antibiotic, in case it’s pneumonia); potent multi-vitamin tablets;...

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The Last Word on 2009

Tough Year with A Few Bright Spots: I can’t say I’m sorry to see 2009 exit. Many tough things to deal with this year…starting with the loss of my angel, Sabrina, right before Christmas, 2008. Got the year off to a sad, numb start. There was a brief time of levity after I adopted Felix in January, but he ended up having FIP and there was no choice but to put him to sleep in April. An extremely difficult work situation was coming to a head at that time, and I was heading into...

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The Area 51 of American Open Wheel Racing

“The Basement:” OMG. I went to Mecca (aka the Indianapolis Motor Speedway) Saturday morning as part of a Tweetup of IndyCar fans. We were given a huge surprise and a rare treat: a tour of the infamous basement at the Museum. There are people who’ve worked at the speedway for decades who haven’t been allowed this privilege…still stunned at our good luck. A local TV station was there to cover the story.

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Catching Up

Busy: Keeping busy with work, battling yet another sinus infection and a really bad tooth infection a couple weeks ago. Getting ready for a trip to Indiana for a visit with family and to attend the WinterIndyTweetup with a bunch of crazy IndyCar fans. Flying out Thursday and back on Sunday. Also have an idea for a new website – I’ve reserved the domain name and have a high-level outline of the content. Just gotta find time to write and build. Goal is to be up and running in January.

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Frank Sinatra with the Swagger of Bette Midler

Great Shot!: Ayaz Asif has been sneaking his pro gear into U2 gigs all tour and getting great shots that he’s shared on Flickr. He snagged this terrific Adam shot as Bono was doing the band introductions in Las Vegas. Adam appears amused at being called “Frank Sinatra with the swagger of Bette Midler…” Thank you for sharing, Ayaz.  🙂 See all of Ayaz’ photos at .

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