Monthly Archives: October 2011

Mitt Romney and the Crucial Conversation

        The modern political process often creates the environment for a political figure to secure his position in a race before the first vote has even occurred.  In the Presidential process for 2012, the Republican race for the … Continue reading

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The Artist

           Hollywood’s collective idea of a great movie these days trends toward combining the wizardry of modern computers and animation with comic books. Caught between the strain of developing a complex storyline and knocking out another Batman movie, Batman … Continue reading

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People We Should Know #17 – Burt Rutan

      Something soon and very special is going to occur in the New Mexico desert that will change our relationship to the heavens, and rejuvenate our gene for innovation and adventure.  Sometime after Christmas 2012, a slender, beautiful space … Continue reading

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The Troubadour Returns

     After a significant hiatus, the American troubadour Ryan Adams has returned to writing and performance.  His musical persona as a troubadour was first celebrated by Ramparts on 07/10/10, in the midst of his self induced absence from the music … Continue reading

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Another Tyrant Down the Rabbit Hole

      If you are a tyrant with an extended period of totalitarian rule over an oppressed people, there seems recently to be a tendency for you to realize the End of Days ignominiously down a rabbit hole.  Saddam Hussein in … Continue reading

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The End of Bricks and Mortar

           The time has come to put down the trowel and let the bricks lie, they are no longer needed.  Since 9/11, there has been a huge drive in technology to protect and reproduce the function of a datacenter … Continue reading

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A Voice Like Sparkling Water

     Everybody has their favorite voice variant that defines how they want to hear certain songs in the American Songbook.  For me,  its the melted caramel warmth of Ella Fitzgerald when she sings Rogers and Hart’s Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered , … Continue reading

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Fall Classics, Everywhere You Look

      For most, baseball is an acquired taste.   Slow moving, long on tactics and at times short on action, with byzantine and at times inscrutable rules and traditions, the game struggles to hold the attention of the casual fan.  When the … Continue reading

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The Motherlode Under the Prairie

     The north center core of the United States has for several hundred years been seen as the desolate outback of the country. Sparsely inhabited at one time by nomads, it was seen initially as an endless ocean of grass … Continue reading

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