Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Protesters at SJSU

Anti-Israel Protestors

Protesters have been on campus protesting what they are alleging are atrocities being committed by Israel against Palestinian civilians.

  • Israel had been under rocket attack for eight years.
  • Recently Hamas has been firing missiles from Palestinian population centers in Gaza, using Palestinian civilians as human shields.
  • The Hamas rockets have been targeted at Israeli cities hoping to kill civilians.
  • I wonder how long we would have tolerated rockets being targeted at our cities (like San Jose) before we would respond militarily?

The death of Palestinian civilians is a tragedy. I totally defend the right of the protesters to protest. I just think they're wrong to blame only Israel and not blame Hamas.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Saturday, January 24, 2009

John's visiting

John, Fran and Sue

Sue's brother John is visiting California and staying with their mom in Campbell. We are getting ready to meet him for lunch.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Great Depression 2.0?

Closed Sign

Closed, not to open again
This recession is getting deeper. Are we headed for Great Depression 2.0? More and more local businesses are closing and many more businesses are laying off. I spoke with a local business owner who she does not know if they will survive. They have been laying off their staff and liquidating their inventory. Only time will tell if this is GD 2.0. But, things are getting worse.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

February B&BB Newsletter

February 2009 BBB

Here is the February 2009 issue of the Black and Blue Bottom, the Almaden Cycle Touring Club newsletter. These are in PDF format:

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Ruchi's birthday

Ruchi's birthday cake

Ruchi Binjola's birthday was a cause of celebration at our help desk. We have a great staff almost all of whom are thousands of miles from home. So, we try to create a small bit of home here at the help desk.

Ruchi is an important person on our staff.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

What I love most about Macworld

Toodle Developers

Adobe was not at this years MacWorld and Apple will not be at the next. If MacWorld survives the loss of these anchors the best part will hopefully remain. My favorite part of MacWorld are the displays around the edge and in the obscure corners of MacWorld. That is where you find passionate developers like Jessie Youngblood and Steven Abbagnaro of Tooble. These are the folks who have the new ideas and the fresh products the ones you don't read about on the A-list blogs or in the trades. Tooble is a cool product and will meet a need I have to use YouTube Videos in classroom presentations.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Walk in the hills

Susie on the trail

The hills and open spaces near where we live are wonderful and this time of the year there are not very many people up there. On Sunday Susie and I went for a walk down the trail near Loma Almaden and Hicks roads. We had a great walk and talk.

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Friday, January 02, 2009

Sloan Christmas 2008

Madison Cristmas Morning 2008

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"What is your favorite part of Christmas?" "Presents!" Madison did not hesitate to answer. Four-year-olds are absolutely candid. She was having a blast. There will be plenty of time later to learn the deeper meanings of Christmas.

For now...

When asked is it was okay that she got more presents than anybody else Madison enthusiastically replied, "Oh My, Yes!"

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