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Ted’s essays

2006 Idaho governor candidate debate

Seeing Ron Paul championing my main 2006 campaign theme a decade later inspired me to look for this video. I couldn’t find it at the PBS website, so I uploaded a copy I had saved years ago. Debating in front of television cameras live to a state-wide audience was a terrifying to do, but probably the best performance of my political career. My biggest campaign theme was liberal tax credits for scholarships to private schools equal to a maximum of half what taxpayers spend on government schools. We would save money while liberating education. It was a good idea then. It still is.

the bookshelf

Yesterday I said the bookshelf told the story. Today I will explain. As an overview I will say that in the middle of a move the stuff that made it to my first installed shelf were things that needed little thought to be foremost. Thus the shelf contents clearly have significance to me. Let’s start with the sign “Think Dangerously”. Can there be any doubt that the person who bought and displays it is non-mainstream? Not average? Liberated? Unafraid to challenge norms? I placed the artist modeling figure in a ‘walking the tightrope’ stance. That is the balance between seeming normal and free thinking. I cannot explain my odd head-on-foot Sculpey clay figure in a short paragraph, but that too […]

cultural divide

In responding to my daughter who felt our Montana reunion last summer was a disaster, I found I could not share most of my thoughts. They would be quite unhelpful. Her San Francisco family of three along with an Idaho mother in-law and her brother’s Utah family of eight rented a vacation lodge. While there were some frictions there, they increased when that group combined with the Bitterroot elders, and further while visiting the homesteading family of six. I realized in the 1990s I did not fit the California culture, and, significantly, that I could somewhere else. Shopping online I found a more appropriate community, moving to Idaho late winter 2000-2001. A dozen years later I snuggled into an even […]

computers circa 1970

Given the choice between kill (people I did not know and certainly did not hate) or be killed in the jungles of Vietnam, I enlisted in the US Air Force. In retrospect, I helped with a lot of killing, but I didn’t mean nuthin’ by it. I spent the working part of my 4-year enlistment as a computer operator, and most of that running an RCA 301. Computer operators read the lights, and wrote our instructions to the lights. Milly was the master I learned from, and I ended up exceeding her. I was a geek before geeks were invented. This miraculous machine that could process data at light speed had gen-u-ine Core Storage of 17K. That was A LOT […]

trying to be like a duck

My hands so very tired … I must reduce my demands on them. I continue to be grateful for the most useful one semester class Sonoma State University sold to me: “Stress Management”. In times like these I often benefit greatly from laying flat on my back, telling tense body parts to “let go”, and getting my mind into the zone. “Why?”, you might ask. Our rental became our future home a couple months ago. Our stable lives got real busy. I canceled my ham licensing study group and the trombone lessons I was giving. Those commitments, I had to admit to myself, were just too much. The abandoned, unlicensed pair of non-functioning cars and dilapidated trailer are out of […]

I’m baaack

Moving my home and office is taking its toll on my postings here. Today my computer in the new studio finally knows how to log on to my website … one of only 20 billion items on my ToDo list. Meanwhile: The geoengineers got caught with visual chemtrails in the hurricane as it approached Texas and ample evidence of HAARP directing hurricanes in the Atlantic. Online videos keep improving their coverage of the media production that was the car crashing into the crowd near the protest event. Extraordinary wild fire activity globally warms western USofA and other countries around the world spuming record levels of toxic pollutants into our air. A bunch of ignorant people unemployed by deliberate economic and […]

in recovery

Maybe. We spent the last month cleaning up after renters squatters. We have chosen to move from our lovely cabin on the river to the expansive homestead they vacated. We are coming down home stretch on that phase. Though a lot of stuff still needs to be cleared out, there is starting to be room for our household. We have construction contractors well along in some changes to better suit the homestead to us. It is still a construction zone, and will be for a while. Yet moving in there and out of here has begun with trickles. Yesterday I got the phone moved and Internet up… a smokin’-fast, unlimited-data cable connection after years of metered, intermittently-good, satellite. Meanwhile, my […]

HACKED

I have been operating five websites for a long time, more than that at times, and three of them for over a decade. I have had exactly ONE paid advertisement in all that time. All other expenses have been out of my pocket. Bad actors recently infected one or more of them. Costs of removing the infection and preventing future pollutants will exceed costs of hosting, and put a serious hit on my pocketbook. This particular community service hobby is getting more expensive than I care to afford. I am dropping maintenance and expense of two of them immediately. I apologize for those barbarians who took these away from you. Users and destroyers are everywhere. Resist them wherever you can. […]