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Compusound

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As a teen, I hung out in a computer store, and I sold Computers by asking people, "What would you like to use it for?" By listening to their answer, I could solve their problem, and sell them a computer, AND my programming services. By 15, I was a great salesmen, making good money on that, and better money contracting to folks who bought my computers, and once I got my drivers license (extending my range), I was doing jobs for Aerospace and Glendale Unified School District.

Cinedome

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Another summer job I had was at the local movie theater; the Orange Cinedome. In writing this, I did a web-search, and found that for one thing, they'd torn it down, and for another, they'd gotten pictures before they did; cool. Brought back some memories. Turns out it was one of the last 70mm theaters in the area, at least before it was gone. I'd know it was big, but not how big. As jobs go, working in a movie theater wasn't too bad. I was young, and the toughest part was getting down there. Biking about 5 miles down wasn't bad; riding back after my shift, and it was a gradual uphill grade, was a lot tougher. Plus it got hot, and getting there, without being disheveled wasn't always easy.

Watts

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While I was a rural burb kid, I'd lived summers with my Uncle in Hollywood, or Grandparents in L.A. So I got the rules of urban and rural pretty well. Still, hustling on Sunset is nothing like being "white bread" working in Watts; which I did one summer. South Central was not the best time I ever had working; but I learned a lot. But most of it, was not good stuff, it was about racism, corruption, contempt/distaste for a subculture, about sloth and injustice. I didn't like that world, and while I could exist in it, I knew I didn't want to.

Ridgeline Country Club 1976

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All parents have issues, mine were very into status ("things") and working, and social events; they were yuppies a few years before the term was invented. While I have have social anxiety, and I was not into their status symbols (much), valuing myself by my work (and the independence it bought) rubbed-off.

I started working at a young age. I remember washing cars, selling lemonade, mowing lawns, and my first real non-summer job was being food prep, bus-boy, dish-kid, and various odd jobs (like collecting the balls from the driving range, and so on) at the local country club (at 12 or 13).

Collins 1986-1988

After I left Rockwell, I went to work for Rockwell. Rockwell was a large, many divisioned company. I moved from NAAO (Lakewood) and Airplanes (B1-B), to Collins Radio (Santa Ana/Costa Mesa) and Satellites (Milstar). Collins was working on the MILSTAR Satellite Communication Terminal. They put up a bunch of satellites, and this was the terminal that communicated with them and was used for most of the secure military battlefield communications. Never have I worked with such a ragtag bunch of humans; and had the time of my life. I was only there 3 years and change, but it seems like a lifetime, or more.

Rockwell • Collins Radio Division

Included are a few stories about my 3 years at Rockwell Collins.

Don Jr. Hysteria

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The left has lost their nut over a fake controversy. Donald Trump Jr. took a meeting with a Russian lawyer (Keyser Söze) who implied she had information on one of Hillary Clinton's many crimes in Russia. Being curious if they really did have evidence of those crimes that the media has had no interest in looking into, he took the meeting, as anyone would. No information was exchanged, there was no crime or attempted crime was committed.

NEA: Art so good,
it should to be paid for by force

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I have nothing against the NEA/NEH, except how it's funded.

  1. The NEA is “welfare for cultural elitists"
  2. Over half their funding goes to the 10 most liberal states (New York, California, etc).
  3. Places like the MET get $300M from private contributions, and have $4B in assets, why should rural taxpayers have to contribute anything to them?
  4. Then there's waste -- like grants for "Sitting with Cactus", or subsidizing productions of Julius Caesar where our President is assassinated.

So if you like it, fine -- contribute to it. Forcing others to contribute to it, is not what liberty looks like. So you can support Liberty or the politicization of the arts (Cultural Marxism), but not both.

NAAO 1983-1986

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Included are a few stories about my 3 years in Aerospace at NAAO.

San Jose Home

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Home Virtual Tour for our San Jose home. You just click on the various arrows (or floorplan) to nav various rooms of our home.

Ohio Home

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I wrote a Home Virtual Tour App for the Ohio Newspapers (and Realtors). I recreated the App/Solution using Wiki-Macros. You just click on the various arrows to see various rooms of our home.

SPLC

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A far left site created to fear-monger for money. Their platform is used to attack anyone on the right, and by their own standards, they would qualify as a hate-group, if they applied their standards to left-of-center institutions.

Wonder Woman (2017)

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Wonder Woman was a cheesy over the top 70’s TV show with Linda Carter. DC and Warner Brothers do their best to go after the Marvel Franchise with Gal Gadot playing the hero. Reviews are audiences gave it a 92/92 on Rotten Tomatoes, and it quickly exploded to $600M in sales, so I figured I should see it. And while it as good, it wasn’t quite as good as its sales numbers or reviewers would have me believe.

Book of Henry (2017)

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Book of Henry is not everyone's "cup of tea". Basically, a precocious genius Henry (and his younger brother, Peter) are being raised by their perpetually self-absorbed and immature Mom (Susan), when Henry witnesses the symptoms of abuse, he decides that since the system is broken and unjust, that he'll create some of his own justice, and sets in motion his rube goldberg perfect crime.

Being that I was a genius kid (who held myself back in school because I too felt that socialization with kids my own age was more important that "academic accomplishments" as measured by a system that I felt wasn't very fair or wise), and I also had a somewhat self-absorbed Mom, was on the receiving side of abuse (and so had an over-developed sense of justice): thusI could relate to the teasers on this movie. While is was getting only 25% approval from reviewers, it was getting 71% by audiences (and I tend to associate more with audiences than reviewers): so I went to see it. It was interesting. I liked it more than most will, but that still puts it as barely better than half the movies I'll see this year. And that, only because it was at least somewhat original, despite how hackneyed everything felt.

Vietnam

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You can't talk about Vietnam without talking about:

  • What lead up to the Vietnam War
  • Why the Vietnam war was fought
  • Who won and lost the war.

This covers all of those topics.

Choosing a Martial Arts School

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A few people have asked me about Martial Arts schools, and how they should choose. I did teach Martial Arts for a decade or two. This might aide some in having more confidence in deciding on which studio may be best for them. Most people start off backwards, they want to leap to Choosing a Martial Arts Style, and while that's not bad if you really have your heart set on a particular system. If you don't know where to start, I want to start more basic -- find an Instructor, Student, and then Art, in that order.

Do not be afraid to go to many schools in your area before deciding on the "Right School". (I recommend trying at least 3). These guidelines apply whether you are looking for you or your child. Just watch 3 classes (or part of them), and decide which seemed the best.

Choosing a Martial Arts Style

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In Choosing a Martial Arts School, I stated that the instructor may be the single most important of the variables in choosing a school, and the quality of the Students is a reflection on the teacher. But they are not the only factors. Here is some information on what to expect from different styles, cultures and arts. This information can help you choose a "style" as well, and maybe give you a starting point.

Politifact

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List of evidence that supports the popular opinion that PolitiFact is biased partisan hackery. Worse than that, they act like angry grade schoolers when caught, which is fairly often. So there are basically two camps: those that think PolitiFact is non-partisan, and those who know what's going on in the world.

New York Times

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A sad shadow of a once great News Agency. Admittedly biased (by their own Ombudsman and editors). They still have occasionally good content, but that can't make up for their more frequent bad, or their willingness to deceive, commit lies of omission, or present things in a biased way.

Government R&D Spending

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If you only look at the government wins in R&D, things look great. If you look at the bigger picture, you'll understand why government R&D usually has huge costs and small payouts. Politicians playing technologists, using our money, may be fun for them, or earn them votes for caring by the gullible, but it's not fair to taxpayers.

People

I re-did, and moved a ton of things to this section. So while pieces of this have been in things I wrote over the years, this a new area to explore completely.

This section is not comprehensive analysis of all the complexities of a persons life, but more the points most often brushed over (the counter-balances to the myth-making/propaganda). So these are not meant to be read in isolation, but as complimentary aspects on people (or issues about them) that are on the road that's less travelled.