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Prof. Michael Sandel on Populism - rough transcript

The following is an EXTREMELEY rough transcript of a talk by Harvard Professor Michael Sandel. You can watch the full talk, "Michael Sandel: Populism, Trump, and the Future of Democracy" on Youtube.

I used youtube-dl to download the subtitles from Youtube and did some extremely basic reformatting.

turtles and butterflies

I love turtles, and I love butterflies.

This 2019 WikiMedia Picture of the Year gives me both.

A butterfly feeding on the tears of a turtle in Ecuador.jpg

The Truth about the Confederacy in America - rough transcript

The following is a rough transcript of a talk by Jeffery Robinson, the ACLU's Deputy Legal Director and Director of the Trone Center for Justice and Equality. You can watch the full talk, "When Heritage = Hate: The Truth About the Confederacy in America" on Youtube.

I used youtube-dl to download the subtitles from Youtube and did some extremely basic reformatting.

COVID-19 and Distancing - Should I Stay Home?

Like a lot of people, I'm not always sure what to do in any given situation to avoid getting or transmitting the COVID-19 virus.

I came up with a few questions that, I think, are helping me avoid unnecessary risks.

Note: I wrote this to share with people who, like me, might be a little too laid-back about preventing COVID-19 transmission. If you are already anxious or over-anxious about the virus, please close this window, NOW, and go look at comforting cute animal videos or calming pictures of trees.

Remembering KFOG

A friend told me Thursday morning that KFOG was shutting down for good - and they were doing a day-long farewell broadcast, featuring lots of Ten at Ten episodes and Live from the Archives sets. Thanks to him, I was able to tune in and listen to almost the whole day. It brought back a lot of memories.

Just before I went to bed, it occurred to me that it might be cool to put together a quick website commemorating the station and especially its golden age.

Friday morning, I registered the domain and started building.

Satellite Dispensers

I've been watching some of the SpaceX launches lately, and on the latest one, the announcer kept talking about the satellites being deployed from the dispenser.

All I can think of when I hear the word "dispenser" is, of course, Pez dispensers.

I am quite tickled at the idea of a spaceship-sized Pez dispenser dropping satellites into space.

A Spreadsheet for Tracking Calls to My Elected Officials

During the past year I've become much more involved in calling my elected officials (and occasionally elected officials in other states, when it seemed to make sense).

I've got all kinds of plans for creating a nifty website to track my own progress on these calls, and maybe award badges or let people set up teams and encourage each other, but for now I'm just tracking things in a very simple spreadsheet - and I thought I would post it here in case anyone else finds it useful.

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