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Tales of J: A Rookie Parenting Mistake

originally published April 11, 2012 on Open Salon.   Tales of J are about my late son. Most are not sad. 

I might write about my late son once in a while. The stories may range all over the map. Some will be more about the whole experience than about him per se. This one, however, is absolutely about him.

I was driving, with my son in the back of the minivan. He was between two and three years old, probably a few months after his mother went…


Added by koshersalaami on April 11, 2012 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

1962 - Lost in Space, “Niggertown” & “the Hole” at Bastrop

Lost in Space:

 Johnson Space center01   Johnson Space center02 &

In April of 1962 construction began on NASA’s new Manned…


Added by JMac1949 Memories on April 10, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments

18 (about J)

originally published on April 9, 2012 on Open Salon

very slightly edited to correct a factual error

There is no word in English equivalent to "widower" but pertaining to the death of a child instead of a spouse. I realized this today when my wife asked me over lunch if I viewed myself as the father of one or of two children. I replied that, firstly, that was an incomplete question because it depended on what one really wanted to know but, secondly, if I…


Added by koshersalaami on April 9, 2012 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

freaky styley .. moi in the 80's

   My girlfriend way back then, Cheryl (all picture credits here to her) was a journalism major at KU in the early 80's. One of her required courses, as is proper and appropriate, was photography. The above was a study in 'depth of field,' the two below, in shadow and lighting. 





   Below are 'just for fun' pics,…


Added by tr ig on April 5, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Dropping into the Canyon (OS Archives 2012)

It was pitch black that night a couple months ago when we drove through the canyon on our way to the coast. The only illumination on that winding route came from passing headlights bouncing off the rocky walls as the sparse traffic wound its way through the narrow bends. The only sound was the roar of the river crashing over boulders far below as it carved its way toward the sea. Heavy nets of metal hung over offending sections:  steep slopes notoriously…


Added by Anna Herrington on April 4, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Sick of hearing about the Holocaust from Israel?

originally published on April 4, 2012 on Open Salon

This is edited from a comment made on Jonathan Wolfman's post about the Toulouse murders last night. Given the heat of the moment, it's a little, well, pointed. Reprinted here at his suggestion.

[Jonathan was kind enough to point out that not everyone reading this will know who/what Likud is. Likud is the current political party in power in Israel, the party of Benjamin Netanyahu. They…


Added by koshersalaami on April 4, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

1962: Sandlot Football, Shooting Lessons & T-boned Chevy

Sandlot Football:

elvis playin    football jfk2

Elvis & JFK- Google images

After Little League baseball finished their season sandlot football took over games at Strawberry Park.  After school David Petersen practiced with the Bulldogs at…


Added by JMac1949 Memories on April 2, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Systems Analysis II- The Program, Our Constitution

STATHI, Skypixie0, and Kosher

The thing about writing code is that it can be most readily judged on whether the written code does what it is written to do. Beyond that, the judgment is of the efficiency and elegance ( Quality?) that the program displays in accomplishing its task ( A Program which performs its task in 5 lines is more efficient than one that takes 150 lines, but the more…


Added by Token on March 31, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Domestic Violence, “The Great Santini” & Women’s Lib circa 1961

“The Great Santini”:


TGS by Pat Conroy - Wikipedia

Forgive this section being out of sequence, but my recollection of events is out of sequence, so much so that I almost blew past this post.  I never read Pat Conroy’s…


Added by JMac1949 Memories on March 30, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

new camera great pics

In Dallas last week I acquired a Canon G10 'powershot' 14.7 megapixel digital camera as partial payment for helping Barry (bbd at OS) rebuild his back deck. You may know, Barry is a professional photographer, so when he told me it was a great camera and made the offer, I jumped all over it. 

These are a few shots taken by myself, Eli, and his friends over the last week.…


Added by tr ig on March 30, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Kops Killing Kids

I was married to a cop for four years and due to events of recent weeks have been meditating on the prospect of being called in as a character witness if he found himself in court because he shot and killed someone in the line of duty.

My personal philosophy holds that until an suspect actually pulls the trigger he will always have the opportunity to decide not to. For the cop to shoot first, under the assumption that a trigger will always be pulled, the cop robs the suspect of the…


Added by Jewellya on March 30, 2012 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Slowhand, God, and Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton 

Friday, February 10, 1978

Oakland Coliseum Arena

Oakland, California

8:00 P.M.

section 217  row L   seat 7



My ticket stub. Anyone else remember when BASS  was our only ticket vendor?

My first date with my husband was this Eric Clapton concert. He'd actually…


Added by Schmoopie on March 29, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

A Systems Analysis of the Justice System

Systems analysis is the study of sets of interacting entities, including computer systems analysis. This field is closely related to requirements analysis or operations research. It is also "an explicit formal inquiry carried out to help someone…


Added by Token on March 29, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments


The Gospel of Geek

Let me sum it up for you:

"God" = "The Cloud"/Internet/ Collective sub/un conscious

"Holy Spirit"= "Free WiFi"

"Christ"= "Your "net" access to  "The cloud" via any number of freely available (some more expensive than others) media.

Your task: Tell me how that works out.


as translated from the original Geek by nERD tHE hAXTOR…


Added by Token on March 28, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

10 Great Thriller Writers

MARCH 27, 2012 9:37AM

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I love a good thriller. This recent genre of novels is descended from older breeds of diversionary…


Added by John Manchester on March 27, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

MRI Music

MARCH 22, 2012 8:41AM

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(Note – I wrote this several weeks ago and didn’t get around to finishing it until now. I’m leaving it in the present…


Added by John Manchester on March 26, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

deep in the heart of miles and miles of texshus

Being away from the computer for a week, I'm having difficulties getting my oversized head and dark little heart into writing much.. it seems. Maybe-- don't know where to begin, but here's to trying . . .



Knowing Eli was graduating "A" school at hospital corpsman training for the Navy in San Antonio, Texas- I hatched a crazy scheme to drive there and pick him up while meeting some OS friends on the way. 

First stop was at Harry's,  Harry's Ghost   who…


Added by tr ig on March 25, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Why Antisemitism? Part 2: Israel

originally published on March 24, 2012. Oddly, the Israel antisemitism post is longer than the other one, because it's a more controversial topic.

To what extent does Israel’s conduct create antisemitism? 

I think Israel exacerbates and magnifies anti-Semitism but I don’t think Israel actually creates much of it. Why do I think this?

Let’s get one thing out of the way first: I don’t like the current Israeli government at all. I think…


Added by koshersalaami on March 24, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

1961: Mulberry Lane, Homerun Derby & Starry, Starry Nights

Mulberry Lane:


Mulberry Lane – fifty years later

In early August of 1961 our family moved into our very first new house in the 2800 block of Mulberry Lane.  It was a three bedroom, two bath ranch house on a barren postage stamp lot in a…


Added by JMac1949 Memories on March 22, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Why Antisemitism? Pt. 1 [Pt. 2 covers Israel]

originally published on March 22, 2012. People have explained the hows of antisemitism a lot, but someone, I think it was Margaret Feike, asked me why. These two posts are my effort at an answer. They are in part a guess, but a fairly educated one. I got a lot of agreement when I first posted these. 

I’ve been asked this more than once on OS, as has Jonathan Wolfman. (His post of yesterday put the topic back on the table and he asked me if I was…


Added by koshersalaami on March 22, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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