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Just How Much do We Value Privacy?

Published on June 18, 2013 By bmagnus

It has become clear that the United States government is spying on it’s citizens in the name of preventing “terrorism.” Just exactly what they are doing is under debate. Most experts outside the government itself seem to believe it is mathematically impossible for such surveillance to be effective. Many private citizens are asking what they can […]

R.I.S.D: Rest In Shorties Department

Published on May 24, 2013 By bmagnus

I Would Watch That!: I have been given permission to share my son’s brilliant idea for a new TV show: he calls it “Law and Order and Batman.” Dumbasses: There are plenty of vegan parents out there who manage not to starve their babies to death. Leia: 20 facts, 20 pictures, one princess. Startling: The amount […]

Things I learned

Published on May 16, 2013 By bmagnus

  Last night, I completed my first semester of for credit college classes in a couple decades. Over the next few days, I will be sharing a few of the things that I have learned. Let’s start with generalities: This is the sort of college where “admissions requirements” are pretty much “has a valid credit […]

I think I have a better idea….

Published on November 28, 2012 By bmagnus

So Clark County School District — the 5th largest school district in the nation — has a “successful” pilot of a program to keep track of students on school busses. Parents can theoretically find out whether their kids got on the bus, and where the bus is. Roughly 700 of the 110,000 students who daily […]

The iPhone

Published on June 13, 2012 By bmagnus

So here’s my iPhone. It’s ok. It’s way too easy to take a screenshot, unless of course you want to take one. As you can see, just by looking at the main screen, I can tell what time it is, how much signal I’ve got, battery life, unread emails, even how many items are on my […]

The First Husband: Not Exactly a Roman Holiday

Published on May 31, 2012 By bmagnus

Today’s BlogHer Book Club selection is The First Husband by Laura Dave. Although I am being compensated for this review, the opinions expressed are my own. Join the discussion over at BlogHer! One fine day, travel columnist Annie Adams’s live in boyfriend of 5 years arrives home from a business trip and announces that he’s leaving […]

Climbing the Mountain of Paperwork

Published on April 11, 2012 By bmagnus

This week’s Life Well Lived question is: How do you organize paperwork both online and off? Share your tip(s) to managing physical and digital clutter! Be sure to visit BlogHer’s main post on the topic and add your comments. While you’re in the area, don’t forget to enter the current Life Well Lived sweepstakes. I […]

Is the 50 State Foreclosure Fraud Settlement Dead?

Published on October 1, 2011 By bmagnus

It sure looks that way! The California Attorney General has pulled out of the settlement talks and plans to run her own investigation! I wouldn’t be surprised if the New York Attorney General followed, since he‘s already talked about investigating on his own, and says he’s looking forward to talking with her. For that matter, […]

Target Acquired.

Published on August 14, 2011 By bmagnus

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to a whole lot of tech companies. Surely you’ve heard of “Silicon Valley?” Dozens of tech giants from Adobe to Yahoo have their headquarters in or around the Bay, to say nothing of dozens more companies with large offices there. So then, with thousands if not millions of […]

Wouldn’t that be nice?

Published on October 8, 2010 By bmagnus

Taken at Clark High School in Las Vegas. In Closing: Foreclosure mess (update, Bank of America has halted all foreclosures nationwide); new 300 year old Vivaldi concerto; progressive agenda; we have to be better; I hope the FDIC bankrupts these [redacted]; always check your work; on Afghanistan; 30% of unemployed have been out of work […]