Klamet country

The Klamath mountains are in eastern California and Oregon.

In old accounts, I sometimes see it spelled “Klamet”, as in this account of an expedition by Lt. Charles Wilkes in 1836.

The area is referred to as “Klamet country”. There is something I like about that.

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Posted to Wattpad

My novel has been posted on Wattpad.com

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Announcing in the quietest way possible

In this small little corner of the net, I’m posting a mostly complete version of the novel I’ve been working on for the last few years.

It may not be quite ready for prime time, but it has been long enough, here it is:

How do you go from an average teenager to the most famous guy on the planet? It all started when he helped a young man he found unconsious in the woods. Somehow he ended up helping save the planet and they’re calling him a hero. Oh, by the way, the planet’ not Earth

Forerunner: Back To Earth (epub).

Forerunner: Back To Earth (609 pages)

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Simple Realizations

There are 3 kinds of people:

  1. Those who accept the status quo
  2. Those who recognize the status quo as insane
  3. Those who recognize the insanity of the status quo and are willing to devote themselves to changing it
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Lawrence has a subreddit on Reddit

Recently, Reddit has become the site I visit most frequently.  And, indeed,  Lawrence has a subreddit.  Not a lot going on there yet, but I suspect that may change.


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Is college worth it?

This article in the NY times makes a convincing (to me) argument.


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Boycott Black Friday

Let those who work at the big chain stores, usually for close to minimum wage, have their holiday. See this story from CNN

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The more things change…

Ralph Gage’s tweet of a William Allen White editorial reminded me of an event in my life.

From 1997 to 1999 I had the good fortune to work at Kennedy Space Center on the Space Shuttle Program.  I made no secret of my Kansas roots and gladly bore the good-natured teasing about “Toto” and tornadoes.  You may recall that during that period the Kansas State School Board raised objections to the teaching of evolution in our schools.

About that time the teasing stopped.


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Wal Mart Trickery

I am finally getting around to recording a Wal Mart practice that is clearly meant to be misleading.

If you look at the seafood freezer you will see their frozen shrimp.  Shrimp is graded by size– the number per pound–so you might see a package of say–41-50/lb.–.

At most grocery stores, the packages will contain a pound of shrimp, or perhaps multiple pounds.


WalMart packages have the size of the shrimp, and since you see the “per pound” label, you would also assume that that the package contains a pound, but I noticed that the package sizes are usually 12 oz. , sometimes 14.

Clearly misleading.  I avoid buying shrimp there whenever I can, and I have changed my shopping practices.  I do not buy exclusively from local grocers (their big chains, too), but I do buy as much as I can, and I do buy from Checker’s, the one local grocer (or at least the smallest chain) whenever I can.


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You’re voting for who?


  1. You won’t tell us how much you make
  2. You don’t like 47% of us
  3. You are a member of the party who was on watch during the financial meltdown, caused, in large part by your buddies.  You also have this guy, Paul Broun, and Todd Akin (links are to videos, see for yourself).  Both of these guys (err. bozos) are on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.  Are you kidding me?
  4. Your balanced budget isn’t balanced, but at least it is funny.
  5. Where healthcare is concerned you are a hypocrite,

Any one of these alone is enough reason to vote for anyone else, but all together is….

My vote will be wasted in Kansas, but it will be for someone who is at least less of a problem.


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