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chris motes
San Francisco, CA
I'm a product manager in the Bay Area that loves music, family, great food and cool products.
Interests: music, travel, led zeppelin, lattes, electric guitar, apple's latest gadget, relaxation, politics, the beatles, live shows, lisa, vietnamese food, carla, grooves, my new kindle, tom anderson
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This is me and my dog. Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2013 at The Chris Motes Blog
My almost 3-year-old son has been getting out of bed every night for the past 2 weeks. We think he gets scared. With a newborn, it's a bit hard. So we asked some friends for advice. We noticed slight differences... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2012 at The Chris Motes Blog
Time to gripe about the Clippercard program that Caltrain rolled out last year. I've taken the Caltrain to work for about 5 years. 45 miles each way, twice a day, on average about 4 days a week. About 2,000 rides... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2012 at The Chris Motes Blog
Bubba Smith died last week. I read the article, looked at the photo, and for the first time in years I remembered that I met him once. I saw Police Academy in the theater way back when, and of course... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2011 at The Chris Motes Blog
Great live version of IWTHYH Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2010 at The Chris Motes Blog
Man this was a pain in the A. I'm writing it down here so that I can reference this again. Hopefully some others can benefit. To set up this printserver on a Mac, here is what you do: 1) First... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2010 at The Chris Motes Blog
ATM design has changed for the better recently. The old ATM flow: insert card select language enter pin select transaction type enter amount get cash click "no other transaction" get card get receipt The new flow on Bank Of America... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2010 at The Chris Motes Blog
I love a bunch of the healthcare bill features. But I don't know where the cost savings are. We already need another bill to start paying people to be healthy. Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2010 at The Chris Motes Blog
Our son is 10 months old now, and he sleeps about 12 hours a night generally without waking up. I've talked to a few friends who are having sleepless night because of sleepless children. So I'm writing down what we... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2010 at The Chris Motes Blog
McCartney At Hollywood Bowl 3.31.10 Originally uploaded by Chris MotesMy mom and I saw Paul McCartney at the Hollywood Bowl on Wednesday March 31, 2010. Some memorable parts of the show: This was our 3rd time to see Paul. We... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2010 at The Chris Motes Blog
El Paso/Juarez Originally uploaded by cbrookingI grew up in El Paso, right across the border from Juarez. As a teenager I visited Juarez maybe 100 times. The young drinking age was appealing. My first experience going to Juarez as a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2010 at The Chris Motes Blog
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Mar 15, 2010
XMAS 2009 005 Originally uploaded by Chris MotesI'm cleaning out my drawers. I collected all of my pens and other writing tools in one place. I have 128 pens. And here is a picture of what 128 pens look like.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2010 at The Chris Motes Blog
XMAS 2009 002 Originally uploaded by Chris Motes2009 was a huge year for me and Lisa. We bought a house, I changed jobs and we had our first child. Far and away, Calum was the highlight of the year. This... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2009 at The Chris Motes Blog
good point ethan. i corrected a bit of my thinking on USPS a few comments ago... my point there wasn't quite right
Muppets sing Bohemian Rhapsody! Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2009 at The Chris Motes Blog
My wife and I had a baby 5 months ago. I've written a bunch of things to share with dads-to-be. Before You Have Baby: To have a baby in a hospital in this country, you need good health insurance. Our... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2009 at The Chris Motes Blog
Yesterday I turned 37. It was a memorable day: Started off with some great time with Calum Lisa and I took Calum and Carla down to a pumpkin patch in Half Moon Bay. Amazing photos. I had an amazing workout... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2009 at The Chris Motes Blog
"7. Bush was compared to Hitler numerous times- the Left needs to stop lecturing the right about civility- the hypocrisy is obvious- calling Tea Party protesters "Astroturf", "racist", "un-American", "Tea-Baggers" etc. Get over it- please. No moral high ground to be had here by the Left." No hypocrisy here. Left or right or middle, Hitler references are name calling. And name calling does not produce healthy debate or constructive negotiations. Just because dems said it about Bush doesn't make it ok to say it now about Obama. It wasn't OK when it was said about Bush. We need to hold ourselves to higher standards here.
"4. The Post Office does not compete "just fine" with UPS and FedEx. It is operating at a huge loss- so much so that the Postmaster General recently recommended eliminating Saturday delivery." I pulled financial statements for USPS, UPS and FedEx for last 3 year-ends (most recent first): + USPS Net Income: -2.8B, -5.1B, +900M + UPS Net Income: +3B, +382M, +4.2B + FedEx: +98M, +1.1B, +2B + USPS Cash flow from operations: -439M, -2.6B, +3.7B + UPS Cash flow from ops: +8.4B, +1.1B, +5.6B + FedEx Cash flow from ops: +2.8B, +3.5B, +3.6B My point in the original post was that the existence of the USPS has not appeared to stifle competition in this space. And your response was that USPS operated at a huge loss. Recently, they have. The USPS clearly has some things to work on, but it appears that with good management the USPS could operate at a profit (they've been profitable before). UPS and FedEx also appear to be doing quite well recently. You may have implied that we are pumping money into that business to keep it running - from the financials I can't find any data that the government has put money into that business in the last 5 years. It runs on our stamp dollars. So I don't think your comment was quite spot on... BUT it did make me realize one important flaw in my original point and portions of my response. I don't think that USPS has direct competition in the first class mail market, and the competitive overlap with FedEx and UPS is just in the parcels marketplace. So I'm not sure that USPS vs UPS is the best example to illustrate my original point. A separate and interesting topic would be whether the government should have any part of the USPS at all. Besides requiring absolutely massive scale, I can't think of any reason why the government would need to be involved in this space. But I can't see where their involvement is hurting... perhaps stamps should be much cheaper? Or first class mail much faster?
Hey Brian, good to hear from you. I'm going to try to respond to your points in a couple of separate comments. "3. And if I know what the definition of socialism is and I still characterize federal government-provided healthcare to be socialist, then what?" I'd say that the majority of people on both sides of this fence cannot define it, which is a shame. If you know the definition, you have the capability to have a rational, fact-based position.
Helpful Caltrain Sign Originally uploaded by Chris MotesHUH? Caltrain stopped service today for an hour because of a bomb threat in the Milbrae station (probably some assmunch left a shopping bag laying around). Police evacuated the station. After an hour... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2009 at The Chris Motes Blog
"Whatever the problems it brought, the vilified Western culture also brought enormous, undreamed-of benefits, without which most of today's Indians would be infinitely poorer or not even alive." Extreme statement!
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