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Tom
Bostonia
I hack informational and organizational structures.
Interests: informational structures, martial arts energy systems, alternatives to the environment, organizational systems
Recent Activity
The interesting thing to me about the Repub.'s AHCA is that, if enacted the way that it is now configured, it will result in killing off, literally killing off through disease and bankruptcy, the constituencies that support the current Republican... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Notes from the Cafe Fiasco
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It get’s dark very early in Roslindale at this time of year and, somehow, especially this particular year. There’s an air of disappointment, disorientation, and an underlying fear of the future that makes the dark seem more suffocating. And what... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2016 at Notes from the Cafe Fiasco
As we come into the first debate tomorrow, the polls show a razor thin advantage to Hillary Clinton. Since the opinions on who should be our next President are so polarized this season, this must mean that the final deciders... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2016 at Notes from the Cafe Fiasco
There's been this thing on the Internet asking people to post their first seven jobs. This set me to thinking: how many jobs have I actually had? A fairly complete listing is below. I guess that I've been around. •... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at Notes from the Cafe Fiasco
(These are my rough notes from Day #4, which include my editorial comments. My reaction to the speech was wanting to immediately wanting to hide under the couch because of all the violence which DT will be saving me from.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at Notes from the Cafe Fiasco
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Normally the Vice Presidential pick for a presidential election doesn't mean much. The last VP to "balance a ticket" was Lyndon Johnson (who did bring Texas into the fold for JFK), but in the past few cycles just who was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at Notes from the Cafe Fiasco
I used to be a Blue Bombardier and then I was for a short time a Bobcat. Then I was a Redman which evolved into being a Minuteman. Then there was a pause until I became a Beacon and then... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at Notes from the Cafe Fiasco
Executive Summary: Art is good. Let's get some. Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2016 at Notes from the Cafe Fiasco
Downside: No one under 40 listens to anything you say. Upside: You therefore can pretty much say anything you like. Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2016 at Notes from the Cafe Fiasco
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Just came back from a three day zen intensive meditation retreat. At this point, the only thing that I can definitively say is that, for Zennies, black is the new black. Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2016 at Notes from the Cafe Fiasco
For the most part, I was satisfied with the way that Julian Fellows tied up all the loose ends in the Downton Abby story, but for some reason I was uncharacteristically disturbed by the old butler Carson being put out... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2016 at Notes from the Cafe Fiasco
Got the mail yesterday and opened a nondescript envelope from MIT. It was a check for $98,000 (the roll-over from my pension headed to my IRA). But you know, this sort of thing doesn't happen anywhere near as often as... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2016 at Notes from the Cafe Fiasco
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It is not a good day for Hillary Clinton. Not only did she get pasted in New Hampshire yesterday (a shire that has been very good to the Clintons over the years) but she lost a key constituency big time... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2016 at Notes from the Cafe Fiasco
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I don't get to see the sun come up very often these days - even on those days that Harry the Cat gets me up in what seems to be the middle of the night to feed him his breakfast.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2015 at Notes from the Cafe Fiasco
The Campaign "There are no rules. All of the rules have changed." - Tom Brokaw on Meet the Press Yes, Tom. We're not in Kansas anymore. And just because the rules (including the ones that don’t seem to exist) have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2015 at Notes from the Cafe Fiasco
Dear Friends, As you know, Paul Keelan has made the transition to teaching Aikido (and life) on another plane. All of us will miss him until we catch up with him at the new dojo. However, though he has gone,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Notes from the Cafe Fiasco
I have to admit that my first reaction to hearing that Boston was in the running for hosting the Olympics was - run! Have people forgotten that the last major infrastructure project in the city was the Big Dig and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Notes from the Cafe Fiasco
I assume that the sun still comes up over Sacred Heart Church on the hill over looking Roslindale Village these days. At least, I think that it does. Part of recent changes is that I’m no longer on the commuter... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2014 at Notes from the Cafe Fiasco
I expected that today would be a strange day. After all, it was the first day in 6 years that I didn''t have to worry about computers other than my own crashing. So, I slept relatively late, did some things... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Notes from the Cafe Fiasco
We in Massachusetts don't mind New Hampshire using our slightly used Senator (he didn't do much for us while he was there) for their own, but we do ask that, if he is not successful in New Hampshire politics, they... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at Notes from the Cafe Fiasco
Wednesday was the semi-yearly Prostate Cancer checkup and, for some reason, I was nervous about this one. Even though it's been three years since treatment, a perennial part of the cancer boogie man is that you're always expecting it to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at Notes from the Cafe Fiasco
Not being the perkiest of people in the morning, I've developed a well-worn routine to getting myself up and out of the house in the morning. This assures that I'm fed and I have clothes on my back before I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2014 at Notes from the Cafe Fiasco
It was a long and warm fall this year here in the Hub of the Universe. It almost seemed at times like winter was not going to come. But, of course, it did - really just over the past two... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2013 at Notes from the Cafe Fiasco
Damn. Missed the MacArthur Genius Grants again this year. Time for more blatant self-promotion. Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2013 at Notes from the Cafe Fiasco
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Last month, when Sensei Don said that he wanted to talk to people about their goals for their Iaido practice, this raised an on-going question for me: Why do I do this stuff? Why do I do any of this... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2013 at Notes from the Cafe Fiasco