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Dave Cortright
Silicon Valley, CA
Technologist · Designer · Environmentalist · Conservationist · Vegan · Singer
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I signed up for the free month of Audible. Went to cancel. Told them that it was because I couldn’t find audiobooks I liked. Their response? We hear you. Here's a bunch of stuff not related to our book selection at all. Any of those entice you into giving us... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at KPAO by Dave Cortright
The presidential and vice-presidential debates laid bare in a microcosm the problems our country is facing. There was a system set up with rules that ostensibly both parties agreed to. However—just like with our current system and laws—some people felt special and felt that in their special circumstances they deserved... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at KPAO by Dave Cortright
When someone is being passive aggressive with you, try Dr. Joy Browne’s technique of “stupid and cheerful”. Make them decide if they truly want to be aggressively hurtful to you or not. Lucy says she likes Dr. Joy Browne because, unlike some other radio psychologists that she's listened to in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2020 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany would not provide a declarative statement about whether or not [President Donald] Trump loves Melania. Instead, McEnany pointed to Trump’s past statements declaring his love for Melania, such as at their wedding in 2005 and on at least three additional occasions, while claiming that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2020 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
Its intentions are good, but Netflix doc ‘The Social Dilemma’ is as manipulative as Facebook By inventing entirely fictional plot lines to illustrate key points, the vital film undermines its own authority https://www.nme.com/en_asia/features/the-social-dilemma-netflix-facebook-2761067 What about personal responsibility to not use the app if you don’t like how it’s manipulating you?... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2020 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
Really great article on the unintended consequences of technology. From the article: There are four different types of revenge effects, described here as follows: Repeating effects: occur when more efficient processes end up forcing us to do the same things more often, meaning they don’t free up more of our... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2020 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
A fantastic story of empathy and connection between two of the most unlikely of friends. Our government could learn a lesson from this inspiring example. https://wearenotdivided.reasonstobecheerful.world/the-unlikely-friendship-that-helped-legalize-same-sex-marriage-in-ireland/ Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2020 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
To be completely crystal clear, I encouraged anyone reading my responses to your tweets to reach out to other orgs that offer equivalent services, such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It’s right there in the tweet you quoted in your original message to me: “If you want to talk... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2020 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
Putting this here so I won’t forget it. Maybe of use to others too… https://california.ballottrax.net/voter Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2020 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
Usually neverssl.com works great for forcing the WiFi authentication page to come up. But not at the Holiday Inn Express I stayed at recently. I ended up entering the IP address for the local router, which brought up the auth page. To find that address, I connected to the WiFi... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2020 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
On Tuesday, September 15, 2020 7:38 PM, Dave Cortright wrote to Crisis Counselor Policy Review Committee <ccprc@crisistextline.org>: I respectfully disagree with both your framing of the issues here and your conclusion. I very much want to be a part of the Crisis Text Line community, but not the one it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2020 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
I just received the email below from the Crisis Text Line policy review committee. I stand by my opinions in those tweets that are based on the facts that I’ve gathered from the public messaging and that sent to the crisis counselor volunteers. I’m not surprised by their actions here,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2020 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
If you end up getting texts from an organization and you want to unsubscribe, all you need to do is reply to the message with a single word: stop. Of course this only works for organizations that are following the law. There as some spammers out there who might not... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2020 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
One of the core tenets of the Bowlby Conjecture is that we are essentially unchanged genetically and physiologically from our modern ancestors 50,000 years ago. Anyone who says that something we’ve invented in the intervening 50,000 is essential for living a full life is necessarily implying that it was impossible... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2020 at Designed to Thrive
Here are the tactics I use when voting for down-ballot offices that I’m not as familiar with: bring up each candidate’s web site and search for issues I care most about—e.g. SEL, mental health, the environment, civil rights (Google’s site: search is a great tool for this) when in doubt,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2020 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
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The standard deduction for US federal taxes is now a staggering $12,400. Few people who don’t have a mortgage will come close to reaching that value. But if you (or your donors) do fall into this category, there is a trick to maximizing the tax deduction—lumping 2 years worth of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2020 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
We know that fire is an integral part of forest ecosystems. We know that our previous policy of “complete fire suppression” is a recipe for disaster. And yet parks still screwed up and was at least indirectly responsible for the blaze that eliminated most of the structures in the park.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2020 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
I was expecting a call from someone in this region so when I picked up I thought it might be from them. It turned out to be scammers claiming there was a problem with my social security number. When he asked me to verify my SSN, I said I don’t... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2020 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
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A month ago I nearly quit Facebook altogether. But on further consideration, I realized that there was still value in it for keeping in touch with some friends and acquaintances in my life. So I focused my efforts on optimizing my experience for that, and that alone. This means unfollowing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2020 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
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A month ago I nearly quit Facebook altogether. But on further consideration, I realized that there was still value in it for keeping in touch with some friends and acquaintances in my life. So I focused my efforts on optimizing my experience for that, and that alone. This means unfollowing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2020 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
One of the non-profits I’ve worked with uses Canva and loves it. And it’s free for non-profits! Canva for Non-Profits Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2020 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
California needs to shrink its agricultural footprint to match the scale of its water resources, which means other regions of the US should ramp up their own fruit and vegetable production to make up the difference. In the corn belt, US federal farm policy should stop paying farmers to overproduce... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2020 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
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PurpleAir air quality map (don’t forget to choose LRAPA!) Here’s why. Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2020 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
Go to the PurpleAir.com map and be sure to change the dropdown in the lower left panel from None to LRAPA. For more details on why, read this. Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2020 at KPAO by Dave Cortright