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So my writings here are sort of musings, on the personal side as opposed to the what-the-hell-is-going-on-in-the-world side. I also write as gvelez on medium and as wordmonkey on dailyKos should you wish to subject yourself…

Spending a week in SF, first impression is the beautiful buildings, the busy foot traffic, and the grime. It feels like a city where everyone is pushing to the limit all the time, with clean airy offices but streets too busy for planters, despite the friendly climate. And the homeless. SF is kinder to its homeless than many cities, with the result that they are everywhere on the streets.

I kept thinking, I’d like to go around and ask them, how they’d feel about having the opportunity to clean a bit when they liked, for small payments. Like a nonprofit that supplies cleaning materials and goes around donating to those who keep their area clean, and maybe leave a plant or street garden to be cared for too. In Tucson we have public little mini gardens with edible plants, like in front of the main library. The climate in SF should make those much easier to grow.

I love San Francisco, but it also makes me appreciate the breathing room we have in Tucson. Relaxed co-ops and organizations like Bicas, not having to justify so many thousands in rent or property costs, can help people fix bikes for a couple bucks an hour, or provide shared pottery wheels and glazing ovens.

Of all the flimsy excuses of why children of the rich and powerful should have privileges from birth, meritocracy is perhaps the most blatantly illogical. Divine right of kings is more rational.

to write up properly:

very close analogy – pull from GrannyD’s speech; and the guy on Trevor Noah this week about data-basd and fact-based agencies having most problem with Trump

cancer cells defect in repair = repressing dissent/truth

the pathway to cancer is similar to the pathway to corruption

also humor / comedy as immunization

attacking the immune system

but also uniquely – because fewer heads can be more coordinated in its attacks on people, very systematic

attacks on the schools

Fun times and cool stuff at Unrig the System – it was lovely spending days in the company of organizers and activists, and tech innovators working on fixing things.

Wrote it up on Medium here:

The Jazz Fix: a riff-off of solutions to political corruption and gridlock

Wrote the piece here Here’s my take on conservative economic theory: SuperFreakonomics SuperFreakonomics the book is consistently entertaining, sometimes fascinating, genuinely thought-provoking, excessively glib, fundamentally flawed, and viscerally disturbing. Let me explain….

I’ve written several bits for the Tucson Citizen, but they’re no longer around even as archives. I’ll get the originals and post them here. Meantime, I’m writing on DailyKos as ‘wordmonkey’ : http://dailykos.com/blog/wordmonkey

Check out http://tucson.devcoop.org, where me and a few friends are kicking off a new group of indie developers who get together to check out each other’s stuff. I like having collaborators but can’t stand meetings, so this is an ‘unmeeting’ – bring your laptop and plan to get a bit of stuff done while there. We’ll have a short presentation too: Dave Parizek will talk about Google App Engine. I don’t know anything about it myself but it sounds cool.

Oh – and the (un)meeting? Wed Jan 27 at Himmel Library @ 6:30 PM.

I have most of my stuff in my own MySql app – lets see if I can get it to show up here fairly easily while keeping the original as the authoritative version…