A family day at the Redwood Acre's Fair (2011)

The Redwood Acres Fair is different this year.  They have made substantial changes to the "usual and customary" format.  One of the biggest changes was the addition of a "Made In Humboldt" exhibit hall, containing the best of what we make and do here in Humboldt.  There was local food, local beer, local wine, and lots of local folks.

I took my 5 yr old son, as well as my daughter, her fiancee, and a good friend.  We spent the better part of the day there, and we had a great time.  The link takes you to a gallery page of photos of the day.  I recommend clicking the "slideshow" button.  Well done, Redwood Acres, well done!

http://gallery.me.com/kachakaach#100114

A public letter to Senator Barbara Boxer

Dear Senator Boxer

I am truly concerned by the over the top security theatre that the TSA is using to create a false sense of security when searching passengers before they fly.

Specifically, my concerns surround the medically dangerous new full body scanners and the alternate manual search that is actually a sexual assault.

The manual search is a violation of California state laws regarding sexual molest. of children and adults. The scanning, if done repeatedly, is medically unsafe, and has not been proven effective in stopping acts of terrorism. Flyers, particularly frequent flyers, are faced with an impossible choice, either face the dangers of radiation during repeated full body scans or be sexually assaulted on a regular basis. The public reaction to these two unacceptable choices is shutting down commerce in our state because people are refusing to fly, and the entire process is a violation of the 4th Amendment.

I am also amazed that citizens are now being threatened by TSA with Civil Suits carrying a $10K fine for not agreeing with one of TSA's two screening "options" after being escorted from the screening area and airport. I see this as an act of threat, coercion and punishment by the TSA. The TSA is out of control, and truly needs stronger oversight. The new scanners should have had a 90 day public comment period before implementation, and I feel they were implemented administratively without proper review and approval.

Please try to add these issues to the agenda for tomorrows Transportation Security Administration Oversight Hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security.

Thank you for listening

Greg Gehr
Lifelong Democrat

http://www.scribd.com/doc/35498347/UCSF-letter-to-Holdren-concerning-health-r...

http://www.vancouversun.com/travel/Full+body+scanners+waste+money+Israeli+exp...

http://www.dailytech.com/New+Full+Body+Scanners+Cant+Detect+Liquid+Explosives...

http://is.gd/hapqQ (aclu.org)

Free Anti-Virus Software for Macintosh 10.4 and up!

Sophos is offering it's full-featured anti-virus program for the Macintosh for FREE (for home and personal users).

You get business-grade protection for your Mac, from the same company that provides enterprise protection for my employer at work.

Did I mention it is FREE?  Did I mention that Sophos is very reputable in the anti virus and security field, specializing in enterprise and education/government markets?  Did I mention that there is no longer ANY excuse to leave your Mac unprotected?

This software is also very low overhead.  It does not popup warnings every three seconds, it does not slow your Mac down, it DOES protect you against threats, and prevent you from passing on dormant threats via email to Windows users.

It works with Mac OS X, versions 10.4, 10.5, and 10.6.

No more excuses.  Protect your Mac!

Download Here:  http://www.sophos.com/products/free-tools/free-mac-anti-virus/

(BTW: If you do download and install this, I am interested in finding out via the comments if you found any viruses on your first scan.)

Square Inc. thinks I am on an electronics diet, they sent one envelope, hold the contents...

I have signed up for a Square Inc. account, that allows people to take credit cards for everyday transactions.  It sounds like a great deal, and once I have the little iPhone credit card swiper/reader, it will help me with both personal and business transactions. However, actually getting a reader appears to be a little more tricky than I first thought.