All back

I had a lot of fun with the Australia Day at Bb. I am also, as you can see, testing out new color schemes. Feedback requested.

Hopefully when I move to MT I’ll be able to change the template and keep this same format. I like the organization of my weblog, except I won’t mind having the MT calendar. And I was thinking of keeping my own comment system, though MT’s is rather nice.

Anyway, my thanks to those who joined me yesterday in a bit of silliness and fun!

In another bit of news, Sharon has been picked by the infamous Webring King to now head up Bloggers with Attitude. Now how did the King know that Sharon has the most attitude of all of us?


California vigils

There’s been considerable discussion throughout weblogdom about the Berkeley protests yesterday. Personally, I thought it was one of the milder student protests I’ve seen at Berkeley.

What’s interesting is that there have been Jewish people within the pro-Palestinian side of many of these demonstrations. For instance, in yesterday’s protest, The Mercury News reported the following excerpt from the demonstration:

“Anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism,” Micah Bazant, a pro-Palestinian Jewish community activist, told the crowd from the steps of Sproul Hall.

“Yes it is! Yes it is!” yelled a cluster of students, some wearing yarmulkes and holding up Israeli flags. Israel supporters booed Bazant for reading from the Kaddish, the Jewish prayer for the dead.

One thing I noticed about this demonstration and others like it is the use of Holocaust imagery. I really dislike the use of the Holocaust as a political weapon — by both sides of the Middle East conflict. Those who use the Holocaust in this manner demean the memories of all those who died. If people want to remember the victims of the concentration camps, they should do so with words of peace, not words of hate.

Though not as televised, there was another demonstration at Justin Hermann plaza just a few blocks from my home. It came about because a Jewish man, wanting to organize a vigil for peace, had put word out on the Internet to attract other people to join him. And among those that answered the call was a Palestinian born woman. Between both individuals, they had gathered a small group of people of all religions and races who held lit candles and joined hands and said silent prayers in hopes of peace.


When my Dad wakes up

“When my dad wakes up today, the first thing he will notice is that he is dead. But he’ll take that in his stride, because my mom will be cooking bacon downstairs and getting the coffee ready and these divine smells will keep him from worrying too much about it.”

Halley Suitt’s poignant and warm farewell to her father on his death, Tuesday.



I was going to Point Reyes for a walk today but ended up at Golden Gate and Crissy Field instead. I picked up a new photo, nothing special but it adds a bit of color.

Just Shelley

Finding Truth

Recovered from the Wayback Machine.

According to, triangulation is:

The location of an unknown point, as in navigation, by the formation of a triangle having the unknown point and two known points as the vertices.

When I studied history in college I had a college professor tell me that the only way to discover the truth behind an event is to read three completely different interpretations of the same event. Somewhere in the middle of all these interpretations, you’ll find the truth.

Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to only listen to one viewpoint, one interpretation; listening to those who are like minded and speak with one voice is less disruptive than seeking the truth.