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Kari had a work function in Puerto Rico and managed to hop over to St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. and visit Kirk and Cara.

Coincidently, her visit was just before Kirk's 40th birthday. Happy Birthday Kirk! At this moment he is celebrating on St. John with Cara friends, and I sure can't blame Kari if she wishes she were still there. Kirk zipped her around on his little boat to some choice snorkeling spots around St. Thomas and St. John. (Little did he know that a party was being set up in his honor for later.)

This was Simon (age 7) on Christmas Day 2008. Chinese-made but fits him like a glove.

Alameda must have the highest density off-campus blogger-to-populace ratio in the American West.

Heated commentary and discussion used to be contained to a handful of hyper-local blogs and "media" sites, all competing for the dish, the scoop, the gotcha... the Crown Cleverest.

Hell, I used to have an Alameda blog. Years ago. But for me, writing a blog post is like pulling one of my own teeth out. I really just like to make websites.

I finally let Simon and Henry (ages 7 and 5) watch the Star Wars movies, and unfortunately they got more hooked than expected. It's all about the light sabers, who'd a thunk? So I may be an idiot dad, but I can't help pointing out all the stupid things in Star Wars.

Subscribers to global warming theory will be happy to know that Australia is going to combat the emissions gushing out of their livestock.

Cow, goat, and sheep farts release substantial amounts of carbon into the air... estimated to be about 1,500 kg of carbon per cow per year. Enjoying your steak dinner tonight, Mr. Gore?

Livestock down under outnumber human residents 5.7 to 1. The Gov't is going to invest about $27mm researching dietary supplements, bacterial agents, and genetic engineering to minimize the fumes.

Hopefully, this will lead to better falafel.

Just launched a new website for one of my all-time favorites -- Bad Livers -- who are playing shows together again.

This site is built with Drupal 6 and is totally interactive. It's also integrated with Facebook so that Facebook users can comment on the site without having to create a new account.

They will be in the Bay Area next month and might actually rehearse on my front porch. Let me tell you... this 1907 porch was MADE for Bad Livers. Tom... better send me back the DAT deck!

Here are two t.v. shows are worth watching if you are grappling with the financial shakedown, even if you don't have a t.v. The Bill Moyers interview with Simon Johnson does a good job of focusing on the big bankers and how they work with our government.

The Frontline piece is an interesting film about how the events of the last 15 months unfolded, from Bear Stearns to TARP. Amazingly, it doesn't even attempt to figure out what CAUSED this to happen. The Moyers interview provides part of that gap.

This site finally went live on Friday. It is a custom drupal site and the clients are totally empowered to add and edit content as they please.

How do you like my little bug slider? That technique is known in the business as a "carousel." These guys are cool to work with and I actually saw two separate Omega crews in my 'hood when I went for a run this morning.