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Wear sunscreen.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they’ve faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don’t worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day that scares you.


Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts. Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.


Don’t waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long and, in the end, it’s only with yourself.

Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.


Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don’t.

Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You’ll miss them when they’re gone.

Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else’s.

Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.

Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.

Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.

Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents. You never know when they’ll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings. They’re your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.


Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you’ll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you’ll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.

Don’t mess too much with your hair or by the time you’re 40 it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen.

— Mary Schmich (though attributed as Kurt Vonnegut’s MIT commencement speech, 1997), also known asThe Sunscreen Song.

I love los angeles and I don’t think I will ever grow tired of california, but I know there’s an entire world out there to experience and every day is a new opportunity to do just that.  Postscript, I hate the Beach Boys. Sorry.

via //Comme des Fuckdown.

When Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashed in late October, the company attributed the loss to an unidentified "serious anomaly." Now, thanks to the ongoing investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, we finally have a clearer picture of what happened 9 miles up in the air that day. According to surviving pilot Peter Siebold, the spacecraft disintegrated around his seat while it was flying at 50,000 feet, almost twice the height of Mt. Everest. The temperature at that altitude is usually below freezing point, around minus 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and any human without an oxygen mask would pass out due to loss of pressure. Since Siebold wasn’t wearing a spacesuit at the time, that’s exactly what happened to him, though he managed to unbuckle his seatbelt at some point before his parachute automatically opened.

A previous NTSB investigation points to the premature unlocking of SpaceShipTwo’s feather re-entry system as one of the possible causes of the crash. Siebold told authorities he wasn’t aware that co-pilot Michael Alsbury, who sadly didn’t survive, unlocked SpaceShipTwo’s feather braking system earlier than intended. This braking/re-entry method turns the spacecraft’s tail upward in order to slow and stabilize its descent. According to the investigation, Alsbury only unlocked the first lever and left the second one untouched, but the winds tore the spacecraft apart anyway.

As for Siebold, an aerospace physiologist called his survival "extremely remarkable." People don’t usually survive such harsh temperature and pressure conditions, and they usually come out of the ordeal permanently damaged when they do.

[Image credit: Getty Images]

via Virgin Galactic pilot recounts how he survived being ejected at 50,000 feet.

Wreckage of SpaceShipTwo 10-31-2014lVirgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo disintegrated shortly after the vehicle’s tail stabilizers prematurely deployed, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. Friday’s crash killed co-pilot Michael Asbury and injured pilot Peter Siebold. The exact cause of the accident is still unknown, and acting NTSB Chair Christopher A. Hart cautioned against drawing conclusions from the initial findings.
Virgin Galactic

SpaceShipTwo’s third powered flight

This promotional video from Virgin Galactic shows the third powered flight of SpaceShipTwo, which took place Jan. 10, 2014. The vehicle’s feathering system can be seen in action at 1:46.

via SpaceShipTwo Feathering System Prematurely Deployed before Fatal Breakup | The Planetary Society.

An Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket fell back to the launch pad shortly after liftoff Tuesday night, exploding in a fireball that destroyed the vehicle and damaged its launch pad. The private spaceflight company confirmed all personnel were accounted for, and no one was injured in the mishap.

via [UPDATED] Antares Rocket Explodes Seconds after Liftoff | The Planetary Society.

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Sausalito police remain tight-lipped about an ongoing investigation into an early morning shooting last weekend, but confirmed Tuesday the two people found dead were romantically involved.

The bodies of Robyn Chan, 51, of Sausalito, and Mara Truly, 42, of Sacramento, were discovered inside a residence at 173 San Carlos Avenue after police received reports from witnesses who heard multiple gunshots at about 2:38 July 20.

“There was trauma to both bodies, and we are conducting autopsies right now as we speak,” Sausalito Police Chief Jennifer Tejada said. “Neighbors reported hearing six gunshots.”

Police did not elaborate on details involved in the early morning incident.

Chan, whose occupation is listed as a software engineering executive on LinkedIn, and Truly had recently moved in together and had thrown a party Saturday to celebrate the news with neighbors and friends, Tejada said.

Police said the cause of the deaths is considered suspicious. The autopsies are being conducted by the Marin County Sheriff’s Coroner Division. Complete toxicology results won’t be known for several weeks.

Police entered the residence to check on the welfare of the occupants and found Truly and Chan deceased, police said.

Their deaths were deemed an isolated incident and are not related to recent burglaries in Sausalito, according to a press release from Sausalito police.

“There is no outstanding public safety risk due to this incident,” police said.

Tejada confirmed the case would be the first homicide in the city since 2009.

Anyone with information about the deaths is asked to call Sausalito police at 289-4170.

via Police investigating ‘suspicious’ deaths in Sausalito – Marinscope Community Newspapers : News.

Marin Independent Journal By Gary Klien @GaryKlien on Twitter

Mara Yvonne Truly

Mara Yvonne Truly

A couple found dead in Sausalito last weekend both died of gunshot wounds, police confirmed Tuesday.

Robyn Jay Chan, 51, and Mara Yvonne Truly, 41, were discovered inside 173 San Carlos Ave. about 2:45 a.m. Sunday after police received reports of gunshots in the area. The couple hosted a party at the home earlier that night.

Investigators found five guns at scene, four of which of which were registered to Chan and one which was unregistered, said Sausalito police Chief Jennifer Tejada.

One of the guns was an AR-15 assault weapon, and two of the weapons had high capacity magazines, she said.

Sausalito police did not disclose that both had gunshot wounds until the autopsies were performed Tuesday. Investigators are still trying to determine the circumstances leading to the shooting and whether it was a murder-suicide.

Robyn ChanA screen grab shows the profile page for Robyn Chan, who died at a Sausalito home early Sunday. ( Allen, David

Tejada reiterated earlier statements that there is no apparent public threat of a killer at large. Tejada said the police department is "very appreciative of the exceptional patience and understanding the community has shown" during the past two days, while police kept a tight lid on information during the early investigation.

The investigation is continuing and police planned to conduct additional interviews.

via Police: Sausalito couple died of gunshot wounds amid trove of weapons – Marin Independent Journal.

He was our VP for awhile, I even had a one-on-one meeting with him about a year or so ago.

Marin Independent Journal By Gary Klien @GaryKlien on Twitter

20140721__MIJ-L-DOUBLEFATAL-0722~1-RobynChanTwo people found dead inside a Sausalito residence after a flurry of gunfire were identified as the homeowner and his girlfriend, police said Monday.

Robyn Jay Chan, 51, and Mara Yvonne Truly, 41, were discovered inside 173 San Carlos Ave. about 2:45 a.m. Sunday after police received reports of gunshots in the area.

Neighbors told investigators that Truly had just moved in or was about to, and the couple threw a party Saturday night to introduce her to neighbors and friends.

A friend who was at the party Saturday night said the couple had been dating for some time and that Truly, a Sacramento resident, already spent a considerable amount of time at Chan’s home.

“He loves traveling and he and Mara were just really happy together,” said the friend, who declined to be named. “They were happy that night. … I was shocked when his sister emailed the next day.”

Sausalito police are investigating the deaths with assistance from the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, the coroner’s division and the Central Marin Police Authority.

Sausalito police Chief Jennifer Tejada declined to comment on the circumstances of the deaths pending autopsies, which are planned for Tuesday.

Tejada said police think the event was an isolated incident and that the public is not at risk of a killer at large.

The case would be the first homicide in the city of Sausalito since 2009, when Chet Turner killed his girlfriend, 46-year-old Avril Clary, at the apartment they shared on Bridgeway. Turner, who slashed the woman in the neck, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and took a 12-year prison sentence.

The homicide before that occurred in 1990, according to California Department of Justice records.

Sausalito police say deaths of resident, girlfriend occurred after party – Marin Independent Journal.

Marin Independent Journal By Gary Klien @GaryKlien on Twitter

MIJ-L-DOUBLEFATAL-0721-01Two bodies were discovered inside a Sausalito residence early Sunday after police responded to reports of gunfire in the neighborhood.

The bodies were found at about 2:45 a.m. inside 173 San Carlos Ave., a two-story home over a garage in the hills near Spencer Avenue. The residence has a front driveway on San Carlos Avenue and a rear staircase leading up to Santa Rosa Avenue.

The police department said it sent officers to the home after receiving a report of gunshots at 2:38 a.m., but another resident across the street said she heard several sharp bursts at 2:15 a.m. She said she did not call police because she thought the sound might have been firecrackers.

MIJ-L-DOUBLEFATAL-0721-02A rear staircase leads from Santa Rosa Avenue down to the home on San Carlos Avenue where Sausalito police found two bodies Sunday, July 20, 2014. (Gary Klien/Marin Independent Journal)

"I heard a loud pop, pop — then a pause — then pop, pop again," said the woman, who declined to be named. "This is Sausalito. You don’t think that anything like that would happen here."

A neighbor who lives behind the residence, on the Santa Rosa Avenue side, said she heard a "bang" two to three times.

"I looked around and saw nothing out of the window," she said.

Sausalito police declined to release details about the two people or their injuries, but described the event as an "isolated incident." Police Chief Jennifer Tejada said there is nothing to indicate the general public is at risk but declined to elaborate with the investigation in progress.

There was no sign of a break-in at the home, she said.

Two pets, a cat and a dog, were inside the home when police went inside. The animals were turned over to the Marin Humane Society.

Marin County sheriff’s detectives, Central Marin police and a coroner’s investigator were assisting in the inquiry.

The coroner’s office did not release the names of the victims pending confirmation and notification of family members.

The case would be the first homicide in the city of Sausalito since 2009, when Chet Turner killed his girlfriend, 46-year-old Avril Clary, at the apartment they shared on Bridgeway. Turner, who slashed the woman in the neck, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and took a 12-year prison sentence.

The homicide before that occurred in 1990, according to California Department of Justice records.

via Sausalito police find bodies in home after report of gunfire – Marin Independent Journal.

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Less than 3 percent of the U.S. population identify themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday in the first large-scale government survey measuring Americans’ sexual orientation.

The National Health Interview Survey, which is the government’s premier tool for annually assessing Americans’ health and behaviors, found that 1.6 percent of adults self-identify as gay or lesbian, and 0.7 percent consider themselves bisexual.

The overwhelming majority of adults, 96.6 percent, labeled themselves as straight in the 2013 survey. An additional 1.1 percent declined to answer, responded “I don’t know the answer” or said they were “something else.”

The figures offered a slightly smaller assessment of the size of the gay, lesbian and bisexual population than other surveys, which have pegged the overall proportion at closer to 3.5 or 4 percent. In particular, the estimate for bisexuals was lower than in some other surveys.

The data is collected for the CDC by the Census Bureau, which conducts interviews with thousands of Americans across the country. It is highly regarded because of its large sample size — it comprised 33,557 adults between the ages of 18 and 64 for the most recent survey — and because of its methods, which include face-to-face interviews and some follow-up telephone queries.

So, a LARGE sample size is 33,557/317,000,000 or .01% of the population.

I’ve heard a saying, Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics.

via Health survey gives government its first large-scale data on gay, bisexual population – The Washington Post.

I just don’t get it. A guy says something and it’s recorded, it was not in a public forum but it gets out. If you don’t like what he said I totally understand that, I didn’t like it either. But now he is now the NBA can fine him since he has said something they didn’t like. WTF, this world is ruled by the Politically Correct Police. If you don’t like him fine, don’t do business with him. If the NBA only allows certain people to own teams well….

Since when does owning a basketball team mean you need to like basketball players?

The Florida state senate has dealt a damaging blow to the craft brewers of Florida. Today, The Senate voted 30-10 to restrict the amount of packaged beer breweries can sell directly to customers. Obviously, craft breweries opposed this law. Currently, there is no limit on how much beer a brewery can directly sell to customers in the state.

The bill (SB 1714) prohibits brewers who produce more than 2,000 kegs of beer a year to sell directly to customers. It requires them to sell to a distributor which raises the cost of the final product. The loss of direct sales would come at a loss to some craft breweries in the neighborhood of $300,000 to $500,000 dollars or more. 

Cigar City Brewing’s Joey Redner has been outspoken against the bill, stating that the bill would stifle brewery growth, and even put some small craft breweries under.

Who is behind the bill? Big money donors, lobbyists with Anheuser-Busch InBev who want to protect the 3-tier system. Mitch Rubin, a lobbyist for A-B has stated publicly that he is for draft beer and growler sales at breweries, but is against bottle, can, and keg sales.

via Big Blow Dealt to Craft Breweries in Florida | Beer Street Journal.

sunnyhazyClear but hazy sky, sun was out in am but still cooler and in the upper 50’s.

Bought the new upgrade to VMWare Fusion 6 for MacBook, so I could do stuff on Windows on my macbook, only $46 so not all that bad.

Went out on the trail today about noon, the pollen was and still is KILLING me, sinuses are aching, throat sore, coughing and my eyes are watering.

Stopped in at Hooters and then quickly to the Shroom, I did a little to much tonight. Dude @ the bar, someone in Education I think, tried to strike up a conversation to bitch about the new gun law signed by the governor relaxing some gun regulations. I guess he wasn’t expecting someone to be for it. I tried to explain why it wasn’t a bad thing but he figures that if people have guns they will always just kill for no reason. Got to chat and flirt with Kelli most of the evening, watching some hockey on the TV. Stopped over @ the Shroom for a Goose Island IPA and chatted with them for a bit, Madison, Margret or was it Rebbeca? Sahil was managing and the dude John? I forget his name was there. Talked abou the gun legislation and shouldn’t have, I think I pissed off Sahil, since I was kind of saying it would make more since to rob the place if no guns were allowed.

Today the Governor of GA signed a bill that will allow gun owners to carry weapons in bars, some schools, government buildings and churches. Opponents call it the gun everywhere bill but truly only allows it in bars and government buildings where there is no security setup and churches can decide if they want to allow people to carry, school boards can allow employees to carry if they want. It’s not a free for all.

Got home and crashed, falling right to sleep.

Rainpartly cloudySunny in the am, getting cloudier as the morning progressed. Finally about noon the rain came, just a light sprinkle but it thwarted any walk for me.

I’ve been wondering about the Homeowner’s Association and if we are going to have a pool this summer. I have to admit even though I didn’t get to the pool last year at all I will be upset if my fees are not reimbursed if they do not open it up.

Out to lunch and it was raining and I had planned on hitting the trail after lunch. Boo, I had Burger King and was again reminded by my digestive system why I don’t eat BK. Not to mention I really dislike their fries. Not to mention that I bit my tongue so hard that my meal tasted like blood since it didn’t stop bleeding for some time.

Called up ACS, the heating and air guys and lined up a system check for my A/C units, the bottom floor I think is a bit buggy. It doesn’t seem to be cooling very well. They are scheduled for Monday May, 5th, Cinco de Mayo. Sheez, two weeks out.

Found that the issue I’ve been working on is bogus, after getting everything setup I find that the Android Client works fine on SP5/CPR maybe it’s something about iCloud but I don’t know.

Pollen is getting bad, feel it in my throat and sinuses.

Stopped in @ the Shroom for dinner and a couple of beers, Madison, Margaret and Michelle were working tonight. Watching Fox news and found out the Supreme Court uphead the MI law tat repeelied Affirmative action in the MI universities, lets hope other states do the same soon. Only the people how believe in Discrimination so long as you are a Majority are fighting this. I also learned that Lawyers working for the IRS got in excess of 1M in bonuses even though some still owe taxes to the IRS themselves, wonderful.

Home and some time with the daughter, also found out that my DirecTV doesn’t work upstairs any longer, I haven’t tried it in quite some time but geeez. The Guide and things work just no TV or playback of Stored Shows.

RainhazyHazy and foggy all am, overcast the rest of the day. Rained on the way to tmac and then stopped before I headed home.

No Lunch Trucks today, damn. I needed to eat my other evol dinner. I also built the first of the SP4 hotfixes, for Verizon.

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Nelson Mandela died @ 95 today.

Out to Johns Creek for BOTM. I did stop in @ Pops and pick up a beer, then a couple of Creme Brule for Brian since they had some. Kate and Meg were working behind the bar so the scenery was very nice, I do love the banter that happens between the bartenders and the customers, very funny. John and his wife Katrina were there when I arrived, the regular regulars, Brian etc were in attendance as well. Many other faces I have seen before. The waitress who’s name I can’t recall that I took a photo of on Halloween with Peter was working as well. She was dressed as a Gypsy on Halloween.

Gulf Fritillary Egg

Gulf Fritillary Egg

Stopped in at the Beverage Superstore on the way home, picked up a few new and special beers, one from He’Brew and another from New Belgium, then also a Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball. I talked with Dad on his cellphone, found out he HATES the thing since he can’t talk on it using the hands-free, can’t hear it and it doesn’t pick up his voice very well. Also, he had switched to the Uverse since the internet on AT&T has been so bad. Now all the phones are out and he is having trouble getting into his email.

Went home and watched the movie I picked up on Tuesday, Wolverine and drank up a deep cellar beer, the Brewdog Paradox Isle of Arran, nice mellow 10%+ stout aged in whiskey barrels.