Well, I thought I was done writing code, wrong! I've figured out how to implement PHP and JavaScript directly into articles here so I'm now developing some cool modules that plug into the blog as opposed to stand-alone apps. If you click on the Tools menu option above you can try out the ones I have so far.

I currently have 9,885 photos up on Flickr, organized across 724 sets. My new tool Sets By Date presents all sets in descending order, starting with my most recent, and ending with the first one, Riley and Jess in Vegas. The counterpart tool Sets By Name presents them in alphabetical order.

When you select a set, all photos are presented in full format, sequentially. There's an option at the top to show them stacked, which is handy if there's a lot of photos in a set. and also a sweet little slideshow option. Click on any photo to bring it up full screen.

I took some photos of our downtown area a while back and they somehow slipped out of the blog conversion, so here they are. Click on David Crockets cabin below to see them.

I've been tweaking this blog a bit, note the buttons instead of just plain text. Individual posts now have the ability to move Up or Down the list of posts, and I've added monthly archiving so the list on the right doesn't get out of hand. There's also a cool little arrow lower left that will scroll you back to the top once you start scrolling down.

Still getting asked about a comment module but I'm sticking to my position (see About). This is not a social media platform, it's just a place for me to put stuff up on the internet.

I got up early Thanksgiving day and drove south to spend time with my Pensacola, FL family. My granddaughter Shelby has recently adopted my great granddaughter Prudence and together with their friend Homer we had a great time.

After dinner they drove me around downtown where Homer pointed out several places he designed, then down to the waterfront, and then out to Todd's (develops shopping centers) place on the water for a dessert party.

There are 40 photos available by clicking the photo below

Melissa cooked up an amazing turkey tonight, best I've tasted in recent memory. It even had boobs! Click the fart machine below for some more shots:

Had a very nice Thanksgiving with Stephs family tonight and got a bunch of nice shots, but I just had to give little miss photogenic her own post. Click the photo below for 25 more, totally un-retouched:

I'm heading to Florida for Thanksgiving with my granddaughter Shelby and great-grandaughter Prudence. I'll return with lots of photos...


Writing code, developing apps, exploring new constructs, has been the underlying passion of my life. In the seventies and eighties I made a pretty good living from it. I slowed down in the nineties, came roaring back in the 21st century and for the last 15 years HTML, JavaScript, CSS and PHP have been my passion. I would do my day job then come home and write code.

Everything has now changed. I've been pretty busy just trying to salvage life after Idaho but now having accomplished that I realize I'm having a Vincent epiphany. I finally faced the reality that nobody really appreciated or used the stuff I created. So, instead of cutting off my ear, I just stopped.

It's the weirdest damned thing, I have all the time in the world now to write code, and I have no interest whatsoever to do so. I now find myself putting my creative energy into mastering new technology and using it to enhance my day to day life. My new pad has become my man-cave. If you're in the neighborhood, drop on by, I'll show you!

My nephew Brian is doing well and his cat Fluffy is looking Lucky! (or something like that :-)

My home town has been destroyed by fire and I have nobody to talk to about it, so I'll do it here. That's the nice thing about a blog I suppose, you can talk to it like an old friend sitting across the table from you, but it still doesn't meet the criteria of the human connection. Oh well.

I was relocated to Paradise, CA from Visalia, CA by my family around 1960. We arrived with a large trailer that even included my pigeons strapped on the side in cages, and moved into a house north of town that belonged to my stepdad Paul's sister.

I entered Paradise High as a freshman mid-year and joined the track team. Three years later I was riding with the coach and three other top guys down to Sacramento for a state meet. We placed third. I acted in local plays and was hired by the Chamber of Commerce along with a couple others to walk around town and sing Christmas carols. I was a star first baseman on the Babe Ruth team.

I was sitting in class when they announced the assassination of JFK over the intercom. They sent us home and as I walked alone down the railroad tracks my view of the world changed and it impacted my later life decisions profoundly.

Paradise was my home town and I even briefly thought about it as a possible destination for retirement. As I worked on chores around my little place today I was grateful to be here now, and not there, but it it angers me that the news I'm watching isn't covering it like I think they should. An entire city has been wiped out and people have died, probably more than the recent bar shooting and the synagogue shooting combined. Very sad...

Saturday morning update:

  • Pacific Gas & Electric Co. notified state regulators that one of its high-voltage power lines located near where the fire began had malfunctioned shortly before the first flames were reported.
  • Officials said at least nine people died and more than 6,700 homes and commercial buildings were lost — making it the most destructive fire to property in state history.
  • Paradise Vice Mayor Greg Bolin said that early reports from fire officials suggested that 80 to 90% of the town had burned. Bolin, who lost his home, said: “The town is gone.”

Sunday morning update:

  • Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said Saturday 14 additional bodies were found, bringing the death toll to 23. The victims have not been identified. There are 110 outstanding reports of missing people.

Monday morning update:

  • The fire has burned more than 111,000 acres and is 25 percent contained. Its death toll of 29 now equals that of the Griffith Park Fire in 1933, the deadliest wildfire on record in California. At least 228 people are still missing,.

Thursday morning update:

  • 56 dead, 130 missing, 8800 homes lost...

Thursday evening update:

  • 63 dead. People who remain unaccounted for increased by more than 500, to 631. 52,000 have been displaced.

Friday morning thoughts:

  • Jerry Brown vetoed the bipartisan wildlife management bill 1463 in 2016, despite being passed by the Legislature, 75-0 in the Assembly and 39-0 in the Senate, which would have required electrical lines to go underground.
  • Obama-era regulations introduced excessive layers of bureaucracy that blocked proper forest management and increased environmentalist litigation and costs—a result of far too many radical environmentalists, bureaucrats, Leftist politicians and judicial activists who would rather let forests burn, than let anyone thin out overgrown trees or let professional loggers harvest usable timber left from beetle infestation, or selectively cut timber.
  • California fires produce as much pollution in 2 days as all the state’s cars do in a year.

Amazing article Here.

Second Tuesday morning update:

  • 151,272 acres burned, 79 fatalities confirmed, 699 unaccounted for and 15,573 structures destroyed (11,713 residences, 472 commercial and 3,388 other buildings).

Cabbage, Kale, Garlic and yellow Beets makes a months worth of frozen breakfast bags.

Along with: Cayenne, Turmeric, Garlic, Ginger, Pepper, Hawthorne Berry, Ashwagandha Root, Gotu Kola, Soy Lecithin and Amla blended up in water with a little protein powder.

I finally decided to research and document my family tree. I looked at all of the options out there and determined I could do it best with my own custom Google spreadsheet. What an enlightening process! Now, after I do some work on it, I convert it to HTML and FTP the code up to my server as a simple web page. If you're interested, here's the link: My Family Tree.

When I was a kid (around seven) I lived in a very small town on the side of a mountain. My brother and I were free spirits that hiked everywhere, ran with the deer, and listened to the mountain. Family and friends thought we were crazy when we talked about it, but apparently we were the only ones that heard and felt the vibrations coming up from our feet. We used to lay our ear on the ground and listen to the mountain talk to us.

Later on as a young adult I was visiting with my dad’s side of the family down in Texas and I was hanging out with a bunch of my cousins. They set up a game that they were quite intent that I play in which I was blind-folded while they they stood silently around me in a circle. I was told to extend my arms and fingers straight out and slowly turn within the circle. I felt them. As I moved I could feel the vibrations of their bodies and I could detect their shapes, on the tips of my fingers. I kept moving out from the middle of the circle and tapping each one on the chest muttering oh my god. There were some other things they had me do involving sensing objects on a table, but it’s clear to me now, they wanted to know if I had the same hereditary ability that they all had.

For the last few years I’ve been feeling vibrations running through my own body. I first felt them in the quiet of the night as I laid down to sleep but they've been progressively growing stronger, and now I feel them constantly, loud and strong.

I think I've finally figured it out: My ability is detecting the other hereditary item in my family, Parkinson's. The traditional symptoms of the disease haven't manifested themselves outwardly, but I am sensing them inwardly. How weird is that!

I don't know if this a blessing, or a curse...


Giving a child a gift that makes an impact is, priceless...


Michael harvested some deer he hit on the highway recently and some of it ended up in my jambalaya tonight. Delicious!

Here's some pictures that Melissa shot from Halloween. (Click on Lyla)

Installed some security cameras today:

...and the guy that lives across the street is a cop, who knows what he's got. Stay away!