Apple CEO Tim Cook (Photographer unkown)

How Tim Cook Was Right


Back in February 2016, the FBI wanted very badly to see the contents of San Bernadino murderer Syed Farook’s iPhone. The Feds demanded that Apple engineer a back door to get around the iPhone’s security features. The U.S. Department of Justice invoked the All Writs Act of 1789 to try to compel Apple to open the…

Sora in habitat, Centennial Marsh, Idaho

Chasing Birds: Rails Edition


“Rails” are a family of birds – the Rallidae – that live and breed in marshy wetlands. Sora are the most abundant and most widely distributed North American rail, breeding from across the Canadian boreal forest (and occasionally in to Alaska) to central Arizona. But being “abundant” and “widely distributed” doesn’t mean “easy to see.”…

Santana, Front, Carlos Santana and Tommy Anthony; Back Cindy Blackman Santana and Paoli Mejias

Geezer Rock at Its Best: Carlos Santana


Carlos Santana was at Outlaw Field in Boise, Idaho Tuesday night. It was hot, somewhere in the high 80s, or maybe “seven inches from the midday sun,”1 as Mrs. WC noted. WC was there, too. The show was terrific, even if it was another in a long series of geezer rock concerts WC has attended.…

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Google’s “Don’t Be Evil”: Fail


Google’s corporate motto is officially “Don’t be evil.” Corporate lore holds that a Google employee, Paul Buchheit, suggested it at a meeting about corporate values in early 2000 or in 2001. Buchheit, the creator of Gmail, said he “wanted something that, once you put it in there, would be hard to take out”, adding that the slogan was…