Category Archives: Skepticism

GC045 – Obama and biofuels

Couple things on my mind today. I’m pleased with how things are going with Barack Obama’s campaign and like the implications for you my unborn grandchildren. And Marcie just forwarded an interesting piece from the Times that supports my view that biofuels are dumb — at least the way we’re approaching them right now.

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GC033 — Weather station repeaters, and wireless Internet

Mostly this is the tale of fixing my Davis Vantage Pro weather station’s repeaters after the system conked out yesterday. I almost typed the word “diagnosing” instead of “fixing” in that first sentence, but truth be told I never figured out why the things crapped out, or how I fixed them. The experience provided me a springboard to rant some more about wireless Internet.

By the way you can view the offending weather stations (who knows whether they’ll be up or not) at, we were working on the “on top” one.

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GC023 — My “why I don’t like municipal WiFi” rant

This is a longer-than-normal GeezerCast ’cause I’m trying to encapsulate why I’m not keen on municipal WiFi projects and I couldn’t quite fit it into the normal 10 minute slot.

One of the things that has me bugged is that these projects don’t look like they’ll ever make money. I went so far as to post a financial model out there on the ‘net. Let’s do a little open-source financial modeling here and get these numbers out into the light of day instead of in the heads of the Voodoo consultants who are making lots of money walking cities down the primrose path.

If you don’t like my (wildly unprofitable) model, fix it! I’d love to be proven wrong — but right now it looks to me like we’re not solving the digital divide, we’re distracting ourselves from the real issue of open-access networks, and we’re putting cities on the hook for some very expensive project failures down the line.

So there! 🙂

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GC021 – Bug in the ear, pedophiles and Nashville Democrats

Summer’s winding down and the Geezercast quotient is rising as farm activity starts to move indoors. A few things in the NY Times caught my eye — a story about pedophiles that paints a perfect road-map for people are looking for support in that activity (I’m wondering whether the author really realized what he was doing) and another piece about how song-writers with Democratic political points of view are being shut out of country music (with implications that make me grumpy).

Not to mention the story of getting a dang bug caught in my ear. How can you resist all that??

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Geezercast 19 — Bio-fuels

More erratic-ness in the Geezercasting. Dang I’m having a good time this summer, but the poor old podcast is being neglected. This one’s about bio-fuels — which I think are completely nifty, but will present you (my unborn grandchildren) some interesting problems to solve. So here’s a letter forward in time, letting you know that I’m thinking about ya.

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Geezercast 18 — Descartes, the afterlife and marketing

Yep, a bit of a hiatus there — lots of stuff going on, but I’m finally caught up. So this time I reflect on, of all things, religeon. And marketing… And what Descartes had to say about that. Yep, he was way ahead of his time. May make you religeous types grouchy. Sorry about that.

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Geezercast 17 — Internet and phone privacy

I was going to do another one of my “see, I’m in the majority” rants based on the current polls. But I came across one where I’m in the minority — a majority (admittedly skinny — 51 to 49%) of Americans think it’s OK for the administration to rummage through our Internet traffic and phone calling records in the name of fighting terrorism. I was so struck by that number that I decided to devote a Geezercast to the topic.

Plus, there’s a new version of Jamstix out and I dropped a new theme song into the show as a result.

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