Marc Valdez

Mark Valdez writes the blog Marc Valdez Weblog: A Dilettante's Uneven Progress - Sacramento area community musical theater (esp. DMTC in Davis), liberal political riffs, Kylie Minogue, Australiana, SW meteorology, hurricanes, and general weirdness.

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Ludwig Boltzmann and Oatmeal

Oct 26, 2016

I coming across fun stuff as I clean the basement. Here's a piece from 'Physics Today', January, 1992, pp. 44-51.Ludwig Boltzmann, one of the greatest scientists who ever lived, spent the summer of 1905 in Berkeley, California. He was invited to dinner...

Alt-Right Conspiracy Image Generator

Oct 25, 2016

Refresh page for a new conspiracy.

Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity

Oct 24, 2016

A wee bit touched:

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — On Sept. 10, the house Brian Dorais shared with his wife in Madrid caught fire, killing her and reducing much of the second story to ashes.

Less than a month later, deputies say, Dorais, 53, attempted to blow up the broadcasting towers on top of Sandia Crest using...

That Was A Bad Idea

Oct 24, 2016

OK, maybe that wasn't such a good idea.I was on an 8 foot tall step ladder, nearing the end of today's effort to trim hedges and tree canopies. I noticed a big dead branch in a tree canopy. As I yanked, the branch strongly resisted coming down, so I ...

I Was Very Impressed With The New Disney Movie, "Queen of Katwe"

Oct 23, 2016

Phiona Mutesi has become a respected chess player and educational leader, despite starting in a slum on the periphery of Kampala, Uganda, adding to a rich history of chess champions coming the most unlikely places and circumstances. Religious inspirat...

"Saturday Night Live" Is Just Killing It This Election Cycle

Oct 23, 2016

An Eventful Day At Costco With Joe The Plumber

Oct 23, 2016
An Eventful Day At Costco With Joe The Plumber

Classier people-watching than at Walmart. Here's a big heaping helpful of Coconut Cacafe.Joe bragged about his many visits to Costco. I ahven't been here for a decade.Big Dave, the murderous dilettante (who I understand actually makes good bread).But ...

Landmark Birthday Party

Oct 23, 2016
Landmark Birthday Party

Thank you, everyone, for a lovely Landmark Birthday party - Barbara Brown Silver and John Ewing (50) and Marc Valdez (60).

I Detect Arizona Hubris

Oct 23, 2016

She needs to take it down a notch:

Former Arizona governor Jan Brewer declared Friday that Arizona won’t go blue for Hillary Clinton because Hispanic Democrats “don’t vote.”

“They don’t get out and vote. They don’t vote,” she told the Boston Globe when asked if those constituents could help tip the historically...

Unhappy With The Latest Weather Forecasts

Oct 21, 2016

They suggest rain everywhere in California early next week except for Sacramento, but I'll go with it, because rain is needed everywhere, and forecasts are sometimes wrong.

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