Dean Clough

July 12, 2023

Portico Darwin: Depart Houston + Someone Needed a Refresher

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <1 Minute Read + More at Link I had a typically pithy piece teed up for today about National Parks, and how they remind me of Houston (!). I leave in a few hours after a very successful trip, at least in terms of the installation. You can count on a future article where I sing the praises of the bonkers Monitor Audio ...
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July 10, 2023

Portico Darwin: For Going Outdoors

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <2 Minute Read Happy Monday. Let's put it this way: where I am and what I am doing is the polar opposite of going outdoors to a picnic or festival. Because you can't really go outside: I'm in Houston and it's July 10. I'm staying at the rapidly-emptying Murphy Villa, yet spending a lot of time at the new-to-Shelly and...
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July 7, 2023

Portico Darwin: Arrive Houston + Why I Say We Can Do Better

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <4 Minute Read In a couple of short hours, I'll be ensconced up front on a nonstop to balmy Houston. Dr. Shelly Murphy has beckoned: it's time to install the tech in her swank, freshly-remodeled and ginormous - shocker - condo. So how about a Friday free of my drivel, as I jet off to a land of big hats and bigger bugs...
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July 5, 2023

Portico Darwin: The Front Desk at Hotel SOPTOC

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <3 Minute Read Phew. Time to towel off from that shower I'm sure you needed after Monday's post. The navel gazing ends (for now) and I return to envisioning a better world, no matter how far-fetched the ideas. Because today, I would like to add to my thoughts about being Soft on People and Tough on Crime, as a general...
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July 3, 2023

Portico Darwin: Lottery Winner, The Electrifying Conclusion

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS >6 Minute Read Hello, and happy Monday on an Independence Day holiday weekend. If you've been paying attention, you know I recounted the luckiest moments in my life last Monday and Wednesday. Today is different - very different. But hopefully no less entertaining, and maybe even helpful, if you ever must confront what...
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June 30, 2023

Portico Darwin: Let's Play Smart? Corrupt? Both? Neither?

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <2 Minute Read FFS, even I need a break from that lottery thing! So in honor of America and its 247th birthday Tuesday, let's look at some recent presidents, in an admittedly narrow light. In relative terms, were they smart and/or corrupt? Or none of the above? Full disclosure: I stole this concept nearly in its entir...
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June 28, 2023

Portico Darwin: Lottery Winner, Part II

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS 5 Minute Read The reaction to the first post on my life's winning lottery tickets was met with the exuberance I've come to expect. Which is to say, there was basically none. But no matter, here are the rest - except for the last 3, which I'm saving for a special 4th of July post. If you find this all too self-absorbed...
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June 26, 2023

Portico Darwin: Lottery Winner, Part I

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <5 Minute Read Happy Monday. While we certainly had a wonderful time in New Mexico, there is nothing quite like coming back to SF, especially after being away for an extended period. Quite a change from sunny and 100° to foggy and 60°, and while I certainly enjoy my Pool Boy antics, it is nice to feel that clear, cool...
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June 23, 2023

Portico Darwin: Depart Las Cruces + US Health Care

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <3 Minute Read Well, it's been a wonderful 12 nights here on the desert, and I'd be remiss if I didn't thank our hosts, the marvelous, if rather aged, Davis and Melynda Fladgate. These two were kind enough to give us the complete run of their home for almost 2 weeks, whilst also tolerating my endless plays of M83's Fa...
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June 21, 2023

Portico Darwin: The One Hunter Deuce Wrote, Mostly

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <3 Minute Read Today, I am publishing, in its entirety, a reply I received from star reader Hunter Deuce about my post Monday on Identity Politics. “I'm pretty sure no one has ever chased you down an alley with a baseball bat looking to cave your head in because you're straight or white. In a perfect world, we wouldn'...
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June 19, 2023

Portico Darwin: Juneteenth, Identity Politics, and Austin Killips

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <4 Minute Read Happy Monday. We're continuing to ride the Fladgate hospitality train, and I may never get off. But despite the ultra-chill nature of the scene here, I am going to pop-off (again) on race, sexuality and gender. On Juneteenth! You're welcome! Why another third-rail tap dance? Well, there have been a coup...
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June 16, 2023

Portico Darwin: 18 More

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <5 Minute Read Happy Friday. Sure, family is nice, but a highlight of our almost 2 weeks here is Julie's dad's dog, Lucy, who I've mentioned before. I also mentioned bragsnapshots. Can't we have both? Onward to the weekend (!) and as promised, here are the remaining 18 of the 37 Signals, by my management heroes Jason ...
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June 14, 2023

Portico Darwin: Signals

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS 5 Minute Read Since I last wrote, we've enjoyed literally all there is of Belen, and had a great visit with Julie's family. Indeed, an event that brings 3 of the 4 Fladgate siblings (Julie, Biff, and G. Robinson - with only the hockey groupie Rhoda missing) together at one table called for the best, and we almost foun...
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June 9, 2023

Portico Darwin: Depart SF + Pool Boy, Triumphant Return Thereof

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS 2 Minute Read Speaking of Ukraine and before indulging in a lovely blog: fingers crossed their pushback works and this madness from Russia can end. But let's (awkwardly) transition to something nearly as important as peace in Ukraine: me, and my life. And a bonus: there's nary a mention of a certain former president w...
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June 7, 2023

Portico Darwin: US Pro Golf is a Disgrace

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS 2 Minute Read I really thought I had seen it all, in terms of shameless, greedy behavior, with the Saudis. I've certainly written about it here and it always boils down to this: if you have money, why compromise your ethics and credibility to get crazy money (not that Trump has ever had real money or ethics or credibi...
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June 5, 2023

Portico Darwin: How to Prompt ChatGPT

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <3 Minute Read Happy Monday and let's dive right in with something useful for your week and beyond. As promised, here is a list of 15 pretty darned Killer prompts for getting actual value from ChatGPT (or any other AI text engine). I do wish I could claim credit for these, but I cannot: I grabbed it from LinkedIn, whe...
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June 2, 2023

Portico Darwin: It Could Happen to Anyone

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS 1 Minute Read As I've mentioned maybe once or twice, I begin most days when we're home with a 5 mile walk in my beloved Presidio. It keeps both me relatively healthy and sane. Right? Right??? But I digress because this is mostly a serious post, as it begins with a tragic death. This past Wednesday, I was on my walk, s...
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May 31, 2023

Portico Darwin: Never Stop Searching

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS Before getting rolling, I hope you'll spend 3 minutes watching this post-Memorial Day tribute video I made; it also has some nice music. Memorial Day Every Day 2 Minute Read It was with quite a jolt when I learned recently that my Internet search engine of choice, the subscription-only Neeva, is closing its doors, at ...
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May 29, 2023

Portico Darwin: Shows of Strength

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS 1 Minute Read + Gallery I am not gay. I have never been gay. But wow did we glorify this phallic weapon stuff, and I have to admit it caught my eye. Oh, and Happy Memorial Day. Yes, that's my snarky (with no disrespect intended) intro to a gallery I am putting together celebrating the 50th Anniversary of my beloved Go...
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May 27, 2023

Portico Darwin: Sonoma Coast Camping Travel Guide

OVERVIEW There have been previous Travel Guides covering trips from one night to 3 weeks in length, in places as near as Carneros and as far as Europe. But none have been quite like this one. First, because it's an itinerary no one will follow: to accommodate the first leg of the journey, you'll either want to or have a reason to visit...
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May 26, 2023

Portico Darwin: Low Ceilings

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS 1 Minute Read Yes, I am back and you can expect a forthcoming Travel Guide full of juicy details of another Textbook getaway. I will say now it began on a fun note at Lauren Ryder's 60th; you'll be able to read about that and a fairly magical camping trip soon. Here's a preview and that's a Fat Head in the popcorn bow...
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May 19, 2023

Portico Darwin: Depart SF + AI Mindblowers

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <1 Minute Read + Exploration Tomorrow, we depart for our aforementioned adventure vacation: a daytime, riverside piss-up tomorrow in celebration of a friend's 60th birthday, followed by 3 nights camping on the glorious northern (actually, central) coast of my beloved California. Yes, there will be a Travel Guide, and ...
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May 17, 2023

Portico Darwin: Are You Tolerant Enough for The Future?

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <3 Minute Read No, this is not one of my hectoring social justice rants. You are welcome in advance. Instead, today is about technology and how our natural avoidance of risk is going to slow the future. I will use two examples, and see if you don't agree that some gee-whiz tech is about to bump against the nuances we ...
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May 15, 2023

Portico Darwin: Arrive SF + Soft on People, Tough on Crime

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <4 Minute Read Happy Monday. I bid my farewell to my wonderful hosts in Oceanside yesterday. A great trip, as always. I am now back in San Francisco, however briefly. Julie and I have a sweet combo adventure trip coming up 5/20 - 5/24 that begins with the social event of the summer, at least on the Sacramento Delta: t...
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May 12, 2023

Portico Darwin: Arrive Oceanside and Presidential Scorecards

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <1 Minute Read + Chart Study Time! Super easy trip to San Diego and on to Oceanside. It is Textbook SoCal May weather - foggy morning followed by perfection. My hosts are their typical gracious selves. In fact, it's so nice I am really not noticing the half-finished job on staining the pergola. And it's easy to ignore...
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May 10, 2023

Portico Darwin: Depart SF + 2 Sedans Then and Now

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <2 Minute Read Tomorrow, I break up this glorious lonely week of bachelorhood with a solo jaunt down to Oceanside, the northern-most suburb of San Diego. I'll be staying at the palatial-esque manse of the corporate wellness titans Andy and Libby Baines Jones until Sunday. My/our visit there is always a highlight of th...
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May 8, 2023

Portico Darwin: A Lesson in False Equivalency

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS < 3 Minute Read Happy Monday. Since Friday, I've had not one but two unexpected communications. The first is important enough that it constitutes the majority of today's post, and the second is hot news from the world of art and appears below in UNWASHED MASSES. While both evoke the concept of false equivalenceto some...
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May 5, 2023

Portico Darwin: Could You Ever Vote for a Democrat?

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS 2 Minute Read + Chart Study Time! If you're a Republican, or lean that way, could you ever vote for a Democrat for President? If not, why not? Because I would happily vote for someone like the former Republican Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan. I just want someone rational, in favor of American democracy, and prefera...
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May 4, 2023

Portico Darwin Special Edition: Introducing An AI Art Gallery

As is probably obvious by now, I love the Stable Diffusion artificial intelligence graphics engine and its front end, DreamStudio. As a lifelong technologist, I will say it is amazing what $10 can buy you. I wanted a place to put my better-than-bad creations, and here it is. Before visiting, please know the heading above each image is ...
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May 3, 2023

Portico Darwin: Oakland Sports and the Lack Thereof

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <5 Minute Read Happy Wednesday. If you don't care about sports and/or the facilities in which they're played, you can probably skip this one. Plus, it's long! I dedicate this blog to Dallas Money, Kevin Monza, and Tracie Coveropolous. Oh, and Popeye, who chose the wrong team for his pick-up technique business cards. A...
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