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First: NO WAR! detail from Picasso's Guernica in Palestine or Darfur or anywhere else and I'm building NurseMind,an iPhone app for nurses that, in the spirit of Atul GawandeAtul Gawande's healthcare quality revolution is changing Nurse Ratchedhow nurses work, keep my photo albums on the Web, daughter Cara's middle name is Sphere for Thelonious, in July 2011 Alexi joined an army and dug trenches and fired machine guns, in 2013 toured the medical facilities of Cuba (highest doctor/patient ratio; 2nd is Italy) -- we can learn a lot from them -- and in 2008 we moved to Colosseum Rome for a year where we had a lot of water but the Romans don't worry until it reaches the occhialone (big eye) di Ponte Sisto and if you curse the mediocrity of American pop culture just listen to Italian Gattino Virgola ringtones that blessedly are not on the cellphones of my kids (who used to be small)propeller hat and in 2008 attended St. Stephen's where some meetings did seem to last 37 years (click this link to see a great photo caption) and in 2014 went looking for ancestral roots in Romania and Ukraine but my kids do love sushi which I tell them to enjoy before the oceans are lifeless (could theirs be the last generation to eat wild-caught fish?), for 22 years had a businessmaking a living -- we pioneered the paperless classroom (power corrupts; Powerpoint corrupts absolutely) and our own management system (by to-do list) -- and I am a newly-licensed RN with a healthcare blog and in December, 2010 was "pinned" (how nurses graduate) at (click us!) SMU (a vocational school) where I learned that the kidneys (not the brain) run the show and we must remedy the mediocrity of post-secondary education (the good news is that we can fix it), and my swim-in-the-Bay buddy Hyo Kim is doing real preventive healthcare, rant endlessly, wrote my first program on an IBM 360 in Fortran taught to me by Neil MacFarlane, got a master's degree in Medical Information Science (here are some reminiscences) from UCSF logo UCSF where I was privileged to be advised by Dr. Marsden Scott Blois, a pioneer in medical concept representation and collected a few autographs of computing giants but let's be careful not to unleash a monster though I once had a tricycle and later an answering machine, have been thinking about business and real estate in Italy and Dolce Trastevere, and I did create Wifi-Italia and Italy's first free public Wifi site (former Italian president President Cossiga Cossiga repeatedly pumped my hand, extolling wireless technology -- he's got three wifis in his house) -- and here's my house (it has only two) Home! and custom-built Sun Frost appliances (yes, that's my kitchen on their web site) and was featured on SF Apartment mgazine the cover of the Oct. 2004 SF Apartment magazine and was the set for one episode of a short-lived TV series named Loni Anderson and Lynda Carter Partners in Crime (1984) starring Lynda Carter and Loni Anderson and Google StreetView caught me there and has a zero-emissions electric car in the garage -- in the Castro district (technically, Eureka Valley but few call it that) of San Francisco, Rice-a-Roni, the San Francisco treat a town with a recent great mayor Mayor Gavin Newsom and a well-wisher (Gavin, we miss you already!) and an enlightened public health policy (though we do have earthquakes), and in a statewhose economy is the world's eighth-largest (Italy's is seventh; Brazil's is ninth), but my favorite home was for two years the MSO Lucid MSO-458 Lucid (a surplused Korea-vintage Navy minesweeper), at last an adult in the white house, intend to join or build a cohousing community (and in 2014 shook the hand of Oakland Mayor Jean Quan groundbreaking a cohousing project) and am fond of technology but people are even more interesting so I have volunteered at the UCSF Medical Center (Long Hospital and medical records), at the SF General Hospital Emergency Room, at the Glide celebrates! Glide Memorial clinic, at the CPMC hospital Emergency Room, and at the SF AIDS/HIV/HepC Nightline, at the Tobacco Education Center The smoker's lungs (blackened) and heart (enlarged) are the ones on the left, obviously. and in 2013 as an RN for Project HomelessConnect, and have run smoking cessation programs at Kaiser sites in the Bay Area and at Mills-Peninsula -- read the interview anda classic denial story) and am now Factotum-in-Chief for Gary Heit's Americare Neurosurgery International delivering equipment, training, and high-tech medical care CT scan of head, sagittal view to the third world (went in March, 2008, to Hue, Vietnam) and see that in California our hospitals themselves need life support grab yer own, creep where bad Governor Boobengrabber picked the wrong fight when he said he was nursie "Kicking our nurses' butts" but fortunately we now have Jerry Jerry Brown -- a grownup! -- and I had a father who was a painter and politico Karl Marx, updated and who did the artwork for this website and for my company's training manuals (losing him in 2006 made a tough year tougher), have a mother who is a filmmaker and playwright I don't take a pink one and a yellow one. (here is a trailer on YouTube who wrote the story of Taxi, the ferry-house dog) and had a recent huge success with her play Funny Feeling (that's her granddaughter Cara in the poster), have a sister Marthe at the Met Martheeenia -- who is (also) a great artist with a painting in New York's Metropolitan Museum Pliable Monster IV and her husband Brad who is a designer for Estee Lauder and makes juice, another sister who traveled the world as the physical therapist for the New York City Ballet dancer perfecting her turnout with Functional Footprints and fixes broken violinists at the Juilliard School and invents machines to make dancers better Functional Footprints and is married to Colter Colter the Voiceover King and my grandfather Sidney (my middle name) invented the Keller machine Keller Machine and the process (called, oddly enough, Kellering) for creating dies to cast curved steel surfaces (that made possible streamlined cars) whereas my other grandfather (Herman Herschkowitz, renamed himself Harry Herman at Ellis Island) came to America on Nov. 18, 1906, aboard the S.S. Amerika, have an apocalyptic vision of inevitable and catastrophic environmental collapse our tiny, delicate, precious planet with global marine impacts (especially ocean acidification) largely unnoticed (even the Pentagon knows we're screwed...) we're headed for a long emergency ("America's oil consumption is the greatest misallocation of resources in the history of the world... Suburbia is going to fail. You can state that categorically..." says James Kunstler (one of my gurus) in America's New Religion), peak oil was in the 70s and now we have peak water and record-breaking drought in California but here's a glimmer of optimism) and Michael Stocker Michael Stocker and Ocean Conservation Research are doing something about the noisy oceans, have done projects for Silicon Valley companies including Agilent Technologies and Apple and Autodesk and AT&T and Genentech and General Electric and Hewlett Packard and Inmac and Intuit and Charles Schwab and Silicon Graphics and Sun and Sybase and Synopsys and Texas Instruments and U.S.Army and Visa and Wells Fargo Bank and Xilinx and Yahoo, and have had a few business cards along the way, love to attend the Asilomar Microcomputer Workshop, for years relied utterly on an antique but marvelous piece of engineering -- HP's 200LX palmtop PC (it runs DOS!) but if you must give it up here's how, still write HTMLby hand, spend too much time administering my network and a few dozen web sites, with things like Bruce Borcherdt's Midas Niggard, have had my share of "customers from hell" Duh! but, thankfully, none quite like the infamous Thrasher Thrasher works himself into a frenzy, toured the Artificial Intelligence Lab and robotics workshops of MIT with my boyhood pal Devon McCullough and patted a Lisp Machine , once acted in a movie (that's me, second from the right), just discovered that pretty much everything I know (e.g. what is spam -- really! check it out!) has been collected in a single, succinct document -- yes! an IETF RFC! and New Age is debunked here -- in California (which has much in common withItaly) and rowed on the San Francisco Bay and Stroke!  Stroke!on the Tiber River -- I like adventure sports -- diving, parachuting, etc. (here's parasailing in Mexico), and if you get a chance to see the Red Bastard Red Bastard, go! he's brilliant! and I cat in microwave (ok, not funny) had a cat and Roman friends (Leo and Marilena) who are devoted cat people and Pat Olson showed that the Plague of Athens was Ebola -- is it coming back? -- and makes us wear togas and here are links to my elementary school (The American Overseas School) AOSR and (we visited in June, 2007) my high school (St. Stephen's School) SSS in Rome (where I grew up -- here's a Rome website maintained by Stuardt Clarke), go back every year (here are pix from May, 2005) and in 2008-2009 actually returned to Rome for a year and my kids attended St. Stephen's too!, have friends Lisa and Tom who run the beautiful Italophillic web site Your Garden Show, Naomi who teaches adoring children the joys of classical strings, Roman friends who run the best ISP in Italy, Agora Telematica Agora logo, quasi-Roman friend Graeme Thomas who won awards for his stupendous Kubrick 2001, The Space Odyssey Explained (some great Flash) and of course you recognize this lineHal 9000, and now he's made the official International Year of the Potato web site (in five languages!), won a few awards myself and here's another adoptive-Roman friend, Catherine who received an MBE from this emissary of the Queen of England for her superb work running the Keats-Shelley House, and regarding things ItalianAlberto Sordi demonstrating spaghetti do your gift shopping for limoncello from John and Victoria's La Raccolta about which tech guru Phil Glatz has waxed ecstatic or a silk scarf from my Italophillic pal Lisa P. or a limoncello cake from Jan's J.Marie Fine Cakes or take an eye-popping tour of the secret gardens of Italy from Italophile Lisa F., and Ken Jacobs Ken Jacobs knows who killed JFK, and what about oddball Gail Gail's URL GURL license plate the webmistress (eh?), and here's Hotel Arenula where I stay in Rome, enjoy hilarious, spunky Luciana Littizzetto, (and if you really like spunky, be hip to in-your-face Afropuff Aya de Leon Aya de Leon), and there is San Francisco fixture Chicken JohnChicken John who cracks me up, worked (with Murray Murray Freeman wifi guru and practitioner of hotel room engineering) for a time at the alas now-defunct Colex Electronic Company Limited, 15th Floor, Luk Hop Industrial Building, 8 Luk Hop Street, San Po Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong Colex Electronic Company Limited, 15th Floor, Murray and Dan in Hong KongLuk Hop Industrial Building, 8 Luk Hop Street, San Po Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, manufacturer of what was then (1983) the world's cheapest Unix machine (and the price was low, too :-) dubbed "poxy box" by James Hole (it crashed when you typed cat), and here's Fritz Schaerli Fritz Schaerli, the president of Adasoft AG makers of zutrittskontrollsisteme in Switzerland where I also enjoyed working long ago, once modeled the "...sleek, European-style monitor arm" in the Inmac catalog (the Sun workstation screen is turned to hide the error messages), listened to Frank Zappa Frank w/ guitar and Firesign Theatre and recently had dinner with my boyhood favorite bandleader Booker T. and the MGs Booker T., attended the defunct Notre Dame International high school in Rome with buddy Bill Zimmerman, went to college at UCSC UCSC -- here's graduation with roommate Nic Nelken who today is a vascular surgeon at Kaiser -- hey, one out of two of us made good! -- have always been fascinated by electronic music starting with Alvin Curran's in Rome in the 60's then studied with Gordon Mumma (who introduced me both musically and personally to John Cage and others) at UCSC in the 70's and in 1977 at Dartmouth Baker Tower with one of the inventors of the Synclavier -- Jon Appleton Jon Appleton (with Moog and Syntrophia hat, with prototype Synclavier in road cases in San Francisco for a performance at the Exploratorium ) and at Stanford with John Chowning and classmate Larry Groupé has gone on to be an Emmy-nominated film score composer, and in 1982 I built my first studio with my then-roommate and techno-wild-man Mr. Etant-DonnesMichael Schippling, mourn for UCSF Regent, classmate and mentor Dave Shewmake and my childhood music teacher Barbara Sparti whom we lost in March and June of 2013, respectively, and for drinking-buddy/jazz-loving Fred Lewis whom we lost in Jan. 2012, and for gifted pianist, best-chart-maker, and inspired software geek Peter Eden whom we lost in the Fall of 2011, for adored drummer Bruce Felter (with whom the pocket was so deep we delighted in calling it a trench) who passed on 12/20/2007, and the 7/7/7 loss of beloved friend and mentor Joe Podolsky, the Nov. 2000 loss of Larry Morehead Lawrence A. Morehead the real estate mogul (funny story: unbeknownst to either of us at the time, the first building I bought was the first he sold), and another loss -- on 12/22/2002 my JazzCampWest JazzCamp buddy Robin Gilbert Robin Gilbert passed away, and that year we also lost pianist/artist Kent Holloway Kent Holloway, circa 1980, and in early 2004 so too passed away my beloved ex-father-in-law Lauri Hieta (I was once married to a Finn; here are happy Hietas photos from a happy time), and on 4/14/2004 we lost Gosina Mandersloot Gosina Mandersloot, and shortly thereafter we lost Nameers fat cat, and in 2005 was the passing of Joe Bithell with whose Silicon Gulch Jazz Band I enjoyed decades of gigs (no kidding!), and on 12/23/2005 we lost the extraordinary trumpet player and lifelong friend Robin Hodes, in 2007 we lost drummer and beloved friend Ben Randall, in 2011 we lost 'bone-player Tom Small, and also in 2011 (July) we lost another cherished American Italian transplant and high school chum, Lisa Marini Finerty, and I'll forever miss my best high school pal, brilliant student and energy engineer Mike Selig who passed away on Feb 22, 2011 -- his last essay was his own obituary -- and here is the grave of John Piccoli (in the Cimitero Acattolico, managed in part by Heather whom we lost in July of 2013 (memorial site) but mostly by Mandy -- listen to the 10/29/2011 RAI interview -- and where I myself hope to be memorialized... not soon...) who died in 1955 at age 16 on his brand-new motorbikegiven to him that very day by his doting father Nemo the sculptor (Juanita never forgave him and left me her house but connivers screwed me out of it), and in 2014 Pete Seeger -- activist, inspiring musician, family friend -- so I have been thinking about death lately -- here is a poem about it by one of my favorite authors (also recently deceased) John Updike-- and I hang onto old friends -- remember shmoos? shmoo -- went to Thailand in 2006 to see the longneck ladies (and my friend Jason who wrote a succinct statement of his political values) -- used to go every year to Carnaval Dancing in the streets of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil! in Salvador (capital city of the Brazilian state of Bahia, the musical soul of that most musical country), adore the singing of Gal Costa Brazil's top star (terrible politics, terrible hair, but fabulous pipes, phrasing, time, arrangements, production, repertory, and sidemen -- isn't that what counts? ...oh yes, another deity in my pantheon is Ray Brown -- it's said that when he was married to Ella Fitzgerald and they had a fight she threw his bass into the pool -- but that's not why I worship him), for three years (2000-2003) made jazz acoustic bass my primary career Dan playing bass often as a sideman for Dan loves working with singers singers (here's my musical resume and my gig calendar and you can hear me in action and ), made some hear my music! MP3 sound clips (in my own little studio) of people I worked with such as Mal Sharpe's Big Money in Jazz Big Money in Dixieland, especially enjoyed playing with Cathy Withacee Felter and My Trio, have compiled what, despite its relentless and interminable loquacity (and brutality toward violaviolists -- I dated one once; I should know) is probably not the definitive collection of musician musician jokes, in 2004 moved on to my third career (career not job -- important distinction), have gotten interested in wireless networks with , am, with my family, active in our local community (here's us scrubbing the sidewalks in our neighborhood paper), former volunteer-webmaster for CDS Children's Day School that Cara used to attend, visited my New York family in Spring, 2002, again in July of 2004, and again in Baby Colter, a mild little fellow...December of 2005, and the glorious Fourth in Alameda, and I must warn you that terrible things happen when you turn 50, in 2004 and 2007 strolled the Bay-to-Breakers, in 2007 threw a party for Susan, occasionally cook Nell's pot roast, couscous, spaghetti al tonno al modo di Leo, pasta bianca al forno al modo di Marilena, and Singapore noodles, and am reminded by WTC exploding the World Trade Center attack to attend to disaster preparedness (my ham callsign is KG6OIE) and, accordingly, have been programming my radios -- if you live in the SF Bay Area, you may find useful my collection of local public agencies frequencies andSFPDpolice codes (in a crisis, know what's going on!) and Cara and I took the Neighborhood Emergency Response Team training, and I'm so relieved we got rid of (click for rant) Fuehrer Bush Fuehrer Bush and finally elected an adult though he's worsening the out-of-control cyber-police state so we need defenses like the FOIA Machine and Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden are patriots facing down Fascist America, in 10 easy steps though I didn't burn my draft card (ok, enough ranting... ahh, to protest in style like the Italians!), am converting my house to renewable energy anemometer collects data for planning wind generator (solar and wind), love to visit our friend Helmut's ranch, in 2004 Arky is into basketball and in 2006 he is into soccer and in 2003 he joined me on a mind-boggling (and strenuous) sea-kayaking trip in Baja, recently swapped apartments with Eric Richmond, my buddy from third grade (his is in London where I saw my forever pal Amedeo who takes pictures of Roma and whose company Raceco makes high-tech motorcycles), and also from third grade there's Johnny Bruckman (funny... he doesn't look like a third grader... :-) whose Dad changed my life by showing us kids on Johnny's birthday The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (in their private screening room, no less!) and I became the tough, silent loner (hah!), love to visit Rick Ackerly's ranch in Mendocino County's Anderson Valley (the new Napa Valley), and traveling farther afield are Jeff Johnson (keeper of the progressive Peace Pundit) and Karen Ande and her superb, poignantphotos of orphans in AIDS-torn Kenya, occasionally do silly little computer art thingies, in 2007 I finally went to Burning Man and played in the Burning Band and vow to someday show it to my kids who will be astounded... as was I, and I fervently oppose capital punishment -- barbaric! (essay by my brilliant high school philosophy teacher Steven Schneebaum) -- and solitary confinement -- yes, we do torture in America -- I have an opinion bullhorn on just about everything political, avoid superstition (everyone's got an opinion about food and diet; few are scientific... especially all this blather about "carbs") and wishful thinking (Atkins is popular because people like being told to eat steak and butter) but research and science reveal that beans are indeed the cholesterol-lowering, insulin-balancing, life-prolonging, musical fruit -- just ask the Pritikin program for health and longevity, have my political heroines including Congresswoman Jackie Speier Congresswoman Jackie Speier whose hand I shook today at UCSF (oops, tassle on the wrong side...) and Kristine Enea whom we almost elected Supervisor for San Francisco District 10, a bedroom community for Silicon Valley where five of the six most-visited websites in the world are based:
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • YouTube (Google owns it)
  • Yahoo!
  • Wikipedia
  • number five is a Chinese-language site
  • collect Weegee photographs and I fret about growing old, sigh and also about the longevity of my data CDs, and... Dan head you noticed this entire page is a single sentence? construction cone

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