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01/20/2019 - 9:28am I was there too! Flew in…

I was there too! Flew in from California with my then 6 year old. It was his first experience in the Big House and visiting campus. It left quite an impression on him.

MGoWife and I are heading to Napa today. It’s raining here, but that drives away the tourists, so not so bad. Will drink too much good wine.

12/07/2018 - 1:27am I bought the wood for our…

I bought the wood for our loft in South Quad/Gomberg at Fingerle in 1975.

P.S. West Quad sucks!

11/25/2018 - 11:45am Learnings from yesterday’s…

Learnings from yesterday’s Stanford vs. UCLA game

Yesterday, Stanford beat UCLA 49-42. Obviously a shootout, but a couple of things jumped out at me:

1. Wilton Speight threw for 466 yards (29/47 with 1 INT). Whether it was scheme or ineptitude while at Michigan, Speight has shown at UCLA (not just in the Stanford game) that he can throw the ball.

2. Stanford’s coach David Shaw (a Jim Harbaugh disciple who called 4 runs up the middle for 9 yards at the end of the 2014 Rose Bowl against Staee when Staee had a great run defense) had this to say after the UCLA game:

“I learned a lot this year. One thing is apparently my comfort level doesn’t matter. I haven’t been comfortable all year. We’ve been an enigma, but the one thing that’s been constant is big plays in the passing game.”

Despite the 39 points we scored, I think our coaches need to re-think their offensive philosophy. With their insistence on running first, it sure seems that a lot of Michigan talent went to waste yesterday against a pretty shitty Buckeye secondary.

And don’t get me started on the defensive “game plan,” whatever that may have been.

11/21/2018 - 5:31pm Checking in from the West…

Checking in from the West Coast

I was out picking up the nervous bird (I assume turkey is nervous) for tomorrow and listening to KNBR, the local sports talk station. Ted Robinson, the long-time 49ers play-by-play announcer, was talking with the radio guys and said this:

“I want Jim Harbaugh to "Pete Carroll" Urban Meyer in the worst way. Beat them by 50 and then go for 2.”

Sounds good to me. And good use of Pete Carroll as a verb!

11/18/2018 - 11:59am Except the bumblebee unis…

Except the bumblebee unis. Please, God, no.

11/02/2018 - 1:40am Taco - You on the Delta 6:45…

Taco - You on the Delta 6:45 from SFO perchance? I think there will be many faithful aboard!

08/16/2018 - 1:39am From a security POV, a…

From a security POV, a reputable cloud service vendor is the best choice, as they hire some of the very best security talent in the world. But, as Willie Sutton famously said when asked why he robbed banks, "Because that's where the money is." Cloud service providers are constantly bombarded with attacks, looking for weakness anywhere it can be found. So if they screw up, or you screw up by exposing the keys to your cloud-based data, you're SOL.

That can be mitigated somewhat by encrypting all the data in flight (meaning to and from the data center) and at rest. 256-bit encryption is pretty good.

On a different plane, GDPR privacy is a whole added kettle of fish. If your customer data includes that of EU individuals, their data is subject to GDPR, which includes a labyrinth of rules and regulations. 

08/11/2018 - 7:36pm Toss up

A photo my father…

Toss up

A photo my father took as a youngster at the Ohio State game in 1927, the very first to take place in Michigan Stadium.

A photo taken of my son and one of his best friends at Under the Lights #1. It's from the 360 degree camera that they put at the 50 yard line before the game.

My Michigan degree.

Edit: One more - I have set of coasters made from the astroturf that was taken out, I think, in the early 80s.


08/06/2018 - 1:08pm YouTube TV - Video and audio…

YouTube TV - Video and audio quality

YouTube has more streaming experience than any of the other streamers.

If the program broadcasts in HD, they will stream it in HD, if at all possible (they can't do anything about your crappy ISP service).

Further, they will stream full surround sound audio. I paid a lot of money for that damn surround sound and I want the streaming service to take advantage of it!

Been on YTTV for about 6 months - quite happy with it.

07/13/2018 - 11:47pm Can I come over? Those both…

Can I come over? Those both sound really tasty.

About 3 weeks ago, I had a Sea Smoke Ten Pinot Noir. Don’t recall what year, but if you like Pinot, give that a whirl. One of the best I’ve ever had.

07/13/2018 - 8:42pm 2013 Turley Zinfandel Atlas…

2013 Turley Zinfandel Atlas Peak. Really tasty.


06/01/2018 - 12:05pm Draymond

I hate Draymond as much as the next guy, but his defense is world class and he's a really smart player, Spartyness notwithstanding.

I lot of his contributions don't show up in the stats. So I disagree with your comment that he'd be a role player on any other team.

P.S. Living in the Bay Area, I'm part of Warrior Nation. I've watched most Warriors games for the past 4 years. He's dick, but he's our dick.

05/18/2018 - 9:46pm Manhattan!

Now that our kids have graduated and are living on their own, we’ve landed on the Friday evening cocktail. Mine’s a manhattan and her’s is a martini. Chicken on the grill right now.

Giants baseball tomorrow at the most beautiful park in America. Figuring out how to build an outside BBQ island on Sunday.

05/08/2018 - 2:52pm '65 Pontiac GTO, followed by '66 Corvette

Still want one of those two. 

04/30/2018 - 3:59pm 14 Rose Bowls
1. How many Rose Bowl's have you attended?  What years?
I have attended 14 Rose Bowls, starting in 1972 when I was a tadpole (I grew up in SoCal). That's every Rose Bowl except 1989, which I opted not to attend because USC, led by Rodney Peete, was expected to kick Michigan's ass. It's bad enough to lose a Rose Bowl, but doubly bad to lose to those asshats from USC.
As fate would have it, we beat USC 22-14 in 1989. After that, I vowed to never miss a Rose Bowl.
2. What's your favorite Rose Bowl memory?  
Easy. 1998 Rose Bowl - National champs!
3. Will you attend Michigan's next Rose Bowl?
Of course. 
4. Outside of the Big House, is there another stadium you like as much the Rose Bowl?
EDIT: Actually, I'd very much like any other stadium where Michigan is competing for the national championship!
04/27/2018 - 7:51pm And another thing

I'm late in my career, all in high tech. In addition to a several BigCos, I've been at 3 startups. They were all acquired and I only made money on one of them... and it wasn't much. Experiencing an IPO from the inside has been a bucket list item for a very long time, so this day is quite excellent.

04/27/2018 - 7:43pm Maybe. Maybe not.

On advice of counsel, I can neither confirm nor deny the name of the company. 

Also, because I just joined, nothing landed in my pocked today. But, if I can manage to not get fired and if the company performs, the next several years should be pretty good.

04/27/2018 - 7:07pm What a day!

I got up before dawn to get to the office so I could watch the company I just joined go public. Then I read about Patterson's eligibility. And tonight I'm going to watch the Giants beat the Dodgers at ATT Park. I think I'll buy a lotto ticket! And drink too much Gordon Biersch Marzen.

04/12/2018 - 5:19pm YouTube TV adjusts to your network

It's my understanding that YouTube TV adjusts on the fly to the available bandwidth in your network. 

I changed ISPs, getting higher bandwith (I think it's 200Mbps) in the process. Then I prioritized YouTube streams on my home router.

Have had no stalls or drops in 4 months.

04/12/2018 - 5:11pm Thirded

Been on YouTube TV for about 4 months now. BTN in HD. NBCBayArea (Giants, Warriors) in HD. Unfortunately, Draymond is on HD too.

Also, surround sound, when it's broadcast that way.

Great service for $35/month.

02/21/2018 - 10:23pm YouTube TV

Testing out YouTube TV. I recorded the game and started watching the recording before ithe game was over. YouTube TV was smart enough to record the whole thing without me needing to add extra time to the recording. Very impressive.

I also learned that YouTube TV streams in HD and sends surround sound when it’s available, unlike the other streaming services.

I’m probably going to cut DirectTV any day now.

01/17/2018 - 11:26am Passwords - old school, sort of

I don't like any of the password storage apps. As Willie Sutton said, "That's where the money is." To me, they're just too tempting for serious attackers. Plus, I would be ceding some level of control to an intermediary, which I don't like.

I have a formula for passwords that results in a) unique passwords for every site; b) passwords that are at least 10 characters long; c) lower case, upper case, numbers, and a special character. For financial sites, I have kicker characters. For a given site, I can usually figure out the password using the formula in my head and the site I'm trying to sign into.

However, that's sometimes not possible. For example, some sites don't allow special characters. Other times, the formula and site might results in a couple of different password possibilities. For that, I need a lookup table.

I have a 128-bit encrypted, innocuously named Excel spreadsheet that resides in an unshared folder on Google Drive. It's accessible to my phone, my iPad, and my laptop. I don't access the spreadsheet from untrusted systems. The password to the spreadsheet is long, complex, but unchanging. It would take serious horsepower and time to crack that file, assuming it could even be found.

BTW - I also have other important data in various tabs in the spreadsheet. It really is like a safe deposit box for my family's info.

If my system is already compromised (e.g. keystroke logger, other types of surveillance malware), I'm screwed. If not, I think my method is a pretty safe. Good luck to the dude who wants to break into my Google Drive, find that innocuous Excel file, and crack the  encryption.

01/12/2018 - 9:26am I was there

I was in that corner of the end zone (northwest) at the Rose Bowl for that game! I was perhaps 30 yards from where it happened. It was awesome!

12/29/2017 - 8:21pm Idiot

Fitzgerald must be the stupidest play caller in college football. He passed on a field goal from the 2 and then handed Kentucky a short field with less than 2 minutes. Northwestern very nearly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

12/26/2017 - 5:26pm Orange khakis?

It would be awesome if Harbaugh challenged the Michigan money cannon to raise something like $250K. If achieved, he would wear orange khakis during the game.

12/18/2017 - 12:06pm A minibike

They had a mess of them in the Sears catalog, all with lawnmower engines. I wanted one in the worst way, but nope.

11/20/2017 - 3:21pm There are dentists in Ohio?

They must not be very busy.

11/17/2017 - 9:48am I feel for you, Hatter

We just put our wonderful Bernese Mountain Dog to sleep yesterday. She was 7 years old. Lymphoma that we couldn’t stop. I’m dying inside.

11/11/2017 - 1:21pm Hard to believe we lost to those Sparty asshats

That is all.

11/11/2017 - 2:41am Grew up in SoCal

Know just where Tehachapi is located.

Do you know of the hell hole called Victorville? I lived there from 10-18, until I left for Ann Arbor.

11/11/2017 - 12:58am BTN in Bay Area

With DirectTV in the Bay Area, it is in HD.

11/10/2017 - 8:57am Great to see someone on the internets

passing judgement on something they probably don’t know a damn thing about.

While fraternities and sororities do a lot of stupid stuff that makes headlines, they also do a lot of good which, of course, doesn’t make headlines.

11/06/2017 - 9:14am 2 for 6

I realize it’s last year vs. this year, but I just can’t get it out of my head that OSU was called for 2 penalties for a total of 6 yards in The Game last year. Those stats are so out of the norm that even the Big Ten must know something was amiss.

I’ve taken to calling my Bucknut co-worker “2 for 6.” Never forget!

11/02/2017 - 9:08pm I see Dewey Crowe from Justified

10/28/2017 - 1:27pm Hatter

You deliver endless amusement.

09/23/2017 - 4:15pm Fox Business Network

= channel 359 on DirectTV

09/05/2017 - 9:03pm Stanford

I like seeing nerds do well in athletics. One of my all time favorite moves was when the entire Stanford offensive line shifted in a big circle, arriving back in the same place they started. It was under Harbaugh, of course, and it was when they were first and goal on the USC 2 yard line in a Stanford blowout. Just an ultimate troll job by Harbaugh.

Plus, several family members are Stanford alums. That said, I know more about how they're doing than my own damn alum relatives. No wonder Jim bolted.

08/01/2017 - 12:42pm A better mouse trap
Trigger warning – I’m a get off my lawn type.
I’m not convinced that dust to dust, battery-powered cars are today more environmentally friendly than gasoline-powered cars. Further, we the taxpayers have made Elon Musk a very rich man which pisses me off.
However, the Tesla is in many ways a damn great car. Three simple examples from personal experience:
  • A good friend bought a Tesla and invited me to the factory pickup. We jumped in and had a clear stretch of road ahead of us. Holy shit. Linear acceleration as far as the eye could see. It was and is very awesome.
  • When he pulls into his driveway and new software is available, it simply downloads and installs with no user involvement. Self-driving software was automatically downloaded! (He hasn’t enabled that for, uh, obvious reasons). I, on the other hand, am told that I must sit in my Ford Edge with the engine running for 30 minutes to get new SYNC software. Of course, Ford hasn’t issued any new SYNC software in 2 years, but they did let me know that I can buy a new navigation data file for $150. BS.
  • We were out to lunch with the Tesla-owning friends on a very hot day. Just before we headed to the car, he instructed it, through the phone, to cool down the interior. On a 90+ degree day, the interior was 72 degrees when we got in. Sweet.
To me, the arguments about electric vs. gas are beside the point. Tesla is rethinking the essence of an automobile and they’ve done a pretty fine job so far. In many ways, it's simply a better mouse trap. Again, I’m no Elon Musk fan-boy.
I believe that once battery technology is perfected and electric car production has moved down the learning curve, it will be game over for the internal combustion engine. And, if the incumbent automakers don’t get their shit together, it may be game over for many of them too. 
07/30/2017 - 1:03pm Just returned from Yellowstone

We just returned from 2 fabulous weeks in Yellowstone and Jackson Hole. I highly recommend hiring a private wildlife guide, especially with the young ‘uns you have in tow. They’re available through the Yellowstone Institute (a public/private partnership of some sort) for about $600 per day. Our guide was Brad Bulin, who has a master’s in wildlife biology from Wisconsin (Oshkosh, I think). He was great - Google him for a glimpse. I think he can be hired through a private firm - - perhaps for less $, but I don’t know.

For fly fishing, also hire a guide. The rivers were high when we were on the water in early July, so the fishing wasn’t great (although my son caught an 18” cutthroat!). The guides will know where the best spots are located at any given time. We hired out of Jackson Hole, but instead of fishing the Snake, we drove 1.5 hours to the Green, which eventually flows into the Colorado. We were on a float boat all day for, you guessed it, $600 (+$100 tip). If you’re on the north side or west side of Yellowstone, the Madison or Gallatin will likely be your best bets, as the Yellowstone is probably still rocking with high water.

In the park, I think the guide suggested the river between Shoshone Lake and Lewis Lake, which in the southcentral part of the park. We passed on that, as we had already spent the best part of a week in the park and wanted to see something new. BTW – a fishing licenses inside the park is rather pricy. Outside the park, it is cheaper.

06/22/2017 - 8:56pm Inexpensive chardonnay, zinfandel, and more

If you're looking for great price/perfornance chardonnay, you can't beat Butter from Jam Cellars. $13

In the zinfandel category, Seghesio has great price/performance. $16

I haven't tried any of their wines in a while, but Cameron Hughes is a negociant, which means they buy up juice on the cheap from labels that have too much, repackage it under their own label, and sell it to the public for a fraction of the label's price. Sometimes, you can get fabulous wine for under $15. At least in our part of the world, Cameron Hughes is available at Costco.





06/22/2017 - 6:33pm Turley zin

Hell yes! Forgot to include that in my post above.

Some friends brought us a bottle as a gift (it was from their Atlas Peak vineyard), it sat for a year, and then I opened it at an Italian dinner. Great stuff! 

06/22/2017 - 5:20pm California wine snob here

After many years of absence from CA plus paying for kids expensive educations, I'm finally in a position to enjoy good wine. Current favorites:


  • Ghost Block cabernet
  • Cliff Lede cabernet
  • Red Mare cabernet
  • Chateau Montelena cabernet
  • Ridge Monte Bello bordeaux blend
  • Paradigm zinfandel


  • Rombauer chardonnay (known as Hillsborough herion in these parts)
  • Grgich Hills chardonnay
  • Duckhorn sauvignon blanc



06/09/2017 - 10:51am Back off, you lechers!

My daughter is a UCLA coed... But yeah, I always wear sunglasses on Bruin Walk!

Guaranteed playing time, great weather, academically-equivalent to Michigan, and coeds. Hard to pass up for a one and done.

06/08/2017 - 10:55am Yellowstone, Jackson Hole, Cody, etc.

My daughter is graduating from college in a week. No more tuition payments for either kid! Woohoo! 

The whole family is headed to Yellowstone and environs for two weeks. I haven't been there since I was a kid. Really looking forward to it.


05/17/2017 - 3:25pm High tech marketing for BigCo in Silicon Valley

EE (Michigan, of course)/MBA. Been doing this for about 30 years at startups and BigCos. Hate working at BigCos but have been doing so because, well, they pay me a lot and I needed it for my kids’ pricey educations. Now that they’ve graduated, I want to go back to a startup. Soon….

05/09/2017 - 3:35pm 1965 Pontiac GTO

My oldest brother had one. Navy blue, red "Tiger Paw" tires, 4-speed manual (white cue-ball stick!), six-pack (2x3 barrel carbs), small hood scoop. I'm told that it drove like a truck (I was too young to drive it) but damn, that thing could fly!

Some day, I shall own one...



02/28/2017 - 7:29pm Double dipping right now

Right now, I have both Direct TV and Playstation VUE running through a Roku Premier+ (the lowest cost Roku that has an ethernet port). I have both because I want to make sure that the Roku/Playstation VUE combo will work before cutting the coax cord.

I was inspired to do this by the last cord-cutting blog post several weeks ago. After 1 week, Roku/Playstation VUE seems to be working OK, but I haven't yet transferred my learnings to MGoWife. She is skeptical.

We've got solid internet access (I think about 50Mbps down), I've prioritized Roku TCP/IP traffic, and as mentioned, the Roku is hardwired, so I've had zero problems with streaming. Image quality and sound is outstanding.

My complaints are these:

  • A lack of well-organized UIs. Roku's and Playstation VUE's UIs are all lovely, quick, and graphical, but I find myself scrolling though rows and rows of events to find what I want.
  • A lot of descriptive information is cut off from each live event (mainly sports). I don't need a giant image of the NBA logo and "Washingt." What I want is a tiny Warriors logo and "Washington Wizards vs. Golden State Warriors 2/28/17."
  • Each streaming station, both inside and outside the Playstation VUE platform, seems to have it's own way to present events (and all are graphics heavy/info light). These many methods of presentation are sometimes confusing.
  • There doesn't appear to be a way to "Record all San Francisco Giants games" and present them as a bundle. I understand that with streaming, it's not exactly like that because some are just there to stream while others are recorded into cloud-based DVRs from the local broadcast, but still, it's the way I want to see them organized and presented.
  • Related to that is the fact that a team's games can be on one of several stations. Warriors games can be on CSN Bay Aea, ESPN, TNT, NBC, ABC, CBS, or Fox (all carried by Playstation VUE!). I find myslef Googling "Warriors schedule" to figure out what station it's on and then going to that station on Roku/Playstation VUE to find the game. That's quite cumbersome.

Anyway, that's my experience 1 week into it. I haven't bailed to Direct TV yet but the Roku/Playstation VUE user experience could be a hell of a lot better.

P.S. Please, no downvotes because I'm a Warriors fan. Draymond is a dick, but he's my team's dick and the Warriors are damn fun to watch.


02/28/2017 - 3:12pm Ladies wear

Was the ladies wear department in good shape?

02/28/2017 - 12:18pm Ladies wear department at Kmart on Maple at Huron

A summer job on an auto assembly line fell through so the only job I could get was stock clerk in the ladies wear department at the Kmart on Maple at Huron.

Lots of boxes from China containing clothing that tended toward large. I received my pay in cash in an envelope at the end of every pay period. Deductions were written by hand on the envelope. It was enough to pay for my rent and beer.

At the end of the summer, my manager said “We’d like you to stay on. Your future could be bright at Kmart.” In response, I said “No thanks. I think I’ll finish my BSEE from Michigan.”

01/23/2017 - 2:36pm Dodger Stadium reputation?

Do you mean its reputation as an ancient, concrete hellhole that is impossible to get to on game day? If so, I concur.

Go Giants!