Synchronized Chaos July 2015: Back to the Drawing Board

The phrase ‘back to the drawing board’ came into popular usage in 1941 with a Peter Arno cartoon in the New Yorker showing engineers walking away from a plane crash as the passengers and crew exited by parachute. The concept reflects optimism, choosing to rethink plans rather than give up in the face of a […]

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Kahlil Crawford interviews 48blocks.com founder Leland Ware

One of my early literary/skating influences was 48blocks.com founder Leland Ware. Leland was a bit more cosmopolitan than most of us; and you’d be hard-pressed to come across him doing anything unrelated to writing/skating in some way, shape or form. I reached out to him recently to see what’s up.. KC: Sup man, it’s been a minute […]

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Essay from Christopher Bernard

A Little Talk Between Brain and Soul (Laudato Si’, Pope Francis) By Christopher Bernard The Brain and the Soul are meeting at Philz. The Brain is dressed in computer geek togs: leopard-style TV glasses, a shaved head, a tee-shirt reading Code Earth, leatherette flip-flops, and ragged but expensive-looking jeans. He has an iPad in one […]

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Poetry from Joan Beebe

A  4TH OF JULY TRIBUTE On this special day of celebration We raise our flag in freedom once more And watch parades with banners flying. Old soldiers are there too and some are crying. But we go on with thankful praise, Because we know the sacrifices made Some will sing our anthem of old Then […]

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Cristina Deptula reviews David Schwaderer’s Oakland, CA talk on innovation and aviation pioneers Burt and Dick Rutan

Last month’s Chabot enrichment speaker was W. David Schwaderer, a 30-year computer industry veteran who regularly lectures in Silicon Valley on the subject of innovation. He took volunteers and their guests through the Voyager Aircraft initiative, where a plane designed by inventors Burt and Dick Rutan circled the world without refueling, from the initial concept […]

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Shelby Stephenson reviews Ronald H. Bayes’ Earthen Music collection

SHELBY STEPHENSON Ronald H. Bayes’s Earthen Music The Collected Poems, Ronald H. Bayes, Selected and Edited by Joseph Bathanti and Ted Wojtasik (St. Andrews University Press: 2015, 685 pages), with Introduction by Joseph Bathanti; For almost five decades Ronald H. Bayes has wowed the world with poetry and with love of the arts and compassion […]

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Ryan Hodge’s Play/Write column

-Ryan J. Hodge For someone who enjoys a great story, is there anything better than a narrative that engages you from the very start? Imagine a world so rich you can almost smell the scents in the air, a delivery so clever it forces you to think in a way you never thought you would. […]

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