Have We No Decency?

Robin Williams, beloved comedian and actor died yesterday. He committed suicide. His untimely death, like all suicides, is tragic and heartbreaking and fans around the world are mourning his loss. Robin Williams put his all into the characters he played. His improv was incomparable, his wit seemed to roll off the cuff unstoppable. Although Williams was frank about his life in many ways, including his problems with substance abuse, we know now that there was much we didn’t know about the man who gave us so much joy and laughter, and at times moved us to tears. James Hamblin said of Williams in The Atlantic today: The comedian carried insecurity and self-doubt with contagious intensity. He was so grandiose and … Continue reading

RIP Robin Williams

A great comedic genius who filled the world with so much laughter died today, but the world is a far better place for all that he gave us. RIP Robin Williams, found dead in his Marin County home today of an apparent suicide. Like many who watch the news trend on the internet, I had at first hoped this was one of those internet hoaxes, but sadly it was clear that we had lost a great comedian and beloved actor today. Williams was found unresponsive at his home in Tiburon at around noon Monday, sheriff’s officials said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. I remember when Robin Williams first appeared on Happy Days as the alien Mork. It was … Continue reading

An Open Letter to Katrina vanden Heuvel, et al

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Like Microsoft, American magazines have so come to see themselves as indispensable that they cannot conceive of why so much consumer rage is aimed at their exploitive, ripoff approach to consumers … “Auto-renew” is not a convenience. It is a license to steal, and makes keeping your checkbook balanced an impossible task. Continue reading

Democratic Daily columnist wins awards

Walter Brasch, whose weekly column appears in the  Democratic Daily, recently won awards for both his column and his radio commentary. Brasch won first place in commentary (general) and second place in commentary (humor) from the Pennsylvania Press Club, against statewide competition. During the past decade, he has also won multiple awards from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, National Federation of Press Women, Society of Professional Journalists, Pennsylvania Press Club, and the Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association. At the annual Pennsylvania Press Conference, held in State College, Pa., this past weekend, he won his second consecutive first place for commentary, presented by the Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association. Dr. Brasch has been a journalist more than 40 years, specializing in … Continue reading

Are You XPerienced?

XP X-its: Microsoft displays the same callousness that’s come to be the hallmark of the Redmond, Washington company, who probably don’t realize that their high handed behavior is contributing to Microsoft’s doom — more rapidly than they realize. I have already set the stage to become an XPatriate. My XPosure to Microsoft just can’t be summarized overall as a very pleasant XPerience. Continue reading

Communicating the Atomic Fart

  by Walter Brasch   My son’s best friend bought an iPhone shortly after they were first released in 2007. Not long after my son’s friend got his Apple iPhone, he got an app—the Atomic fart. It appealed to his—and millions’ of others’—junior high school sense of humor, although by the time they could digitally play a series of farts, they were long past puberty. The First Fart was a simple recreation. There were several upgrades, each of which added numerous possibilities. The current app has 30 possibilities, including a whoopee cushion fart, a fireworks fart, a drum solo fart, and the “1812 Overture Fart.” It was only less annoying than dogs barking “Jingle Bells” at Christmas time. For the … Continue reading