Category Archives: Personal

Viewing the October 2014 Blood Moon from Silicon Valley

I happened to be awake at 3:30 am, so I went outside to look at the “Blood Moon” lunar eclipse. In Silicon Valley the moon looked much darker than normal, and reddish-brown with a silver crescent to the right. It … Continue reading

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My Father Dies at 89

My father, James B. Briggs, has died at age 89 after a series of illnesses … in other words, “old age.” He was born in 1924, and raised on a farm in Michigan as part of a large family – … Continue reading

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The Dental Checkup

You know your dental checkup will be tough when your dentist says, “This will take a few visits” and “Most patients don’t like freezing both sides of their mouth on the same visit. How about you?” 🙂

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OSCON 2012 Travel Annoyances

My trip from San Jose to OSCON 2012 in Portland wasn’t exactly smooth sailing … SJC to PDX I took a 6:15 am Alaska Air flight to PDX on a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, the TriMet MAX light rail to … Continue reading

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Palo Alto: The Stanford Theater and Blue Diamond Jam

I happened to take the Caltrain down to Palo Alto Friday evening for a meeting … Afterward, I noticed that The Stanford Theater had a film noir festival, so I decided to see that. It was a double feature of … Continue reading

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