Predictions for 2009

Everyone is all about cheap chic, even those of us rare few who still go to an office 50 hours a week. We are becoming more conscious as a society about our consumption. We’re trying to get by on less, we are trying to make simple lives, we are trying to retreat from the shrine of shopping malls. With this …

Vanessa McGradyPredictions for 2009

10 Commandments for Our Once and Future Leaders

Juan Enriquez (2008) Pop!Tech Pop!Cast from PopTech on Vimeo. This is quite possibly the smartest man in America. He explains what happened to us and how to get out of this big mess we’re in. The video is about a half hour long, so pour yourself a glass of cabernet, get a tub of Haagen Dazs Rum Raisin ice cream, …

Vanessa McGrady10 Commandments for Our Once and Future Leaders

Universal Disgust

I love my nephew so much. He’s much sweeter than anyone else I know — except for maybe his dad, my brother Ilya. At 15, big kid that he is, he still cuddles up in Ilya’s lap. He sent me this Facebook thing today, a protest that if McCain is elected that he won’t go to school on Nov. 5. …

Vanessa McGradyUniversal Disgust

Getting Engaged

This video made me want to do something to help somebody. To engage with the world. To shut my trap and actually do something with the creative brew inside. To be a better person. Will.i.am for VP!!!!! Write in!!!!!

Vanessa McGradyGetting Engaged

Reverse Warrior

Yoga is a metaphor for everything else. You seriously could drive yourself half bats making all the intellectual, spiritual and emotional connections. In yoga there is a counter pose for every pose. When you spend time bending forward, you move into a back bend. When you stretch left, you stretch right. And so on. There is a series of poses …

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How Long Until Election Day?

Old, Grizzled Third-Party Candidate May Steal Support From McCain I’d like to set some new ground rules for our erstwhile candidates and their supporters, because I’m very, very close to switching out completely and listening to JACK-FM in the car, and spending my online time at www.engrish.com. So. If you are running for president or vice president, I respectfully submit …

Vanessa McGradyHow Long Until Election Day?

A Nation of Mediocrity

I don’t talk much about work in this blog. But something struck me today. We work so hard to get renewable energy into California. This is energy that comes from the sun, wind, geothermal, water and cow poop and other organic waste sources. Of course you need to get that energy TO people, via transmission lines. Because everyone so desperately …

Vanessa McGradyA Nation of Mediocrity