Silicon Folly: ‘Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?’

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Courtesy of Andy Dolich
The downtown Los Altos clock at Main and State streets may not be a reliable source for getting the correct time.

As I was walking down the street one day
(Main Street in Los Altos)


Silicon Folly: COVID choreography

During a recent stroll into and around town, it hit me: I was seeing an entirely new form of dance being created right in front of my mask. The brilliance of Twyla Tharp, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Alvin Ailey, Fred Astaire and Dancing Penguins popped into my mind.

From the Mayor's Desk: Let’s be a leader for a clean, sustainable energy future

When we marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day last April, I asked: What if we harnessed the same level of dedication that we are using to battle the COVID-19 pandemic to combat climate change?

A Piece of My Mind: The productivity trap – are those working from home being exploited?

In an article by David Gelles in the June 23 New York Times exploring whether productivity increased during lockdown as people work from home, a number of workers and managers stated that productivity was actually up.

A Piece of My Mind: Navigating the minefield of words describing races

When I was a child, my parents moved us from Palo Alto to a small city of about the same size in the segregated South. (It was a bad move, but that’s another story.) My parents were from a part of the country where you were more likely to see an antelope walking down the street than a person of African descent. I had to learn some new words, and meanings of words.

Silicon Folly: Flying in the face of COVID-19

You may remember my grandfather, Jonathan Livingston Seagull. He was a worldwide literary phenomenon in the early 1970s. He and my grandmother settled down in Berkeley to join the “Free Fly Movement,” which was all the rage in the skies above the Cal campus.

A Piece of My Mind: Silver linings – and storm clouds

I read the disheartening news articles at the end of May about the George Floyd protests gone awry. I read about looters standing with crowbars at the ready as peaceful protesters marched down the streets of San Francisco and Oakland. They were waiting for the right moment to turn and smash a window for plunder. I read about rubber bullets and tear gas and arson and professional criminals driving up in vans to strip computer shops and appliance stores of their goods.


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