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How to make it through the Global Entry process

2017-08-25T20:04:25Z

I finally got my Global Entry application finished today. Here are some thoughts if you want to do the same. It’s going to be tough if you don’t have a Global Entry office in your city. San Francisco is the only office in Northern California, it would suck to be in Sacramento and beyond. The … Continue reading "How to make it through the Global Entry process"

I finally got my Global Entry application finished today. Here are some thoughts if you want to do the same.

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  • It’s going to be tough if you don’t have a Global Entry office in your city. San Francisco is the only office in Northern California, it would suck to be in Sacramento and beyond.
  • The application process is fairly simple, but they will tell you there are 30 days to do the final interview and the next appointment is in 6 months.
  • You can do a walk-in, but there’s no guarantee you will be seen. I sat for 6 1/2 hours and was sent away at 8 pm. There were people waiting from Davis and other areas, so I was lucky enough to be local.
  • Get there at 7:00 am, don’t even bother walking in after noon. Today I only waited 3 1/2 hours and got it done.
  • Bring your laptop and charging cables. It’s a long time to wait and you’re going to kill your phone’s battery playing games and checking Facebook.
  • It’s probably not worth the effort if you only fly international once a year or so. It took me 10 hours of waiting to save 30-40 minutes in customs on each trip.
  • The folks running the office are working as hard as they can, don’t throw shade at them. They blast through the interviews and try to get as many people out the door as possible. It’s a popular program that is not getting the support it needs from higher above.
  • Bring the following items
    • Your passport. To be safe, make sure there are more than 6 months left before it expires.
    • Your driver’s license. Or something else that proves you live at the current address
    • Your Global Entry id number. This will be on the letter you receive or go to the web site and look for the number that starts with 9



Meghan Drake – Softball extraordinaire

2017-05-01T00:33:21Z

I’ve been a big proponent of owning your online persona. I put together this article on how to do this and why it is important: Students: build your brand and get your dream job. My niece, Meghan Drake , has been destroying the softball field since she was knee-high to a grasshopper. She’s inherited her … Continue reading "Meghan Drake – Softball extraordinaire"

I’ve been a big proponent of owning your online persona. I put together this article on how to do this and why it is important: Students: build your brand and get your dream job.

My niece, Meghan Drake (image) , has been destroying the softball field since she was knee-high to a grasshopper. She’s inherited her dad’s ability to crush the ball and beats us all at defense. Meghan’s getting ready for college and it’s time to own her online profile.

Meghan Drake now has a blog, which consolidates her Twitter feed, Facebook Page posts, and YouTube videos.




Your first trip to Bangalore

2016-10-18T18:10:25Z

My travel buddy Durward is joining me on my next trip to India. While I’ve had the opportunity to visit Bangalore many times, this is his first trip to India. I’ve been collecting some tips and thought I’d share them. Please note, this is not a travel list for all of India, rather more specifically … Continue reading "Your first trip to Bangalore"

My travel buddy Durward is joining me on my next trip to India. While I’ve had the opportunity to visit Bangalore many times, this is his first trip to India. I’ve been collecting some tips and thought I’d share them. Please note, this is not a travel list for all of India, rather more specifically for those working for American companies that have an office in Bangalore.
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Custard for Nursing Puppies

2015-03-21T16:31:27Z

There’s nothing like a bunch of squeeling puppies in the house. Puppy breath should be bottled in the air freshener aisle. And then you’ve got proud momma watching over her brood. While she’s got everything under control, there comes a point where she could use a helping hand. This recipe for cream of wheat custard … Continue reading "Custard for Nursing Puppies"

There’s nothing like a bunch of squeeling puppies in the house. Puppy breath should be bottled in the air freshener aisle. And then you’ve got proud momma watching over her brood. While she’s got everything under control, there comes a point where she could use a helping hand.
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This recipe for cream of wheat custard was used regularly at Alcala Pet Care for litters of show poodles and bichons. It’s easy to make, highly digestible, full of protein, and quite tasty. We also made many batches for our friends that were fighting AIDS, as it is one of the few dishes that are palatable and healthy while your immune system is down.

While this is for the puppies, you’ll probably want to scoop out some for yourself. Just heat with some milk and sugar for breakfast.

We’d feed this to the nursing mama a couple weeks after the puppies are born and you can feed it to the puppies as they begin weaning.

Puppy Custard:

  • 2 Qts. 1% milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup Cream of Wheat
  • 1 large or 2 small eggs

In a double boiler add milk, sugar, and cream of wheat. Stir and cook until the sugar and cream of wheat are well dissolved and cooked. It takes about twenty minutes for this to take place.

In a small dish whisk eggs and slowly add small amounts of hot milk mixture to eggs. Add egg mixture slowly to milk in pan whisking during the process. After stirring well cover pan and turn the heat to low and cook for approximately 45 minutes.

Do not remove lid until finished. Remove from heat and cool.




100 songs that influenced my life

2015-03-18T04:43:35Z

Music has always been important to me. It inspires me, challenges me, and sometimes annoys me. Looking back, I’m glad that I challenged myself at an early age to avoid top 40 and have a relatively diverse list of influential songs. Putting together a list like this took much longer than I expected. I could … Continue reading "100 songs that influenced my life"Music has always been important to me. It inspires me, challenges me, and sometimes annoys me. Looking back, I’m glad that I challenged myself at an early age to avoid top 40 and have a relatively diverse list of influential songs. Putting together a list like this took much longer than I expected. I could have easily added 5-10 songs by a few bands and called it quits, but this list limits it to one song per band and forced me to think about what songs continue to be my favorite, pushed me in a new direction, or represent my strongest memory of each band. Growing up Candy man: Sammy Davis Jr. I remember this as a childhood obsession. My sisters would help me call the local radio stations and beg the DJs to play this song. I don’t even remember if they played it. One time they rewarded me with a Commodores’ record. Funky Town: Lipps inc. Moo and I played this non stop for hours. Tiptoe through the tulips: Tiny Tim. Moo broke my record. It was a tragic end to the song. title="Tiptoe through the tulips with Tiny Tim" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/N_PLWqnfFgU?rel=0" width="480" height="360" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"> Macho Man: The Village People. Early warning sign? I was too young to understand the real meaning of YMCA and In the Navy, but Macho Man didn’t lack in subtleties. title="Macho Man" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/AO43p2Wqc08?rel=0" width="640" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"> Bad Girls by Donna Summer. Perhaps this was the seed to my obsession with prostitution movies. Delta Dawn by Helen Reddy. My sisters must have forced me to listen to this song because it’s still stuck in my head. I’m a woman: Peggy Lee/Enjoli perfume commercial. This also should be filed under early warning. Punk and New Wave My War: Black Flag The angriest song. Pay to Cum: Bad Brains. This was one of the first punk records I bought and it is blistering. title="Peanuts and Bad Brains mashup" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/r326c3DewuE?rel=0" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"> Freedom of Choice: Devo. I use this song regularly to explain the pros and cons of multiple choices. Ha Ha Ha: Flipper Like the Bad Brains song, this was one of the first punk records I bought and laid my musical foundations. Walk together, Rock Together: 7 seconds. I’ve always been straight edge, but didn’t realize it until discovering 7 seconds and Minor Threat. This song summarizes the movement’s goal to breakdown the barriers and create a unified, stronger punk movement. As an aside, I was really stoked to get a comment from Kevin Seconds on this blog almost a decade ago. Multi-Death Corporation: MDC. This record prompted me to stop eating meat 30 years ago. Straight Edge: Minor Threat. A song that summarized my teenage life… and continues today. In this interview, Ian MacKaye talks about the song and movement title="Ian MacKaye interview" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4k79RlZHjok?rel=0" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"> War of the Super Bikes: Meatmen Ace of Spades: Motorhead Like Johnny Cash, Motorhead was a band that was universally loved across musical borders. Hessians, Skins, and everyone in between loved Ace of Spades. They saved Hitler’s Cock: Angry Samoans Blitzkrieg Bop: the Ramones It’s hard to say which Ramones song had the biggest impact. Rock the Casbah: the Clash This was my introduction to the Clash and favorite MTV video when it came out. God Save the Queen[...]



100 Impressionable Films

2015-02-09T00:22:47Z

Movies don’t have to be amazing to have an impact. These are films that I still think about or led me to explore new ideas. Some are great, some are trashy, and some just hit me at the right time. Foreign Irreversible Rashomon Belle du Jour Red White (Three Colors Trilogy) Blue Dancer in the … Continue reading "100 Impressionable Films"Movies don’t have to be amazing to have an impact. These are films that I still think about or led me to explore new ideas. Some are great, some are trashy, and some just hit me at the right time. Foreign Irreversible Rashomon Belle du Jour Red White (Three Colors Trilogy) Blue Dancer in the Dark The Taste Of Others Earth Water Fire The Decalogue The Red Balloon Anatomy of Hell Fat Girl (The Criterion Collection) Dreams by Kurosawa Dancer in the Dark Ran The Passion of Joan of Arc Woman in the Dunes The Saddest Music in the World La Chatte à Deux Têtes (Porn Theater) C’etait un Rendezvous Pardes title="Rendezvous Movie" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/92541091" width="700" height="394" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"> C’était un rendez-vous – 1976 from LeCatalog on Vimeo. Comedy Sordid Lives Cloudburst title="Cloudburst Trailer" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/U89Xb9j6beo?rel=0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"> Repo Man Police Academy Pink Flamingos Female Trouble Rubin and Ed The General src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ncapCvkPgVw?rel=0" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"> Airplane Reform School Girls Hedwig and the Angry Inch Fast times at ridgemont high Shakes the Clown Midgets vs. Mascots (Unrated) Porky’s Death Race 2000 Smokey and the Bandit Horror Blair Witch Project Giant Spider Invasion – This was the first movie to give me nightmares. I discovered I could avoid nightmares by imagining monsters playing baseball and never worried about scary movies again. Return of the Living Dead Evil Dead 2 Little Otik Human Centipede Hostel Martyrs Audition The Blob Halloween Friday the 13th pt. 2 – I thought the series really took off when Jason returned as an adult. Hellraiser Blood Diner – This is the best vegan, zombie Shetar film ever made. If John Waters made a horror film, it might look like Blood Diner. This scene is just the tip of the iceberg. title="Blood Diner clip" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nhLvTnvsp50" width="640" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"> Requiem for a Dream The Gay Bed & Breakfast of Terror The Shining The Hitcher While the remake wasn’t bad, you’ve got to go with the original. The Birds This was another film that I watched at too young of an age. The Exorcist I watched this at least a dozen times on TV before reading the book and watching the un-edited version. Hoo boy, skip the TV version and go for the real one. I was more than a bit surprised with what a crucifix can do. Drama Bless the Beasts and Children – This film had a huge impact on me as a child and is probably a major reason I have no respect for people that hunt. Watership Down – Mom didn’t know what this movie was about when we saw it at the Navy base theater. We thought it would be yet another war film. This blew me away and became my favorite book to read in school. Forget Harry Potter, give me a socio-political novel based on rabbits. width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ji-LqBskNyE?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen title="Watership Down trailer"> River’s Edge – Crispin Glover’s masterpiece The Outsiders – Stay golden pony boy What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, not to be mistaken for Baby Jane? Freaks Deliverance Do the Right Thing Fight Club The Diving Bell and The Butterfly The Warriors – Come out and play! Thelma and Louise Brazil Suburbia Harold and Maude Beneath the V[...]



Blast from the Past

2015-01-21T03:56:51Z

Nostalgia sucks. It sucks you into a steaming pot of “oh my god I remember that site…”. Here are some of the web pages that opened my eyes to the potential of this internet thingy. I am better than your kids Possibly the first and best troll on the internet. No kid’s artwork is safe … Continue reading "Blast from the Past"

Nostalgia sucks. It sucks you into a steaming pot of “oh my god I remember that site…”. Here are some of the web pages that opened my eyes to the potential of this internet thingy.

I am better than your kids

(image) Possibly the first and best troll on the internet. No kid’s artwork is safe from Maddox’s curatorial tongue. The page also has an appropriate URL: TheBestPageInTheUniverse.Net

I hate clowns

One of my first emails addresses was Bubba@iHateClowns.com. I had the tshirt and sticker to match. I still hate clowns.

Doodie

Ah, there’s nothing like the smell of a doodie cartoon in the morning. It smells like… Internet Gold. Doodie delivered a fresh poop-toon every morning.
(image) Now they’ve expanded to non-poop cartoons.

The Steakhouse Incident

Apparently, early internet pages were filled with potty humor. The steakhouse incident is the finest example of splattering the walls.

Paris Street View

Google made street view maps famous, but (image) Pages Jaune provided street view photos of all Paris addresses way back in the early 2000s. You can still catch a glimpse of the images in the Immersive view.

My first web site

I built my first web site in 1997 and it was a real beauty. Enjoy the awkwardness of By Business Page Maker-built web design: Ted Drake.




So Tasty!

2015-01-19T03:57:31Z

Ah foodies and their search for the next big taste. The pursuit leads one to new locations, tastes, and aftertastes. The following stories are so tasty! In 1979, Les Blank took a detour to film German filmmaker Werner Herzog honoring a vow he made to Errol Morris that he (Herzog) would eat his shoe if … Continue reading "So Tasty!"

Ah foodies and their search for the next big taste. The pursuit leads one to new locations, tastes, and aftertastes. The following stories are so tasty!

In 1979, Les Blank took a detour to film German filmmaker Werner Herzog honoring a vow he made to Errol Morris that he (Herzog) would eat his shoe if Morris ever actually made one of his films he was forever talking about. Stung to action, Morris directed Gates of Heaven and Herzog, true to his word, returned to Berkeley to consume one of his desert boots at the UC Theater. Blank’s film documents Herzog’s strongly expressed belief that people must have the gutts to attempt what they dream of.

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Ain’t I a Beauty

2015-01-19T03:12:46Z

Fluf, a band from San Diego in the mid 1990’s, was notorious for never appearing in their press photos. The release of a new album or photo opportunity was always a joy for their fans. Facebook, a web site from Mountain view that started in the mid 2000’s, required users to upload a photograph of … Continue reading "Ain’t I a Beauty"Fluf, a band from San Diego in the mid 1990’s, was notorious for never appearing in their press photos. The release of a new album or photo opportunity was always a joy for their fans. Facebook, a web site from Mountain view that started in the mid 2000’s, required users to upload a photograph of themselves for their profile. The release of my new profile photo is reason for my adoring fans to celebrate. Here are some of my most glamorous mug shots. [...]



Spiders are gonna get you!

2015-01-17T22:33:18Z

I have many jobs, but money isn’t the only salary. Sometimes I work to torment my friends and family. It’s the Scorpio Asshole in me. Take Heidi for example. She’s afraid of insects. Not in the “I don’t like bugs, icky!” mode. She’s bat-shit crazy about bugs and has been known to freak out when … Continue reading "Spiders are gonna get you!"

(image) I have many jobs, but money isn’t the only salary. Sometimes I work to torment my friends and family. It’s the Scorpio Asshole in me.

Take Heidi for example. She’s afraid of insects. Not in the “I don’t like bugs, icky!” mode. She’s bat-shit crazy about bugs and has been known to freak out when a bug lands on her windshield wiper while driving down the road. The thought of a spider crawling up her leg would motivate her to get a chainsaw and hack her leg to pieces.

Naturally, one of my jobs is to deliver a steady stream of insects to Heidi’s Facebook, SMS, and emails. Here are some recent additions.

Attack of the White Tail Spider

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A kid with a serious obsession with pouring spiders on his body

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Trees covered with thousands of spiders
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Seemingly innocent hair ball erupts into thousands of fleeing spiders
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The mother of all spiders is gonna get you!
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