Winter Holiday greetings from The Quake

monterey county USA | london UK | gran canaria ESP | 2015


...or lack thereof

A rare glimpse into what really goes on behind the secretive walls at Apple's Cupertino HQ as talented developers imported from around the globe prepare to unleash their latest gee-whiz MacBook on their unsuspecting customers.


...or lack thereof

Covered California has shelved its plans to offer dental insurance, apparently because they can't sync the dental plans with the rest of their web enrollment system. So people wanting to sign up will need to wait until 2016.

Here's an article about it.

The Quake's take on Covered California based on feedback by those who have enrolled has been positive overall, despite the highly publicized criticism of it's website enrollment teething problems [don't mention "teeth" -- Cov-Cal], and the difficulty finding providers in some areas of the state.

The fact that so many more people have coverage is a giant step forward. It's not single payer, and Americans are still being fleeced by the health insurance companies one way or another [as well as having their personal info compromised by poor security and marketing greed], but now that it's here it's already hard to believe that there was so much hatred towards it, and that some on the political right think they can still undo it, as they tried unsuccessfully with social security, unemployment, etc.

But it's a bit dodgy that Cov-Cal seemed to just forget to update their members on this subject. If you promote it before-hand, should you not mention, in the messages section of people's online account info page, that there is going to be a delay on dental?

Happy New Year for 2015


...or lack thereof

"The top 1% own 48% of global wealth, but even they aren't happy. A survey by Boston College of people with an average net worth of $78m found that they too were assailed by anxiety, dissatisfaction and loneliness. Many of them reported feeling financially insecure: to reach safe ground, they believed, they would need, on average, about 25% more money. (And if they got it? They'd doubtless need another 25%). One respondent said he wouldn't get there until he had $1bn in the bank.

"For this, we have ripped the natural world apart, degraded our conditions of life, surrendered our freedoms and prospects of contentment to a compulsive, atomising, joyless hedonism, in which, having consumed all else, we start to prey upon ourselves. For this, we have destroyed the essence of humanity: our connectedness."

George Monbiot, Guardian article

Dream or nightmare?

How dodgy is Boeing's Dreamliner, a documentary, new link, previous one blocked

TV & Film watch

"W10" UK movie set in west London

"My name is love" thai movie featuring brainwashed student @ 58:48 right side

All is not what it seems in the The Town, and another murder needs solving A mother's son.


An Orange county, California woman who killed, dismembered and cooked her husband, then ate his body parts, told a parole board: "I am not a monster." Local newspaper reader 'terri b' responded: "maybe he told her to make him dinner and she took it literally?"

Meanwhile, the BBC reported that a man in Britain who was asked to leave an all you can eat restaurant for "unacceptable behaviour" after eating five bowls of stir-fry, said he was accused of having a feeding frenzy.

San Jose Earthquakes' 18,000 capacity Avaya stadium opened
for the first time on Feb 28, 2015 with a season warm-up
game, beating LA 3:2.

This is the perfect new home for the Quakes and owned by
the team.

The club clearly listened and acted on the fans' wishes & input.

A brilliant achievement and props to all involved.

It's very exciting to be within relatively easy travel distance
to what is surely the best pro soccer stadium in the USA and
one that should be a model for up & coming clubs worldwide
to emulate.

quake's world

the spur
these football times
the daisy cutter


Likeable links
exchange rate news
the last quiet places
mac option key symbols
the bay lights
roll dice online and here
free internet access for the city of santa clara
electric cars in paris
friendly atheist

Usually reliable online TV streams
crtvg, galicia, espana, us feed
tvr britanny, france: big on stade rennais fc, rennes
tnn24 thai
elonce tv argentina
rte dublin, ireland
rtl muenchen deutschland dusseldorf, deutschland
telemolise southern italia
bbc britain
sfgovtv san francisco, usa

San Francisco & Monterey radio
kqed san francisco radio
kalw san francisco radio
kusp central coast public radio, santa cruz & monterey
kazu nat. public radio for the monterey bay

Other radio

Radio programs and podcasts
on point
the agony column for bookworms [live sundays on kusp]
philosophy talk [live on kalw]
7th avenue project


san francisco
arriving by luft

gran canaria

Patalavaca: click pic for Gran Canaria video


awakened voice world buddhist radio tune in
radio buddha
zen radio


amaravati uk
dhammaloka aus.
jikoji usa
tassajara usa
metta forest monastery usa


online meditation timer

"To be alive and to know you're alive is the greatest miracle of all. Present moment breathing in, wonderful moment breathing out" -- thich nhat hanh

"Meditation is the key that unlocks your mind, permeating post-meditation with awareness. Wisdom arises from the still mind." -- bhante henepola gunaratana

"with realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world." -- dalai lama

In 2012 a study in Israel showed that meditators were less inhibited by 'cognitive rigidity': in other words, they were more open to completely new solutions to problems.

namo amitabha
buddham sharanam gachchami


the buddha garden
om and 1 hr om
om mani padme hum
[namo tassa] bhagavato arahato sammæsambuddhassa
the dhamma brothers
four noble truths
positive psychology: catching up with ancient buddhist insight [pdf]
the best vegetarian chili in the world?


shradda, sri lanka
dmc thai

'Trigger happy tv'