Hey, sometimes you make different turns in web making. So this publication experiment in medium has quickly taken the left turn at Albuquerque.

Instead we are publishing the full show and podcast at a brand new self-hosted, fully reclaimed Wordpress site https://prconnection.cogdog.casa/

https://prconnection.cogdog.casa/

See the full exciting technical details at http://cogdogblog.com/2018/05/pr-connection-podcast/.

Thanks for all the fish.


Antonio and I have intended to do a podcast series for a long time; it was only a big wind named Maria that put a kink in the plans.

The logo you see is a mashup of the flag of Puerto Rico with the main building of the Universidad Sagrado del Corazón inside an outline of the Puerto Rico Map, all with French Connection style typography.

In deciding where to publish podcasts once gets mired in platform and technical details. Antonio and I decided instead to free form it and move across a few platforms.

This is emergent, after all.


“Postcards For Puerto Rico” flickr photo by cogdogblog https://flickr.com/photos/cogdog/37427303750 shared into the public domain using (CC0)

Originally published Oct 13, 2017 http://cogdogblog.com/2017/10/el-puente/ being republished to start the new publication on medium.

Are you stressed, tired in the middle of your semester?

Imagine your classrooms, campus, students not even sure if they have water, electricity, food, much less internet, just because the place they live was twice in the path of hurricanes. Imagine you are a citizen of the United States of America and hear its leader blame you for this problem, and not delivering a fraction of the aid seen in Texas and Florida.

Imagine your syllabus when, as university professor teacher, your are hoping just…


Names of US Representatives and Senators who voted in favor of the not so Great 2017 #TaxScamBill, image created at Wordclouds.com It seems to form some kind of pattern. Weird, eh?

They worked feverishly into the wee hours, hand scribbling in legislature, finding mutual backs to scratch, tossing tiny bones of favor to the remaining stragglers. Now they are back slapping congratulations, tipping their champagne glasses at this barge of shit they sold their souls for.

This seems funny because in the source I thought told us how bills are made into law…

… I don’t recall anything sung like these scribblings:

By the time most Americans realize what they paid for in terms of a time expired tax cut morsel, 13 million left without healthcare, higher education a…


“Adding Machine 2” Wikimedia commons photo by Free2barredo shared under CC BY-SA

Personally, the issue of TrumpDontCare nee Obamacare is most important. As a type 1 diabetic since age seen and since 2012 self-employed, without access to this insurance, I’d be deeply screwed. Looking at premium costs misses out a larger picture, each year the new version of the plan I had the year before shifts more costs, with no justification, my way, offering less service at more costs.

Prescriptions are slid to higher tiers, prices for some diabetic supplies are more expensive purchase through insurance covered providers than me buying directly from suppliers. …


I did a google images search (set for openly licensed images) on “world’s oldest profession” and got much less racy / relevant images than I imagines, but as this one shows, the oldest profession is not what you think (it’s used as image on the Wikipedia article on Agriculture which lends itself to fertilizer and the topic of this post). It is a Maler der Grabkammer des Sennudem 001.jpg Wikimedia Commons image placed into the public domain by The Yorck Project.

I am so old I remember both doing this and recommending it in the Ordovician era of the web- putting my email address at the bottom of every web page.

Ha ha, fool. But there was no harvesting and selling of emails for purposes of sending unwanted marketing spam. Once the internet altered to become the advernet, this all changed.

Email spam is now a FOL. Gmail saves me a lot of even seeing the river of sludge that is down in the foul underbelly of the internet. …


“Help is Here” flickr photo by cogdogblog https://flickr.com/photos/cogdog/6025003406 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

I don’t know Dave Pell but I read his medium posts. He’s a good writer, and publishes NextDraft “a quick and entertaining look at the day’s most fascinating news.” Dave has 126,000 followers on medium.

He uses great lead photos in his posts.

He never, ever, as far as I can see, attributes the sources of his photos. I chased one down he used and found it came from a copy lifted from a fee based stock photo site.

I posted what I thought was a respectful reply but heard nada. …


“I PAY MY TAXES” flickr photo by cogdogblog https://flickr.com/photos/cogdog/33276670913 shared into the public domain using (CC0)

Over the weekend I finished and filed my 2016 taxes. Fun. Yesterday I mailed my first quarterly estimated sales tax for 2017 (because I am self-employed). More fun.

I can tell you that last year I sent 17.5% of my income to the US treasury. The current President is proposing a budget that reduces the portion of my taxes that go to programs I think should not be cut (Education, arts, science, etc) as well as giving it to ones I’d prefer it not go to (building a wall along the border, buying more military weapons).

Still, I pay taxes…


“Crowd” flickr photo by James Cridland https://flickr.com/photos/jamescridland/613445810 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

Alan Levine

Barks about and plays with web tech. Likes photography, guitars, storytelling, blogging, biking, coding, the Who. Hates likes, egos, spammers. Has shots.

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