He would herd bikers, run up and down mountains and was an avid reader.
I loved him dearly. It was an honor to have spent time with him; I was proud to be in his pack.
The name Filemeon means "only friend" in Ancient Greek and it was perfectly fitting; he was mine, I was his. I am a much better person because Nalli and I were together.
Nalli died just short of Thanksgiving, 2013. (Which was Noveber 28 for my non-USA friends.) And if there is one thing I will be thankful for on that holiday is that I was able to spend any time at all with Nalli. My only regret is that there wasn't more. I guess that there is never enough time.
There is so much more to say about Nalli.
For example, about his herding. Off-leash, Nalli would run up ahead 8-10 feet then circle back behind. He weas herding me, keeping me in line and probably warning off others. Nicole, who also had the pleasure of living with Nalli the longest told me that he would herd her while she was biking! Up and behind her, round and round (though more like an oval), while she was on a mountain bike!
Michele told me about the time she and Nalli were hiking Tiger Mountain. Unfortunately she broke her ankle. As people approached her to help, Nalli was barking frantically and threateningly; he must have thought that she was on the ground and needed his protection. Michele had to put a leash on him and reassure him that it was ok before people could get near to her and help her.
He pretty-much ignored other dogs. One time at the dog park there were literally hundresd of dogs (it was a nice day and the Magnuson Park Dog Park is fairly large). I strolled along, Nalli herding me, and we swept through the doggy deluge like Moses parting the waters. Nalli ignored every other dog, his job was in moving me forward, not to stop and socialize. His mission took precedence . Even when I stopped, and other dogs would come up and sniff him, he ignored them, not even deigning to return an exploratory sniff. Dogs did not attract his curiosity. Only friend indeed!
He took care of me. Even in, literally, his last minutes of life, and as I paced the room at the veterinarian's knowing that he was ebbing away, his gaze swept back and forth at me, always watchful and even tried to lift himself up to go with me before collapsing into the big sleep.
Quel dog! Quel Nalli!
Some photos (click on photo should you want a larger version):
Hanging out with Macaroni, a Katrina survivor.
One of my many many many pictures:
Nalli's characteristic (his and of his breed, I think) debonair stance:
Photo Nicole Zalewski
He'd been swimming & fetching for at least an hour and he wanted more:
People do a double-take: Why is there a sheep in the road?
Photo Nicole Zalewski
Nalli, the hippie dog:
Photo Michele Coad
About 6 months ago at the park:
As it became difficult for him to walk we spent a lot of time together just hanging out:
At home, when he could no longer walked and I carried him everywhere:
In the back of the staion wagon, a few weeks ago, getting ready for the big sleep:
His ashes. It's a lovely box. It's 6" by 4" by 4" and sits on my desk so Nalli is with me all the time.
While the problem with Netflix (see link) was in fact a non-problem, there is indeed an issue with older Apps for the iPad One.
As I was configuring the iPad One i discovered that the latest App for iBooks and Kindle for iPad do not work with it. I spoke extensively with Apple and Amazon staff. (Amazon does have an amazing telephone customer response capability and I spoke with 3 people though without positive result.)
I'll go back over the issue. If you delete an account on an iPad One -- in order to say to give it or sell it -- to establish a new one, the new user should get the Apps from the iTunes Store since the App is linked to a particular account, even if it is free software.
But the Apps for iBooks and Kindle for iPad which will work for an iPad One are not available. Period. You can find work-arounds if you have the old Apps on your desktop system or from a friend, but if you cannot, tough luck. That is what I experienced and confirmed by Apple and Amazon staff.
That means that (in my particular case), I cannot read books which I purchased at iBookstore and Amazon.
I will continue to check with Apple and Amazon, and again to the chief execs. If anyone can offer any assistance to help solve the problem, please contact me.
Otherwise, unless I learn some new information, both Amazon and Apple have denied me the ability to read books which I already bought, it sounds like a class action for some enterprising lawyer wanting to make money..
And btw, who knows what other Apps from other companies are no longer possible to be sued on my iPad One.
I configured an old iPad (Model One) for a friend and her daughter. In particular they wanted Netflix the App for movies when traveling.
But when I came to installing the App, I couldn't. The message said (sorta) "Your software is too old to run Netflix.Tough luck." I checked with the Apple Store genius bar guy and yes it appeared that my older iPad would not run the newest App. Sorry. I called Netflix and one rep said it would and one said it wouldn't and it looked as if the second one was correct.
I must have tried at least a half dozen times to re-install the Netflix App both directly from the App Store and via iTunes on my desktop. But didn't work. Same message: "You need to update to the latest iPad system software" which of course I couldn't since the iPad is too old.
Since streaming Netflix is one of the most fun things to do on an iPad, I was vexed. While sitting in my favorite expresso, I was feeling whimsical and decided to write to Tim Cook (Apple CEO) and Reed Hasting (Netflix CEO) to complain. "Hey I want my old Netflix App back!" And I explained the situation. Of course I never expected an answer.
That email went out at 7:43 AM. (Of course I don't know either man and don't know there email addresses but the web gave me some hints.)
At 8:37 AM I see a phone call coming in from a California area code. My cousin? One of my nephews? No. A guy from Netflix. Seriously. Tells me that Reed is really busy this morning! but maybe he could help. Unbelievable. And in fact he did walk me through the process and for some reason (honest I did the exact same thing on my own) it worked and the Netflix app is up and running nicely.
Unbelievable customer support. Thanks Netflix. You have some people on a Thanksgiving trip much happier because they can now watch movies on an iPad.
Sounds like a heartwarming and corny ad put together by Don Draper? Probably so but it's true.
I wonder why KING put the entire interview on line. It doesn't reflect well on KING.
The interview was so poorly-done that I wonder if the real target of the attack was actually Linda Brill.
Maybe some of her colleagues at KING wanted to undermine her? by releasing an interview which was shabby, whether you like Sawant's ideas or not?
Who knows? But stranger things have happened in bureaucratic infighting.
Sawant comes across well even if you don't agree with her ideas. She has a very likeable side. So I don't think that KING made Sawant look bad at all. In fact most people cringe at the interviewer's questions. Worth listening to the whole thing if you follow Seattle politics.
Goldy can be extremely interesting. Yglesias almost always is and to boot has a good sensibility and knowledge about city planning.
But my point: a commenter made the following remark directed to yet another commenter. Tracking?
"You should be promoting an actual doable agenda and holding her to that, rather than taking up crucial bandwidth defending her idiotic fantasies about implementing world socialism from a Seattle council seat."
Yup. Well said.
So what is a "doable agenda"? I'd like to hear about what -- if anything -- the City can do in the area of health care for ALL citizens of Seattle.
Can the City of Seattle, through its buying power, can help lower the cost of group health insurance?
It already has 10,000 or so employees covered by health insurance and so it has staff who know the health care delivery systems and how to purchase it etc etc
What could the City do in using its expertise and buying power in the area of health care?
I will be the first to say that I know nothing about health insurance except that I have it and I like it. But there has to be some way that the City of Seattle, as a robust institution, can do something. If it could be then health insurance for all Seattleites would be a useful element in -- if you want to call it that -- a "socialist agenda."
If Boeing leaves it will also leave a skilled workforce.
I wonder if there are any other aircraft manufacturers which might be willing to locate a production line here? Airbus, for example. Why not? As well as skilled workers it also leaves physical infrastructure such as airfields, ancillary support businesses.
I mean if Boeing can move to SC why can't Airbus (as one example) come here to WA?
Would Kshama Sawant have allowed Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak to make and sell computers for a profit? That's an obvious question if you read Sawant's Why Socialism? pages on her campaign pages.
She starts with this claim:
...governments that merely regulate the excesses of capitalism are incapable of escaping the system's inherent flaws and grotesque inequalities.
I can't figure out why we can't regulate rather than having to own. But it's an interesting point for discussion. She expands a bit but then it's just more assertion:
But as long as corporations are privately owned, no matter how regulated they are, they will be locked into a system of cut-throat competition and our entire society will be structured around one fundamental purpose – maximizing short-term corporate profits, not the needs of humanity or the environment.
Mere assertion. BS, really. "[N]o matter how regulated they are" is a long time. Surely there must be many potential regulatory mechanisms to control the behavior of a corporation. Ok, another good point of discussion.
But then she gets specific and proposes "taking the top 500 corporations that dominate our economy (the Wal-Marts, Exxon-Mobils, United Health Groups, Halliburtons, Microsofts, etc.) into public ownership." So if you start thinking about it she is including Costco, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Amazon (of course!) and of course Apple.
So I wonder if she would have allowed Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak to even start their company to make and sell computers, and actually hoping to make a profit. Their profit to use or share as they liked.
Or would she have said something like "Sure go ahead and make computers but if your company gets to sell $X million per year then The People will 'take' your company."
The idea is chilling not only because of its stupidity, its counterproductivity, at so many many levels but specifically we'd miss out on the joy of using an iMac, iPod, iPhone, iPad etc etc since it's inconceivable that a committee of The People would ever create such great works of technology.
I hope that Sawant can find a convincing to explain it all away though I kinda doubt she can. And I hope that I am being unfair. But Sawant specifically raised the issue of "taking" large companies of Apple's scale. So it's fair to ask if there ever would have been Apple? Would there be a dampening effect on the certain knowledge that enormous success would be "taken"? It would be intertesting to hear Sawant discuss societal prosperity. Seattle has had quite a few entrepenurial successes. Would Sawant be seriously saying that if you succeed we will take you? Not that we will regulate you, which I think is fair and appropriate and necessary. But that we will take your company -- whether for just compensation or not. Sounds screwy but that appears to be what she is saying.
For the first time, driverless cars will soon be making their way through the streets of the U.K. Slowly.
The electric powered "pods" can carry 2 people, and will operate on designated pathways in the town of Milton Keynes, north of London.
That is a huge development. An experiment to be sure. But huge in implications, as big or bigger than the evolution of the horseless carriage around 1900.
Good predictions don't necessarily correlate with access to secret data, in other words. Indeed, said Philip Tetlock, a University of Pennsylvania professor who heads the project, too much information can sometimes overwhelm analysts and decrease their forecasting accuracy. This problem of separating the essential "signal" from the chatter of "noise" has been well known to scholars for decades. But it seems to have been forgotten by modern-day intelligence agencies in their push to collect.
The NSA obviously operates on the theory that more data are better.
@13 "... the inventory of rental property in Seattle is increasing at a high rate, and all rental prices are going up."
Then build and build and build.
But Sawant backs rent control and at the same time limits supply of new housing.
The obvious answer should be to build more for god's sake. Build more and more until prices are stable or move with general rate of inflation. There is a huge amount of land available. There is huge amount of capital. Why is there not new housing being built on every block? Because TOO MUCH SINGLE FAMILY ZONING.
Why do I think Sawant backs rent control and at the same time limits supply of new housing?
Not sure why she takes that stance but I assume two things: 1. NO ONE I KNOW (all SF homeowners) would vote for massive up-zone of Seattle. So no politician can get into office on that basis. 2. Rent control (like anti-abortion for right wing know-nothings) is a good political talking point.
A commenter suggest that Sawant could get 40% of the vote. That sounds plausible to me; people are angry at the Republicans; and Richard Conlin -- while not even remotely right-wing -- is an established figure. If she gets 40%, she would have run a very credible race indeed.
So she'll be encouraged to run again.
But then, people will start to take hers seriously and ask "What is a socialist plan at the CITY level? Things Seattle can actually do?"
1. have real, good ideas;
2. move to the middle by making it "Socialism with a Smiley Face";
3. talk nonsense and lose support.
In any case, it is fascinating. I voted for her in the primary but I heard her speak and she just didn't make a lot of sense. Which is too bad as the Council does need some fresh blood.
Could geography, by which we mean the physical geography and in particular the natural geographical features such as landforms, terrain types, or bodies of water that are largely defined by their surface form and location in the landscape, be the last hope of the planet's ever expanding, continuously transforming, and increasingly identical and indefinable urban territories to remain distinguishable and to gain a particular identity in the future? Do hills, cliffs, valleys, rivers, oceans, seas, lakes, streams, canals, or any other kind of geographical feature have the power, in an ever more globalized world in which progressively cities and their architecture look the same, to provide meaning and significance to places, their inhabitants, and users or will all such elements only contribute to an identity that is merely like a mantra as Rem Koolhaas predicted once in "The Generic City"?