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When I was a kid in deep suburban New Jersey, there were summer nights where the front yard shimmered and glowed and shifted with thousands of moats of light created by fireflies! It was pure magic!
I haven’t seen such a spectacle since the 1980s. Where have they gone? I’ve read reports that firefly populations are way down.
My question to you: have you seen fireflies in the past few years? Where?

No More Outgoing Email Spam Problems

Ok, I think I finally fixed it.

Since 2017, I’ve been having outgoing email spam problems. At one point, I’m sorry to say, malicious actors were sending 50,000 emails per day from I’ve been wrestling with the tools that stop stuff like that from happening. How did I finally fix it? Until last month, my email was hosted at and it forwarded to my free Gmail account. Now, it goes straight to a $6/month Google Workspace account.

I’ve only moved email over, not all the other google services but so far the move is successful.


  • I can send email and expect people to get it!
  • My spam folder is now seeing 10 spams/day instead of 100. I guess the paid account is smarter. Not having to wade through that crap monthly for the inevitable non-spam is well worth $6/month!


  • I’m now 1/2 in Gmail and 1/2 in Google Workspace and fixing that will take some more effort
  • Right now I’m keeping my contacts in Gmail (for my phone and Google Voice) and a not-often-updated copy in Google Workspace (for my email) :-(
  • Switching Calendar will be a bother since I’ve got like 20 shared calendars and fiddly defaults to set up.
  • Switching to Google Workspace Google Voice will be $10/month which I’m hesitant to do since it’s free right now
  • Migrating my 30k emails took 3 days and a learning curve but it’s done!
  • I’ll have to migrate my beloved Boomerang for Gmail manually
  • Setting up DKIM for my email wasn’t hard per se but took some thinking and clicking



Some geeky guidance:


Burning Man is not happening RIGHT NOW!

Burning Man is not happening this year. You can watch it not happen, live, right now! Rewind the livestream to about sunrise this morning to see a dance party. I’m most enamored of the tricycle with the 40′ tall illuminated tower on it!

Autistry Studios in Marin is Hiring

My friend Janet Lawson is hiring… you? Her Autistry Studios in Marin promotes growth and independence for autistic students and others. She’s got an amazing maker space along with a set of fantastic volunteers and workers. Want to join their intersection of ASD therapy, productive work, and art? Not sure if it’s right for you, ping me or them.

Moving Mail Hosting

After having a come-to-Jesus discussion with Dreamhost tech support (I said, “Pretty please help me fix this or I’m leaving.” They said, “It is unfixable Google Workspace might magically fix it”) I moved my gmail account to a paid Google Workspace account. The hope is that for $6/month, they’ll fix my intractable spam problem (whenever I send email to a new person from, it falls into their spam folder for unknown reasons). It’s kinda exciting seeing all my gmail email being migrated to my new account. All 62,000 emails going back to 2011! And I might just fold in my Outlook email going back to 2002 and my RFDMail and Eudora going back to 199-something!


University of California Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County

Here is a great gateway resource for gardening in California, and especially in my local area:

MGCC Digital Pamphlet

Spam and Spam

I’m still trying to make it so my emails from don’t fall into people’s spam folders. When I send email to new people it often goes to spam. I’ve checked headers carefully and it shouldn’t but gmail receivers see a notice “emails from have been spam in the past”. Ugh.

Dreamhost tech support suggested that I move my mail to Google Workspace. They have a 1 month free trial and it’s just $6/month/user. Maybe if it’s hosted locally, they will show more love for the domain. And there’s a bunch of tools available with the suite. Maybe I can go back to Dreamhost after a few months.


The data migration tool would only let me pull in the last year of gmail from my old gmail account. Bah! So I turned on the import feature in gmail and did it that way instead Go to | Apps | Google Workspace | Gmail | Setup | User Email Uploads. Set to “on” Then go into the new gmail account and go to Settings | Accounts and Import. Do the import!


Here are the tools I’m using to analyze email:

Google Postmaster Tools

Google Admin Toolbox

MXToolbox Monitoring

Google Admin for Workspace

Keeping Glasses Fog Free With a Mask

I’ve finally found a pretty good solution for keeping my glasses fog-free.

First, see the video below.

I put medical tape on the top, inside of my mask and fold it down; and I stick that onto my nose and face. My favorite so far is the blue Nexcare “strong hold for sensitive skin”. It’s $8/roll but comes off fairly easily and doesn’t leave residue on my face. Other tapes work well too.

And I use an anti-fog cloth. The cloth keeps my glasses from fogging at every breath. Instead, water drops start dripping down after a while.

The combination works “pretty well” which is way better than I had before.




Requiring COVID Vaccinations to Enter

Consider telling your favorite in-person organization about this:
If you are an organization in California that requires a COVID vaccination to enter the premises (or you want to be such an organization), there is a free, relatively painless system you can use. It is these 2 tools: and
The DNA Lounge, a night club in San Francisco started using these August 1 to require a COVID vaccine to enter the club. Deets here