The Core Principles of Green Product Design

An Urgent Appeal to Silicon Valley The time has long since passed that Silicon Valley was a global center of technological innovation. It has become a center of entrenched institutional power instead. Nowhere is this more evident than in the failure to excel in the field of cutting edge green product design. The inability ofContinue reading “The Core Principles of Green Product Design”

America’s Backroads with Jeff Bezos: Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Boulder Creek, CA

Episode 2: Bosch Icon wiper blades. Unofficial transcript of a conversation between Amazon.com  founder, Jeff Bezos, and sempervirens117.com founder, Brett Winters.   Jeff: Hi everyone, and welcome to Episode 2 of “America’s Backroads with Jeff Bezos,” a new Amazon Studios documentary series in which I explore the hidden corners of the American landscape in searchContinue reading “America’s Backroads with Jeff Bezos: Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Boulder Creek, CA”

Big Dreams in the Big Sky

A modest review of John Mayer’s 2013 album, Paradise Valley. Anyone who reviews this album without mentioning “Montana” has clearly missed the point. Dear John, I think that I had to move to Montana to realize what a gifted artist you are. Without the Big Sky, it is all just hot air, isn’t it? CaseContinue reading “Big Dreams in the Big Sky”

Merlot Liberation Front Dispatch for 29.01.21

[Copy of a dispatch posted on The San Francisco Chronicle’s Yelp page @11:15am, Friday, January 29, 2021]. Our Demands Are The Following: Esther Mobley and Soleil Ho, the chief wine and food critics for The San Francisco Chronicle, should attend an unspecified number of unofficial yelp.com events in Santa Cruz , California starting in summerContinue reading “Merlot Liberation Front Dispatch for 29.01.21”

The Golden State Wine Chronicles : An Update.

The final scene of “Driving Miss Mobley” will soon be available on Medium (sempervirens117.medium.com) later today. Once posted, it will join the other scenes from all 4 previous acts, plus the prologue, to form a completed screenplay. Next up? Submitting an edited version to screenwriting fellowship competitions this spring.  Here is the logline, in caseContinue reading “The Golden State Wine Chronicles : An Update.”

Rites of Passage (2000), by the Indigo Girls: An Appreciation

How many rites of passage must we endure in a single lifetime? It’s still a good question: how many rites of passage must we endure until finally we mature into the adults that we fervently hope to become? I’ll bet the Indigo Girls ask themselves this question all the time.  Does listening to the IndigoContinue reading “Rites of Passage (2000), by the Indigo Girls: An Appreciation”

The Golden State Wine Chronicles: An Update.

The penultimate scene of Driving Miss Mobley is now available on Medium. The final scene will be published this Friday, and the entire screenplay will be submitted to screenwriting competitions and fellowships this spring. A huge thank you to all who supported this writing project in person and on social media (Twitter, Yelp, Facebook, Tumblr,Continue reading “The Golden State Wine Chronicles: An Update.”

Two confessions (maybe three) concerning why Ani Di Franco is an alt rock/folk/jazz singer-songwriter goddess

Dear Ani, I have a confession to make. Actually, I have two confessions to make. Well, maybe it’s three, but I haven’t figured that part out yet. In the end, you will have to decide for me. OK? The first confession is that I broke the first CD in your 2007 song anthology, Canon. ItContinue reading “Two confessions (maybe three) concerning why Ani Di Franco is an alt rock/folk/jazz singer-songwriter goddess”

Why let professional chefs have all the fun? Knife rolls are for the rest of us, too.

I am not a professional chef, nor do I wish to be one. Even the idea of having my culinary creations judged by a teacher according to a standardized grading system fills me with dread. It’s not that I think my cooking technique is inadequate or that my foods are not tasty enough; it’s simplyContinue reading “Why let professional chefs have all the fun? Knife rolls are for the rest of us, too.”