About Doc…

Doc is Ed Ricketts, a pioneering marine biologist and philosopher who influenced Joseph Campbell and John Steinbeck. Steinbeck used him as the model for some of his most memorable characters (such as Doc in “Cannery Row“) Also, “The Log from the Sea of Cortez (1951)” was a collaboration with Steinbeck…. more »

What if Sisyphus Shrugged?

You all may know of Sisyphus… the guy who was condemned to an eternity of rolling a boulder uphill then watching it roll back down again. Talk about laboring in futility! Sure, he was given a particularly wicked punishment for what has been described as crimes against the gods, but… more »

Artist Rendering: Allegory of Complacency – A Ponderable…

I’ve always like Plato’s Allegory of the Cave because demonstrates so well the way much of the world works — where shadows become reality. It takes courage to take the steps to seek out the light and pursue “true things.” I am reminded of what John Steinbeck said about Ed… more »

Mickey Just Wants to Fly (1928)

This was a fun discovery… I found on YouTube Mickey Mouse’s first ever TV appearance (which had its debut on May 15, 1928). Working with a flying theme, Mickey’s inspiration was Charles “Lindy” Lindbergh. A year earlier, on May 21, 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh completed the first solo nonstop transatlantic… more »

LMFAO & The Adjacent Possible…

There was story in The New York Times by Melena Ryzik about Redfoo and Sky Blu — the two guys who together are known as LMFAO (“Party Rock Anthem”). Melena points out “The two men, who rap, sing and D.J., have high musical lineage: Redfoo, 36 (born Stefan Gordy), is… more »

Loving What You Do and Covering the Nut…

There was a really good point was made in Adam Davidson’s “It’s the Economy” column which appears on Sundays in The New York Times Magazine. He was discussing the survival of mom-and-pop shops in the Greenwich Village. In fact, he set out on a mission to find out how in… more »

Ness Notes: Meet the Honey Badger of CSA (with video)…

Wow, what can I say about our next interviewee? A lot because she is awesome. In this edition of Ness Notes, I have the pleasure of presenting to you Ms. Katie Toliao. AKA “The “Honey Badger,” “The Beast,” “The Bada$$ Krav Coach,” she works outta CSA Gym, located in Dublin… more »

Ness Notes – Kevin “The Soul Assassin” & Passion

Whoa! Here’s a real treat and definitely a serendipity moment for me… This video features Kevin “The Soul Assassin” Ross, an amazing American Muay Thai kickboxer who used to fight out of Las Vegas, Nevada. I ran into him at my gym in Dublin, California. About 6 minutes into this… more »