Stuff by Herb Bowie

Notenik 1.5.0 Released

This release includes the following changes:

See for the updated User Guide and other documentation.


20 Sep 2019

Practopian Perspective Issue 38 Published

“Rejiggering Our Religion” published via email in The Practopian Perspective.


16 Sep 2019

Notenik 1.4.1 Released

This was a focused maintenance release designed to prevent the user from inadvertently specifying an existing folder as the repository for a new Notenik Collection.


09 Sep 2019

Notenik 1.4.0 Released

This release includes the following changes:

See the latest version of the User Guide on


06 Sep 2019

Elizabeth Warren in Seattle

I was one of the 15,000 people who gathered under the Space Needle yesterday to hear Warren speak. There were several things about her that impressed me.

All in all, she seems like a smart policy person who genuinely has our country’s best interests at heart. but also a smart campaigner.


26 Aug 2019

Notenik 1.3.0 Released

This release includes the following changes:

This last item is a big one. It means that the site is now entirely generated by this latest version of Notenik writtein in Swift.

See the latest version of the User Guide on


16 Aug 2019

Rejiggering Our Religion

When it comes to religion, the main question for most people is whether to keep the one we were raised with, or to lose it altogether.

But now I’m starting to wonder whether, instead of losing my religion altogether, it might not be better just to rejigger it a bit?


13 Aug 2019

Apollo 11 - The Most Important Movie You'll See This Year

No matter what your age or orientation, it’s hard to gainsay the significance of humankind’s first trip through space to set foot on a celestial body other than our birth planet.


20 Jul 2019

Notenik 1.2.0 Released

This release includes the following changes:

See the latest version of the User Guide on


17 Jul 2019

What the Latest Trump Attack Means for Democrats

By now I’m sure you’ve heard of Trump’s recent attacks on four Democratic congressional representatives, all women of color, urging them to “go back … to the crime-infested places from which they came.” How should Democrats respond? Here are the sorts of positions I’d like to hear them articulate.


16 Jul 2019

The Dangers of Political Nostalgia

I’m not quite as old as Biden, and I’ve never served in public office, but I can still share his nostalgia for seemingly simpler times when our political leaders displayed some sort of respect for each other, even when they disagreed over issues of state.


25 Jun 2019

Micro Blogging Again

Just reactivated my account at, and set up cross-posting to Twitter (@herbbowie) and my Facebook Practopians page. Happy to be part of the community and to join those supporting the open web!


15 Jun 2019

The Progressive Problem

No wonder zombie movies have been popular of late: so many of us feel like increasingly isolated survivors having to fight off forces that we thought were previously vanquished and long buried, forces that seem to be arising all around us, springing at us from all sides.


10 Jun 2019

Notenik now in the Mac App Store

I now have an application called Notenik listed in the Mac App Store!

I’d been doing some regular programming in Java over the past couple of decades, but decided this year to bite the bullet and try to learn Swift, Apple’s latest development language, and chose the Mac as my first target platform. It’s been quite an adventure to create a full-fledged Mac App in a new language, but I’m happy to report that I’ve finally crossed the goal line! More improvements to come, but I believe that version 1.0 is quite serviceable. And it’s free!


03 Jun 2019

How to Fix Big Tech

We all sort of know the problems, right? Monopolies. Lock-in. Stream addiction. Reality bubbles. Billionaires seeking market dominance. All other values taking a back seat to growth. I don’t think I need to elaborate. If you’re reading this, then you’re probably well aware of all these concerns.


22 May 2019

Building a Case for the Detective Story

Over the many years since the receipt of my Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan, I have probably spent more rewarding hours reading detective stories than any other form of fiction.


07 May 2019

The Challenge for Democrats -- Playing the Long Game

Right now Democrats are focused primarily on two things happening in 2020: 1. Beating Trump; 2. Regaining control of the Senate. These would both be great accomplishments for the party, and for the winning candidates. But for the country, not so much.


25 Apr 2019