About Matte Gray

Sock Model?  You betcha.  See Fall Fashion Update.

It’s “Matte Gray” like the paint because i’m definitely gray and for sure nobody ever described me as glossy.  To paraphrase Hobbes, the life of a technical writer is nasty, brutish, and short.  And to quote Stella Gibbons, so is his prose.  But now that i’m retired, i’m trying to entertain readers rather than bore them to tears with business application user manuals. Note how those last four words alone made your eyes glaze over.

I am fascinated by languages, literature, bridges, farmers’ markets, grocery stores, cooking, recreational eating, sociology, environmental issues, fighting religious persecution, needling the NSA, and life in San Francisco. I’m increasingly lame, so i get around on a Segway; and i’m as green as possible, so when i’m not on the Segway i’m on public transit. To go out of town, i throw the Segway into the back of my Prius.

And yes, there is also much to be ashamed of, so i’ll out myself:  I’ve always been an iconoclast.  In my misspent youth in the ASA in the mid-sixties, i was the NSA’s bitch. And then, for a decade until i got too old for it a few years ago,  i was a sexagenarian.  And now, i’m an out and proud, practicing nempimaniac, traveling all over California exposing innocent families with small children to my unnatural habits and actively recruiting.   Check back:  If i live long enough, i’ll sink even lower.  Note:  In 2017 became an umbraphile and cast myself into darkness.

Oh, and for those who are wondering, for over twenty years i’ve not been looking for nothing from nobody, so my sexual orientation is Retired, but ever since i was a little boy, i’ve always been cisgender.



The best way to search for something in this website is to use the Google site search command.  For example, if you want to find every mention of Geert Mak anywhere in this site, in the Google search block enter:

site:mattegray.net geert

This will bring up every mention of “Geert” on the site.  If you’re like me, you know only two men named Geert – Mak and Wilders – but if you’re Dutch and want to screen out all the other Geerts but Mr. Mak, you’d enter:

site:mattegray.net “geert mak”

NOTE:  This command works on the Firefox and Slimjet browsers, but they both omit some results.  So open a Chrome window to use it.



The good news is that while comments here are moderated, the only comments that i have failed to approve so far are those from entrepreneurs who somehow had the idea that they could plant links here to their sales sites.

The bad news is that it takes a while after i’ve approved a comment for it to appear on the site along with my reply, and you can’t see comments or leave them unless you’ve clicked on the title of the post.

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  1. Sybil Conn
    Posted 21 April 2014 at 06:11 | Permalink

    You forgot to include the taxing obligation of being a good friend to many!

    • Posted 7 April 2016 at 06:30 | Permalink

      For you it’s not at all taxing. I found you delightful from the moment we met in that café​ beside the Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market when it was at Green and the Embarcadero about 1995 or so.

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