Ken Cheetham

Ken Cheetham is an animal on a planet. Ken's main obsession currently is CheeLinks, an extensive network of links to web pages on crucial topics that may become more important as human folly proceeds unabated. So please check out CheeLinks and try its Search facility to see what Ken has curated on topics of interest to you.

The crux of the problem: Everybody wants to be seen as a normal person rather than a weirdo or a loser. But if we continue living the way that has come to be seen as normal, then we are doomed.

Ken maintains A San Francisco Bay Area Progressive Directory and is the author of some random cruft.

You can't get away with anything forever by dropping lots of bombs.

Ken is the author of SongSprouter, a fun algorithmic music composition app. It runs on Windows and is free to download.


Hiking Photos of Strawberry Canyon, Hamilton Gulch, and Claremont Canyon in Oakland, California

For hiking on the edge of Berkeley without needing a car, you may want to check out the open space in Strawberry Canyon, Hamilton Gulch, and Claremont Canyon. Here's my shorter sequence of some favorite photos, a recommended longer sequence, and even a ridiculously complete sequence.

UC Berkeley may still be desiring a major tree cut and ongoing herbicide applications here. Groups opposing this include Conservation Sense and Nonsense, the Hills Conservation Network, the TreeSpirit Project, the Coalition to Defend East Bay Forests, and East Bay Pesticide Alert.

My photos of some of the threatened trees are at For an outline of arguments against the cuts, see

Video   Here's my video of the Occupy Oakland demonstration that shut down the Port of Oakland on Wednesday, November 2, 2011.

The first part of the video is rather ordinary protest footage, but hang on for the middle part that demonstrates the human microphone (Mic Check!) being used to pass instructions back through the huge crowd, one block at a time. And the end features a splendid drumming & chanting happening back in downtown Oakland.

Footage of the Creative 2003 Bay Area Protest of the War on Iraq

The following six videos cover some large protest demonstrations in San Francisco and Oakland, California, shortly before and just after the March 2003 US invasion of Iraq. Parts 1 through 3 are planned permitted marches before the invasion, while parts 4 through 6 are impromptu protest just after the invasion, on Friday and Saturday, March 21 and 22, 2003. Part 4 covers a mass arrest for walking in the street without a permit. Parts 5 and 6 feature interesting interplay with police attempting to keep the protesters out of the streets. This is raw video heavily edited down into short clips to keep it moving along. The footage focuses on drumming and other music in the streets.

For busy people, here are super-compressed versions (about 48 seconds each):

Parts 1 & 2 (2003-02-15, pre-invasion)       View on YouTube       or Download for keeps (36 mb)
Parts 5 & 6 (2003-03-21, post-invasion)       View on YouTube       or Download for keeps (39 mb)

And here are the full-length versions (about 55 minutes total):

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Part 2 -
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Part 6 -

Music   Here are a few songs of mine. Click a song name in the list below to play it. The first two are newer recordings of very old songs. The other three are older recordings of less old songs, with somewhat lower-quality mixes.

Under is a straightahead fun funky number.
Fnoo is a jazzy classicalish work in a fast three.
Boof is rude on the outside but somewhat mellow in the middle.
Wake Up is a song for waking up to gradually in the morning.
Urnk is hard-hitting and then spacy.


Download the songs for keeps here:

These recordings are free for any not-for-profit use. The songs and recordings are copyright Ken Cheetham.

My nutrition hero is Michael Greger MD of, for the studies that he digs up and especially for his cogent perspective on them. Many of the studies that he covers are in my nutrition links.
And here's the obligatory Net Cop Filter Clog page.

One product makes you stylish
And one product makes you score
But the ones that we keep buying
Quickly turn into a bore
Go ask Darwin
Why we thirst for

And if you go chasing status
Well you know you're going to fail
Cause a cigar-smoking corporate feller
Is holding a phantom grail
Call Darwin
Or send him email

When the men in the boardroom
Get up and tell you what you need
And you've just been watching television
And the Joneses look in the lead
Go ask Darwin
I think he'll know

When your genes only want to pass themselves on
After you've fallen sloppy dead
And they've tricked you into an endless rat race
Though like the Red Queen you can't get ahead
What your gut once said
Ease your dread
Ease your dread

On "Spiral Knob" overlooking Oakland, July 2009

For anyone from long ago who is trying to find me, I was born in Beckley, WV (1958), grew up in Dunbar, WV, and got a BS in computer science from West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. I lived in Mountain View, CA, for a few years, and have lived in Berkeley, CA since 1989. (From Beckley to Berkeley -- straight across to the left 2600 miles.)

It's later than it's ever been!