Sunday, December 31, 2006

Akemashite Omedeto Gozaimasu

Just click over to the following

and scroll down for the elegance of a "kappo" restaurant in Osaka. Mmm, mmm, good.

Saturday, December 30, 2006

El Algore!

Funny weather this winter. So, we're going to miss seeing my sister-in-law because the Albuquerque airport was closed, and my nephew because Interstate 40 was closed. And their friends, too. Oh well.

Happy New Year anyway. 2007 might be good for all, I am predicting.

Friday, December 29, 2006

Construction 2006

Engineering News Record (afftectionately known as "ENR" in the building industry) has published their list of the best construction pix that have run on their pages this year.

Shown above is one of these, a shot at sunrise of the new Eastern span of the Bay Bridge under construction. Old bridge on the right, new one on the left.

Somehow, the new "Blogger" won't let me link, so here's the URL:

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Thursday, December 21, 2006


I'm curious to see how close to 4:22 p.m. I posted this thing.

Anyway, congratulations! It only get more daylighty from here.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Fat Man Swimming

A neat confluence of photography and imagination.

I like that.

(H.T. rickleephotos)

Friday, December 15, 2006

Italy. In December

Ms. Camic is at it again, traipsing all over Eastern and Southern Europe. (School in Madison must be out for Christmas.) Nina started in her home country of Poland. It's winter there, as you can see above.

So, she and boyfriend head for the boot of Italy.

And there they (re) discover the infallible and undeniable charms of Italy. Nina writes very well, and uses her camera appropriately. It's long, but it's colorful, so I recommend that you click on

When The Time Comes. . .

I hope it's worth it!

I shall let you know.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Southpaws Of The World. . .

UNITE! We're quicker and brighter, at least in the Southern Hemisphere.

That's according to this report from Michelle Malkin.


Saturday, December 09, 2006

Cool Picture Time

Today's test: Which is the canteloupe (h.t.rickleephotos), and which the bicycle drive (h.t.littlegreenfootballs)?

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Speaking of American Art. . .

Try these two. Both from early-20th century USA. Hopper and Sheeler. Good stuff.

There's Always Coffee Shop Food

I've always loved Edward Hopper's views of middle America in the 1920's and 30's.

Bistro Jeanty - French in Napa Valley.

Okay, enough of Berkeley. For contrast, let's try Yountville, home of the infamous French Laundry with its eponimous clothes pin napkin holders.

BUT, don't stop at the Laundry (too $$$), rather go downtown (sic!) to the Bistro Jeanty on the Main Drag. Absolutely wonderful food! Check out the menu!

I had the tomato(e) soup and steak tartare...need I say more?

Friday, December 01, 2006

Hey, it's Berkeley!

Okay, this one is difficult. Interesting restaurant, pan-asian (whatever that means)food. Plusses and minuses (talk to me about spelling later.)

Unicorn is located on Telegraph, just below Dwight. The neighborhood is variously described as "authentic Berkeley" and as "seedy." Whatever. The night we were there, police cars were all over the place, and three sleeping bums were on the sidewalk as we left for home.

I'm stretching, but "adolescent master" is how I would describe the chef and the menu. The food is very good, delightfully presented, and well priced. No complaints at all. But, what is this? American or Singaporean? Do I use Tobasco or Tonkatsu?

But, this is "pan-asian" to the extreme! Ox-tail and spring rolls? That's a winner? Fresh crab/lemon grass salad and lamb chops? Where did that come from? Individually, good! Together, whoa!

I was confused, but you may enjoy it! The wine is good, the service is thoughtful, and the decor is attractive. Please go, and let me know what you think.


Yes, I did grow up on the East Coast, and attended Cornell in Ithaca NY for a few years.

And yes, I often did look out the bedroom window onto views like this.

California is better, thank you.