Saturday, March 31, 2007

Be Green (Damnit!)

John Travolta is urging all fans and supporters to do their bit to conserve energy, and save the planet.

Above is pictured John's house, with parking for 20 SUV's on the right, and 2 Jets (one large, the other a bit smaller) on the left.

"Do what I say; not what I do."

Friday, March 30, 2007

Our New House Pet

We've always had an inside-outside pet, our Cat Named Morris.

Now, please meet the new outside-inside pet, our Lizard Named Gecko:

(Petting is not encouraged.)

Google Maps Humor (Humour?)

Try maps from Cambridge, Massachusetts to Cambridge, England. Look carefully at step 12 at:,+cambridge,+massachusetts&daddr=Kings+College,+Cambridge,+England&layer=&sll=46.92429,-34.644657&sspn=33.339459,74.003906&ie=UTF8&z=4&ll=47.279229,-34.628906&spn=33.127644,74.003906&om=1

HT Google Blogoscoped

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Words To Remember ( I )

"That makes about as much sense as screen doors on a submarine."

Inside . . .

. . .is where orchids thrive, at least in temperate climes.

And these guys are thriving well!

(click images to enlarge)

Monday, March 26, 2007

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Vernal (semi) Equinox

Wednesday is the Vernal Equinox this year. Daylight and Nightlight are the same.

More or less.

If you have the time, read Wikipedia on the subject and, if you understand what it says, congratulate yourself heartily.

Sunday, March 18, 2007


$15 haircuts still exist!

(But, you have to search to find them.)

photo by rickleephoto in Charleston WV

Stop The War?

A lot of outdoor assemblies across the Nation this weekend; not all in honor of St. Patrick.

The fellow above was spotted in New York City. He is obviously in favor of, um, wait, that'll be. . .

Friday, March 16, 2007

Go Bears!

Job Opportunities Abound:

The University of California at Berkeley is looking to hire its first Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion, and I think it's about darn time. I'm heartened to know that with this renewed focus on recruiting students and faculty from underrepresented groups, Berkeley's agents will soon be scouring Iowa for devout homeschooled virgin boys. Young men returning from service in Iraq, likewise, may find a warmer reception than they would have received in years past. And no doubt many young parents, as well as retired executives, will soon be submitting their applications to the more equitable and inclusive Cal-Berkeley. Observant pro-war Jews, aspiring Christian filmmakers, chaste young pro-life activists — all are welcome under Berkeley's big tent, right?


Taiko Time!

Just a little excitement to get the juices boiling.


50 Years Ago!

And it seems like just yesterday.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

One Clothed, One Unclothed

Two bodies, hands clapsed behind their heads, both relaxing while absorbing the Springtime Rays of Sunshine.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

3.141592653589793 . . .

Wednesday is Pi Day! 3/14

You may celebrate at 1:59 if you chose.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Doesn't He Look Happy?

That's my grandpa.

Born 1872, in January.

In Canada.

I just found this picture.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Two Countries

I found this somewhat interesting. From the same location, at the same time, with the same camera, held by the same photographer, we look at two European nations.

That's Italy up above.

And Switzerland below.

And, just to the side. . .(ta da!) Matterhorn!


(I stood on a hill once, and saw Fremont and Milpitas at the same time. But, I didn't take photographs.)

Lucianne Says . . .

"If you just stay asleep long enough,
someone else will change all the clocks."

Happy Daylight Savings Time!

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Tax $$$ Working

About to open, two years late, at the corner of 7th and Mission in the City Across The Bay, is the new Federal Office Building (and Court House) representing the very latest in "green" building thinking. Read one commentator's summary from a blog on

THE LATEST CRAZE in architecture, after fizzled experiments in Modernism, Post Modernism, Brutalism, Deconstructionism, and Post-Brutal-Deconstructed-Neo-Modernism, is a genuflection to environmentalism called “Green Building” or “Sustainable Architecture.” For the most part, building “Green” means cloaking an intrinsically inefficient high rise building in an ecological hair shirt that makes owners feel good and tenants feel miserable.

The latest example of Green Building has risen in San Francisco, where the city by the Bay has ripped apart one of the grittier parts of its foggy utopia to construct what is surely the most ridiculous building of our still young century: the poetically-named Federal Building.

A unique combination of crackpot environmentalism and elaborate ugliness, the Federal Building will finally opens its doors (or flaps, or airlocks, or orifices, or something) later this month and it will boast a number of odd design “features.” For instance, the Federal Building is an office tower tall enough to disrupt the city’s skyline, yet its elevators only stop on every third floor--the better to conserve energy.

And after trudging up and down the stairs on a blazing summer afternoon the unfortunate tenants soak in their own sweat because the building has no air conditioning . . . again to save energy.

With any luck, the Mayne event in San Francisco will be so notoriously bad that it will do for enviro-fundamentalism what the Tweed Courthouse did for corrupt government . . . that is, give it unmistakable form that provokes corrective action.

Sounds like Algore might like it. Sounds like a disaster. I shall drive by when I'm once-again mobile.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Cameron Hughes Wines

You're going to have to read this carefully, and belong to Costco if you want the lowest prices.

I don't belong to Costco, since they haven't invited me, so I order by FedEx, which adds about $3/bottle, but the service is fast since the winery is on Bryant Street in San Francisco.

If you belong to Costco, just subscibe to the internet email and see what's on the way. Please note that once a "Lot" is sold out, that's it. No more. Gone, fini, pau.

You can Google CHW, or the title above, to learn what this guy does. Boiled (bad word) down, he buys leftover quality wines, mostly in California, but also Australia and Chile, blends them to his taste, bottles them incommunicado and ships them off to Costco.

Think premium "Two Buck Chuck."

I have tried a Zin and a Meritage so far, and I am very pleased. Good hearty, bold reds. Not a whole lot of subtlety, but that's what I like. Lots of fruit, lingering finish. My kind of red wine. Very good prices.

Heartily recommended.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Different Camera

What do you think?

I think not bad, so far.