Saturday, December 25, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Comic Sans Serif

Some folks are just too self important to make important points.  As for me, I love Comic Sans because it's the way all architects were taught to letter on tracing paper (vellum) back when architects used pencil and paper to design and document buildings.
Lemonade stand indeed! Relax, already.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Two Faces From Space

The first, and most recent, is from Tuesday night's Lunar Eclipse, when the Earth passed between the Sun and our moon:
Nice pic of an inert space sphere. In contrast, seen through a very dark lens, is our Sun:
This was a quiet day, with only a few explosions of energy visible. The Sun could swallow our Earth in a second, with hardly a burp.
And oh, by the way:

Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse from William Castleman on Vimeo.

Monday, December 20, 2010

More Elephants

Just because I happen to be impressed with elephants.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010

You WILL clap when told!

I'm too nervous to comment. So I won't. I promise, Sir!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Two Faces of Tehran

Yes, Tehran Iran is a big, industrialized city, with all the pleasures and agonies that are thereby involved.
 There is also whimsy, probably a bit better than our graffiti.
It might be fun to visit, sometime in the future.

Monday, December 06, 2010

I can draw it,

But I sure can't build it!


Sunday, December 05, 2010

Friday, December 03, 2010


This is rather exciting stuff, life expectancy and wealth. Please watch (4 minutes.) Tks to

Friday, November 19, 2010

Pier 14 (again)

Nightime on Pier 14. Remember now, piers South of the Ferry Building are even numbered, and those North are odd.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Europe's Turmoils

If you have sometimes wondered, as have I, why European history has been so bloody over the years, you may enjoy 5 minutes watching the evolution of their states. I was particularly interested to see the relative stability of France, the steadiness of the U.K., and the quite-recent arrival of Germany on the scene. Italy's turbulence is also of interest.  It's too bad that the running dates are not noted.

Sunday, November 07, 2010


Just sayin'.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Drawing with Circles

 Some guy by name of Ben Heine does intricate drawings using only circles and vibrant colors. He does a pretty good job.  Below is his rendition of Lady Gaga, of whom I know nothing at all. Click to enlarge:

Saturday, October 30, 2010


Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Television Towers

Apparently Tokyo depends, a bit more that we are used to, on over-the-air, i.e. rooftop antennae, television signals.
For years, this was handled by the well-known 333 meters tall "Tokyo Tower" downtown.

Now, however, with the increasing number of tall neighboring buildings, and the advent of high-definition digital TV signals, that old tower cannot do the job.
(drumroll. . .)
Now, please meet the Tokyo "Sky Tree", 637 meters tall!
It's soon to open. That should take care of things, at least for a while.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

From the Desk of . . .

Irving Berlin (May 11, 1888 - Sept. 22, 1989)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Two Ladies, Same Outfit

Sorry. I couldn't resist.
(HT: Nina Camic)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

My Father Used to Tell Us. . .

that Opera reached its peak in Italy in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries..

Nice call, Dad.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Caldecott Tunnel Fourth Bore

Below is a YouTube of construction on the East Portal of the 4th bore.  It's startling to believe that I may actually live to see its completion. :-)
(Completion of the new Bay Bridge may be a different matter.)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Happy Birthday, U.S.Navy!

October 13, 1775. The Continental Congress authorized the procurement of two ships to interrupt the shipments of munitions to the British Army. 
That's the new U.S.S.Independence above. Warships ain't what they used to be!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Fleet Week 2010 in the San Francisco Bay

These links should take you to a few minutes of power, skill, and great fun:

(You may have to cut & paste)

Friday, October 08, 2010

There's Something To Be Said

for a small vegetable farm in the rear 40:
Eat your heart out. :-)

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Tilt Shifting

A tilt-shift lens is one of the newest (to me) fads in photography. It provides a focus on only one part of an image, leading to impressions of miniature models of real life.
It also looks funny when used on a familiar scene, such as the painting by Van Gogh above.
Check wikipedia for "tilt-shift lens."

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Old Times, Good Times

Recently, DW#1 and I, with friend, did dinner at Bridges with a quite-old bottle of wine. This Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon was produced in 1968, one year before the birth of DS#1, and presented to us as a gift in 1984. It was my 50th, and Joan and Tom Cline (R.I.P.) were the presenters.

The wine was a bit past its prime, but tasty nonetheless. It was a lovely evening full of fond memories.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

When the Moon hits your Eye; Like a big Pizza Pie , . .

That's an Airplane!
(I am assured that patience created this picture, not Photoshop. So there!)

Point of View (San Francisco)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Guess Who's Coming to UW Madison

Not the usual campus scene, is it?
(ht: Nina Camic)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Three Minutes of Captivating Beauty

The Unseen Sea from Simon Christen on Vimeo.

Only in the San Francisco Bay Area. Thanks to Simon Christen

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

Demographics, Bay Area, California

This is interesting:
Red is Caucasian, Blue is African-American, Green is Asian, and Orange is Hispanic. One dot equals the same number of people.
(I think you can click to expand.)

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Kyoto, a few years ago...

This was fun, and our guide was the brother of an old Guam friend.

Back in about 2006

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Little Cities Crime

We have friends in Clayton, relatives in Piedmont, and so we viewed with interest:

Monday, September 13, 2010


Saranap Diary gazing inside the lobby of the Getty Museum, L.A.

Monday, September 06, 2010

11 September 2001

Pentagon, 11 Sep 01, as seen over Arlington National Cemetary.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

The Rook

I couldn't resist.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Hawaii 2010

Good friends, great food, delightful weather, and a free place to stay. We couldn't say "no" and snuck in 1 week in Waikoloa on the Big Island.

We rented a bright blue Mustang convertible. Once we were inside, it made us feel young. (Getting inside and buckling up made us feel a bit old.)

The Mauna Kea opened after about 10 years of earthquake repair in 2008. It more lovely than before. What a treasure!

 The flame tree and the parrots still highlight the lobby view.
Mieko's colleague Vicki and Husband, at brunch, Sunday a.m.
Brunch includes sushi, roast beef, Peking duck, smoked salmon, and 12 deserts.

 The lobby artwork is as before. Almost human.

We snuck in some golf on Waikoloa's Beach Course. Confusion gave us 19 holes, over 7000 yards, and a whole lot of time. Nice course, great conditions, and lots of fun.

And then Mieko insisted on a trip to Honoka'a and a visit to Hula Moon. She has been here before. She has bought stuff here before. They have her sizes.
She bought some more stuff. She is very happy.

The final dinner out was a Sansei, in the Queens Shops at Waikoloa. Half-price on most a la carte items on Sunday and Monday. Excellent abalone (farm raised.)
We had fun.
(click to enlarge)