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Father’s Day Repast Repost

(From five years ago!) There is a restaurant called Pelagos.  The name means “from the sea,” in Greek.  It is underground, but has a patio open to the sky.  A staircase leads from the sidewalk to the subterranean patio.  The is a metal fence along the sidewalk.  On the patio, there are tables with umbrellas.…

Gone Hiking

Visiting with Kevin, went hiking in Soledad Canyon.  The light was crazy, alterating between awful for photography, and interesting, but always challenging.  When it stopped snowing and the wind wasn’t blowing me around, I was able to get some decent pictures.

Felix the Cat

Today is the 90th anniversary of the first Felix the Cat cartoon. 1919-Felix The Cat – Feline Follies Uploaded by iToons. – Watch more comedy videos and sitcoms. Needless to say, it changed a lot over the years.  In the 1960′s, it was my favorite.

The Jayco Tree

Botanical names drive me nuts, sometimes.  Every plant that is worth anything has many names.  The supposed gold standard, the (Latin) Linnaean taxonomical name, gets changed every so often.  So there is no constancy.  You’d think it would be easier to research something if it has an unusual name that you can use as a…

Art Fairs in 177 Seconds

AnnArbor.com (HT: Edward Vielmetti) has a youtube time-lapse video at the Ann Arbor Art Fairs.  Get the whole thing, compressed into 177 seconds: This probably is the very best way to experience it.  I still remember going to the first one, at age 6.  It seemed overwhelming then.  Strangely, the Art Fairs have grown at…

Views of a Strange Planet

Went for a Sunday drive.  Saw this: White Sands National Monument Drove a little farther, saw this: Odocoileus hemionus You might have guessed, I did not take the first picture.  It is a view from Earth orbit.  The second picture, I did take; it is a view through my windshiled.  The two locations are about…

Wisdom Teeth

Everyone’s anatomy has little quirks.  One of mine, is the length of the roots of my wisdom teeth.  They go down halfway to Sulawesi.   When I was in college, I had to have two of them extracted.  The oral surgeon told me they were “difficult extractions.”  Magnanimous as he was, he gave me a…

Snow in Chicago

In late winter, 1979, I knew an architecture student at the University of Michigan.  She wanted some pictures of buildings, in downtown Chicago, for a presentation she had to do.  She was from Chicago, but did not have a car and did not have a camera.  I, on the other hand, had a Mazda Rx-3…

Vindication

When I was in junior high, I used to do this.  I don’t know why.  Probably I was bored with something that is inherently boring.  It does not spice things up very much.  But some spice is better than none. This article shows 15 idiosyncratic ways to ties one’s shoelaces.  I did not do all…

My Second

This is my second music-related post in one week.  Salon has an article with podcast, with Patti Smith.  The occasion is the forthcoming release of her new album, Twelve.  The interview is not so much about the album; it’s more about her political views, and a little bit of rock and roll history.  If you…