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Castro in spring 2006

Lovely spring skies

Castro stroll


Took the picture thinking about the article from the New Yorker that talks about the death of the generation gap for a large number of people. I like adults having the option to select a hot pink backpack with kids cartoon characters as their optimal accessory.

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Posted on March 31, 2006 at 12:00 PM in creativity, politics & philosophy, San Francisco, the big room with the blue ceiling | Permalink | Comments (0)

Note to self: go see the Arts & Crafts exhibit at the de Young 2006

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Posted on March 30, 2006 at 12:00 PM in creativity, San Francisco | Permalink | Comments (0)

morning sights 2006

oddly dark version of the view this morning

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Lots of little birds out this morning

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Posted on March 29, 2006 at 12:00 PM in San Francisco, the big room with the blue ceiling | Permalink | Comments (0)

Hot! 2006

Joe's chili 

Or more precisely, my bowl of Joe's chili before he surprised me by taking me to the Elvis Costello show at Davies Symphony Hall.

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Davies, pre-Elvis Costello show 

I'd never seen a tuba mute before. Looked like a 2 foot long version of one of those expensive modern conical wine stoppers.


The first piece, written by EC for a dance group, was good, but not "rush out & buy the album" good.

The rest of the show was great - EC was clearly having a fantastic time - and the version of Watching the Detectives was sublime.

Posted on March 28, 2006 at 12:01 PM in Food and Drink, music, relationships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Library cart down on its luck 2006


Posted on March 28, 2006 at 12:00 PM in San Francisco | Permalink | Comments (0)

hang out with Joe 2006

[according to Google Calendar]

Posted on March 26, 2006 at 07:00 PM in relationships | Permalink | Comments (0)

walking about 2006

Nice patina

Very good chai lattes and free wifi, The Newsroom, Connecticut Ave NW at S St., Washington, D.C. 

spending a frustrating 20 minutes trying to get photos off my phone & into Flickr. Phone says email successful, but they aren't all showing up in Flickr. (Same problem as when I uploaded last night).

Wouldn't matter if I had room on the phone for more than 10 pictures or another camera with me, but I'm hoping to take more snaps when I get down on the mall for a little bit more museuming before heading off for my flight.

Very frustrating to think I can't trust a message that something has sent to Flickr. I guess I'll send to my email as well as a safety net.


Roofline porn for my folks

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wave motif on wall near Smithsonian

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Approaching the Smithsonian from the southeast


Sackler Gallery, Hokusai exhibit

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Notes for the lovely, if outrageous, Peacock Room at the Freer Gallery


Freer Gallery, The Peacock Room

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Freer Gallery in the "Pretty Women" room


notes from "Pretty Women" exhibit at Freer gallery

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Whistler paintings in the "Pretty Women" exhibit all had frames designed by him 

This was one of those "make a note of this" snaps to remind me of stuff to look for in the shop. Sadly, the shop had nothing about this exhibit. I'll have to search online.


Some shoe designers should be slapped. 

This was on the little shuttle truck ("mobile lounge") out to the C terminal at Dulles airport.


Wish it had come out clearer; those were some ugly ass shoes.

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Rainbow wall at Dulles Airport


Posted on March 26, 2006 at 12:00 PM in creativity, the big room with the blue ceiling, travel, warnings & kvetches, Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (0)

Winner of the March 2006 Inefficient Tourist Award 2006

Dinah Sanders! For spending 7 hours at one museum on her one free day in Washington, D.C.

My excuse: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is excellent.
(And I did spend an hour of that time hanging out with a really cool librarian there - hi Vincent! - who makes me want to help them out with getting more of their collection known to the online world).

I want to write a longer piece about the museum and my experience there, but for the moment, just go check out their website, particularly the part about the genocide in Darfur and how you can help prevent further loss of life.

Posted on March 25, 2006 at 05:41 PM in travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

Adams Morgan 2006


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Pretty trees



For Alaina 

Blossoms in Washington, D.C.


dinner at Raku


[notes from Flickr:]

Beautiful Adams Morgan architecture 

Saw this on the walk last night (and thought the photo had uploaded, but either Sprint or Flickr is giving me false success messages. Grrr!)


I think, based on my memory of a nearby neighborhood walk guide sign that this was originally the Chinese embassy.

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another from my walk


great tower!

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Love the underside of the bay window in the middle and the way it ties into the archways below!

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Posted on March 25, 2006 at 12:00 PM in the big room with the blue ceiling, travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

Conundrum at the counter 2006

Is this scented oil for your car or car-scented oil?

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Posted on March 24, 2006 at 12:00 PM in warnings & kvetches | Permalink | Comments (0)

sights of Washington D.C. 2006

man on rearing horse, cannons, nuclear weapons protester, White House, big phallic symbol


lovely entryway


flopped lions
these sprawled guys are a bit more like the real lions I saw in Africa than the usual doorway fare...


Dedicated To Art
?Renwick Gallery? Can't remember where this was...

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The DAR would not approve

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my reflection among the names of the dead
Vietnam War Memorial


"Dad" says the card beside a small box
Vietnam War Memorial

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Vietnam War Memorial
Ah, pity this washed out. It was a note to friend listed on the wall, recalling good times together - "that deer hunt in 1964" - and saying "I miss you."


Reflecting Pool


Lincoln Memorial

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Freedom is not free.
Korean War Memorial



cherry buds, tidal basin, Jefferson Memorial


Washington, D.C., tidal basin, Washington Monument, cherry buds


the tidal basin & the Jefferson Memorial and one enthusiastic cherry tree


FDR Memorial 

Men and nature must work hand in hand. The throwing out of balance of the resources of nature throws out of balance also the lives of men.



No country, however rich, can afford the waste of its human resources. Demoralization caused by vast unemployment is our greatest extravagance. Morally it is the greatest menace to our social order.

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I propose to create a civilian conservation corps to be used in simple work. More important, however, than the material gains will be the moral and spiritual value of such work.

To the right of this fine idea a group of park rangers, black & white, cleancut & long-haired, were working to clean the fountain and laughing and talking together as they did so. Good work.


Roosevelt's support for the arts, expressed at his memorial

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We must scrupulously guard the civil rights and civil liberties of all citizens, whatever their background. We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization.

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I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood running from the wounded. I have seen the dead in the mud. I have seen cities destroyed. I have seen children starving. I have seen the agony of mothers and wives.



The structure of world peace cannot be the work of one man or one party or one nation. It must be a peace which rests on the cooperative effort of the whole world.


That's a cute little statue of Eleanor Roosevelt, first U.S. delegate to the United Nations, on the right.


Freedom of Speech

Freedom of Worship

Freedom from Want

Freedom from Fear

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Jefferson Memorial, cherry buds

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tidal basin, Washington, D.C. 

I really liked this tree.


Washington Monument from the mysterious little bridge on Ohio Drive near the Jefferson Memorial

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Strange little laughing guy on the mysterious bridge on Ohio Drive near the Jefferson Memorial
I asked a park patrol guy and googled, but can't find the story. Anyone know?

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Jefferson Memorial

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Tasty wine with dinner: MacMurray Pinot Noir 2003
Yes, that MacMurray. Fred MacMurray's ranch, apparently.


Posted on March 23, 2006 at 12:00 PM in Food and Drink, history, politics & philosophy, the big room with the blue ceiling, travel, warnings & kvetches, worry vs. clarity | Permalink | Comments (0)

in Washington D.C. 2006

daytime view

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The painted markings of the tennis court are blowing away.


Posted on March 22, 2006 at 12:00 PM in travel, work | Permalink | Comments (0)

Waiting for my SuperShuttle... 2006

Hoodie adding extra D.C. dopeness.

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Driver designing house in 3D Home Architect between, I hope, fares


view from my hotel room window by night with light snow


a memento from the previous tenent of my hotel room


Posted on March 22, 2006 at 12:00 PM in Dinah - introduction, friends & family, travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

to Washington, D.C. 2006

[according to Google calendar]

Posted on March 21, 2006 at 12:00 PM in travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

Cocktails at the top of town 2006


Posted on March 19, 2006 at 08:30 PM in Food and Drink, San Francisco | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunset in the Castro, before dinner at Blue 2006


Posted on March 19, 2006 at 06:21 PM in San Francisco, the big room with the blue ceiling | Permalink | Comments (0)

Look! 2006


Posted on March 19, 2006 at 12:00 PM in warnings & kvetches | Permalink | Comments (0)

[at a NERT thing?] 2006

[according to Google Calendar]

Posted on March 18, 2006 at 12:00 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

It's a small world, especially after you weed out all the normal people.
-- Seth Golub

Posted on March 18, 2006 at 10:13 AM in quotes | Permalink | Comments (0)

Bringing more games a little closer to my beautiful computer hardware... 2006

My friend Joel drew my attention to exciting news this morning: Windows XP on Mac solution posted. Unfortunately, still issues with video drivers, so Spore on Mac is not an immediate certainty, but it's a matter of time...

The comment thread, I warn you now, is just maddening and summed up by this addition:

Everyone knows the internet is fueled by rage, and my rage is fueled by those who don't bother to read. The internet is a selfsustaining power source now.
-- Adam

Posted on March 18, 2006 at 09:59 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Generally Good 2006

Hello, yes, I'm around, just not very posty.

Everything is pretty much fine. Weather variable. Health took a hit through the whole middle of the week with a beastly cold, but I'm on the mend now thanks to the care of The Lovely Man Who Feeds Me Soup And Reads To Me.

Work as usual has the potential to be highly stressful, but I'm managing pretty well under the load. (Thank you David Allen and Merlin Mann for the boost to my productivity and time management skills over the last year).

Didn't get to go to SXSW this year  :(  but that's because I spent all my money on my fabulous trip last year and this tasty maxed-out Powerbook :) so it all balances out.

Yes, yes, I will start getting some of the Tanzania pictures up soon - Kenya's all there at least - and I'll add in the travelogue in the blog one of these days. (I do wish the TypePad gang would get around to improving that post date selection tool so it was easier to select a day months or even years in the past. It really is the fly in my blogging ointment. *sigh* I've tried suggestions, whining, reminders, cupcakes, pointing to the good way to do it (thank you, Flickr!) and am beginning to wonder what it will take to get that feature. I wonder if they'll do contractual development? Only problem is they make more money than I do, I suspect. Poop. I hate waiting.)

You begin to see why I haven't been posting lately. So boring! Good lord. Go watch The IT Crowd or something. At least things catch on fire in that.

Posted on March 17, 2006 at 08:57 PM in mundania | Permalink | Comments (0)

If an erection had a personality, it would be played by Maurice Chevalier.
-- Mick LaSalle (in a Chronicle review of pre-code films)

Posted on March 17, 2006 at 08:38 PM in quotes | Permalink | Comments (2)

It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end. 
--Ursula LeGuin

Posted on March 17, 2006 at 08:32 PM in quotes | Permalink | Comments (1)

notes to self 2006

interesting looking movie

article in SF Weekly or Bay Guardian a week or two ago


interesting musician 


in SF Weekly or Bay Guardian

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Posted on March 11, 2006 at 12:03 PM in Film, mundania, music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Gorgeous day! 2006

Hard to see in this picture, but there's snow atop the hills under those fluffy clouds to the southeast (right side in this picture).


I was going to do my NERT training today, but after staying up until 2am at the movies at the Castro last night and comparing the piles of laundry needing to be done to the forecast of 40% chance of rain, I opted to catch the next sessions later. Now it's just about the time I'd be getting home from the class all tired out and instead I'm relaxed and have clean laundry and several Discardian posts written. Right choice!

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Posted on March 11, 2006 at 12:02 PM in mundania, San Francisco, the big room with the blue ceiling | Permalink | Comments (0)

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