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Edinburgh Castle Pub Quiz 2007

trivia night

Photo by Joe.

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Posted on February 27, 2007 at 12:00 PM in friends & family, games | Permalink | Comments (0)

A New York bartender, musing on how one bypasses serial killing in favor of authorship:

"I don't have a basement, I guess I'll get a typewriter."

Posted on February 26, 2007 at 08:48 PM in quotes | Permalink | Comments (0)

Overheard conversation in an airport between a guy who works on the bomb disposal team and another traveler, talking about his work:

You know, it's a lot of fun if you do it right. You just can't make any mistakes.

Posted on February 26, 2007 at 08:39 PM in quotes | Permalink | Comments (0)

Joe makes me smile 2007


(photo by Joe)

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Posted on February 25, 2007 at 12:00 PM in Dinah - introduction, relationships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Rickshaw Stop 2007

Dark but oh so fun at The Rickshaw Stop


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Gomorran Social Aid And Pleasure Club playing at The Rickshaw Stop


Lord Loves A Working Man, at The Rickshaw Stop



Posted on February 24, 2007 at 12:02 PM in music, San Francisco | Permalink | Comments (0)

on the cable car 2007

Grace Cathedral from the cable car


Riding the cable car


I love my muni pass.

Posted on February 24, 2007 at 12:01 PM in San Francisco | Permalink | Comments (0)

Community at The Cove On Castro 2007


I love the two screens here rotating through old snapshots of staff and customers

(Um, the other screen is off to my right. And there's a third screen with the Cartoon Network playing up at the front of the restaurant.)

Posted on February 24, 2007 at 12:00 PM in San Francisco | Permalink | Comments (0)

a break from the rain at lunch 2007


nice birdsong as I walked to lunch; maybe a blackbird


pretty sunshine & clouds, but big grey clouds around in other directions, so I expect more rain later

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Posted on February 22, 2007 at 12:00 PM in the big room with the blue ceiling | Permalink | Comments (0)

RIAA bites more hands that feed it 2007

Can they get stupider? Yep.

Do not miss this excellent post by Anil Dash, Holding A Gun To Dick Clark's Head, and the fantastic video included in it from Jay Smooth of hiphopmusic.com

"D.J. Drama does not make counterfeit CDs...What D.J. Drama does is produce an original new CD working directly with the artists to make new original songs and remixes along with some upcoming album tracks sometimes. But, again, he's working directly with the artist on this and at the very least he's working with the tacit approval of the record labels."

Hey, big 5 labels, slapping down your most passionate users and promoters is a damn good way to accelerate the demise of your business, and at this rate ain't no one gonna be sorry to see you go.

Posted on February 21, 2007 at 01:44 PM in music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Flickry flowers 2007


Enjoying Heather's roses

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Posted on February 21, 2007 at 12:00 PM in linky goodness | Permalink | Comments (0)

Hi 2007


Check out this amusing speaker design at the Edinburgh Castle.

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Posted on February 20, 2007 at 12:00 PM in friends & family, random synaptic firing | Permalink | Comments (0)

Emeryville political message 2007


Posted on February 19, 2007 at 12:00 PM in politics & philosophy | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday evening sigh 2007


I often get a little wistful at the end of the weekend, but today I'm exceptionally content. I really got a lot of things done and yet also relaxed a lot. I even got in a nap today!

Work week? Okay, I can do that.

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Posted on February 18, 2007 at 12:03 PM in Dinah - introduction | Permalink | Comments (0)

Serious Discardian Mood 2007


I have faith in the libraries, bookstores, and websites of the world for my future entertainment and reference needs.

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"We advised him as to where he might place his herring"


Go get your hands on some Glen Baxter. Good stuff.

(This is from an old page a day calendar).

Favorite bit of "French For Cats" by Henry Beard


I think I am going to cough up a fur ball.

Je crois que je vais crachet une boule de poils.

Such a useful phrase!

2nd favorite thing in "French For Cats" by Henry Beard


Useful phrase: The Things That Are Not, Strictly Speaking, Cat Toys, But Which Nevertheless Have Great Play Value.

Autograph & rat doodle by Neil Gaiman in Coraline


I got this at Cody's when Neil read the whole thing aloud at a cool church near there a few years back.

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Early inclinations toward accuracy


Corrections in my copy of the Rocky Horror Picture Show book


Annotations for my local high-school age version of the audience participation for RHPS







old favorite final picture in The Rocky Horror Picture Show book


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Inscribed copy of "Sunglasses After Dark" by Nancy Collins


"Damned if you do"

Nice inscription for a vampire novel, definitely.

A logo that makes me smile


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The last F/X: The Club t-shirt (front, small)




sweet Exploding Dog t-shirt


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shirt from bigWhoop, a defunct SF music mag I've never seen


but the shirt cracked me up so much - and it was fun to wear on certain occasions - that I rescued it from my friend Fil's discardia. Alas, it is too big and it now has a bad coffee stain. Bye bye, bigWhoop!

That beautiful logo


And a ridiculously fun tagline on the back


Posted on February 18, 2007 at 12:02 PM in Books, Discardia, friends & family | Permalink | Comments (0)

Better signage - at last! 2007


Posted on February 18, 2007 at 12:01 PM in San Francisco | Permalink | Comments (0)

Kind of interesting leather dining chairs at Ross for $80 2007


This is top floor of the one at 4th & Market in San Francisco. Behind these 4 (which seem to have a slight color difference between the pairs), there is another design with a sort of roll at the top. Less modern, a nod more gentleman's club. Didn't notice price on those.

Posted on February 18, 2007 at 12:00 PM in mundania | Permalink | Comments (0)

Foggy Friday 2007


Posted on February 16, 2007 at 12:00 PM in the big room with the blue ceiling | Permalink | Comments (0)

flowers for Kristin 2007

Photo by Kristin.

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Posted on February 15, 2007 at 12:00 PM in friends & family | Permalink | Comments (0)

My valentine dinner with co-worker Marjorie at the glamorous Doubletree 2007

Little combo playing romantic standards. Fun!


Man, the kitchen staff at this place must be frustrated: lovely presentation, not-so-hot ingredients


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Posted on February 14, 2007 at 12:00 PM in Food and Drink, holidays, travel, warnings & kvetches, work | Permalink | Comments (0)

anniversary dinner at Jardiniere 2007

[according to Joe's Google calendar]

Posted on February 13, 2007 at 12:00 PM in relationships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monochrom Taugshow at Exploratorium 2007

Palace of Fine Arts


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Geeky fun.

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Posted on February 11, 2007 at 07:00 PM in creativity, San Francisco | Permalink | Comments (0)

scotch tasting at Cindy's house 2007

[dinner beforehand at Osaka Sushi in the Castro]

great sashimi plate, this after several pieces eaten


Really a good deal. Nice fish.

Gangsta roll and pretty nigiri pieces


Littlemill, our only lowland scotch at the party


Fine, but not impressed.

Glenlivet 18


Admirable, but sharp and not really to my taste.

Auchriosk 1993, Murray McDavid bottling


Pink and pretty. I'd buy this one.

at the single malt whisky tasting


Bruichladdich Yellow Submarine (1991)


Very good. I actually found this one bloomed more without the water. First taste full of honey, then changes to be completely other. One to get to know.

Definitely on the "Buy" list.

Highland Park 12


Good, but a bit pinched. Not flirty.

Penderyn, Welsh single malt


Nice. Not my first choice but far from my last.

Glen Scotia


Like Springbank with the volume turned almost all the way down.

Springbank 10


Min Jung Kim was right of  course, glorious stuff.

The Macallan 18


Oh it's good, yes, but not my first choice.

This seemed a good deal better than my bottle and another woman I was talking with at the party concurred. She said that in a few more years what they'll then be bottling as the new 18 will be primo stuff, much as the ever so tasty 12 year you can get now has been.

Oak Cross, Malt Scotch Whisky, a blend of single malts


Good for drinking, but not inspiring

Bowmore 18 (Trader Joe's Single Malt Collection)


Nice. From what I hear a good deal for an older batch.

Bowmore 12


Very pleasing. Nicer with water.

Caol Ila 1990 single cask (MacKillop's Choice)


Another winner. On the shopping list.

Lagavulin 16


Classic peatiness.

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Laphroaig 10


The master single malt.

Laphroaig 15


Wow. Even better. I must buy this.

Posted on February 10, 2007 at 08:00 PM in Food and Drink, friends & family | Permalink | Comments (0)

Support a cyber cafe in Kenya 2007

I just made another investment through Kiva and I'm really excited about this one. In November of 2005 I visited Nakuru in Kenya while on a tour with Guerba Travel.

I was very pleased, therefore, to see that I could make a microloan to Mr. Samwel Kagotho to help him purchase new equipment for his cybercafe in Nakuru. He's a little over halfway to his goal, so maybe you should consider investing too!

Hooray! The money has been raised! Check the sidebar for another worthy business somewhere around the world that could use your help.

Posted on February 10, 2007 at 02:10 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

View through the window looking like it's had Photoshop filters run on it because of the intense rain on the window 2007


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Posted on February 10, 2007 at 12:00 PM in mundania | Permalink | Comments (0)

Yes. 2007

The Web is Us.

Yes yes yes!

Posted on February 9, 2007 at 06:34 PM in The Web | Permalink | Comments (0)

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