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wandering around Portland 2006

cool Portland public art 

Across the street from Powell's.

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Jackpot Records' cool coming soon sign 

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Love that typographic (calligraphic?) treatment of their name!

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"The technology of the telegraph had rendered the bell obsolete."

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Mt. St. Helens from the Hoyt Arboretum, Portland, Oregon

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Some variety of violet. The brilliant yellow color didn't really come through here.

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Mt. Hood from the Japanese Tea Garden

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Portland Holocaust Memorial 

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Post-hike cocktails & appetizers at Cassidy's 

Not pictured: crab cakes and calamari.

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Posted on April 30, 2006 at 07:07 PM in creativity, Food and Drink, the big room with the blue ceiling, travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

Doug Fir 2006

pre-breakfast

Joe reads the New York Times in the lounge while we wait for our name to be called for a table in the restaurant.

Not pictured: our nice room in the adjacent Jupiter Hotel or last night's delicious late supper (to make up for the unsatisfying dinner on the train) of salad, soup and Sazeracs.

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Our fun waitress/bartender Mel and the Doug Fir backbar

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Breakfast with Joe at Doug Fir 

Timberline Scramble. Mmmmm....

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Two Timberline Scrambles and a low octane Bloody Mary. Excellent!

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lounging at Doug Fir, after breakfast, before pie 

dig that chain curtain!

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Posted on April 30, 2006 at 01:32 PM in Food and Drink, relationships, travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

Coast Starlight to Portland 2006

Dawn on the train, blur of trees & river alongside

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Waking up to a river beside the tracks

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view of the river from the adjacent train tracks 

Northern California somewhere

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And photos by Joe:

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One last one from me:

Union Station, Portland

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Posted on April 29, 2006 at 08:37 PM in relationships, travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

our first train trip together 2006

mystery bird

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Me & Joe 

On our walk after dinner at Market Bar, before getting on the Amtrak shuttle bus to the Coast Starlight

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Cool placard on the embarcadero, south of Ferry Building

mid 1800s etching next to later photograph of same spot

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Parlour car 

Joe reads the menu as the train heads north.

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Posted on April 28, 2006 at 10:14 PM in relationships, travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

Cowhide covered cocktail shaker. 2006

Gee,wonder why its on clearance?

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Posted on April 28, 2006 at 06:34 PM in Food and Drink | Permalink | Comments (0)

Terrible accident in the Castro tonight 2006

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Fortunately I came home by a really unusual route and was way out on Divisidero when this happened.

I had just gotten on the #24 bus at Oak when the bus was re-routed to turn on Haight and head along the #22 Fillmore route. Something about a fire on Castro & Market, the driver said.

My first thought was the Castro Theatre. Fortunately, it is fine. Unfortunately, at least two people are not. One is already confirmed dead according to SFgate.com.

As I walked from Haight & Divisidero, I encountered a woman coming my way carrying two Pottery Barn bags.  I asked if she knew what happened and she said she saw the whole thing and it was awful.

A BMW had made a left turn into parking lot behind the Castro Theatre. She said she noticed it had gone over the double line and that a cop passed by behind it and she wondered if the driver would get a ticket. [I think it's okay if you're turning into a driveway.] The cop car went on though.

And then a white sedan came racing down the street - as I understood her and as the details support - the wrong way along Castro in front of the theater. It smashed into the BMW so hard it spun it around and into the row of parked bikes. Then the BMW burst into flames.

Bystanders tried to rescue the driver including shopkeepers with the fire extinguishers from their stores. The smoke became very thick and she couldn't see what happened. Flames were blowing upward and I believe she said the awning [of All American Boy, I thought she meant, but it was Cliff's] caught fire. She wasn't sure if the car or a bike had been pushed into the front of the shops. [SFgate says at least one of the vehicles smashed into a business.]

She thinks they got the driver out of the car, but she says the ambulance didn't take off afterwards and the police started clearing the street even more which suggested "crime scene" to her.

Very scary.

My condolences to the victims and their families.

Be careful out there, folks.

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Posted on April 27, 2006 at 07:36 PM in San Francisco, warnings & kvetches | Permalink | Comments (0)

repurposed funeral window sign 2006

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Posted on April 27, 2006 at 06:35 PM in San Francisco | Permalink | Comments (0)

Remember Chernobyl 2006

Twenty years ago today a terrible accident befell the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The effects of that disaster are with us still and will be with us for generations to come.

The Chernobyl disaster arose from an accident that occurred on April 26, 1986 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Pripyat, Ukraine. It is regarded as the worst accident in the history of nuclear power. Because there was no containment building, a plume of radioactive fallout drifted over parts of the western Soviet Union, Eastern and Western Europe, Scandinavia, the British Isles, and the eastern United States. Large areas of Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia were badly contaminated, resulting in the evacuation and resettlement of over 336,000 people. About 60% of the radioactive fallout landed in Belarus according to official post-Sovietic data [1]. According to the 2006 TORCH report, half of the radioactive fallout landed outside those three Soviet countries [2] [3]. The disaster released over four hundred times more radiation than the atomic bomb of Hiroshima.
[read the full Wikipedia article here]

The problem is that radiation doesn't just go out like a fire and that its effects are profound, very long-lasting, and can be fundamentally damaging to living creatures.

Photographer Paul Fusco has documented the Chernobyl Legacy and its impact on humans. This photo essay with audio commentary is incredibly powerful and disturbing.

You need to face this.

Anyone who thinks that the risks of the use of atomic energy - for power or weapons - are exaggerated needs to see this. Maybe it's manageable. Maybe. But I think about new babies being born almost two decades after this incident who are deformed to the point of being unable to sit or stand, who are unable to recognize their parents, whose bodies are altered by mutation such that their vital organs extend in growths outside the bounds of the normal human silhouette. Do we really think that our clever species can't come up with a better way to generate power? Or is it that those other methods aren't as profitable and therefore less appealing to the powerful who are not measuring quality of human life as the most important bottom line?

According to an Associated Press article by Natasha Lisova, Ukrainians Mark 20 Years Since Chernobyl,

About 350,000 people were evacuated from their homes following the explosion, never to return. A whole city, Pripyat, and dozens of villages were left to decay, and experts say some may not be habitable for centuries or longer.

The protective "sarcophagus" that was hastily erected over Reactor No. 4 is now crumbling, and a $1.2 billion project to replace it remains on the drawing board. Yushchenko has said he expects work to begin this year, and be completed around 2010.

The new shelter is designed to last for 100 years, although officials say the plant contains particles whose radioactivity could last tens of thousands of years.

Tens of thousands of years. Humankind isn't ready to plan for that scale of time. We must demand our leaders step back from these dangers. We must not goad additional countries into the use of atomic power and atomic weaponry.

We live in one shared atmosphere. One week after Chernobyl there were measurable radiation differences planetwide. Even if you don't care about the rest of the world, your nation depends on the safety and biological health of other nations.

The best path to a strong, prosperous America is a strong, prosperous world. Our leaders must acknowledge that or we must change our leaders before they damage us irrevocably.

Posted on April 26, 2006 at 07:19 PM in health | Permalink | Comments (0)

date night 2006

Photo by Joe.

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Posted on April 26, 2006 at 12:00 PM in relationships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Terrible pillow scars... Arrrr! 2006

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Posted on April 26, 2006 at 06:46 AM in Dinah - introduction | Permalink | Comments (0)

Some good news: Golden Gate Park goes mostly carless on Saturdays for six months! The people-friendly plan starts May 27th.

Wondering the best way to get there without a car? There are lots of public transit options. Use 511.org to plan your trip.

Anyone got favorite nearby sandwich shops or other good picnic sources? Tell me about them in the comments!

I wonder if the bicycle rickshaw folks will be allowed to ply their trade to get the less able folks around comfortably?

Posted on April 25, 2006 at 08:44 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

John W. Dean has written an interesting and ominous assessment of the George W. Bush style of presidency and what we can expect in the remaining two years of his term, in particular, this October when some no doubt exceedingly unpleasant rabbit will be pulled out of the hat.

[Thanks to Larry for the link]

Posted on April 25, 2006 at 08:26 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

making up games at my place with Joe and Adam 2006

So true, so true

Roast Beef has so much science going on you can't even see his face in this picture.

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And some photos by Adam:

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Photos by Joe.

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Posted on April 24, 2006 at 09:42 PM in friends & family, games, Science | Permalink | Comments (0)

lunchtime walk 2006

flowers on my walk
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Another Emeryville decoration

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Zipper man

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Block man

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Posted on April 24, 2006 at 01:12 PM in the big room with the blue ceiling | Permalink | Comments (0)

Moscow Mule 2006

cucumber, lime, vodka, ginger ale

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Posted on April 23, 2006 at 08:46 PM in Food and Drink | Permalink | Comments (0)

Visit to the Maker Faire 2006

Joe and Adam on CalTrain

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Photo of me by Adam.

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Improbable Orchestra 

This was totally cool. You are controlling the speaker behind you and collectively creating a sound mix.

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Maker Faire 2006 map

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coveting lovely glassware imprinted with old fabric patterns 

Mediums To Masses

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Mark VandeWettering 

Here he's showing Joe and Adam his cool projects fiddling about with old gaming tech.

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difference engine

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Typepad loves me! Photo and caption by Anil.

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Photos by Heather.

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And back to ones by me:

Documenting the documenters documenting the documented

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Dueling cameras

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Leeches! 

The finest in 1820s science on display.

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Celestial Mechanics

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Temporary Amateur Pyrotechnics Expert 

some wackyass burning man flame-shooting conveyance

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really excellent penmanship

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Pleasing signage

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Photo of me and Adam by Joe.

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Posted on April 22, 2006 at 02:17 PM in creativity, friends & family, Science, tools | Permalink | Comments (0)

SoMa stroll 2006

Cool old lamps outside Joe's courthouse
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Lamp at 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

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Ah, SoMa.

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Posted on April 21, 2006 at 08:07 PM in San Francisco | Permalink | Comments (0)

D&D at Vince's place 2006

Followed by staying over at Joe's.

[according to Google Calendar, and supported by Flickr]

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Things got a bit hairy last night 

We are the KINGS of no plan!

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Posted on April 19, 2006 at 11:22 PM in games | Permalink | Comments (0)

lunchtime 2006

I don't remember noticing before that the food court next door is flying the United Nations flag 

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Also: blue skies! Yay!

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Dandilion & green grass 

Sigh. Wish we had wifi so I could work out by the tree...

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Posted on April 19, 2006 at 01:08 PM in the big room with the blue ceiling, work | Permalink | Comments (0)

on the way home 2006

Flutist & upright bass, streetcorner jazz on the way home

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Posted on April 18, 2006 at 05:45 PM in San Francisco | Permalink | Comments (0)

on the way home 2006

Thinker yellow box guy

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Posted on April 17, 2006 at 06:08 PM in creativity | Permalink | Comments (0)

Emeryville sights 2006

Another cool yellow box guy in Emeryville
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Cool old train cars at the Amtrak station this morning

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Love that old view car!

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Posted on April 17, 2006 at 09:18 AM in creativity | Permalink | Comments (0)

At dinner at Fuzio with Joe 2006

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We had lovely Tanquery 10 martinis.

Posted on April 16, 2006 at 07:24 PM in Food and Drink, relationships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Aptly brand-named skirt 2006

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Original price well over $200.

Even Halcyon wouldn't look good in this.

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Posted on April 15, 2006 at 05:55 PM in Dinah - preferences, friends & family | Permalink | Comments (0)

At Grandma Susie's 90th birthday celebration 2006

My fabulous grandma at her birthday lunch with family. (Yes, I am super happy about my genetic inheritance!)

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Making Grandma laugh

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We were driving her to distraction with all our picture taking. The whole family except her has gone Flickr-mad. I think we need to get her a better computer...

 

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Photo by my uncle Larry. Rohnert Park, California.
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Larry says, "Dinah is taking a picture of Susie as I take one of her, and probably Paul was taking a picture of both of us. What fun."
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Dinah messages while Paul ponders
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[photo and caption by Uncle Larry]

 

Back to some photos I took:

Grandma's grandparents

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I think this snapshot is from 1926. That's Cornelius & Anna Penner. I think this is in Saskatchewan. [Uncle Larry's sneakers in the background]

Larry & Paul at Susie's

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Old family quilt face. Lynn, Jinx & Susie discuss quilt backing options while Larry looks on.

Posted on April 15, 2006 at 02:03 PM in Dinah - introduction, friends & family | Permalink | Comments (0)

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