What happens if the supervolcano under Yellowstone National Park erupts?

The one supervolcano flowchart everyone should read! (inspired by the videos at Uh-Oh, via Boing Boing) Update, December 7, 2009: Check out this rad “Heart of the Caldera” sign we saw by the side of the road during our trip…

Practical Resolutions

I have two: Backup my laptop Change my passwords Last year I didn’t change my password until July, after I had inadvertently typed it instead of my URL into a blog comment form. The first is there because at some…

You won’t believe what I did with milk today

Stephanie and I made cheese—for the first time! Have to say it was pretty magical just watching it come together, all in about 30 minutes. Just a gallon of Clover Stornetta whole milk, 2 tsp of citric acid, and 1/4…

You won’t believe what I did with what I did with milk yesterday today

Yesterday I made cheese. Mozzarella cheese. Today I made pizza. With homemade dough. Using the homemade cheese. Stephanie took some pictures along the way. Shredding the cheese Browning some ham Toasting some pine nuts Working the dough Drizzling with olive…

The 2008 Photo Book

As the holidays were approaching, I dusted off the photo book generator I’d written last year and set out to create another photographic travelogue for our families in the US and France. This time things were a little easier because…

Google’s new mod favicon

Apparently the “g” from last June didn’t stick. I have to admit, I like this one better. Update: more info here (though now I think I like André’s better)

Dark Magic

Way back in July of 2007 I got this email out of the blue: Hi, Justin, I’m an author and I ran across your blog while searching for descriptions of San Francisco homes or apartment buildings. I have a series…

Really Microsoft, Really!?!

Please, someone, tell me this is a parody “I’m a PC and I’ll take you down” –Rashad Evans I guess the BSOD is a feature after all.

Return to Point Lobos

We were thinking about getting out to some snow after New Years, but in the end we stuck a little closer to home, heading back to Point Lobos instead. We stayed until sunset.

Do you know what an ambigram is?

When you rotate the cover of the 20th Anniversary Edition of the Princess Bride DVD by 180 degrees, it still reads “princess bride”. Go ahead, turn your laptop upside down. 20th Anniversary Edition of the Princess Bride I just discovered…

Point Lobos sunsetting

Obligatory photo of the orange jellyfish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Orange jellyfish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Melt-in-the-Mouth Cookies, a brief history

My recipe for Melt-in-your-Mouth cookies came from one of my mom’s handwritten recipe cards, which my dad scanned and emailed to me back when I was in college. I posted it to my blog in 2004 so I could easily…

Be careful if you get into cheesemaking

You might come home to contraptions that look like this: I was working late last night, and while I was out, Stephanie started making ricotta salata (a pressed, salted, and dried variety of ricotta cheese). Apparently it’s going to age…

The Golden Gate Bridge from Fort Point

We were going to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge last weekend when we stumbled upon Fort Point—which we had no idea was open to the public. We never made it across the bridge.

Curds and whey

Last weekend we made our first ricotta and our second batch of mozzarella—all so we could make a lasagna from scratch. We even made the fresh pasta sheets and tomato sauce. The tomatoes were from cans, but it’s winter, so…

Cheeses of the Mediterranean

After Stephanie and I took a Cheese and Olive Oil class and I took a Local Cheese and Beer class at the Cheese School of San Francisco last fall, we decided to sign up for another 2 classes during their…

New street name hastily commemorated in San Francisco

This morning Stephanie offered to take me into work on her Vespa (I usually walk down Pine) to catch the inauguration—they were going to be projecting it in one of the bigger conference rooms at work. Half asleep, and hanging…

Is that the Golden Gate Bridge in your garage…?

…or are you just happy to see me?

Constantly clearing my throat

I appear to have that unusual cold. And it’s been a long time since I’ve caught anything, surprising even, given the several outbreaks that have spread through work. I’m not exactly sure what brought me down, since no one I…

Daguerreotype of the inauguration

You could easily mistake it for Lincoln’s (which is maybe the point). Taken by Jerry Spagnoli. (via The Online Photographer)