Tahoe ski weekend

Went skiing for the first time in Tahoe last weekend, and my second time ever. Had a little trouble getting there—on Friday night Caltrans closed I-80 at Colfax—but we adapted and found a hotel for the night before continuing on…

Bad habits from XHTML (to unlearn)

With the impending completion of the HTML5 spec, I thought I’d summarize the major differences between XHTML and HTML5 that affect me the most in my daily blogging and web development. Figured this might be useful to others. Void elements…

Raised fist

Industry by Ralph Stackpole in front of the old Pacific Coast Stock Exchange, at 301 Pine St (and Sansome) in San Francisco

Fatted Calf Charcuterie (with cheese)

The cheese wasn’t from Fatted Calf, but all the charcuterie was. I expected a few different types of salami, but no, this was full-on, no-holds-barred, locally-made charcuterie. Some were definitely outside my comfort (or familiarity) zone. Both Taylor and Taponia,…

Nice tailgate

Volvo 1800 ES (inspiration for the C30) spotted on Pine Street

So you want to make cheese at home?

I got an email from someone out of the blue recently asking for some resources on home cheesemaking. So I put together a list and sent it off. Since I had it already laid out, I figured I might as…

A silver dime

After being rejected twice by Coinstar (which, by the way, now generates Amazon gift certificates without exacting a fee!) I took a closer look and realized this wasn’t your average dime. Something about it just looked and felt different—almost fake.…

Beirut – Nantes

Beirut – Nantes Well it’s been a long time, long time now Since I’ve seen you smile And I’ll gamble away my fright And I’ll gamble away my time And in a year, or a year, or so This will…

Morris Minor Van on Pine Street

Before the Mini, there was the Minor

Write the blog you want to read

It’s funny to say, but it’s true. The things I blog about tend to be the things I’m most interested in. I love this policy. For one it’s flexible. As my interests change, so goes the blog. For another, it…

Mini Hamburger Buns

As seen at Trader Joe’s. We may have started a trend.

Cosmopolitan Inventor Works Here!

Only in San Francisco would a cocktail menu tell me to look it up on Wikipedia. The article: Cosmopolitan (cocktail), and the bar: Hi Dive, FM’s perennial happy hour spot.

Pink VW Cabrio on Pine Street

Pink Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet It occurred to me recently that the cars parked along Pine Street have become the cast of characters I “interact” with on my daily walk to and from work. I recognize the regulars, the oddballs, and…

Shutting down White Noise Lounge

For six months in 2008, Stephanie and I collaborated on a photo/audio blog project called White Noise Lounge. We’d record five minutes of some interesting sound in our environment, and then we’d take a black and white photo of the…

Sandal fail (or foot fail)

I’ve never been much of an open-toe footwear person. I like my socks. And I never learned how to walk in flip-flops. So it was with some anxiety that I recently decided to pick up my first pair of sandals…

Scenes from Tubbs Island

As previously blogged, last weekend Stephanie and I drove up to the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge, located between Novato and Vallejo. I thought a hike there would be a welcome change from our usual height-seeking fare, especially considering…

How to get by in vi

I’m not embarrassed to say that these are the vi commands that I’ve been getting by on forever. In the order that I learned them. Thus they are probably a fair representation of the bare minimum one needs to know…