Holy QR cupcakes, Batman!

If you happened to catch the recent Duncan Hines “Bake On” commercial, you may have registered a subliminal cupcake crop circle that momentarily materialized before disappearing beneath a giant flying brownie. I’m not making this stuff up. The first time…

Fried red plantains with beans

I sometimes wondered what it was like for those of you who followed my dispatches from our travels over the last year. If they were even half as interesting as Terrie’s updates from her Peace Corps training in Ghana, I…

Adventures in real estate, part one

We arrived in San Francisco on September 16, exactly 13 months after we left. I took one look at the rental market on Craigslist and gasped. It seemed that rents had doubled in the time we’d been gone. Well, not…

Black rhino airlift

It’s not just a great band name. It’s also an incredible photo. Airlifting a South African black rhino away from poachers (by Michael Raimondo)

No Justinsomnia in Ghana

I got an email from Terrie in Ghana the other day who told me my blog was being blocked by MTN, a mobile telecom provider in many countries across Africa and the Middle East. But get this. The stated reason…

Adventures in real estate, part two

Since starting to seriously look at real estate at the beginning of October, Stephanie and I made a habit of trying to check out at least one or two open houses every Sunday. We weren’t being lazy, it’s just that…

There are 4 types of people on 5th St…

…and now that Kiva has relocated to 5th and Howard, I am one of them: “Programmers”, a sketch from Meanwhile, 6th and Mission by Wendy MacNaughton Tonight Kiva was welcomed to the 5th Street neighborhood by The Hub, a sort…

How to set up a local copy of your WordPress blog

Why might you want to do this? To access your posts while you’re away from the internet (long flights, container ships, developing countries, etc.) To compose posts with WordPress’ native editing and preview tools, rather than client blogging apps To…

This ain’t your father’s turducken

Instead of plain, ol’ turkey for Thanksgiving, Danny and Claudine treated us to a gourmet turducken, procured from 4505 Meats. This franken-turducken was half turkey on one side and half chicken on the other, with duck sausage and cornbread stuffing…

Adventures in real estate, part three

After discovering that someone had made a bold preemptive offer on one of the coolest condos in San Francisco we’d seen, our real estate agents’ advice was to wait and see. Occasionally people make impulsive decisions and back out once…