Painting a room

A few weekends ago we painted our guest bedroom. The funny thing is—and isn’t this always the case?—we didn’t really set out to paint the room. That reality set in when we discovered that the paint with which we’d hoped…

San Francisco wildlife

Four pigeons

Touring San Francisco with my parents

My parents drove all the way from Austin to visit us over Labor Day weekend. It was the first time they got to see our new home, not to mention the first time my mom had been to San Francisco…

The accommodating gratin

Not pictured in the photo from our French barbecue was a zucchini gratin made by Stephanie’s mom, which I believe served as the only vegetable side that night. It was so very delicious that I felt compelled to ask Chris…

A study of power lines and pigeons

I continue to enjoy looking up with the Leica, especially at the power lines punctuated by pigeons on my morning walk to BART. Pigeons, two pairs of shoes, and a jump rope

When life gives you eggplants, make ratatouille!

Heirloom tomatoes, a Rosa Bianca eggplant, and sweet peppers I love it when a meal comes together right out of our veggie box. You can almost hear the tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers above crying out: Ratatouille! In my case, I…

Redirect Editor plugin for WordPress

I was looking for a WordPress plugin to manage a list of post redirects, but what I found was a little over-engineered for my tastes. I just wanted a simple web-interface to something resembling an .htaccess file. So I built…

Close encounters

As my taxi sped away from JFK during one of my trips to New York last April, an improbable sight caught my eye: the illuminated tail of a Space Shuttle poking out of a hangar, still mounted atop the special…

Picnic at home

Pita chips, baby carrots, homemade mozzarella and hummus, saucisson, and cornichons for lunch on our back porch

Like sister, like brother

Previously seen on All the things she did for luck: “The Mouth of Truth [La Bocca della Verità]. You are supposed to put your hand in the mouth. If you are a liar you will lose your hand. I still…