Click on the image to view the movie. You'll need QuickTime.
The previous post of me was taken with a Unibrain webcam, and the quality is quite good. I took this movie of Jawa a few moments ago with the Treo. I'll mostly be using the Treo from now on because the phone is always with me. The images are not as sharp, but they're very small files so they'll load quickly even with a dial-up connection.
Monday, October 31, 2005
The test video postings last week were very awkward. But now I'm using ourmedia.org to host the video, so it should load cleanly as a QuickTime movie. I'm also using the Firefox browser because it provides for a complete edit toolbar at the Blogger web site.
Click on the image of the QT player to start the video.
Sunday, October 30, 2005
I'm seriously thinking of making one of these. The seat, back and arms are simple enough, and the rest of it is made from stock timber. Rietveld designed it to be easy and cheap to mass produce for the working classes.
Saturday, October 29, 2005
I want mine to have 20 inch wheels and fold to carry on MUNI and BART.
Friday, October 28, 2005
I've been going out to Sears Pt. for years. Sometimes to drive the track, mostly to watch. The first time I drove on the track was with NASA (National Auto Sport Association) 12 years ago in a Mazda 323. The car was setup to oversteer for autocrossing so it was fun and I had a great instructor. The next time I drove a 1985 CRX si in a SCCA driving school. This car was also setup for autocrossing in CSP and it was fast. Fast enough that I had the quickest lap times that weekend against all other drivers including some who had Formula Fords!
I firmly believe that old cars are faster than new cars. I don't think I'd toss my Mini Cooper S through turn 10 at 100mph.
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
So, Monday I visited SF MOMA and left feeling a little disappointed. Now today I visited the de Young and I was delighted with what I saw. There's something here for every taste. Portraits, photography, furniture, sculpture, primitive art. All displayed in a way that stimulates the senses. This building is a pleasure to walk through. It invites you to enter each gallery and rewards you with changing light and themes. Yes, I'm raving about it...
Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942)
Afternoon in the Cluny Garden,Paris,1889
Ignore that it's made from recycled inner tubes- this is the best wallet I've owned. Why? The rubber looks and feels a lot like leather. It grips the inside of my back pocket and stays put. I've had mine 8+ years and it still looks newish. And your friends won't notice it's recycled rubber, so they won't label you.
You can buy it from Used Rubber USA
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Monday, October 24, 2005
I did find this interesting though. It's a couch made from old telephone books.
Sunday, October 23, 2005
For a life view of the bridge (updated every 4 seconds) from the Toll Plaza looking north click here
I've lived here for 19 years, but I still love cycling across this bridge. Pedestrians aren't intimidated by the car traffic because the sidewalk is about 2 feet above the roadway. You look down on the cars. (Are you bridge builders listening?)
There are great views of The City on a clear (rare) day. But bring a warm jacket because even on a sunny day cold winds are blowing in from the Pacific.
Saturday, October 22, 2005
Friday, October 21, 2005
SF has tons of exotic and interesting cars.
Thursday, October 20, 2005
But this cool old Triumph was safe from the water. Like most Stags I've seen in California, this one has an engine transplant. A 302 V8. The original Stag V8s suffered from oil starvation.
Triumphs are becoming rare in California. Especially my favorite, the Triumph 2000 4dr saloon.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
This is my Palm Treo 650. Sure, it's not the prettiest PDA around (cf Apple design), but IT GETS THINGS DONE!
I'll be using it to maintain this blog, though I'll sometimes also use my G4 iMac when I run into problems. My problem now is uploading images, but I hope to have that solved by tomorrow so I can post photos of my bicycle travels around San Francisco.
Oh, BTW, if you're a Prisoner/Patrick McGoohan fan, check out my eBay auction.
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Monday, October 17, 2005
Click here for the satellite image.
OK, so today I cycled into the Marin Headlands to find out what this is:
It's been bugging my friend Josh for some time. You see, he can see this thing from his home in Mill Valley. It's a great white obelisk on a 1000' hill top. It stands inside a circle of 'mailboxes' and makes a humming noise. I took lots of photos of it, and I now know what it is. So just to be cruel, I emailed him this photo of the thing without explanation. Now it seems even more mysterious to him.
Tomorrow I'll post the explanation.
Che has been with me for ten years, and Jawa for five years. Che came from the SFSPCA. He is very special to us. Che likes to lick my partners face for about 10 minutes and then 'face sleep' with her. Sometimes he will 'punch' my hand. I try to pull my hand away, and he quickly wacks it. It makes me laugh so hard. He has me trained to brush him and feed him. That's him on the right.
Jawa is a robust little boy. I can rough-house with him. He's fit and strong and likes to spend hours each day outside. Sometimes he comes inside dirty. Last week I gave him a bath! He was good about it. Jawa is our little boy.