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Young Polar Bear

"There's this young polar bear….Goes up to its mother and asks, Mummy, am I a real polar bear?" Mummy replies, "Course you are. You've got white fur, you've got claws, you live in the Arctic and you eat fish. Why do you ask?" Young polar bear replies, "Because I'm fucking freezing."
-From the novel Black Widow by Christopher Brookmyre

Building on Presidio, #sanfrancisco last night. Bilateral #symmetry

# oldposter at SF Presidio Officers'Club tonite. #vintage #army #cavalry #horse

Surfing on the Wild Coast of Vancouver Island

From Bob Kahn
Same kind of guy as Bruno Atkey (see Builders of the Pacific Coast)

Hacking a Keyboard

For years I've had a persistent problem with hitting the "m" or "n" keys when hitting the space bar, so that words ran togethermlikenthis. I glued this piece of cutout bone to the space bar and voila! Problem solved.

Blam! Storm Totals My Honda Fit

A big rock tumbled down an embankment in front of my car (on Hwy. One just north of Stinson Beach) last week and pretty well demolished the motor. Knocked holes in oil pan and knocked engine off its mounts. (No injuries.) Total loss. Insurance covers it and AAA has been really good in processing the claim. So I'm looking at another Fit and also checking out the Subaru Crosstrek, and other small hatchbacks.

Lots of Good Tech Stuff on Latest Cool Tools

This is one of many interesting items. To get full info (and clickable links), go to: http://kk.org/cooltools.

Scamp Trailer

Saw this parked on a local street. 13' long, fiberglass, kind of in between an Airstream and a Teardrop trailer. About 10K$ used.

Music Score on Minneapolis Building

"…the music is from a piano piece written by French composer Maurice Ravel called “Gaspard de la Nuit.” The section depicted on the building comes from the third movement, called 'Scarbo.'”
Link from Rick Gordon

Fake News My Ass!

It's called journalism and I've been heartened the last few days by the media refusing to be cowered by this lying bully. There was a scathing, hard-hitting editorial in the NYTimes yesterday titled "The Missing Pieces in the Flynn Story." Right on! Then last night I watched Judy Woodruff on PBS go after the smarmy former Trump campaign manager Carter Page and his actions in Russia. He wouldn't answer her when she asked "Were you in any kind of contact with Russian officials?" but just kept using the phrase "fake news."
In my high school journalism class, Mr. Patterson taught us about "the five Ws and one H:" the Who, What, Why, When, Where and How questions that must be answered before any story is complete. AND about journalistic objectivity in reporting the news and saving your opinions for the editorial page. That was the ideal, anyway. The art of journalism.

I'm glad the journalists are not backing down, and the way Trump went after the NYTimes today means they're getting to him. Viva the power of the pen! (Drawing from an old Punch magazine)

I had the thought last night that it would be good to forget about labels like conservative or liberal and have the focus be on the truth (insofar as it can be determined). What really happened?
And what is honest, what is fair, what is compassionate?

Sorry, every once in a while, the political situation breaks through here. I know people don't read this blog for my political views, but the hideousness of what is happening right now causes me to erupt on occasion. To my amazement, there are Trump supporters that read this blog, and I just don't get it. Everything that I write about or photograph comes from a mind and soul that is deeply opposed to this mean-spirited prick.

California storms: Drought gone in 53 percent of state, most since 2013

San Jose Mercury News, Feb 9, 2017, article by Paul Rodgers:
"For the first time in four years, more than half of California is no longer classified as being in drought conditions by the federal government — the latest milestone signaling the end of the state’s historic drought.

Altogether, 53 percent of California has seen enough precipitation, and its reservoirs and groundwater levels have filled so much that it is not in drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, a weekly report issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the University of Nebraska. A year ago, just 5 percent of the state was out of drought.…"

As of last Thursday, Lake Shasta was at 87% of capacity.

Cutting Down Huge Elm Tree in Seattle

From Lew Lewandowski
This climber—what a guy!

Documentary on Early San Francisco Surfing Feb 23 in SFO

"More than just three miles of heavy waves on Ocean Beach, the Great Highway is part of the early history of California surfing and beach life. This new documentary covers it all; from the Sutro Baths to the former six million-gallon saltwater Fleishhacker Pool, once lifeguarded by Olympians and big wave legends, to the champions of today. Winner of the 2016 Golden Gate International Ocean Film Festival Award (IOFF). (88 mins)
Mark Gunson, filmmaker and co-producer, and Kristin Howell, co-producer will be in attendance for Q+A."


Laying out mini book for Small Homes, will be 2-1/2" by 3", Slightly larger than our other 2 mini books (of which we've now printed 35,000 copies). Small Homes should be in bookstores in April. Patronize an INDEPENDENT #bookstore!

Livin' On Tulsa Time - Jason Boland

Bikes are Good

From Jon Kalish

Fat Tire Snow Bikes

Mark Hansen, master builder from Grand Marais, Minnesota, trying out a fat tire snow bike. Amazing how these things can ride through #powdersnow.