Thursday, March 29, 2012

How Much Again?


Tweet from one of my favorite reporters, Chad Livengood: "Regular unleaded #gas is $4.15/gallon at the Shell station at I-94 & US-127 in #Jackson, #Michigan."

Dude. Please.

(Actually, the shot above was in Berkeley last weekend, and it is one of the highest prices I've seen. Today, I saw a $4.35 and a $4.45 in West Oakland. It really varies quite a bit in price from city to city around here.)

Update 3/31: My Dad tells me it's at $4.09 in GR - it's $4.19 here in Oakland, saw a couple of $4.23s and $4.29s in Berkeley and Emeryville. Go figure. Really wild price swings, glad I don't drive much.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012



I'm surrounded by Yankee people, I had to do something.

Is it baseball yet?

Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Oakland Fox


This is the Oakland Fox Theater, and it pretty much has the same history as all the art deco movie palaces built in urban areas in the 20s: It served as a gathering place and a source of civic pride until it fell into decay in the middle of the century, and eventually some dedicated community group came together to restore it to its grandeur. Now, national musical acts come and play here, and the neighborhood businesses around it enjoy the benefits from the crowds and the cool factor.

I haven't been inside yet but I've seen pictures, and it looks just as fabulous as the Fox Theater in Detroit. Not as big though.

1000 px here. And that open space on the right, before the next building? That would be the park where I was kettled, and where Occupy tends to hang out. Their numbers have dropped, but they are still about...

Tuesday, March 20, 2012



Graffiti is a problem in Oakland. Some of it is stunningly good, most of it is not. The downtown area is fairly free of it on the buildings, but this odd message slipped in on a building the next block over from me.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Lake Merritt at Sunset


Lake Merritt, the first wildlife refuge in the United States, and the inspiration for Disneyland. Read the very interesting history here.

Very cool place. Birds, people, scenery, all smiles. It's about 3 miles around the perimeter, and makes for a nice walk at sunset.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Barack O'Bama

Hey, lookit that, the White House site does allow hotlinks...

Happy St. Patrick's Day. Drive safe everyone.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Sonoma Coast


You really need to check out the 1000 px version if you want to see the people waaay down below on the beach...

If you look on a map just north of Bodega Bay, you'll see that all the way up the coast for miles is Sonoma Coast State Beach land, and it's a bunch of little named beaches all in a row along Highway 1 until you get to the huge state park. I never made it up that far as it was getting kind of late in the day. This shot was close to Arched Rock Beach. (if it had it's own name, I've forgotten it already)

Absolutely beautiful up there, and amazingly empty. Rolling hills and mountains and farms and not a lot of people. Going to go back one of these days, leave real early and see if I can make Oregon...

Friday, March 09, 2012


If we would have had the time, I would have loved to get her made up in 50s gear, morphed the modern dress back to the past with the black and white, and then morphed her back out again for the finish. THAT would have been really sweet.

As it stands, this is a great editorial. And, I believe this issue is going to be one of the major reasons why the Republicans are going to lose big this year. Yes, there is a lot of time left. Yes, anything can, and probably will, happen. But there are a lot of seriously pissed off women out here - and they will get their revenge at the ballot box. Enough is enough.

The Republicans are a dying party. It's going to take years to undo the damage they have done, but I have no doubt that, in time, it will be fixed. All we can hope is that people have finally learned the lesson of 2010 so it doesn't take too long.

Vote. Or face the consequences.

Monday, March 05, 2012



... is actually about five miles inland from Bodega Bay. The town is just a stop in the road, with some stores ranging from a general store to a surf shop, and St. Teresa's Church, which you can see in the picture above. Here is a shot of Suzanne Pleshette from the Hitchcock film "The Birds", house and church in view.

This is about the only recognizable set left from the movie; the rest either have been torn down, remodeled, or filmed in the Universal lot in LA in the first place. The house as it appeared in the movie is at that link - and that was a spliced shot, with the kids filmed on a treadmill at Universal.

Some other people were there when I arrived and they were filming themselves with an iPhone, running screaming down the hill away from the house, just like the kids did in the movie.

Took them three takes, but they finally got it right. Funny stuff.

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Send the Bill to Brooks

Has anyone informed the suburbs of Detroit about this? From the NYT:

The solution may be in the suburbs that have siphoned off Detroit’s money and jobs and talent for decades. A true emergency manager, as many people here have suggested, would have the power to begin merging the tax base of the city with that of suburban counties in hopes of saving the region. Bailouts can come in many different forms.

OK, I'm just going to stand back now and wait for the screaming to commence...

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Wait, What?

Either this sentence slipped by an editor somewhere, or the cheese has completely fallen off of Santorum's cracker.

Santorum spent the day in Ohio, where he touted his plan to improve the nation's manufacturing base and said part of the effort must include a reduction in the number of children born out of wedlock.

What in the world could that possibly have to do with our manufacturing base?

By the way, Romney slammed Washington state by a huge margin after being down 11 pts just a couple of few weeks ago. Since Santorum did not qualify for the Virginia ballot, and has screwed up his chances in Ohio to the tune of losing a possible 18 delegates due to campaign disorganization, I just don't see how he goes on from Tuesday. Why would his pocket billionaire keep sending checks to this losing effort?

Friday, March 02, 2012

Up On The Roof


Yesterday, the rain gave way to sunshine, so I went up on the roof at work and grabbed this shot of the clouds hugging the mountains in the East Bay as the system moved out. That's the marina right next to AT&T Park in the foreground.

Below is a shot of the Port Of Oakland, with downtown in the background. Wave at my cat.