Monday, November 28, 2016

Coming Home

Rupa Marya, MD and professor of medicine at UCSF, says veterans who served in the oil wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are preparing to support the Lakota at Standing Rock, and are ready to serve the people now, rather than the corporate interests. "These oil wars," she says, "have come home."

Saturday, November 26, 2016


Golden Gate Fields hosted the Hall of Fame horses Noor v Citation--one of the top ten racehorses of all time--in 1950.


The 76-ft solid oak, copper-sheathed, deep-sea schooner WANDERBIRD--having sailed 5,000 miles from Vigo, Spain to Las Palmas in the Canary Islands and on to Miami Beach, Florida--was commanded by Captain Warwick M. Tompkins, whose home was in Berkeley, California. With no auxiliary motor, it depended on sail, even in the gales of the Bay of Biscay, where she encountered eighty-three mile an hour winds.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

No. 1051

San Francisco Municipal Railway streetcar No. 1051 is dedicated to Harvey Milk.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Making Sense of Nonsense

Secular Rapture on the wings of Golden Promises visits the Louisiana bayou to probe the depths of Tea Party bigotry and Biblical nonsense of Trump supporters was the mission of a Berkeley liberal. Her suggestion that we should all hold hands is equally nonsensical.

Monday, November 07, 2016

New Horizons

Eighteen years ago, I came to San Francisco looking for adventure and new horizons. Including a brief summer tour of Europe in 1999, I've spent those eighteen years discovering interesting people and ideas I would never otherwise have known.

Engaging in the successful rent-control battle of 2000, and the unsuccessful fight to save New College in 2007, I got to know the City of Love in ways perhaps most new-comers don't. Watching the massive march against war in 2003 from the steps of City Hall--where in 2006 four thousand gay and lesbian marriages were performed by Mayor Gavin Newsom--stirred my imagination in ways that only San Francisco can.

Dining in a French restaurant with my new friends from Hong Kong and Shanghai in 2008, I listened to a native San Franciscan recount growing up in The Mission in the 1930s, when the district was home to mostly Irish-Americans. Whatever one might say about Fog City, it's never boring, and it's the place I consider home.

One of the interesting people I discovered in 2002 is San Francisco artist and photographer Mark Gould, who was the internet portal developer at New College of California when I was attending graduate school there. Mark had a long career in broadcast news and journalism, and spends his time helping writers like myself understand such esoteric knowledge as semiotics and typography, which are fundamental to comprehending the art of media.

Over the thirteen years I lived in Marin (on the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge), Mark and I met at cafes in The Mission, Haight-Ashbury, Marina, and Russian Hill to discuss developments in communication, consciousness and social engineering in the US. Now that we are both retired, we manage to keep our hand in with projects like Medium and INSiGHT Journal.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Sinking Saga Suits

The latest on Millenium Tower

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

French Film Noir at the ROXIE