last month my mom and i moved to el cerrito. still the east bay but now we're in conta costa county. the apartment is on san pablo, a block from the del norte bart station and very near the city of richmond.
here's a few pictures taken from our 4th floor balcony:
why yes... it's the chevron refinery that caught fire august 6th... it's only about a 15min drive from our house. close enough that even my cheap digital camera was able to get this shot:
Background Check: Meet Jonathan Jarvis of the National Park Service By Al Kamen Washington Post, July 5, 2012
Summer’s in full swing, and unless your family is rather Romney-esque, there’s a chance you’ll be spending some time in one of the country’s hundreds of national parks. Which makes it a good time to chat with Jonathan Jarvis, the head of the National Park Service.
The Park Service oversees about 84 million acres of land, from Alaska to the Virgin Islands. The former ranger tells the Loop about his secret talents (the man knows his way around a dovetail joint) and how he inherited the public service gene.
atari was founded on june 28th in 1972, which is the year i was born!
"by pressing certain keys YOU tell the COMPUTER what to do!!!"
scott actually bought one of these from the guy who did the programming for this console. he left atari once it was clear that they weren't interested in funding any development outside the games division. they didn't sell well because of the poor manufacturing and wouldn't you know it... it arrives pristine, with all the original packaging and recently tested by the designer himself and didn't work!
scott was so heartbroken but didn't have the nerve to tell the old guy. he'd been so excited that someone was interested in the device.
in my teen years i considered myself quite an anglophile but specifically didn't pay attention to things involving the contemporary royal family (my contrary nature... hated all the princess diana stuff shoved in your face) so i have no memory of ever reading anything about the silver jubilee. that's despite the fact that 1977 was an especially interesting year to me (many of my favorite albums came out that year).
all the uproar over this song finally makes sense now that i know it was released the week before the queen's silver jubilee... thank you BBC!
am listening to the May 31st podcast of PRI's The World whilst typing this post. and whadda ya know! one of the segments is about this very subject...
dr bruce dan recently died of acute myelogenous leukemia (a rare blood and bone marrow cancer). he was "the federal researcher who helped establish a link between the life-threatening disease toxic shock syndrome and the use of tampons"
a man whose name more women should probably know.
i've read a bit of the blog he kept describing the progression and treatment of his cancer, very interesting: