Tuesday, December 26, 2017

This puts an awkward element into alpine hiking, but it is remarkable how many 30+ year missing persons’ remains are...

This puts an awkward element into alpine hiking, but it is remarkable how many 30+ year missing persons’ remains are emerging.

Melting glaciers in Swiss Alps could reveal hundreds of mummified corpses:

“Switzerland’s glaciers have been melting at an unprecedented rate, losing almost one cubic km in ice volume or about 900 bn litres of water over the past year. According to an investigation by Tagesanzeiger newspaper, eight of the 10 months in which the glaciers have lost the most in volume over the past century have been since 2008.

“Since 1850, when glaciers covered 1,735 sq km (670 sq miles) of Swiss land, the total area has shrunk by a half, to about 890 sq km.

“Police in Valais expect the bodies of many more missing persons to emerge because of global warming.”

#switzerland #glaciers #climatechange
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/04/melting-glaciers-swiss-alps-could-reveal-hundreds-mummified-corpses?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Saturday, December 23, 2017

2016 Impossible Project (before rebranding) black and white instantfilm (refrigerated until this week), shot in an...


2016 Impossible Project (before rebranding) black and white instant film (refrigerated until this week), shot in an SX-70 with the wheel turned to darken it. The contrast is better and more dramatic than I expected!

#impossibleproject #polaroidoriginals #blackandwhite

Sunset on December 22, 2017. Yes, the air quality has been TERRIBLE:this is our consolation prize.


Sunset on December 22, 2017. Yes, the air quality has been TERRIBLE: this is our consolation prize.

#sunset

A favorite house in the neighborhood. So charming!


A favorite house in the neighborhood. So charming!

Friday, December 22, 2017

I was out at night, and enjoyed the warm glow of neon in the inner Mission District, on 24th street.

I was out at night, and enjoyed the warm glow of neon in the inner Mission District, on 24th street.

#neon #sanfrancisco
https://photos.app.goo.gl/5iYZ5XSJPadvJEMC3

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Travel guides to segregated US for black Americans reissued.

Travel guides to segregated US for black Americans reissued.

This was so recent. The books are valuable reminder about how the US failed to live up to its ideals (and of how many people who contributed to that failure are still around)...

#unitedstates #civilrights
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/dec/19/travel-guides-to-segregated-us-for-black-americans-reissued?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Washington Post: News media offers consistently warped portrayals of black families, study finds.

The Washington Post: News media offers consistently warped portrayals of black families, study finds.

“Black families represent 59 percent of the poor portrayed in the media, according to the analysis, but account for just 27 percent of Americans in poverty. Whites families make up 17 percent of the poor depicted in news media, but make up 66 percent of the American poor.

...

“Blacks represent 37 percent of criminals shown in the news, but constitute 26 percent of those arrested on criminal charges, the study said. In contrast, news media portray whites as criminals 28 percent of the time, when FBI crime reports show they make up 77 percent of crime suspects.”

#bias #racism
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/12/13/news-media-offers-consistently-warped-portrayals-of-black-families-study-finds/

Sunday, December 10, 2017

#asianart #sanfrancisco

#asianart #sanfrancisco
https://photos.app.goo.gl/P6SnJaTGQUWX7Jhn1

This is a great show! If you like fabrics and seeing how complex outfits are made, this is for you.

This is a great show! If you like fabrics and seeing how complex outfits are made, this is for you.

#asianart #korea #hanbok
https://photos.app.goo.gl/jZojveLJpgwOVIxg2

I am a creature of habit.

I am a creature of habit.

#sfmoma
https://photos.app.goo.gl/Vhgo3Lbase2P8LZm2

Things that don't fit elsewhere...

Things that don't fit elsewhere...
https://photos.app.goo.gl/hzZVr3LGzkIIvc2J3

I like SFMoMA.

I like SFMoMA.

#sfmoma #art
https://photos.app.goo.gl/4FmRnxcuVYhn504m1

I had a chance to spend an afternoon in Zürich in between travels around Switzerland back in September, which means...

I had a chance to spend an afternoon in Zürich in between travels around Switzerland back in September, which means my life is much stranger than I give it credit for.

Zürich is a nice place to visit.

#zurich #switzerland
https://photos.app.goo.gl/LfqZQWt1B0L9BONp2

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Signs of renewal after a (long ago) fire onValencia. #sanfrancisco #valenciastreet


Signs of renewal after a (long ago) fire on Valencia. #sanfrancisco #valenciastreet

Saturday, October 21, 2017

I waited until SEPTEMBER to take my first proper vacation of the year, because there is something wrong with me.

I waited until SEPTEMBER to take my first proper vacation of the year, because there is something wrong with me.

On the bright side, I took my vacation in Lugano, in the canton of Ticino in Switzerland. It is culturally Italian, the weather and food are WONDERFUL, and the landscape is remarkable.

I'm glad I went!

#lugano #ticino #switzerland
https://photos.app.goo.gl/PhZuQGOjdGrYip5p2

I've been to Basel more than a dozen times now, and so I've stopped documenting its features, and started...

I've been to Basel more than a dozen times now, and so I've stopped documenting its features, and started documenting... it's moods? These images are more representative of how I felt, perhaps, than a comprehensive tour of anything else. Especially since so many of the photos are from the Großbasel side of the Rhein.

#basel #switzerland
https://photos.app.goo.gl/cDQMiuYYr731oBSv2

I was in London for all of two nights last month, but I still took a few photos. Just a few - I was very tired!

I was in London for all of two nights last month, but I still took a few photos. Just a few - I was very tired!
#clouds #london #kingscross #stpancras
https://photos.app.goo.gl/2rL0oFaImMecM7v72

Saturday, September 2, 2017

September 2, 2017 new records!

September 2, 2017 new records!

#heatwave #california #nwsbayarea
https://twitter.com/NWSBayArea/status/904157400688680961

This still rings true for today's comfortable, armchair-quarterback-moderates who are quick to judge everyone but...

This still rings true for today's comfortable, armchair-quarterback-moderates who are quick to judge everyone but themselves.

"National polling from the 1960s shows that even during that celebrated “golden age” of nonviolent protest, most Americans were against marches and demonstrations. A 1961 Gallup poll revealed that 57 percent of the public thought that lunch counter sit-ins and other demonstrations would hurt integration efforts. A 1963 poll showed that 60 percent had an unfavorable feeling toward the planned March on Washington, where Dr. King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. A year later, 74 percent said that since black people had made some progress, they should stop their demonstrations; and by 1969, 74 percent said that marching, picketing and demonstrations were hurting the civil rights cause. As for Dr. King personally, the figure who current moderates most readily point to as a model, 50 percent of people polled in 1966 thought that he was hurting the civil rights movement; only 36 percent believed he was helping."

#moderates #statusquo #nothelping #civilrights #activism
https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/09/01/opinion/civil-rights-protest-resistance.html?mcubz=0&referer=https://t.co/vk6di4THzH?amp%3D1

Peggy Whitson is a fabulous astronaut, and I've been thrilled to readthe stories about this NASA mission.


Peggy Whitson is a fabulous astronaut, and I've been thrilled to read the stories about this NASA mission.

I heart NASA.

#nasa #peggywhitson #science #space

Originally shared by NASA

Record-breaking NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson shares thoughts on her extended mission and today’s return to Earth. Read her perspective: http://go.nasa.gov/2vASaWb

!!! #extremeweather #temperaturerecords #sanfrancisco #california #heat #nwsbayarea

!!! #extremeweather #temperaturerecords #sanfrancisco #california #heat #nwsbayarea
https://twitter.com/NWSBayArea/status/903789630088151041

A few photos from a night walk in Basel, Switzerland.

A few photos from a night walk in Basel, Switzerland.

#basel #switzerland #night
https://photos.app.goo.gl/ReKQKcDPPwzmMdGm1

I visited Prague, Czechia, for the first time in August!

I visited Prague, Czechia, for the first time in August!

Gosh, there were lots of (other) tourists. I had no idea.

#prague #czechrepublic
https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZrscUUrYHQdj0qeT2

I returned to Switzerland on business for the 12th (!) time. Here are some photos from the first week there.

I returned to Switzerland on business for the 12th (!) time. Here are some photos from the first week there.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/6vD9JjvfzZ5hPOpO2

It hit 106 degrees Fahrenheit here in San Francisco yesterday, which sets our new all-time high temperature.

It hit 106 degrees Fahrenheit here in San Francisco yesterday, which sets our new all-time high temperature.

This article includes a graphic from the National Weather Service Bay Area showing how many other locales set new records.

It's AWFUL. And the air tastes like there is an automobile exhaust pipe directly in front of your face. :-p

#sanfrancisco #heatwave
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/09/01/san-francisco-smashes-all-time-record-high-temperature-hits-106-degrees/

Friday, August 4, 2017

Humidity and heat in San Francisco -- in August?!?!? Yes. This sky from yesterday was a warning... of rain today!


Humidity and heat in San Francisco -- in August?!?!? Yes. This sky from yesterday was a warning... of rain today!

#sanfrancisco #sky #clouds #weather

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Yesterday was gloriously sunny in San Francisco!

Yesterday was gloriously sunny in San Francisco! Here are a few photos, including of the fog line, from before my retreat into the shade.

#sanfrancisco
https://photos.app.goo.gl/MaikMt7EMjeJRQ0H3

Saturday, July 15, 2017

A good interview with a great author.

A good interview with a great author.

#margaretatwood #books
http://bostonreview.net/literature-culture-margaret-atwood-junot-diaz-make-margaret-atwood-fiction-again#.WV21tA2At0E.twitter

Mission Creek ends in McCovey Cove, which is famous for having baseball fans boating and floating for balls just...

Mission Creek ends in McCovey Cove, which is famous for having baseball fans boating and floating for balls just outside of AT&T Park (formerly Pac Bell Park).

I walked along it on a gloriously sunny day with my parents, to escape the fog in my own neighborhood just a short streetcar ride across town. It was lovely to feel the sun!

#missioncreek #mccoveycove #sanfrancisco
https://photos.app.goo.gl/42eqSFxa90WLzXXh2

I keep making brief visits to SFMoMA in its fancy new building.

I keep making brief visits to SFMoMA in its fancy new building... Here are just four pictures from that brief coffee-and-art stop.

#sfmoma #calder
https://photos.app.goo.gl/WZtQ1KI617UmwBbo1

I'm so glad that they saved the Emporium's dome!


I'm so glad that they saved the Emporium's dome! I'm starting to think it has never looked better, nor topped a better looking space...

#emporium #skylight #sanfrancisco #atrium

Sunday, July 9, 2017

It's been a good week for legal decisions on recording!

It's been a good week for legal decisions on recording!

It turns out you cannot pass laws in the US prohibiting the public from video recording an industry/profession's actual practices. Who knew?

#firstamendment
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/07/law-banning-filming-utah-slaughterhouses-ruled-unconstitutional/

The color-naming AI has been adjusted with better data. giggle

The color-naming AI has been adjusted with better data. giggle
#ai #color
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/07/new-experiments-reveal-that-ai-are-still-terrible-at-naming-paint-colors/

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Every time I'm at San Francisco's Asian Art Museum, I find more details to admire and enjoy.

Every time I'm at San Francisco's Asian Art Museum, I find more details to admire and enjoy.

Here are a few details that caught my attention this visit.
#asianart #sanfrancisco
https://goo.gl/photos/6VD7UnCGjkGDBuGF6

I was in Los Angeles for a weekend wedding, and briefly braved the heat to walk around downtown and soak in some...

I was in Los Angeles for a weekend wedding, and briefly braved the heat to walk around downtown and soak in some culture (and food).

#losangeles
https://goo.gl/photos/CCR8KorRJfECDvAu6

Friday, June 23, 2017

Flying out of SFO's Terminal 2, I had a bit of time to enjoy the exhibit put on by the San Francisco Airport...

Flying out of SFO's Terminal 2, I had a bit of time to enjoy the exhibit put on by the San Francisco Airport Commission, which runs a full museum and many art displays in both the public and post-security areas of the airport.

"The Typewriter: An Innovation in Writing" is a really neat exhibit of how the machines evolved over time. Some started out as one-character-at-a-time machines (kind of like the rotary plastic tape embossers that were popular in offices and schools), some had full sets of separate upper and lower case keys... and yes, the exhibit includes a few non-western-character sets - the Asian sets are AMAZING!!

If you happen to be in T2 post-security, you should really check this out!

#sfo #flysfo #typewriter
https://goo.gl/photos/yjEUYrQ4o8YYvKoy6

Saturday, June 17, 2017

This:

This:

"Expenditure Survey data from 2003-2013, the price of college tuition increased 80%, while the cost of women’s apparel increased by just 6% over the same period. Middle-class lack of investment in education doesn’t suggest a lack of prioritising as much as it reveals that, for those in the 40th-60th quintiles, education is so cost-prohibitive it’s almost not worth trying to save for."

#opportunity #education
http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20170614-the-new-subtle-ways-the-rich-signal-their-wealth

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Sunday, May 7, 2017

The content isn't alarmist, but it is really interesting science.

The content isn't alarmist, but it is really interesting science. The persistence of organisms trapped in ice, underground cave crystals, and similar places is as intriguing as the search for life in other planets.

#biology #archeobiology #climate
http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170504-there-are-diseases-hidden-in-ice-and-they-are-waking-up?ocid=ww.social.link.googleplus

Friday, May 5, 2017

Join a study to end heart disease! It's reasonably easy, and won't take much time. Put big data to good use!

Join a study to end heart disease! It's reasonably easy, and won't take much time. Put big data to good use!

#heartehealth #heartdisease #science
https://www.health-eheartstudy.org/

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Thermally sensitive space stamps! YESSSSS!


Thermally sensitive space stamps! YESSSSS!

#usps #moon #eclipse

Originally shared by NASA

Have you seen the new USPS stamps? This first-of-its-kind stamp changes when you touch it, highlighting the upcoming August 21 total solar eclipse across the United States! Check out the stamp: http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2017/pr17_020.htm

Find out how to watch this year’s eclipse: https://www.nasa.gov/eclipse

Friday, April 28, 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017

Sandy King and John Lockhart an updated book out on the Carbon Process! Follow this link to read what it covers.

Sandy King and John Lockhart an updated book out on the Carbon Process! Follow this link to read what it covers.

#carbonprocess #sandyking #johnlockhart #altprocessphotography
http://www.alternativephotography.com/carbon-printing-getting-started/

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Now, with a third red flower which waited until April to arrive in my garden!

Now, with a third red flower which waited until April to arrive in my garden!

#spring #red #flowers
https://goo.gl/photos/NH9gNagU2goYHQ7Z9

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Good question.


Good question.

#sanfrancisco

Friday, April 7, 2017

Ooooooh!

Ooooooh!

"In nearly every other animal, RNA—the middleman in that process—faithfully transmits the message in the genes. But octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish (but not their dumber relatives, the nautiluses) edit their RNA, changing the message that gets read out to make proteins."

They are able to self-edit brain-related biology!?!?! Oooooooh!

#cephalopods #rna #awesomeness
https://www.wired.com/2017/04/cephalopod-gene-editing/

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Out with friends on yet another beautiful night at Pier 14, one of mytwo favorite piers!


Out with friends on yet another beautiful night at Pier 14, one of my two favorite piers! (Yes, I asked them to light themselves with at least one of their phones. Yes, I should just travel with a lighting crew EVERYWHERE, even as a natural light photographer.)

#pier14 #sanfrancisco

Friday, March 31, 2017

San Francisco can be so stunningly beautiful!


San Francisco can be so stunningly beautiful!
#sanfrancisco

Thursday, March 30, 2017

I went to Budapest on business (again) in December, but didn't take the photos off my phone until now. sigh

I went to Budapest on business (again) in December, but didn't take the photos off my phone until now. sigh

Budapest was just as lovely as I remembered, but it snowed and was below freezing during much of my visit. I still feel exotically lucky to have a job that takes me there!

#budapest
https://goo.gl/photos/3rC9E9BuFVghi4xC7

Here's the last gum-themed article from our main website for this flurry of posts (tonight, at least).

Here's the last gum-themed article from our main website for this flurry of posts (tonight, at least).

I hope you enjoy these, and take some time to explore the website to see what we've shared about your favorite processes!

#gumoil #alternativephotography #alternativeprocess #photography #printing
http://www.alternativephotography.com/rainy-day-activities-for-the-sun-printer/

This gumoil article provides tips on digital negative preparation, in addition to chemistry and the overall process.

This gumoil article provides tips on digital negative preparation, in addition to chemistry and the overall process.

#gumoil #alternativephotography #alternativeprocess #photography
http://www.alternativephotography.com/the-gumoil-process/

Today I'm posting recently posted articles from our home website, alternativephotography.

Today I'm posting recently posted articles from our home website, alternativephotography.com. If you haven't visited lately, you're in for a pleasant surprise: our founder is performing a site refresh, and the new format looks great! While you are there, consider becoming a member.

Meanwhile, here's a post on the gumoil process.

#gumoil #alternativephotography #alternativeprocess #photography


http://www.alternativephotography.com/what-is-a-the-gumoil-process/

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The ivy is trying to take over the world again, so I spent some time in my rain-refreshed yard, trying to persuade...

The ivy is trying to take over the world again, so I spent some time in my rain-refreshed yard, trying to persuade it to restrain itself. (It didn't listen.) I also visited some other plants.

#plants #spring
https://goo.gl/photos/air5D7k4Fwe3GHvP8

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Employed people and people who own property are subsidized by US taxpayers, creating a sort of private socialism...

Employed people and people who own property are subsidized by US taxpayers, creating a sort of private socialism which is unequally distributed - and conservatives like that aspect of it!

"Instead, nine years later Congress laid the foundations of the social welfare system we enjoy today. They rejected Truman’s idea of universal private coverage in favor of a program controlled by employers while publicly funded through tax breaks. This plan gave corporations new leverage in negotiating with unions, handing the companies a publicly-financed benefit they could distribute at their discretion.

"No one stated their intention to create a social welfare program for white people, specifically white men, but they didn’t need to. By handing control to employers at a time when virtually every good paying job was reserved for white men the program silently accomplished that goal."

#economics #redistribution #capitalism
https://www.forbes.com/sites/chrisladd/2017/03/13/unspeakable-realities-block-universal-health-coverage-in-the-us/#1d6587ee186a

Thursday, March 16, 2017

I love laws and theOxford comma!

I love laws and theOxford comma!

"Oxford comma helps drivers win dispute about overtime pay."

#punctuation #oxfordcomma #serialcomma
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/mar/16/oxford-comma-helps-drivers-win-dispute-about-overtime-pay?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Adichie is a brilliant speaker and author, and I love her words. Especially this excerpt:

Adichie is a brilliant speaker and author, and I love her words. Especially this excerpt:

"Teach her that if you criticise X in women but do not criticise X in men, you do not have a problem with X, you have a problem with women. For X please insert words like anger, ambition, loudness, stubbornness, coldness, ruthlessness."

#adichie #words #books
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/mar/04/chimamanda-ngozi-adichie-stop-telling-me-feminism-hot?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=215990&subid=12581124&CMP=GT_US_collection

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Watching storm clouds blow over along the western edge of San Francisco.

Watching storm clouds blow over along the western edge of San Francisco... The Golden Gate National Parks/Recreation Areas are lovely!

#sanfrancisco #landsend #ggnra
https://goo.gl/photos/DnQLE36gQCFWR9P38

Sunday, February 19, 2017

"Ramsdell, a developmental biologist at the University of South Carolina, soon found something strange: The odds of...

"Ramsdell, a developmental biologist at the University of South Carolina, soon found something strange: The odds of recovery differed for women who had cancer in the left breast versus the right."

This is a great general audience biology article about how organisms and cells manage asymmetrical development. It's fascinating stuff!

#science #symmetry #asymmetry #biology
https://www.wired.com/2017/02/body-can-tell-left-right/

Sunday, January 29, 2017

It is interesting that, with women holding top positions in this territory, there is encouragement to reach out to...

It is interesting that, with women holding top positions in this territory, there is encouragement to reach out to boys so they'll realize leadership positions aren't ONLY for women. If only that sensitivity was present in situations where the situation is reversed, in countries like mine.
#leadership
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-38679913

Thursday, January 26, 2017

San Francisco Bay from the Bay Bridge (view between the diagonalsupports of the lower deck, so this took several...


San Francisco Bay from the Bay Bridge (view between the diagonal supports of the lower deck, so this took several tries!), including Coit Tower, Alcatraz (the tiny island in the center), Angel Island and the lovely shapes of Marin's many hills.
#sanfrancisco #sanfranciscobay #sky

Midday along the edge of the Bay in South SanFrancisco. #sanfranciscobay


Midday along the edge of the Bay in South San Francisco. #sanfranciscobay

Monday, January 16, 2017

On a walk back from a medical appointment, I enjoyed the fog on our lovely Bay.

On a walk back from a medical appointment, I enjoyed the fog on our lovely Bay.
#sanfrancisco #fog
https://goo.gl/photos/oTpJLnfQqct1sCzz6

Photos from a walk around town, ogling new residential construction.

Photos from a walk around town, ogling new residential construction.
#sanfrancisco
https://goo.gl/photos/adwLNG8pcYRuzPm3A

Humans could be smarter, but often choose not to be.

Humans could be smarter, but often choose not to be.

"The blue whiting offers a cautionary tale for what may one day happen to lanternfish and other species. It was once one of the largest fish stocks on the planet, found in the twilight zone of the North Atlantic. But unlike lanternfish which spend much of their time in the murky depths, the blue whiting was a relatively shallow species which aggregated along the continental shelf in high numbers, and so was easier to catch. As a result it was decimated, largely to supply the cat food market in the UK."

8-o

The best part of this article is about an effort to extract fish from deep water, fish which quickly not only spoiled, but set the boat on fire! Sometimes, nature really needs a strong self defense plan!

#ocean #ecology #cluelessness #destruction
http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170113-the-race-to-fish-the-larder-living-in-the-twilight-zone

Sunday, January 15, 2017

California throws its weight around in the best ways!

California throws its weight around in the best ways! A friend in Europe didn't understand that I have the optimism of a resident and citizen of a state (and a city!) that sets standards far higher than those of the national government... #california
http://m.motherjones.com/politics/2017/01/california-trump-immigration-climate-healthcare-marijuana-guns-tech

Scotland's Sunday Herald, and its tv writer, Damien Love, deserve the mentions for this little schedule summary.


Scotland's Sunday Herald, and its tv writer, Damien Love, deserve the mentions for this little schedule summary.
#scottlandherald

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Sorting through 2015 files, I come across my first and only trip to Austria!

Sorting through 2015 files, I come across my first and only trip to Austria! So, here are some images from a short July weekend in Vienna.

#vienna #austria
https://goo.gl/photos/r2ikTjmFpY7WpeHT8

Friday, January 6, 2017

File under: people can be awesome!

File under: people can be awesome! It's not just this gentleman & his wife, but thearmy of volunteers making sure everyone settles in well.

The Canadian who spent C$1.5m to rescue more than 200 Syrian refugees

#directaction #philanthropy #volunteerism#syria
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/06/jim-estill-syrian-refugees-canada-guelph-ontario?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other