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I’m baaaacckkk!

Just a quick hello… I’ll be posting here again in short order. Got a few things piled up on my plate first, but hope to start my old rhythm blogging again soon… thanks for hanging in there!

Those of you who know me may have feared that my long-held conviction that nature is trying to kill me had actually been borne out… not yet! and to prove it, here’s a few nature shots I got away with in the past few weeks…

right outside my window, bird on bird action!

Sandpipers scoot on Coleman Beach in Sonoma County

This redwood in Armstrong Redwoods Park did NOT fall on me!

This endangered desert tortoise in Joshua Tree park did NOT endanger me!

These cholla cactus did not poke me!

This trip to Joshua Tree Nat’l Park was well worth it, in spite of a hellish night next to some locals who showed up on Sunday night to “partay”… with full volume J. Geils Band on their car stereo and everything. When I awoke for the 5th time in the midnight darkness, I overheard one of the guys saying to another: “Hey man, you know that beer commercial? The one where they say ‘this is as good as it gets?’… well y’know, this CAN’T be as good as it gets!”… succinct, poignant, unexpected depth in the mysterious night of the desert…

Lost in Migration!

Hi everyone,
I’ll cross-post this at The Nowtopian too, but the basic story is that I cannot get WordPress to upload photos or become easy to use… I went to the support forums and there are dozens of messages, mostly either unanswered, or answered with complicated programming-like instructions, that lead me to believe that the hype around WordPress is way overblown, and it’s a cumbersome, unfriendly piece of software. The upshot is my pal Brian A. is offering to set me up with a new Drupal-based blog and we’ll hopefully have it running soon… in the meantime I actually start teaching today (!!!), a class “Shaping San Francisco’s History” at New College. So I’m a bit busy with that and everything else. In the meantime, here are a couple of images from recent days, the lovely Critical Mass last Friday and a typical image of me at the top of Twin Peaks…

Will let you all know when something is up and running for REAL!!


Hi everyone… I’m up and running at a new blog: The Nowtopian. Haven’t got anything interesting there yet, but I guess I’ll move my blogging over there from now on… I haven’t been able to import this site into the new one, and unless someone wants to help puzzle it out, I’ll probably just let it go. This body of work is here for a while, and when and if it goes down, I have hard copy and electronic backups… sad to see it go, but it’s like email and such. Once you’ve moved to a new software platform or machine, as often as not, you lose what you had before. As someone said to me recently, the Internet is an elaborate conspiracy to flush away all history before 1993!… not really, but I get the point. Anyway, look for future blogging at the new one rather than here…. Thanks for reading.

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