The San Francisco Symphony: Beethoven and Strauss

I went to the San Francisco Symphony tonight. The Beethoven Eroica Piano Concerto was one of the most gorgeous performances I’ve ever heard in my lifetime. Flawless. Perfection. I can’t think of anything that could have been done more beautifully. Conductor: Daniel Harding, a Frenchman Pianist: Paul Lewis, a British fellow Pianist Paul Lewis The pianist’s performance was unparalleled! Every… Continue reading

I Love the Fog and Mount Tamalpais

So, what could be better than a 4k time lapse of the fog as seen from just below the West Peak of Mount Tamalpais? This is about an hour of time compressed into 40 seconds. So, while the fog and the clouds appeared stationery to the naked eye, they are actually very active over time. That amazing motion is quite… Continue reading

Greed and Unchecked Capitalism…

You were probably taught to revere our economic system: capitalism. You were probably taught that “socialist” Europe was evil, and communist Russia was the worst. And, like me, you ate it up. That’s what we were supposed to do. Well, hmm… This is what we all bought into: This home located at 1062 Plymouth Drive in Sunnyvale, Calif. recently set… Continue reading

Today’s Milestone Event: My Car Wreck that Changes Everything

I was returning to our apartment in the city after having a completely wretched 1.5 hour experience at the Corte Madera Apple Store. Apple said my phone needed a simple $29 battery replacement; so, I scheduled the repair appointment. Well, no. Each new repair solution grew significantly in price. We went from $29, then to $99, then to $399, then… Continue reading

Hiking the Tam

Making a Fog Timelapse We went hiking on Mount Tamalpais this past weekend, twice, actually: both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday was especially interesting because we had intense fog (the marine layer) down below us and an overcast sky above us. The motion of the clouds and fog was fantastic. Having anticipated this, I had brought a tripod to shoot a… Continue reading

Arm Teachers? – An Educator Speaks Out

A Little Background Setup I spent my professional life as an educator and an education consultant in public, private, parochial, military and embassy schools around the USA and the world. I would like to believe that I touched the lives of many, many people in positive ways that empowered them. I worked in public schools that diligently served immensely challenged… Continue reading

Occupied (Norwegian TV Series and beyond…)

TV Series If you haven’t watched Occupied (Season one is on Netflix.), you are missing a great Norwegian TV series! In the storyline, Norway has invented an abundant, clean, renewable energy source they are willing to share freely with the world. So, as responsible world citizens, they stopped their oil production. Russia, determined to have the European Union dependent on… Continue reading

Bits and Pieces from 2017

So I was skimming through the year in iPhone photos, screenshots, and saved images from other sources and came across an assortment of quirky things that sort of represented some of my more off-the-beaten-path experiences in 2017, which turned out to be the year of the odd. For your amusement, I present them here with little comment. What music has… Continue reading

The French Have an Old Saying…

I spent yesterday hanging out around Mount Tamalpais, Muir Woods, Muir Beach, and the Muir Beach Overlook. I was shooting my very first 360º hyper lapse1 and some time-lapse of the sunset. Regrettably, the sunset was a total bust because the marine layer was so thick. But, I had a couple of unexpected and interesting encounters. First, below is the… Continue reading