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Random Encounter on Thanksgiving Day

Bubble Man at Rodeo Beach He was standing, lit by the golden sun setting over the ocean, atop the ledge next to the wooden stairs down to the ocean beach. He held a sheathed, sword-like baton that he withdrew with a practiced arc, opening the dripping baton to catch the gentle ocean breeze, forming a large bubble. As the giant… Continue reading

Unplugging Tim: Answering Michelle’s Question

In her comment to my last post, Michelle asked “which pen(s)/ ink/ paper did you go for?” So, here’s the long answer: FiledNotes Leather Case, TWSBI 580 Fountain, Palomino Blackwing Pen Pencil I ordered the Iroshizuku 24 sampler pack and a bottle of Iroshizuku Kon-peki. I have the TWSBI 580 with a fine nib and am trying both the Rhodia… Continue reading

Unplugging Tim: The Goulet Pen Company

Click to visit their website Yesterday, a second package from Goulet Pen Company arrived. I bought a fountain pen, some ink and some paper. This purchase is part of my unplugging adventure, my efforts to slow down, be more attentive and mindful of the now, and feel more feedback from the analog world all around me. More on the latter… Continue reading

Unplugging Tim: An Adventure in Analog Living

One day last week was a gruesome nightmare from technology hell. There was an electrical “event” of some sort in the night necessitating calling an electrician to make sure everything was OK. (It was.) Trying to set a digital timer for a lamp almost enraged me enough to stomp the timer to bits after 30 minutes of exasperating failure with… Continue reading

Foyle’s War

Smartly written and from a completely fresh perspective, I highly recommend the TV series, Foyle’s War. I enjoy watching who-done-its: The Killing, Sherlock, Inspector Lewis, Inspector Morse, the Masterpiece Mystery series, The Closer, Major Crimes, and the Hinterland. While each of the afore-mentioned series is really good, Foyle’s War brings something tangibly better to this genre. Anthony Horowitz1 is brilliant! The period in… Continue reading

CA Parking Space Sizes

Desirable land is in short supply out here in California and is therefore very, very expensive. This poses some interesting problems for road construction and parking lots. Most entrance ramps on major roads are an insane 1/10th of a mile or less—making getting on the highway with cars driving well above the speed limits a very dangerous situation. Additionally, getting… Continue reading

Spotify and SoundHound

I’ve recently been really getting into Spotify. They have an expansive and diverse music library that I find organized in a way that is easy to explore in understandable ways. I’ve especially enjoyed their Coffee Table Jazz playlist, as well as others. Today I clicked on the Intense Studying playlist. I wasn’t going to be studying, but was looking for… Continue reading

Why I’m Minimizing My Facebook Presence

I initially setup my Facebook account with a ton of information about me: where I went to school, was born, have lived, blah, blah, blah. I also created accounts on other social network services, providing them with a lot of personal information as well. As time has passed, I’ve learned more about what is being done with this information and… Continue reading

Let’s Chat about Banksy Graffiti

These are some initial thoughts after an encounter with Banksy graffiti, whose work I find provokes my thinking on several different levels. In my opinion, if there is any truly great sin widely practiced in our world today, it’s the failure to think, for deep thinking almost always enjoins action. Banksy takes this on with verve. Banksy had a 2013 … Continue reading