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San Francisco Symphony Principal Players – Superlative Indeed!

[twocol_one][dropcap]L[/dropcap]ast Saturday night the San Francisco Symphony performed an evening of music composed by the Bach Family: Johann Sebastian and his son Carl Philipp Emanuel. As always, the performance was spectacular, featuring two principal players, and J. S. Bach‘s music always feeds my soul. But I want to highlight a few specific things about the evening. Carl Philipp Emanuel James… Continue reading

West Peak, Mount Tamalpais: Somehow I Just Knew…

I had to get to the top of the west peak of Mount Tamalpais as quickly as possible. The weather conditions looked as though they could be an interesting subject for shooting: time lapse, photos, and panos. The dark clouds were blasting in from the north Pacific Ocean. They hung low in the sky—just above the mountain’s peaks. When I… Continue reading

Tesla Model S Arrives with Style!

This month, Xm satellite radio has been running a special Billy Joel channel. That guy wrote and performed some absolutely amazing music! But I want to update the lyrics to one of his last century songs: Traded in his Lexus for a Te-sa-la-la-la-la-la-la; You oughta know by now.” Yes, we picked up the Tesla Model S yesterday. The weirdest thing… Continue reading

Happy Easter!

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]o celebrate this season in Christian faith, let’s pause to remember who Jesus of Nazareth actually was. I quote from Michael Schulson’s interview with Reza Aslan in Salon magazine: The real Jesus, the historical Jesus, the Middle Eastern Jew who advocated for the poor, whose politics were adamantly, I would even say violently, against the wealthy, is a Jesus that… Continue reading

Place: How Living Here Has Changed My Life

The North Coast in the Headlands after the Storm [dropcap]T[/dropcap]his past week I was shooting a time lapse in a particularly beautiful place when visitors from, of all places, Duluth, GA, (a suburb of Atlanta with which I am very familiar) walked up. I started talking with them. They had a high school boy, probably a senior, and were visiting… Continue reading

What’s the First Thing You Think of…

when I say: Lyndon B. Johnson? [polldaddy poll=7979908][hr] Lyndon B. Johnson [hr] [twocol_one]For me, having grown up during his presidency, I think of Vietnam. Footage from the war was on TV every night. It was horrible, ghastly, never ending. But this is not what most concerned LBJ and the  Democratic Party at the time. Apparently they had extended conversations about… Continue reading

My Favorite WordPress Plugins

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]’ve used WordPress for 4 years now, ever since version 3.0 was released, but I’ve never written about my favorite WordPress plugins; so, this post is way overdue! Even though I actively use a high number of WordPress plugins, 37 plugins, I’ve decided to only write about the 3 plugins I literally use every single time I use WordPress. In… Continue reading

Optimization Behind the Scenes

Optimization [dropcap]B[/dropcap]een working like a madman on my blog—optimization under the hood. You know: part of the 10 year celebration has been sprucing things up a bit moving forward. Aside from the new look, which is temporary, here’s a list of some of the improvements: [unordered_list style=”star”]Page loads, in your browser, should be dramatically faster: between 4-7 seconds on… Continue reading

Birthday Karma Abounded

[dropcap]Y[/dropcap]esterday had some fun birthday karma! Here are just a couple of examples: Elephant Bar Restaurant We had lunch at the Elephant Bar Restaurant on 1225 Willow Pass Rd in Concord, CA 94522. (Yes, we were not in our normal neck of the woods!) First, the food is excellent. Very fresh and healthful. And the decor is fun too! Very… Continue reading