Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Atlantic Unbound

An archive of online articles from The Atlantic. Includes some great author interviews that I noted in an earlier post. There's also a nice interview with the New Hampshire poet Donald Hall.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Lavender Harvest

Fathers Day lavender harvest at the Homeless Garden Project in Santa Cruz, California.

Lavender Field, Santa Cruz.

Dad and grads, Santa Cruz.

Bundling lavender, Santa Cruz.

Lavender in the drying shed, Santa Cruz.

Lavender field, Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz, California.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

ISS Location and HD Video

NASA has a website that shows the current location of the International Space Station and live streaming HD video of the earth:

International Space Station (NASA photo from Wikimedia Commons)
If you want to find out when the station will be passing over your house, check out You can also sign up for alerts to get an email or text message a few hours before the station will be visible.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Stockwell Cellars and Pickup

Stockwell Cellars. Fair Avenue, Santa Cruz, California.
Cameron and I were driving down Fair Avenue today, and saw this quintessential Santa Cruz scene: cruiser bike parked in front of an old warehouse with a wine operation going on inside. We parked and walked back so I could take this shot. The winemaker, Eric Stockwell (dimly visible in the shadows) introduced himself and offered us some wine.

Ford Pickup. Santa Cruz, California.
Not sure if this is Eric's pickup, or if he was riding the cruiser, but I'm still a sucker for late-model car grilles. Maybe I really am a car guy.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Road Trip: Santa Cruz to Big Sur

Route 9, Santa Cruz, California

Erosion along Highway 1, Big Sur, California

Bixby Bridge, Big Sur, California

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

DDoS Attack Map

Digital Attack Map (

So, I like photographs, but I also like maps. This one is both fascinating and scary. It's generated from anonymous network traffic and DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attack statistics. Click on the link ( for the current animated version and more information.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Moore Creek Canyon Trail

Moore Creek Canyon, Santa Cruz, California.
My favorite run/hike in the city of Santa Cruz. It rained on Saturday, and, though we're still in the midst of a drought, everything is green right now, including the meadows.

New Patio

Mountainview, California
The Googleplex patio is undergoing a big renovation. And it's raining in California today -- Yay!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Riverfront Twin, Santa Cruz, California. March 2014.


Dodge, Santa Cruz, California. December 2011.
I'm not really a car guy, but I do like the art-deco look of some of the older front ends. I have a similar photograph I took in college of a Plymouth (I'll have to find that and scan it). I spotted this one a couple of years ago on the street in Santa Cruz.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Beach and Pasture

Went for a beach walk on Saturday, then a bike/run in the hills just west of Santa Cruz. Click on the photographs for a larger view.

Manresa State Beach, Watsonville, California

Moore Creek Preserve, Santa Cruz, California. Looking south across the Monterey Bay.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Surf Competition, Santa Cruz, California

A couple of weeks ago, there was an 18-and-under surf competition at Steamer Lane, and the waves were pretty big:

Surfer at Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz, California. January 2014.

Steamer Lane, January 2014.