Category Archives: Oddities & Off topics

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Small pox and the power of love, 1868

Classic news item from January 11, 1868 Continue reading

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RIP Athletic’s great Lou Brissie

tribute to the passing of WWII combat veteran and Philadelphia Athletic’s great Lou Brissie Continue reading

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Katy Perry and a Girl with Autism

A heartwarming Comedy Central clip of Katy Perry performing her song “Firework” as a duet with Jodi DiPiazza, an 11-year old girl who deals with autism. Well done, Katy. Continue reading

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50 books to inspire artists, 33 beautiful abandoned places, and my favorite poem

A few links that pinged my radar screen recently: “50 Books to Inspire Artists of All Kinds,” by Emily Temple at Flavorwire. With thanks to artist Tina Rath for bringing the list to my attention. I’ve always loved abandon and … Continue reading

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Climber finds $330K worth of precious stones

A climber in France found $330,000 worth of precious stones! “Climber finds treasure trove off Mount Blanc”  

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First trip over the new Bay Bridge

On my way to get some small surf at Ocean Beach this morning, with the relic on the left.

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The “old” Bay Bridge’s last day

I’ve always been partial to the Bay Bridge, a working man’s bridge, the red-headed stepchild of the Bay Area compared to its glamorous twin Continue reading

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Musical arrow to the heart courtesy of Rachel Price and Lake Street Dive

I get that I’m the most spectacularly unhip person on earth, so everybody else has probably been turned into this for years, if not decades, but Mother of God, what a phenomenal voice… Continue reading

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Random Friday Linkage

Random Friday Linkage: Carly Rae Jepson, Paul Bogard, car chases, Bo Xilai, bad human beings, Louisiana sinkholes, two funny foreign commercials, and most importantly, why Robert Plant won’t reform Led Zeppelin Continue reading

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BASE jumping tragedy

Regular readers of this site will remember that two months ago I posted a review of Steph Davis’s remarkable book, Learning to Fly. In it, amidst a description of the wild concatenation of adventures that rock Steph’s life during the … Continue reading

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