Category Archives: Personal history

Fifteen Months Out

The drenching storm anticipated for Sunday was mostly a bust. Intermittent showers, even a squall or two, but mostly dry. We got only a quarter inch in our neighborhood. No rain today at all. (The storm had been predicted to … Continue reading

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Lake Anza

Our visit to Lake Anza today, plus the usual daily dose of headline links following.

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Another Hot Day

Not quite as hot today as yesterday, but still very hot for this region. 97 F at our place in the Oakland Hills, maybe higher; I didn’t check all afternoon. San Francisco Chronicle, 5/6 Sep 2022: California heat wave: Bay … Continue reading

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Sfadb.com on Wikipedia

I’ve been pondering (by request) the future of Locus (magazine and website) in recent weeks, as well as my sfadb.com site. And in browsing around the web for research today, checking Wikipedia’s entry on Locus Magazine (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Locus_(magazine)) I saw references … Continue reading

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George Gamow: One Two Three… Infinity

Here’s an oldie, not just for first being published in 1947 (see Wikipedia) but also for being one of the first science nonfiction books I ever read, back when I bought this copy in 1969. (Seen here is the Bantam … Continue reading

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Reading Clubs and Robert Silverberg’s “Sailing to Byzantium”

I’ve never belonged to any kind of reading club, or ‘book club’ in the sense of a group of people meeting every couple weeks to discuss a book they’ve all read. (A recent example in pop culture is the movie … Continue reading

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Greatest Fictional Deaths

Slate posted this long list and several sidebar articles/interviews on Wednesday. (I’m guessing they compiled it a while back and waited for a relatively slow news day to post it.) Slate, Dan Kois, 20 July 2022: The 50 Greatest Fictional … Continue reading

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Sfadb.com status at its tenth anniversary

Pretty much every year I status my ongoing projects — in particular sfadb.com, and my personal and family history here on this blog — and think, this year for sure! And every year I do make some progress, but even … Continue reading

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Port of Oakland

We did a walk yesterday along a path by the Port of Oakland, along the backside of all those huge gantries that are seen from all across the bay, but especially from the Bay Bridge. (Expand the pic, and you … Continue reading

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Home is the place where, when you have to go there, They have to take you in. Robert Frost

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