Draft Liz?


I was in Iowa this weekend where apparently nobody can get enough of presidential nominating politics. There was a group of people outside my hotel handing out t-shirts and getting email addresses. I’m not going to say that Warren would solve all our problems. But when I think back on the Bill Clinton administration, and when I look at what Hillary has been saying as she positions herself for 2016, I find I really can’t vote for Hillary. So sure, draft Warren.

Compact OED


Borges dreamed of the infinite book, and although I wouldn’t have taken the description to that metaphysical extreme, so do I. It’s easier to let that dream go now that I’ve gotten used to infinite network nodes and am never more than a couple of feet from an access point. But the electricity might go out, and then how could I feel both lost and safe in the spacious caverns of knowledge? I’d bust out my compact OED, purchased recently for $20 (!!!) used. The magnifying glass wasn’t in the little drawer, though, which means I need to buy one before I and my two volumes of shrunken type are transported to that desert island.

A nice piece of wood


This piece of wood was cut in the 1910s from an old-growth redwood tree. It became part of a big barrel for brining olives. Many years later, someone took apart the barrel and sold the wood to a wood store in Berkeley, and this weekend I came along and bought it.


Here it is after sanding. It will get some coats of polyurethane, I think, and some steel legs, and then it will be a bench.

Bay Area weather forecast

Heat Advisory

There is a range of temperatures that’s expected and safe — mid 70s as a high (if it’s hot), upper 50s as a low (if it’s cold). Beyond that, Bay Areans see danger everywhere. Today, it might get up to 88 degrees (84 in San Francisco). Seek shelter and drink plenty of liquids, people. You might even want to leave your light sweaters at home today.

Sanctimonious coffee filters

If you care...

As I discovered about a year ago, this is the only brand of coffee filters available at the local Whole Fountainhead. I didn’t want to buy them because the manufacturer/brander/purveying-corporate-nexus clearly holds me and everyone else who buys them in contempt. Either the manufacturer doesn’t “care” but thinks I can be manipulated into buying these coffee filters to demonstrate that I “care,” or the manufacturer does “care,” and deeply, and thinks that those who don’t buy the product don’t “care” and thus deserve opprobrium.