September 01, 2015

Today in Septembers

An Interruption of Sea Otters in Santa Cruz Harbor, September, 2015

August 21, 2015

Summer Morning

Loma Prieta viewed from Schwan Lake, Santa Cruz, CA.

August 10, 2015

When Trump Is Too Mainstream

Illinois visits Santa Cruz, August 2015

July 12, 2015

July 09, 2015

July 04, 2015

Sweet Land of Liberty

America is the Budweiser Beer of nations: very big, very important in the scheme of things, not nearly as good as one might wish in the event. Another round, if it pleases?

June 27, 2015

Dead Dead at 50

The group that continues to think of itself as the Grateful Dead, now comprised after all these years of only Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, has vowed to stop calling itself that anymore after this one, last, 50th Anniversary tour, which begins tonight at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara before moving on to Chicago for some shows around the Fourth of July. May their 401K's increase.

June 24, 2015

Looking South South West Or So

From the Trail at Twin Lakes, Santa Cruz, CA 2014

June 22, 2015

Phil Austin, April 6, 1941 – June 19, 2015

Phil Austin and his confederates created, in Firesign Theatre, the most sublime aural comedy ever made. His is the voice of Nick Danger, Third Eye.

June 13, 2015

W.B. Yeats (June 13, 1865 – January 28, 1939)

The renowned Yeats originated a hundred and fifty years ago today. So, there's that. I'm fond of this setting of Yeats to music:

June 09, 2015


Base of Redwood, Henry Cowell Redwood State Park, 2013

Part of a Large Tree, Henry Cowell Redwood State Park, 2013

June 04, 2015

The Other Side of the Bay

Pacific Grove beach, September 2009

May 30, 2015

Escape Officially Denied

Not Far Enough From Santa Cruz Harbor,  CA, 2015

May 15, 2015

B.B. King, Sept. 16, 1925-May14, 2015

I remember in my callow youth how very old I reckoned B.B. King to be, some lingering relic of a long-past era, when I saw him play Winterland in December of 1967. "Caldonia, Caldonia," he sang, "what makes you big head so hard?" Little did I know at the time that this was the first song ever described as "rock 'n roll" in print when recorded by Erskine Hawkins back in the 1940's, and that B. B. King had been a disc jockey back then, and probably played the record on the air, since it was a pretty big hit, and probably knew it had been called "rock 'n roll" at the time, too. And there he was in front of a crowd of the white student/hippie sort that Winterland attracted, reading the origins of rock 'n roll back to us before getting on with the regular order of business of the blues.

May 11, 2015

May 07, 2015

April 24, 2015

April 21, 2015

Three Quarks for Muster Mark It Says Here

The Idea of the Last Quark Before the End of the Universe, Illustrated

In the Falkland Islands, the bird is called "quark", which is an onomatopoeia similar to its name in many other languages, like "kwak" in Dutch and Frisian, "kvakoš noční" in Czech, "квак" in Ukrainian, "кваква" in Russian, "vạc" in Vietnamese, "kowak-malam" in Indonesian, and "waqwa" in Quechua.

April 09, 2015

Flotsam's Frequent Flyer

Gratuitous Additional Santa Cruz Harbor Heron Photo