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San Francisco cable car dash cam, 1906 – Boing Boing

San Francisco cable car dash cam, 1906

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exhibitAbooks.com | Clean Burn by Karen Sandler.

Clean Burn by Karen Sandler.

It is the first of a series of mysteries, featuring the wry, smart and tough San Francisco private investigator, Janelle Watkins. Here is what readers have had to say about Clean Burn:

San Francisco private investigator, Janelle Watkins. Here is what readers have had to say about Clean Burn:

Clean Burn by Karen Sandler•  ’This is a promising debut series… Clean Burn is an entertaining read. I was engrossed and I’m looking forward to Janelle’s next case.’ Book’d Out 

•“Karen Sandler’s Clean Burn is a taut, timely thriller ripped from today’s headlines. Blisteringly paced, authentically told, here is a novel that demands to be read in a single sitting. I can’t wait to strap on a side arm and join Watkins for her next case.” James RollinsNew York Times bestselling author of the Sigma series

•  “Clean Burn is a guilty pleasure. Curl up for a snappy pace, and an ex cop P.I. heroine with attitude, and a haunted past.” Lynn Hightower, author of The Piper and The Debt Collector

• “Chilling, engrossing and addicting from page one! Karen Sandler weaves a tight, tense mystery, and with Janelle Watkins gives us an honest, tough, and flawed heroine – I can’t wait to read what comes next for this exciting character.” Brenda Novak, author of When Snow Falls and When Lightning Strikes

• ‘This book is billed as ‘introducing’ Janelle  Watkins… She’s a great character – strong but physically and mentally damaged with a real hunger to protect the innocent and catch the bad guys… I’ll be interested to know what happens with Janelle in the next story – she is a fascinating character, and there’s obviously a lot more to come out about her past.’ A Normal Girl in London

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Take a break from life. Sit back. Enjoy the sounds.| Welcome to a new friend: Soundtrack Of The Youth

Soundtrack Of The Youth

23 year old girl from Norway. Passionate about listening, sharing and talking about music. I like to keep myself updated on new songs, especially within indie and electronica.

My taste in music is pretty laid-back, I love songs that I can listen to in any occasion, songs that are chill, but mind-blowing at the same time. We live in an amazing era of music, there is so much to explored and enjoyed!

I like to make long playlists that function as a kind of soundtrack in my life, so that I can listen to songs that truly define the present, and that at a later point, those same songs will remind me of memories, moods and feelings from the past. I love the idea that music can define a certain time in life, just like a soundtrack.

I find most of my music through Soundcloud, various Youtube channels or other music blogs.

Contact: soundtrackoftheyouth@hotmail.com

via About | Soundtrack Of The Youth.

Sunday chillaxing

Thought I’d share a couple of chill tracks on this mellow, relaxing sunday.

First of all we got San Fran’s own Geographer, an indie rock band who made a hugely successful cover of Arthur Russell’s song “This Is How We Walk On The Moon”. Hear the epic track below.

Secondly I wanted to share the collaboration between Dillon Francis and the English artist Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (yes, that’s actually his artist name), and their song called Without You.

Have a nice sunday!

https://soundcloud.com/dillonfrancis/without-you-feat-totally

Matt Corby, the one and only

5b2217f6de625fc0c5f08dbe3193ff9d If you’ve read the title and you’re still unsure about who I am talking about: I now present to you Matt Corby. He is your average girl’s big crush, and I actually believe there are also some guys who have kind of a mancrush on him (which is completely okay, understandable in fact). He is insanely talented as a writer, singer and musician. He has an incredible ability in his voice to go from low to high tones, and he has a sort of Jeff Buckley feel in his music. Being born just outside of Sydney, he first became famous after appearing on Australian Idol in 2007 (I know, lame) where he made second place, though he definitely was the contestant with the biggest female fanbase.. Although Matt Corby has been a known name back in the land down under since Idol, he has had quite a long and rough path to get to where he is today. In the past year or two he has had an enormous international breakthrough, and he is now touring with his latest EP called Resolution. This guy has stardom written all over him. He is one of my absolute favorite artists at the moment.

Be sure to check out the acoustic versions of his songs Souls A’Fire and Brother in the Youtube clips below! You can find more of his music on his Soundcloud profile or on Spotify. And, as pretty much goes without saying, you will hear a lot more from this artist in the coming months on this blog!

Karen Sandler | exhibitAbooks.com

Karen Sandler

The Author, Karen Sandler

Writing has been Karen Sandler’s passion since the fourth grade. She took a circuitous route to the writing profession, however.

Rather than major in English, she studied mathematics, physics and computer science. After earning a BA in math and and an MS in computer science from UCLA, Karen worked as a software engineer for nearly fifteen years.

With a move from the Los Angeles area to Northern California, Karen and her husband agreed she would stay home with their two sons and write full-time. In 1995, she optioned her first screenplay, and in 1997 she sold her first novel to Kensington Publishing, with several more novels following thereafter.

Karen’s first young adult book, Tankborn, a dystopian science fiction, was released in September 2011 by Tu Books.

Clean Burn is the first of a series of mysteries, featuring the wry, smart and tough San Francisco private investigator, Janelle Watkins.

You can find out more about Karen at: www.karensandler.net.

Karen Sandler

Genre-Conflicted (ˈzhän-rə – kən-ˈflik-təd) : A state in which an author flits from one type of fiction to another in complete disregard of her agent’s or editor’s advice. Never ask the genre-conflicted if they want pie or cake–they’ll ask for both.

I am Karen Sandler and I am Genre-Conflicted.

I tried for years to stick to one genre (17 published romances, and only three of them that Weren’t Quite Romances). But then I fell off the wagon on which I’d always had such a tenuous hold. I wrote TANKBORN, my first science fiction book for young adults. And I couldn’t write just one Tankborn book–it had to be a trilogy. So I followed TANKBORN with the recently released AWAKENING, and just finished a third book that will be released in spring 2014.

Since I’d already spit in the face of all that writing advice, I cast off all abandon with CLEAN BURN, the first book of the Janelle Watkins mystery series, due out in late summer 2013. The second book will arrive on store shelves in summer 2014.

Now that I’ve tasted the forbidden fruit of the genre-conflicted, there’s no telling what will come next.

 And Her Blog is at http://karensandler.wordpress.com/

Spiders and Roaches and Ants, Oh My!

I’m not a particularly bug-phobic person. The other day at the National Zoo, there was a spider crawling on my hand (maybe it escaped from an exhibit :-) ). Rather than shriek, I carefully found a place for him in the bushes. I don’t like flies in my car, but I’m glad to open a window and let them out rather than squish them.

Ants, though, that’s another story. The problem with those little buggers is that you might see one or two on the kitchen counter one day, and the next, they’re swarming over everything. Then it’s out with the ant poison.

Although I search and destroy inside ants, I tend to take a live and let live attitude with the outside variety. That’s if they agree to the detente. If not, it’s every insect and woman for themselves.

One day I’d just ridden my horse, and decided to let her graze on some lush green grass. She’s a nicely trained horse, so I just dropped the lead rope and let her pull it along the ground as she ate.

When snack time was over, I picked up the lead rope which had been dragging through the grass. Moments later I felt a stinging on my wrist. Eew, a big black ant. I brushed it off. I then realized there were many black ants crawling all over my shirt. I slapped them away. Felt more on my neck. Got pretty frantic, dancing around popping off ants, threw off my shirt (I had a sports bra underneath), shook it out, examined every inch of fabric. Phew. No ants.

Put the shirt back on, then the barn owner came out. I told her what had happened and she starts slapping ants off me. Strip off the shirt again, shake, shake, shake, dance, dance, dance. Finally, finally, I am ant-free. I unclipped the offending lead rope from my mare and led her to her stall holding her halter.

When I got home, I showered, of course. Darned if another ant didn’t wash down the drain. Brr.

Another close encounter involved the mailbox. When I went out to get the paper, I checked the mailbox. A Netflix envelope…decorated with ants. I picked up the envelope to shake off the ants and OMG! A zillion ant eggs had been laid overnight under the Netflix envelope and ants were swarming all over the eggs.

Cue the tingly pricklies (not the good kind). I ran for the hose and blasted the inside of the mailbox for about an hour (okay, just a couple of minutes) until I was pretty sure all those ants and eggs had vacated. Then I got the RAID and sprayed a barrier around the supporting post of the mailbox.

A few ants returned, probably wondering what had happened to their progeny (and yeah, I felt a little guilty about that). For a while, I was checking every morning to make sure we weren’t hosting an insect kindercare in our mailbox. And it also took a while to finally stop feeling ants crawling on my skin.

So, any good creepy crawly stories out there? Close encounters of the insect kind? Do share.

(Addendum: I do have a roach story. It involves a microwave. And the fact that microwaves do not bother a roach one whit)

Writer Unboxed » An Abundance of Ideas

English: Pronghorn Antelope Herd, Yellowstone ...

English: Pronghorn Antelope Herd, Yellowstone National Park, December 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you ever need one or a thousand writing ideas, drive across the country. Seriously. I can tell you it works, because as you read this, I’m on the road—quite literally. In fact, I just finished a 4000-mile road trip, and I’m sitting in a house overlooking the Pacific Ocean, on the opposite coast from where I live in Maine.

You see, my daughter graduated from college last week, and as a gift she asked for a mother-daughter cross-country road trip to her new job in San Francisco. I happily obliged. Mostly because my daughter and I always have a wonderful time on trips like these. But also because I love road trips and I knew it would give me lots of ideas for things to write about…

And I was right. Here are just a few of the things that have sparked story ideas:

Las Vegas Strip (Panorama)

A guy in Las Vegas sitting on a bench right inside a casino entrance—he was sitting there when we entered the casino and he was still sitting there when we left (an hour later), staring at some distant spot on the wall. He looked as though he lost his best friend…or his car…or his house…

Praying mantis, Sphodromantis viridis. Picture...

American Bald Eagle fall mating ritual

The Noah’s Ark of animals we’ve seen along the way: a coyote, three bald eagles, many hawks, lots of magpies and swallows (and many other birds), several deer, two burros, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, many thousands of cows, many hundreds of sheep, tens of hundreds of horses, and a baby praying mantis.

Driving through the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains it was 113 degrees with no cell phone service for hundreds of photo copy 3miles, and we saw many abandoned cars. I couldn’t help but wonder what might happen to someone whose car broke down…how would they get help? What would they do if they couldn’t?

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These Guys Are The BEST Motorcycle Forum EVER! Adventure Rider Motorcycle Forum

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Erzberg, the Iron Mountain. A series race in the Extreme-Enduro rounds. Top billed riders, sweat, blood, and extreme riding no doubt. A famous event here in Europe, and one that demands respect for any rider attempting the main Hare Scramble event. It really is extreme, with some sections progress is measured in feet per minute. The course is designed to try to have only 1 winner/completer. This year only about 10 finished out of 500.




And the redbull enduro for those incredibly nuts..

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If you are in the San Francisco area or have a video or story to tell, contact me to be added to my latest video project.Thank you Joey for the inspiration that has been festering in my head for the last 4 years
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Sean Lynch | Sean Lynch Books Crime Novelist

Welcome to the home of Crime-Thriller Author Sean Lynch.

If you like your crime fiction sunny side up, this may not be the place for you. Crack open a Sean Lynch novel and you’ll enter a world populated by two kinds of people; predators and prey. A place where hidden behind the trappings of everyday suburban life lurks a lethal hunting ground. A place where the innocent and not-so-innocent alike meet face-to-face with primeval malevolence. And a place where an ordinary, uneventful day can become a life-changing ordeal in the time it takes to squeeze a trigger.

If you don’t mind the sound of brass hitting the pavement, the sight of blood, a quarry’s scent, or the acid taste of fear, you’ve arrived.

Sean’s debut novel, Wounded Prey, is scheduled for publication in the spring of 2013. His second novel, The Debtors, is slated for publication in early 2014.

Sean Lynch was born and raised in Iowa, and spent nearly three decades as a police officer in Northern California. He is currently at work on his next novel.

via Sean Lynch | Sean Lynch Books Crime Novelist | Home.

Wounded Prey Available Now!

“It’s time to finish what he started…”

A young girl is snatched in broad daylight from outside her school and later found brutally murdered and hanging from a tree.

When recently retired San Francisco Police Inspector, Bob Farrell, sees this on the news, he realizes his worst nightmare has just come true. The same brutal killer a government agency stopped him from putting away twenty years before is once more on the loose.

As the killer wreaks a trail of blood and destruction across North America, Bob Farrell sets out to track him down.

But Farrell’s not playing by the rules any more than the killer is, and soon the FBI have both of them in their sights…

A visceral and heart-wrenching cross between No Country For Old Men and Silence of the Lambs, this is an exhilarating debut from a new author who will be thrilling crime fiction fans for many years to come.

Praise and Reviews:

“With Wounded Prey, Sean Lynch delivers a hell for leather, wild ride of a debut with the “been there done that” authenticity that lifts it above other thrillers. I just added Farrell and Kearns to my short-list of favourite characters, and Vernon Slocum to my worst nightmares! Think ‘First Blood’ meets ‘No Country For Old Men’.” — Matt Hilton, bestselling author of the Joe Hunter series.

http://cheffojeffo.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/review-wounded-prey-by-sean-lynch-4-55/

http://www.mybookishways.com/2013/05/wounded-prey-by-sean-lynch.html

http://troubledscribe.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/liam-reviews-wounded-prey/

http://reviews.waterstones.com/4921-en_gb/9645911/reviews.htm

http://www.shelfinflicted.com/2013/05/exhibit-wounded-prey.html

http://crimescenescotland.weebly.com/1/post/2013/05/wounded-prey-by-sean-lynch.html

http://tonyhealey.com/2013/05/04/review-wounded-prey-by-sean-lynch/

http://archiestandwoodsreviewsandwritings.blogspot.com/2013/04/wounded-prey-by-sean-lynchreview.html

http://www.theeloquentpage.co.uk/2013/05/31/wounded-prey-by-sean-lynch/

Book Info:

Wounded Prey by Sean Lynch is available now from these fine book sellers:

US:
Amazon US
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UK:
Amazon UK  

Welcome to a new friend: J.S. Martel – thewalledcitybooks

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Official Site of Riverwood: Book 1 of The Walled City Series

DSC_0091 - Version 2J.S. Martel was born in America’s coldest populated city in the midst of a July heat wave. Fantastical creatures and noir imaginings filled her mind as a child, possibly because she is the great-grandaughter of Karl Freund, a classic horror director and the German Expressionist cinematographer of Metropolis. Her first move was to New York City where she worked at Def Jam Records in downtown Manhattan. She then worked in finance and organizational development. She spent the better part of a decade in New York City with some months spent living in Spain, Venezuela, and San Francisco before the icy siren of the North called her home. There she completed a BA from the University of Minnesota in English Literature and an MA in Art History from the University of St. Thomas. In her master’s work she focused generally on race and ethnicity, working specifically with Haitian Vodou and medieval marginal art. She currently resides in Minneapolis with her daughter and ferocious dachshund, Sam Hall.

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My Writing Process?

800px-Night_trees_forestI’ve heard that the writing process is different for each book written, and perhaps this is true. I wouldn’t know, as I’ve only written one and have sworn repeatedly to never write the second in the method of madness that characterized the first.

I started with lots and lots of character notes. I envisioned the Walled City (which, after everything, ended up not  featured prominently in the first book). I thought about it a lot. I made maps and drawings and I might add that an MA in Art History does not an artist make. I ripped out many pages of magazines, anything that captured the aesthetic of Riverwood. I collaged my wall divided by different settings in my world; rolling corn fields with aging red barns and wildflowers, dramatic river valleys and vineyards, storms on the shores of Lake Superior, night in a dense coniferous forest–all those things that served as the inspiration for my fictional universe. This phase went on for months.

Then I played with a standard three-act structure, slotting in the scenes I knew I wanted to write. I had dreams, scenes and dialogue; a giant wall collage and a shaky three act structure. After a few weeks of this it was time to begin.

I started writing slowly, but soon began writing ten hours a day. I made myself read each night to keep my literary brain working and thinking like a reader. I wrote from 5:30AM to 10:30AM, I took care of my young daughter during the day and then I wrote again from 5:30 to 10:30. Then I read for a minimum of two hours. The obsession increased as the end of the book neared. Some days I wrote twelve hours or more, especially on the weekends.

Then guess what I did? Yep, slept.

I did this for seven weeks and I had a book. Or so I thought. I had a nearly 300 page draft that I circulated to readers and edited. Then I copyedited and it was done, right? I’m embarrassed to say that I did attempt to get an agent at this juncture when I clearly wasn’t ready to query. I received some interest from some great agents and I’m pretty sure they didn’t get too far before they realized that they were reading a draft, and not a final manuscript.

I spent the next year rewriting.

I deleted and added characters. I deleted all of my favorite scenes. I added new scenes I loved that didn’t match the tone of the old scenes I loved so I re-wrote for tone. I lost the continuity of the original draft. I tried to add it back in. I deleted all (some?) of those embarrassing writing quirks and that awkward way one’s hidden prejudices and thoughts tend to emerge in 300 pages of prose.

Then I did that again. And again. I estimate I’ve produced close to 1000 pages of edited writing to get to the 275 I currently have.

Finally, this past autumn I felt I was ready to query again and contacted an agent who had pulled Riverwood from the slush pile a year earlier. He agreed to look at my book again, but he then left the agency.  When I wrote the agency about his departure last month they agreed to take a look at the full manuscript again.

And that is where I am today.

The Lur: The Medieval World & Fantasy

Danish Bronze-Age Lur; 13th-5th Century B.C.

Danish Bronze-Age Lur; 13th-5th Century B.C.

With RIVERWOOD out on submission I thought this would be a good time to think back through my writing process from it’s seminal moment to some of the larger themes in the book. RIVERWOOD was first conceived a few years ago during my master’s work in the art history program at the University of St. Thomas. I was lucky enough to have Dr. Nortorp-Madson as a professor and advisor during my graduate career, and not only is she an intelligent and active member of the medieval world in academia—she is also, I daresay, a not-so-closet fan of the small ribald images that were the subject of my MA thesis.

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More on these later. You can find more about Dr. Nordtorp-Madson and her work here: http://www.stthomas.edu/arthistory/facultystaff/bios/nordtorpmadsonShelly.htm And her book about medieval garments, here: http://www.amazon.com/Medieval-Garments-Reconstructed-Clothing-Patterns/dp/8779342981/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1358730505&sr=1-1 At any rate, I credit Dr. Nordtorp-Madson with spreading the highly contagious “medieval bug.” Upon infection the imagination is seized, overtaken really, with thoughts of a beautiful and strange universe unencumbered by the cages that develop around the modern mind. Then of course, the only logical anecdote to the medieval bug (not to be confused with the black plague, red plague, bloody flux, St. Anthony’s fire, or the ague) is to spend a good deal of time letting the imagination run free—and what better way to do this than to write a novel?

Many, indeed most fantasy novels borrow liberally from an imagined and highly romanticized medieval Europe, (mostly England). There are swords, there are shields, there are princesses—the monarchy is loosely feudal, there are references to European folklore and magic, with just a hint of paganism. This is the fertile soil from which many-a fantasy novel springs. And I love this genre! But I also love the idea that authors might use additional tropes in fantasy, perhaps better reflecting our multicultural universe. This (somewhat outdated) blog post lists a few multicultural authors and books that write science fiction and fantasy from other geographic and cultural perspectives, and there are certainly a few here that I’ll add to my reading list: http://www.stacylwhitman.com/2009/07/21/book-lists-multicultural-sff-for-mg-and-ya/ Please let me know of others!

Sometimes, however, an author digs a bit deeper into the ancient world and strays slightly from Anglo-Saxon territory. The Volsunga Saga, for example, is a Scandinavian tale written in the 13th century in Icelandic prose. It draws from epic poetry and the tale itself originated in the Migration Period (about 400-800CE). This story was the foundation for Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings as well as Wagner’s opera tetralogy The Ring.  This finally brings us to that clever instrument pictured above called a Lur.  The Lur is more than an intriguing little device nudging the imagination towards fiction. It’s a wind instrument that has been found deposited in pairs into bogs from the early first millennium, and the bronze version above was found from 1500-500 BCE. Fifty-six pairs have been found (mainly in peat bogs) in Scandinavia. There are cave drawings of people playing this captivating instrument!

Ships, rock carving at Vitlycke, Tanum, Sweden. Photo: Bengt Oberger

Ships, rock carving at Vitlycke, Tanum, Sweden. Photo: Bengt Oberger

This brings me to a most exciting topic about the first millennium—the Viking Expansion! More on this in the next post as it re

lates directly to my first thoughts about RIVERWOOD a looooong four years ago.

[Terry–Cool. My Dad was a professor of Old English which meant we had all the same stuff around the house: Runes, Vikings, Tolkien, Etc.

He left a recording of a bit of Beowulf in Old English, http://creativeworks.byu.edu/chaucer/ViewItem.aspx?id=OR039

as well as some Chaucer, Rude Rood, etc.

Hmm. That used to be Dad’s voice but I guess now you have to buy it.

His grave (in Nether Providence, PA) is actually a runestone, courtesy of his wife, Judith Moffett.

Also, oddly enough, one of my old college classmates was/is the only vodun priest in training in the US  http://www.haverford.edu/publications/Spring01/Spring.pdf  page 25

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San Francisco in 1951 As Seen Through the Periscope of a U.S. Navy Submarine

Photos of San Francisco taken by US Navy sub 1951Golden Gate Bridge

These photos of San Francisco were taken through the periscope of the U.S. Navy submarine U.S.S. Catfish back in 1951. The photos depict the Golden Gate Bridge, northern stretches of San Francisco, and Alcatraz, all through the somewhat disconcerting crosshairs of the periscope. Originally published in a San Francisco Chronicle article in January, 1951, the photos were republished this week on the SFGate blog, The Big Event.

Photos of San Francisco taken by US Navy sub 1951

Telegraph Hill, San Francisco

via San Francisco in 1951 As Seen Through the Periscope of a U.S. Navy Submarine.

From the desk of Phylis Johnson: The First Web Page, Amazingly, Is Lost : NPR

Given the World Wide Web‘s ubiquity, you might be tempted to believe that everything is online. But there’s one important piece of the Web’s own history that can’t be found through a search engine: the very first Web page.

Now a team at the lab where the World Wide Web was invented is seeking to restore that page, and other pieces of memorabilia from the earliest moments of the http:// era. They’re on the hunt for old hard drives and floppy disks that may hold missing copies of early, valuable files.

The story of the Web began in 1989 at a European particle physics laboratory called . Hundreds of the world’s smartest scientists were putting together huge experiments to hunt for new particles. They worked in teams; each scientist would build one little part — a circuit board or a piece of software. Then they’d put it all together.

was working at the lab as a computer scientist, and he noticed a growing problem: Files from one computer rarely worked on another because researchers were coding information in different formats for different operating systems. “So, in fact, often you just had to go into the corridor and buy [the other guy] a coffee to find out how things worked,” Berners-Lee says.

This computer was the first Web server. It was used by Tim Berners-Lee in 1990 to develop and run the first multimedia browser and Web editor.

via The First Web Page, Amazingly, Is Lost : NPR.

The Web was not designed to be preserved,” adds , the founder of the Internet Archive in San Francisco. “The average life of a Web page is about 100 days,” he says. His nonprofit has been aggressively trying to keep up — archiving about 1 billion pages a week that can be viewed through . But, he says, the earliest Internet protocols, whether they be Gopher, FTP or the Web, can often only be found today in screenshots.

Berlin says that much of the historical material out there exists on old floppy disks or hard drives tucked away in somebody’s house. “It is amazing to me still how many basements you have to descend into and attics you have to climb up and cobwebs you have to get out of the way,” she says.

Berners-Lee saved one version from 1992. “I took a copy of the entire website in a floppy disk on my machine so that I could demonstrate it locally just to show people what it was like. And I ended up keeping a copy of that floppy disk,” he says.

Welcome to a new friend: J T Weaver | The only thing I knew how to do was to keep on keepin’ on like a bird that flew – Dylan

J T Weaver

The only thing I knew how to do was to keep on keepin’ on like a bird that flew – Dylan

For My Children

Before you is a set of stories about your father. When you wake up one morning and notice that you are not the blond-haired kid that you once were, you get a first hand look at your own mortality. It has long been my intention to leave you both with some tangible evidence of your family heritage. Yes, we have the ancestry tree that has been passed from one generation to another. That tells us the who and the what of those who lived before us. But it doesn’t tell us anything about the how and the why of those lives.

I know very little about my parents. There were very few stories about their respective childhoods and certainly nothing written first hand about those events that shaped their lives, their attitudes, and mostly why they did the things they did. I am sure that both my father and mother experienced pivotal moments in their childhood that affected them, and their children later in life. I just don’t know what they are. I have long believed that my parents did a disservice to their children by not revealing their life’s experiences to us.

This is not an autobiography. It is a collection of stories about those events that helped to shape your father into the person that you know. I’m sure you have wondered why I do things the way I do. You have probably wondered why I think the way I do. Some of it comes from the teachings of my parents and some of it comes from my unique experiences along the way. It all combines into a picture of the life of a person.

As you know, my father died of Alzheimer’s disease. This in no way means that I will suffer the same fate, however that thought does linger in those dark places where I walk alone. Because of that possibility, I have started writing these stories earlier than I had originally wanted. I am not afraid of many things in this life, but I am afraid of leaving you. I’m afraid of not knowing who you are, not knowing Mom, and not knowing your children. If the time should come, at least I will have documented the life that I spent so that you might know of it.

To me, this is an integral part of parenting. Mom and I raised you both as best we could. We continue to be available to you, as you need support, advice, and guidance. As you will undoubtedly find out, parenting doesn’t stop. It’s a job that you take on for life and it will probably be the hardest job you will ever have in your life. But, my proudest moment and my greatest achievement in my life was when I earned the title of parent.

via J T Weaver | The only thing I knew how to do was to keep on keepin’ on like a bird that flew – Dylan.

San Francisco

 “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco” – probably Mark Twain.

I arrived in San Francisco on a sunny Friday afternoon in August 1975.  What a beautiful city!  I was having dinner at a small café on Fisherman’s Wharf when I started to shiver.  I hadn’t worn warm clothes because it was such a nice warm day.  The couple sitting next to me leaned over and repeated the above quote.  “But don’t worry” they said “it doesn’t get any colder in the winter.”  Well, this was going to be interesting.

The rental agent asked me where I wanted to live so I just told her that I would be looking for a job at a bank.  “I have several nice 1 bedroom places on Nob Hill.  It would mean you could walk to work and have a nice side street for parking.”  A few hours later I had a nice apartment on Pine Street.  It wasn’t Haight-Ashbury, but it was perfect for what I needed.  I would soon learn that the Haight-Ashbury years had passed, along with most of the hippies, long before I got there.  The 70’s brand of hippies were quite different from the originals.

I got some groceries and the Sunday San Francisco Chronicle at the corner of Leavenworth and Pine and found some good openings at banks in the financial district.  On Monday morning I put on my best wide lapelled dark green 3-piece suit with flared pants and became the newest bank teller at the bank.  I would start the following Monday.  That would leave me with a week to explore the city.  This was the land of The Streets of San Francisco, McMillan and Wife, Steve McQueen of Bullitt, and the Dirty Harry series of Clint Eastwood.  This was a place where I could engage with those things I had only heard about or seen on TV.  The California Street cable car line was only one street over so that was always a good place to start.  During my time here I would get used to all the celebrities and still know how lucky I was.

More at http://jtweaverblog.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/san-francisco/

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