Coronavirus Hikes: Done

Updated on Sunday, May 23, 2021

Coronavirus Hikes: Done

Coronavirus Hikes: Done

The Google Earth screenshot above is a composite of all of our Coronavirus hikes from March to October. We have thrashed the sidewalk around our neighborhood, discovered some new favorites and gone from hyper-local to a more normal regime. I'm not going to track these specifically any more and will return to blogging new hikes that you'd do even if not forced to by circumstances.

(Hike Map)

I'm with Him

Updated on Wednesday, October 14, 2020

I'm with Him

Please vote for Biden. Do it as early as you can so Trump is crushed on election day and we don't have to suffer through weeks or months of uncertainty and possible election stealing.

I'm endorsing Biden because of these 923 reasons (and counting) and the 20,055 lies (and counting). Trump has likely killed tens of thousands of Americans, possibly hundreds of thousands before he leaves office. I wasn't a fan before the pandemic either.

Voting in the presidential election from California sucks. While the largest state burns, Climate Change is #32 on on Biden's list of policies. He's against the Green New Deal (the one that would pay for itself). Our broken electoral system means that the best possible outcome is a milquetoast centrist caretaker who probably won't do too much harm until it's someone else's turn. But make no mistake, it is the best possible outcome so I'll suck it up and vote.

Here's my list from January:

"I'd go Warren, Sanders, Kloubuchar, Biden, Yang, Buttigeg, Steyer, Bloomberg and (sorry again) Gabbard. Although, full disclosure, if it would get rid of Trump I'd vote for a McConnell/Graham ticket."

So at least it isn't McConnell.

We need a National Popular Vote, a representative Congress and more than two viable parties. But before that, we need Biden.

(Previously: I'm with Her)

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Book reviews for September 2020

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

4/5

 

Fair Warning (Jack McEvoy #3) by Michael Connelly

Fair Warning (Jack McEvoy #3) by Michael Connelly

3/5

 

The Scarecrow (Jack McEvoy, #2, Harry Bosch Universe, #19) by Michael Connelly

The Scarecrow (Jack McEvoy, #2, Harry Bosch Universe, #19) by Michael Connelly

4/5

 

The Poet (Jack McEvoy, #1; Harry Bosch Universe, #5) by Michael Connelly

The Poet (Jack McEvoy, #1; Harry Bosch Universe, #5) by Michael Connelly

4/5

 

Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami

Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami

4/5

 

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Cause and Effect, or Strange Skies over San Francisco

Cause and Effect, or Strange Skies over San Francisco

A timelapse combining the mid-August storm and the 'day without a sunrise' on September 9, 2020 in San Francisco (lightning from the storm contributed to the wildfires that blocked the sun).

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Autumnal Equinox 2020

Autumnal Equinox 2020

Autumn starts now (September 22, 13:31 UTC) north of the Equator, Spring to the south. Rendered in Catfood Earth.

(Previously: Autumnal Equinox 2019)

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Book reviews for August 2020

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

4/5

 

The Man Who Played with Fire: Stieg Larsson's Lost Files and the Hunt for an Assassin by Jan Stocklassa

The Man Who Played with Fire: Stieg Larsson's Lost Files and the Hunt for an Assassin by Jan Stocklassa

3/5

 

Fake Truth (Ian Ludlow Thrillers #3) by Lee Goldberg

Fake Truth (Ian Ludlow Thrillers #3) by Lee Goldberg

4/5

 

Killer Thriller (Ian Ludlow Thrillers #2) by Lee Goldberg

Killer Thriller (Ian Ludlow Thrillers #2) by Lee Goldberg

3/5

 

True Fiction (Ian Ludlow Thrillers #1) by Lee Goldberg

True Fiction (Ian Ludlow Thrillers #1) by Lee Goldberg

3/5

 

The Last Human by Zack  Jordan

The Last Human by Zack Jordan

5/5

 

Afterland by Lauren Beukes

Afterland by Lauren Beukes

4/5

 

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Red-Tailed Hawk vs Gopher

Updated on Saturday, May 8, 2021

Red-Tailed Hawk vs Gopher

Red-Tailed Hawk vs Gopher

Red-Tailed Hawk vs Gopher

A red-tailed hawk catches a gopher at Crissy Field.

(Previously: Red-Tailed Hawk)

Updated 2020-10-20 17:40:

Red-Tailed Hawk vs Gopher

Another day, possibly the same hawk, for sure not the same gopher.

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Coronavirus Hikes: July 2020

Coronavirus Hikes: July 2020

Coronavirus Hikes: July 2020

Hike starts at: 37.742189, -122.471394. View in Google Earth.

(Hike Map)

San Francisco PM2.5

Updated on Sunday, November 28, 2021

San Francisco PM2.5

This post is updated hourly with a PM2.5 (2.5 micrometer or smaller particulate matter) map of San Francisco.

The PM2.5 data comes from the Purple Air API. The map uses one hour average readings from outdoor sensors and interpolates each point in San Francisco based on the inverse of the distance to the four closest sensors. The color scale is green to yellow (0-50), yellow to orange (50-100), orange to red (100-150) and red to purple (150-200+). San Francisco is plotted using elevation contours from DataSF.

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West Portal Sunset

West Portal Sunset

Spectacular sunset the other night, the kind where I really wish I'd left a timelapse running an hour earlier. This time I did! It was just a test run of a new GoPro Hero 8 Black to see what the nightlapse mode is capable of. I left everything on auto, including the interval, which I thought was an odd thing to have an auto mode for but that it might produce some interesting effects. Nope. The GoPro does a nice job of ramping down the shutter speed and ramping up the ISO, but it just randomly toggles the interval between one and two seconds occasionally which just glitches the video. So won't be using that mode again.

(Previously: Sunset sunset 4k)

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