Archive for September, 2010


The Cat Days of Summer

Gone are the cat days of summer. After the extreme (for San Francisco) heat wave we just went through, the temperature is finally cooling down. I can sit in the living room and not sweat for moving a finger. If I never live to see 90º+ weather again, I will dance. Since obviously this is an impossibility so long as I avoid the arctic poles, you will not get to see me dance and I will just suffer through it all.

Cat Days Of Summer

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Pan Con Tomate

Pan con tomate, also known as pa amb tomàquet, is a delicious Catalan food… Simple, distinct and brilliant. Basically, toast some thick country bread, scrape garlic on it, rub tomato over the surface, sprinkle a good amount of olive oil over the top and a bit of salt (and maybe pepper if you’re into that). Like I said, simple, distinct and brilliant. This was Rosa’s recent batch when we had friends over.

Pan con Tomate

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9000 Miles

9000 Miles

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Scrivener 2.0 Coming Soon

матрациMy favorite writing tool in the world, Scrivener, is getting an upgrade. I’ve used the program for years to do anything from writing stories to an employee handbook. There are two great articles describing what the new Scrivener will and won’t have. On the “will have” side is better overall integration of the documents, corkboard and outliner. Each one has key improvements as well (I’m very curious about corkboard’s freeform mode and the commenting and footnotes for documents).

Some of the key things that will not be included are a timeline function, mindmapping or a Windows version (though there are random hints that the last might not be true). Honestly, I don’t mind that there isn’t a timeline even though it seems like this would be an easy thing to code. As for mindmapping or a Windows version, not a bother at all. It will keep the code base easier for the developer, too, and keep the application from turning in the bloated wreck that is most word processing/writing packages out there right now.

(A thought just occurred to me to try and figure out how to create a timeline with either Document Notes, keywords or corkboard summaries, export to a file and import it to my favorite timeline application, Timeline 3D. Must investigate).

For a full list of features just follow the links in the first paragraph. The “will have” link is particularly interesting as it include screenshots giving a tantalizing taste of what is to come. At a mere $45 (for v.2) Scrivener is a great deal. If you have a Mac and aren’t sure, go get the demo of the current version and give it a spin.

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Triumph Tiger 800

A couple years ago I decided it was time to fulfill a lifelong dream to ride a motorcycle. I took classes and less than a week later went in to Munroe Motors and bought my Triumph Thruxton. I’ve been super happy with it, though I wish I could take it out on the open road more often but we do what we can, neh? And while I don’t think I’ll ever put my baby to pasture, Triumph has recently announced a new motorcycle that has been brewing thoughts of acquisition again…

Rosa and I watched the Charlie Boorman and Ewen McGregor show called Long Way Round where they hop on their motorcycles and travel from London to NYC by heading east around the northern hemisphere. I loved it, but I wondered why they insisted on riding these incredibly heavy BMW R1150GS Adventure bikes. Not the bike for me, for a variety of reasons. But now Triumph is releasing their own adventure bike later this year, and the news is slowly leaking out.

It is based on the old Triumph Tiger (causing many to call it the Tiger Cub) but its official name will be the Tiger 800 (for the road version) and the Tiger 800 XC (for the offroad version). It even looks pretty good on the track. In theory, this should be a great bike, and something is tickling the back of my brain pan that I want one.

I’ll just have to wait a while before that ever happens, so in the meantime I’ll just think about it. Quietly. On my blog.

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Someone Got a New Toy

Rosa New Moto

I have to admit I didn’t think this would happen when we first started dating but as time progressed, Rosa expressed more interest in riding. She took the class and passed, looked at various motorcycles, and settled on the green and white Triumph Bonneville T100.

Congratulations, Rosa! I can’t wait (but I will, patiently) till we can go on our first road trip!

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Economic Solutions and Walking

I keep running in to things and think, “I should post that!” Alas, very shortly afterwards I forget.

The economy drags on. I’m very happy to have a job still given the market. As the Federal government keeps pumping money into the economy to keep it afloat (and for some stupid reason giving money to the banks that got us into the sh!t in the first place), I have to admire this simple plan to solve all of the issues at a single go.

Dear Mr. President:

Please find below my suggestion for fixing America ‘s economy.

Instead of giving billions of dollars to companies that will squander the money on lavish parties and unearned bonuses, use the following plan.

You can call it the Patriotic Retirement Plan:

There are about 40 million people over 50 in the work force.

Pay them $1 million apiece severance for early retirement with the following stipulations:

1) They MUST retire. Forty million job openings – Unemployment fixed.

2) They MUST buy a new American CAR. Forty million cars ordered – Auto Industry fixed.

3) They MUST either buy a house or pay off their mortgage – Housing Crisis fixed.

4) They MUST buy their own health insurance. – Health Plan for seniors just fixed!!!

It can’t get any easier than that! If more money is needed, have all members of Congress and their constituents pay their taxes… If you think this would work, please tell everyone you know.

If not, please disregard. Then shoot yourself!!!! – 1 job opening

God Bless America.

I don’t think the cutoff age should be 50 years old… Perhaps more like 60. Still, there is something very compelling about the simplicity, and afterwards, if those folks who retired want to start brand new businesses, I’d be all for that, too. More jobs!

Meanwhile, I found this article about a man, Tom Graham, who has walked every single street in San Francisco. I like to walk (and kind of wish I did more of it) but this is a dedication I will simply admire from afar. Where the heck is DeForest (street? avenue? alley?)?

The heat’s hit San Francisco. I don’t like heat, but there it is. Most people hope the weekend ends up hot, or at least warm. I’m hoping this weekend cools off!

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