Today is Pi day! While this is numerically irrational, and the cause of much celebration across the internet, I like to take time on this date to celebrate the presence of an aptly-named member of our family.
Pi Cat was adopted just over two years ago, a scrawny but vocal kitten from the San Francisco SPCA. She immediately came down with a bad case of ringworm – while insisting on sleeping near my pillow. Despite her best efforts, neither of us were infected. Pi’s overcome her health issues and grown into a solid lump of cat with a… unique personality. She keeps David company during late-night coding sessions, refuses to cuddle with me unless we’re both underneath her favorite blanket, and recently adjusted to the arrival of an annoying little sister.
Pi, we love you, grumpy cat. You’re our favorite greeter of guests, investigator of boxes, and lover of smelly shoes.
If you’re interested in Pi as a number, here’s a very cool link which displays Pi to one million places.
David’s a useful guy to have around. When I broke the garbage disposal, he took it apart and put it back together. He also took a grandfather clock to pieces, cleaned every part, put every tiny gear back in place – now it keeps time more accurately than it did before. Here he is, fixing our vintage Nintendo so I can get my Tetris fix. I’m totally keeping this guy.
Some very talented acquaintances of mine are in a great local band called Vagabondage. Recently they released this new video and song – it’s a remix of “Can’t Stay Good” by Mixman Shawn. I love the way this was shot and the song is stellar, these guys are destined for greatness.
This weekend, my friend Star Germain, her band This Can’t End Well, and talented comic book artist Ted Naifeh are teaming up for a live show version of Ted’s wonderful all-ages comic ‘Courtney Crumrin and The Night Things‘.
Oh, and it’s free. So there’s no excuse not to come!
Sunday February 27th
161 Erie at Mission
Laughingsquid.com just posted this Kodak documentary from 1958 on how film is made. Very timely as I’ve been shooting more film. I tested out the new/old camera on a weekend shoot and am going to drop off a bunch of rolls of film to be processed in the next few days. Now I just need to get that black and white darkroom set up in the garage…
A friend of mine just gave me this camera and I’m unreasonably excited. It belonged to his grandfather and was just gathering dust – such a shame. My first camera ever was my father’s old Canon AE-1, which tragically went missing during one of my many apartment moves of the last fourteen years. It’s astounding to think that I’ve lived in San Francisco that long, and moved over eleven times…
I’ll be test driving this thing out over the next week, but I’m not too worried. These old cameras are built like tanks. Can’t wait to use this on some upcoming gigs, including a wedding in a few months.
Issac, if you’re reading this, you’re one heck of a good friend!
So much for warmer weather. It’s been gross, cold and rainy the last few days. Good to know we still have time to sneak off to Tahoe sometime this season, but we’re having all kinds of motivational…. issues today. Ok, it’s just me who’s having issues. David has been very productive.
We thought that ordering the new sofas in grey would cut down on the cat hair issues.
Boy, were we ever wrong about that.
Sad droopy tulip. Exhibit A – why all photographers need a live-in stylist.
Oh Valentine’s day. What a strange holiday. I approve of what it symbolizes, but dislike the commercialization and pressure on certain members of a couple to ante up some kind of gesture representing their devotion.
It can be hard to be single, and happily so, in a world which emphasizes partnering up. As grateful as I am for my current relationship, I would never trade away the independence and self knowledge I gained from years of being on my own.
My partner and I don’t celebrate Valentine’s day, so these are absolutely not in any way Valentine’s day flowers. I just happened to walk past Prairie Collective on Divisadaro street and noticed that Studio Choo had put out a fresh batch of little bouquets. In my opinion, there’s never just one day to buy someone flowers – and don’t forget to get yourself something romantic once in a while.
Warmer weather is finally upon us! Cue the desire for outdoor photo shoots and beach excursions.
Our backyard garden is slowly waking up, and some of my orchids are beginning to flower. Growing orchids isn’t all that different from photography in combining detail-oriented O.C.D. tendencies with a more artistic (ie… scattered and intuitive) temperament. I got into the plant hobby with succulents and still have a relatively large collection out on the back steps where conditions are closer to ideal – our backyard doesn’t get a ton of sunlight.
Here are some product and garden shots I produced a while back for a terrific little shop called ‘Succulence‘ out in Bernal Heights. They’re tucked into the rear of Four Star Video on Cortland. They sell individual plants, succulent arrangements, terrariums, pottery, and crafts by local artists.
There’s a bit of a fad for succulents and tillandsia at the moment, a movement I’m completely in favor of. Years ago if you told me I’d have a house full of healthy and happy growing plants, I would have laughed in disbelief. It’s surprisingly easy to get yourself into the habit of caring for a plant, and very rewarding!
Here are some of my favorite blogs and local sources for green things.
Hortica – a wonderful garden center and nursery on Castro Street. I’ve picked up far too many tillandsia from this store.
Flora Grubb – they’ve been featured in a number of magazines and blogs. Really fantastic place, worth a visit. Check out their ‘cutting garden’ blog for examples of incredible wedding bouquet and centerpiece work.
Sloat Garden Center – Recently began carrying an expanded range of orchids! Great place for backyard gardeners, wide range of plants which grow well in the bay area. They currently have dahlia bulbs in stock, I picked up a bunch for the garden over the weekend.
Shelldance Orchid Gardens – Nice selection of orchids, and home to a staggering collection of bromeliads and succulents. They aren’t for sale, but if you’re a plant geek, you need to make a visit.
San Francisco Botanical Garden – Always worth the time to wander through.
San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers - Amazing collection of botanicals, friendly volunteers and employees, and rotating special galleries including their very popular carnivorous plant exhibit.
Far Out Flora – I’ve never met the writers of this blog, but I feel it may be inevitable! They do day trips to nurseries, botanical gardens, and have an enviable back yard succulent garden.
We are back in Mesa, Arizona for a family emergency. Times like these, I’m reminded how important it is to tell the people in your life just how much you appreciate and love them. As often as possible. Take a moment to call, text, or write a letter to someone you care about, because you never know what life will bring.
I apologize in advance to my readers (and family) currently frozen elsewhere, but the cold weather finally broke this last week in the Bay Area so we headed to Sweeney Ridge for a hike.
I’m in love with the textures which occur when nature begins to reclaim what humans have put in the way. Lichen on metal, slowly oxidizing in the ocean air. Moss thriving in asphalt cracks.
I also went to the Edwardian Ball on saturday, which was a lot of fun but very crowded.