Towse: views from the hill

September 28, 2007

The sun breaks through

Filed under: life,photographs,San Francisco — Towse @ 5:11 pm

Fog’s arrived. All that sweltering 85dF heat is but a memory. The temperature today will be 20dF cooler than it was just a few days ago.

Took a look east earlier today as the sun broke through the fog cover and shot some beams on Oakland.

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September 27, 2007

Fall into autumn

Filed under: causes,San Francisco — Towse @ 11:31 pm

Yesterday was Garden Feast, a benefit gala luncheon on the grass at the Strybing Arboretum. Benefiting the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Honoring Richard Goldman. Speaker: Julie Packard.

A dinner tonight marks the twentieth anniversary of the San Francisco Food Bank.

Saturday is the Waves-to-Wine bike tour to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Sunday is the Bridge-to-Bridge run benefiting Special Olympics Northern California.

Sunday is also the CUESA fundraiser @ Ferry Plaza Building to benefit CUESA and sustainable agriculture education.

I’m not going to all of those. I can’t go to all of those. And I stopped listing all the things I could go to because the list is LOOOOOOOOONG.

Yes, we have fallen into autumn and the benefit luncheons, dinners, runs, bike rides, sails, swims and fashion shows have kicked into high gear here, now that most everyone’s home from their wanderings.

You can also just stay home and read a good book. The non-profits who benefit from all this gaiety and extroversion will happily take your check and wish you a peaceful evening.

Mothers, don’t let your babies grow up to be sk8trs

Filed under: toomuchtimeontheirhands,video — Towse @ 5:55 pm

Fun with ping pong balls.

Time spent? Who knows? Probably time enough to develop a perpetual motion machine or discover the meaning of life.

[Rube Goldberg, eat your heart out.]

A plea to anyone linking to

Filed under: URL,webstuff,wordstuff,writing,writing-market — Towse @ 5:42 am

A request from DebbieRO, my former boss lady, on her Inkygirl blog.

If you have a link to, PLEASE DELETE IT.
Pass the word.

A plea to anyone linking to

Harvest Moon

Filed under: life,photographs,San Francisco — Towse @ 2:33 am

Sure, I knew it was coming up. Chinatown’s Moon Festival was last weekend. Yeah, Autumn. Yeah, full moon.

But then his nibs called up the stairs, “Hey. Did you see the moon?”

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… and now I have this earworm of Fogerty singing, “There’s a bad moon on the rise.”

September 25, 2007

Best headline of the day: Coach Stops Runaway Horse by Biting Ear

Filed under: news,writing — Towse @ 9:33 pm

Coach Stops Runaway Horse by Biting Ear

Page 3.14 : "What May Happen in the Next Hundred Years," circa 1900.

Filed under: blog,science — Towse @ 8:20 pm

Entertaining blog entry over at Page 3.14:

Page 3.14 : “What May Happen in the Next Hundred Years,” circa 1900.

Earlier today, a friend sent me a link to this old-ish post from the excellent history/art/cultural curiosity blog Paleo-Future. It’s a document written by John Elfreth Watkins, Jr., for Ladies’ Home Journal in 1900. It is entitled “What May Happen in the Next Hundred Years.”

I couldn’t resist reading the whole thing (see the big version here), and am compelled—as a person of the future—to log a few replies.

Entertaining snippets from the December 1900 LHJ article and replies from Katherine Sharpe.

Read the article yourself or just dip into Sharpe’s blog entry.

[via science blogs from Seed Media]

September 24, 2007


Filed under: design,fun,misc — Towse @ 11:36 pm



A collection of typography links

Filed under: blog,design,URL — Towse @ 11:32 pm

Typographic Collaboration | Typophile

Typographica a journal of typography featuring news, observations, and open commentary on fonts and typographic design.

typography a photoset on flickr

viaLetter Spell it out

Jules Vernacular Lettres oeuvrières & incongruités typographiques. French signage and lettering from Jack Usine.

Triborough’s photos of NYC Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual = a flickr photoset

Zuzana Licko and Rudy VanderLans at Emigre

Typetester – compare screen type

FontFeed a font blog

Citroën ad

Filed under: blog,culture,media,URL — Towse @ 10:30 pm

[via the brilliant collection of advertisements at I believe in advertising]

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