Towse: views from the hill

May 30, 2008

TimesMachine – New York Times

Filed under: history,news,resource — Towse @ 7:09 pm

TimesMachine – New York Times

TimesMachine can take you back to any issue from Volume 1, Number 1 of The New-York Daily Times, on September 18, 1851, through The New York Times of December 30, 1922. Choose a date in history and flip electronically through the pages, displayed with their original look and feel.

The Web is a wonder.

Update:Note: TimesMachine is available only to home delivery subscribers. Contact your library for complimentary access to the complete archive of The New York Times offered by ProQuest.

Dang. Sorry to get everyone’s hopes (including mine) up.

Most public libraries in the United States offer access to ProQuest to registered library users (e.g. reference tools available at San Francisco Public) but not access to the PDFs. Drat. Dang.

Got creativity?

Filed under: life,resource — Towse @ 2:52 pm

17 Obscure Creativity-Sparking Websites | LifeDev

May 28, 2008

Sailing, sailing, over the bounding main*

Filed under: photographs,ships — Tags: , , — Towse @ 7:07 pm


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Spotted last evening before sunset.

Note UCBerkeley campanille in the east bay hills behind Treasure Island at about 10 o’clock.

*Geoffrey Marks, 1880.

May 27, 2008

Memorial Day weekend guests

Filed under: life,photographs,San Francisco,SFOBayBridge,ships — Towse @ 5:32 pm


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Picture taken last night of the cruiser tied up at Piers 15-17 over the weekend. When the Exploratorium takes over Piers 15-17 (Port Authority and City willing), the deal requires that the Exploratorium keep the piers maintained and clear for the occasional Navy ship to dock.


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The cruiser leaving this morning with the help of two tugs.

May 24, 2008

Twitter / Ev: Note: Before joining a mob,…

Filed under: web2.0 — Towse @ 12:17 am

Twitter / Evan Williams: Note: Before joining a mob, you might want to check if everything they’re saying/assuming is true.

Ah. I’m getting a glimmer of what this cryptic tweet was all about.

What a world.

May 22, 2008


Filed under: culture,shopshopshop — Towse @ 7:16 pm


Life, love, everything shoe.

20 May 2008 moonrise over the Ferry Building 10:19 p.m. PDT

Filed under: life,photographs,San Francisco — Towse @ 12:03 am
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May 21, 2008

Vinyl Gallery: Vintage classical album cover graphics – a set on Flickr

Filed under: art,culture,graphics,music — Towse @ 2:01 am

Vinyl Gallery: Vintage classical album cover graphics – a set on Flickr

[via Laughing Squid]

May 20, 2008


Filed under: information,life,spamfraudcrooks — Towse @ 10:18 pm

Got a phone call from this number on my handy this afternoon. I don’t answer calls anyway especially ones that show up that don’t have a name attached to them via my internal known-people phone directory.

Plus the # looked phunny. Look at all those zeroes, fps.

After checking to see whether the unknown someone left a message (Nope.), I ran the number through Google and came across this, specifically the entry filed by al at 5/19/2008 2:46:56 PM which reads

I am an employee of the lumber company that this number is registered to. We do not solicite anyone nor do we give out any information. We just found out today that our 800 number was spoofed by another company. We have contacted our phone company, our state attorney general, and the FTC about this matter. I am hoping we will be able to resolve this issue.

So, don’t call the number to rant at someone. Seems it’s probably not their fault.

(Or maybe Al is a plant from the spammer trying to get people to lay off. … in any case. …)

If you get a call from this number, no need to answer it. It’s not Publishers’ Clearinghouse telling you you’ve won a million big ones.

Ars Technica acquired by Condé Nast: the low-down

Filed under: blog,science,technology — Towse @ 4:18 pm

Ars Technica acquired by Condé Nast: the low-down

Oh. For. Pete’s. Sake.

Ars Technica will now grow with the tools and resources of Condé Nast’s WIRED Digital unit. WIRED Digital oversees the business operations of not only, but also Reddit, WebMonkey, HotWired, and other technology destinations. Ars Technica will remain an independent publication, with the same editorial leadership in place. I will remain the Editor-in-Chief, and Jon, Eric, and the rest of the editorial team is staying on board, too.

… and so forth. Don’t worry, Community! We’re not gonna change. Condé Nast is benevolent folk. Shhh. Shhh. Shhh. There there. It will work out. Just you see!

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