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San Carlos Car Show ~ Saturday, September 08, 2018

There is a vintage car show in San Carlos today. Here's a few vehicles that could fit in on an early twentieth-century trolley layout.

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Lupe the Mammoth ~ Friday, September 07, 2018

I took a scenic route to work. I expected I might see some wildlife on the way, but a Columbian Mammoth was a surprise!

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Big Project Ideas for Bay Area Transportation? Submit to the MTC by Sept 6th ~ Tuesday, September 04, 2018

This has been out since June, but I only just heard about it.

Got some crazy idea? Submit it here.

It has to cost at least $1,000,000,000.

Transbay Catapult, anyone?

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Lizard Season! ~ Sunday, September 02, 2018

They like the warm sun. This little guy is only about an inch and a half long!

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Blue-Tailed Skink ~ Sunday, August 26, 2018

There have been a lot of lizards out lately. Today, at Wunderlich Park, I saw this Western Skink. Their tails are blue when they are young, and then turn pink.

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Cineastic Electrical Box ~ Saturday, August 25, 2018

Cities around the Bay Area have been letting local artists decorate electrical utility boxes.

We found this one in Hayward (on "A" St, across from Lucky, close to BART).

(Click on the images for bigger versions).

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Back at Chabot ~

Today was Wini's last day working at the Chabot Space & Science Museum as a volunteer docent (Galaxy Explorer). It's a program for high school kids, and she's in college now (!). She'll still be participating in the museum's Astronomy Club, and helping out on the first Friday evening of each month, when the museum stays open late (and admission prices are reduced, too).

So Nate & I went to the museum today too, saw a planetarium show with a presentation by the Eastbay Astronomical Society, looked at Venus in a telescope and at the sun via a sunspot viewer, and built things at the Tinker Center, where you can glue stuff together out of old bits of electronics.

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Vintage 3D ~ Saturday, August 11, 2018

The Niles Silent Film Museum is holding their annual Broncho Billy Film Festival. Last night we saw films of early comic Max Linder (whom Charlie Chaplin called "the master"), and today we saw a show of early 3D films, in collaboration with 3D Space, a museum in Echo Park, Los Angeles.

There's lots more good movies coming up over the whole weekend, but we are going camping!

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Trolley and Monsters in Petaluma ~ Saturday, July 14, 2018

I've been keeping an eye on the Petaluma Trolley Project online (petalumatrolley.org) for a few years but have never managed to see their restored trolley. Yesterday we passed through town and it was out in the yard.

Some interesting creations were poking over the fence across the street, too. A passerby told me the creator takes them to Burning Man, and that some of them breathe fire.

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Apricots ~ Monday, July 02, 2018

I've been keeping an eye on in an abandoned orchard on my way to work (it's behind the Symantec building on Middlefield, somewhere around the border between Mountain View and Sunnyvale, which long ago was the home of Netscape). Back around March I thought maybe all the trees were dead but eventually they blossomed and grew leaves again. This morning I was curious if they had ever produced any fruit. It turns out that they are apricot trees, and I was almost too late--looks like they all just ripened and mostly fell onto the ground already, but recently enough that you can still find plenty of good ones.

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