Wednesday, January 31, 2018

super blue blood moon

A super moon is a full moon that is within 90% of its closest approach to earth. A blue moon is the second full moon in a single month (there was also a full moon on January 1). A blood moon is a moon during a lunar eclipse (earth between the moon and the sun). This morning, we had all three. I woke up and walked down the street to Douglass Park. (I had planned to head to Glen Canyon but was pleased enough with my view from the park.) I took several pics at f/2.8 with varying exposure times, steadying my camera against concrete, car roofs, and chain link fence. This shot is at f/2.8 with a 1/3 second exposure, steadying the camera against the chain link fence at the edge of Douglass Park. The house you see there is at the end of Carnelian Way, overlooking the park.

I like the shot with the house, but if you want to see a bit more detail on the moon, here is a closer crop. The lunar eclipse was just about at its peak point when I took this picture. The time stamp on my camera (which might not be entirely accurate) is 5:27 a.m., with peak eclipse scheduled for 5:29 a.m.

Pairing this early morning viewing with our solar eclipse trip last August, I really feel like I've had a good eclipse experience in the last few months.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Oyez! Oyez!! Oyez!!!

The Honorable, the Chief Justice and the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States! Oyez! Oyez!! Oyez!!!

That's a 44-piece Lego model of the United States Supreme Court building.

The real thing.

Monday, January 29, 2018


Saturday, January 20, 2018

Women's March, the sequel

Last year's Women's March was the boys' first protest. Today's march was sunnier, drier, somewhat smaller, but still very well attended.

The boys did quite well, although we did eventually need to make a quick pit stop to buy some kettle corn from a street vendor.

Last year, the actual marching part didn't start until later, and was so crowded that we barely moved at all before deciding to head home. This time, we were able to actually march, and made it all the way to Justin Herman Plaza. (A side benefit of that is that we boarded MUNI at Embarcadero Station, which means we got seats.)

That protest sign was a last minute thing. We happened to have just gotten a poster from Centro Legal de la Raza, so used some leftover poster board from a school project to make it into a sign. The poster features art by Micah Bazant.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Tunisian Orange Olive Oil Cake

Sigrid made this out of the Zingerman's Bakehouse cookbook. One of the ingredients is a whole orange, which you prep by simply running the orange (peel and all) through a food processor!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

January tomato

I usually pull out our tomato plants after the season is done, but this year I left one there. I figured it was too cold for any more tomatoes to ripen, but with enough time...

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


Sigrid and I went to the annual California State Parks Foundation luncheon, held this year at Anchor Steam!

After the lunch, we got a tour of the brewery, marking our third tour of an alcoholic beverage plant in the last few months.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Empress G&T

Elizabeth bought me a bottle of Victoria Distillery's Empress 1908 Gin for Christmas. The distinguishing botanical from a flavor perspective is probably the Empress Tea (the gin is inspired by high tea at the Fairmont Empress hotel). But the distinctive color comes from a post-distillation infusion of butterfly pea blossoms.

The color in the blossoms comes in part from anthrocyanins, which are also found in many other fruits and plants, including blueberries, cranberries. Anthrocyanins are purple in neutral pH, but red in acidic solutions. The picture below has iced gin on the right and a gin & tonic on the left (the tonic is acidic).

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Bacon of the Month: Nueske's

Sigrid got me a six-month subscription to Zingerman's Bacon of the Month Club. Month one is Nueske's Applewood Smoked Bacon. Thick cut (twelve slices in one pound), smoky (too smoky according to the boys), meaty, and very tasty. At Zingerman's urging, prepared it two ways, in a skillet and baked. The skillet fried pieces were a tad more interesting, but pretty similar.

Monday, January 01, 2018

New Year

We celebrated New Years day with bibimbap and rice cakes.

foggy new year

We went to Jim & Daphne's for their traditional East Coast New Year's party. The kids ate popcorn and watched Avatar: The Last Airbender.

The new year brought us fog—how novel!