Friday, August 8, 2008

Ingenuity With a Dash of Crazy

Two curious scenes from my recent walk through the international terminal at SFO.

First, the ingenuity that I promised in the title. An orange caution cone inverted and used to funnel a leak in the ceiling into some water buckets below.

Here's a close up.

So, I left the cone to do its funneling and I'm minding my own business when I find myself face to face with a bit of crazy packaged in a blond Asian woman. It was an ad for "Supreme Master Television" (apparently available on Galaxy 25 at 97 degrees W). Can someone explain this to me? Is there a galactic cable channel that I'm missing out on?! Um, and, why is she talking on a cell phone?

Friday, August 1, 2008

Symphony of Fog, Smoke, and Fireworks

Ok, I forgot to post these earlier but this past 4th of July was my first in San Francisco. I had been warned that the fog is usually an active participant in the fireworks show but went anyway and dragged 4 friends and Craig along.

Shoom! Pop! The show starts and we see the first glow of the night. I thought it was quite beautiful -- fire wrapped in a veil of fog...there was something so romantic about it. This continued but quickly the smoke from the show mixed with the fog and the smoke from another show we were downwind from and then romance turned into... we would hear the launch, see the bright tails of the fireworks shoot into the cloud and then POP!...but there was not Ahhhh moment, only a brief glow and a fizzle. It had it's charm but the real kicker was that the 5th was a beautiful, clear day. Go figure.

I Heart Newsprint

I was at the MomaStore a few weeks ago during their summer sale and spotted these blank notebooks which have cardboard covers and newsprint pages. Newsprint is one of my favorite materials to sketch and write on because it "feels like velvet." They are really simple and the cropped graphics on the cardboard covers add that little extra bit of love (like Freitag in book format). They run a little pricey (around $20) but I thought it might be a great idea to try myself one day.