Yes, this really does happen sometimes.

Sometimes, in San Francisco, a band will appear out of nowhere and play for an hour or two under somebody's eave, or on a corner. No rhyme, no reason, just because. This particular band played jazz for commuters on their way home that night.

A random band playing jazz in Oakland.

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Walking along the beach, 7 March 2015.

A beach in California in spring, with a whale skull washed up on shore. I don't think I can say anything else about this.

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The Internet Archive

Yes, this is part of The Internet Archive.

Three of the server racks that comprise archive.org.


More under the cut...

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Photographs from the Alliance of Sound 2014 tour.

Last last year a number of industrial heavy hitters - Skinny Puppy
Front Line Assembly, Haujobb, Youth Code, and S4NtA_MU3rTE - came to San Francisco as The Alliance of Sound. We missed the first few bands due to traffic but arrived just in time to catch one of my favorites, Front Line Assembly whose work was a staple of my misspent youth's soundtrack. It was a joy to watch their retrotech-heavy visuals and hear their newer work live (along with a couple of old favorites). We stayed as long as we could, but I have to be honest the lot of us tapped out halfway through Skinny Puppy's set. Even with shooter's plugs in my ears, the sound system was set to 'punishing' and I stumbled out of the concert hall into the lobby reeling.

Here are the pictures, or at least the ones that turned out as decently as possible.

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I think we found the Waydown.

Amazing what one finds when one goes exploring.

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William Gibson book signing, 31 October 2014.

Last year William Gibson went on a book tour for his latest novel, The Peripheral. I don't have much to say about when he came to the Bay Area because I was (predictably) sick and not running on all 64 bits. Here are the pictures..

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Bitcoin ATM in downtown San Francisco.

It's in a coffee shop, of all places.

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The strangest things get thrown out in San Francisco.

A surgical table with straps on it.

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Cicada hawk on the prowl.

In August of 2013 Lyssa and I spotted a most unusual thing on our way up to the front door after grocery shopping, a cicada hawk, which is a wasp that hunts cicadas. This particular speciment could have perched proudly in the palm of my hand and easily stretched from one side to the other.

Here are the pictures.

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That's right, this is a Tesla.

Sitting in the driver's seat of a Tesla.

Don't ask.

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Senator Wyrmser is making an evening of it.

Senator Wyrmser reclining on a couch with a drink, some pizza, and the remote control to the media box.

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Laser cutting a Mayan calendar at HacDC.

HacDC's laser cutter in action.

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A harpist playing outside of a DC Metro station.

A harpist playing outside of a Metro station.

She was raising money to go to college.

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Amanda Palmer concert, 12 September 2012.

More pictures that slipped through, these from the Amanda Palmer concert on 12 September 2012 at the Black Cat in DC. Due to a sinus infection I stayed for only a small part of the concert and wound up going home early because I felt so lousy so there are only photographs of the opening act.

Anyway, here they are.

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Dead Can Dance concert, 27 August 2012.

Somehow, this directory of pictures slipped through. I took a few pictures at the Dead Can Dance concert in Maryland back in the summer of 2012. Here they are.

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This is why we can't have nice things.

Due to credit card fraud, all customers pay more.

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Playing Risk Legacy.

A Risk Legacy board in heavy use.


This is one of our more tame Risk Legacy games. It only took nine hours to finish.

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Scotch eggs.

Half a Scotch egg on a plate.


One is an entire meal in itself. Hard-boiled egg, wrapped in sausage, deep-fried, and served with spicy mustard and Branston pickle.

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The stained glass blue crab at BWI.

A very large stained glass blue crab.

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Comms are in a holding pattern.

To everyone waiting on e-mail replies from me, please be patient. I'm catching up at work and trying to allocate my spoons appropriately. I'll get back to you, promise.

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