Archive for April 17, 2010

Our Garden

April 17, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s planted, as you can see. Gail selected the plants three days ago. Yesterday, our brother-in-law — master farmer Jim — came over to lay it out, as he did one and three years ago. We’d be lost without him.

Before you know it, we’ll be eating lettuce and tomatoes and peppers and I don’t know what else. But maybe no zucchini. Please no zucchini. I had enough last summer. (See zucchini photo and post here.)

When the planting was complete, we (Gail and I, Jim and Tamara) sat down to the magnificent halibut and quinoa dinner that Gail had prepared. They will have to return during the harvest for another dinner and some of the vegetable of Jim’s labor. Especially the zucchini.

Categories: Garden

Bainbridge-Seattle Photos

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Rockaway Beach, Bainbridge Island

On Wednesday, Gail and I headed over to Bainbridge Island with our friend Cynthia for the day.* As we approached Bainbridge, I took some photos of Rockaway Beach, a short north-south stretch of the island that faces downtown Seattle and that the ferry heads straight at before turning north and into Eagle Harbor, where it docks. One such photo is above.

On the return trip, one exits Eagle Harbor, passes Rockaway Beach again, and turns east for the straight run into downtown Seattle. Once one makes that turn, the Seattle skyline appears, getting larger and larger until arrival. Below are some photos from this return trip.

Bainbridge has a small downtown strip just up the hill from the ferry terminal. Among the downtown restaurants is Cafe Nola, where we had an excellent lunch. (Also worth mentioning is the charming Churchmouse Yarns & Teas, which Gail and I visited three weeks ago.)

I could say more about our day, but mostly I want to post the photos. The first one below shows downtown Seattle and more, with the Space Needle on the left and Seattle’s oldest skyscraper, the Smith Tower, on the right.

Seattle, from the Space Needle to the Smith Tower

Below is a tighter shot of the Space Needle, with the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park to the left. (You can see Alexander Calder’s Eagle.) Also visible are the double towers of the Ellington, our daughter’s home.

Space Needle and Olympic Sculpture Park

Next, as we approach the ferry terminal, we see the heart of downtown and some of the piers.

Lower Downtown and Pioneer Square

And finally, we look at the two major sports stadia, just south of downtown and Pioneer Square, Qwest Field and Safeco Field, with the port nearby.

Qwest Field, Safeco Field, and Port

*In case you aren’t familiar with these parts, Bainbridge is straight west of Seattle across Puget Sound and can be reached from downtown in 35 minutes thanks to Washington State Ferries. Among the many islands in Puget Sound, it is the closest and most accessible to Seattle. One can also get on and off the island via a bridge that connects the north side to the Kitsap Peninsula, though this doesn’t get you any closer to Seattle. From the other side of the bridge, you would have to take yet another ferry to get back to the Seattle side of the sound or else drive way south to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and way north again.

Categories: Travel

Mystery Bird

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A mystery to me anyway. Two months ago to the day a big bird landed high up on the pictured tree, which sits just past the southwest corner of our property in the out-of-bounds area of the 9th fairway. I raced to get our camera and replace the wide-angle lens with the telescopic lens. Fortunately, the bird was patient, allowing me time to take a series of photos, though I didn’t dare get closer and risk scaring him (her?) off.

You can see the bird better in the second photo, below. Can you identify her?

Categories: Animals

Tweeting my Posts

April 17, 2010 Leave a comment

It worked! I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. It’s supposed to work. I noted moments ago in my last post that just before writing it, I had “tried to link my twitter and wordpress accounts so that each time I publish a post, an accompanying tweet will appear.” I wasn’t confident that it would work. I had spent ten minutes looking for such an option within my wordpress settings, then found a couple of third-party plug-ins that were designed to link the two accounts. I downloaded one, but couldn’t figure out how to install it. I signed up for the other, but couldn’t get it to work either. And then I found a simple box to check in my second search through wordpress settings that purported to send my posts to twitter. I checked it, was taken to a twitter page to give the wordpress application permission, and that was that. The thing is, how did twitter know who I was? When wordpress sent me over there, twitter didn’t ask me to identify myself. It just asked for my permission to tweet URL’s for my blog posts. That was the principal source of my skepticism.

Rather than think too deeply about this puzzle, I decided I should simply test the link. If it works, who cares why? I wrote a post, published it, and checked my twitter page. There it was, a new tweet — Nocera Returns: — consisting of the title of my post and an abbreviated URL for the post.

WordPress also provides the option, with another settings click, of having my posts appear as facebook updates. A number of my FB friends, whose blogs I already subscribe to, do that. But I’m not ready. I’ve been a passive facebook user, posting a status update only once, two Septembers ago, and deciding I had gone too far. I’m not ready to change just yet.

Categories: Technology

Nocera Returns

April 17, 2010 Leave a comment

The NYT business columnist Joe Nocera has been on a book-writing leave since last Halloween, when he wrote a piece about four topics he wished he could explore at greater length. I must have missed the piece — it would have appeared on the day that we traveled all day by train from Grenoble to Venice, changing in Chambéry and Turin — but I knew of the leave because he announced it as well on his blog.

I set up a twitter account fifteen months ago, sent three tweets out (despite having no followers), and promptly forgot about it until a few days ago, when I decided I should follow someone other than just Glenn Greenwald, whose tweets I hadn’t actually been reading. I added a couple of people to my follower list, then forgot about it again until this morning, when I decided to be more systematic about finding people to follow. Among the candidates, I thought of that NYT business columnist who disappeared last fall. What’s his name? Five minutes later, I picked up today’s NYT. Out of lingering Saturday habit, I looked at the front of the business section for his column, and there he was! Joe Nocera That was a surprise. He is indeed back, with a column on synthetic C.D.O.’s and the SEC’s charge yesterday that Goldman Sachs was involved in securities fraud.

I’m glad Nocera has returned to active duty. As for twitter, perhaps more on that later. I tweeted a few minutes ago for the first time since the day I signed up for my account. Just before writing this post, I tried to link my twitter and wordpress accounts so that each time I publish a post, an accompanying tweet will appear. Let’s see if it works.

Categories: Business, Journalism