Thursday, November 8, 2018
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Sunday, November 4, 2018
Many who reject religion do so because biblical miracles do not comport with science. There is a middle way that separates the seekers from the followers.
Abdu’l-Baha, Some Answered Questions
Saturday, November 3, 2018
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
When I picked up the phone one Halloween, a man on the other end asked “Are you the one who’s lost a cat?” I had an orange cat named Sonny who liked to wander the neighborhood, and as he wore a collar with my phone number, I answered "Yes".
The man said: "You need to come down here and pick him up right now. This is the manager of the Del Mar Theater on Pacific Avenue”. I told him I'd be right over to pick him up.
“Okay”, he said, “where do you live?”
When I told him I lived on Elm Street, there was an odd pause before he said “just hurry”.
As it turns out, the Del Mar--a vintage theater with a free-standing ticket booth in front--was just admitting customers to the next show, so I understood why the manager wanted to be rid of the distraction, which was my cat. So I went right up to the ticket taker at the door, and asked where I could find Sonny. He pointed to the ticket booth, and sure enough there he was inside having a good time with all the activity. The cashier and the movie goers were amused at what was going on.
As I was leaving, I looked at the marquee, and I understood the awkward pause after I told the manager where I lived. The movie that was playing that Halloween Night was “Nightmare on Elm Street” !
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Thursday, October 11, 2018
A Drop in a Vacuum
Some curious individual wondered if the effect of a drop of liquid landing on a surface is different in a vacuum than it is at one atmosphere.
This is the effect I'm familiar with.
Here is a video of a drop in a vacuum.
I'm unclear on the physics, but it seems that when the friction between the liquid and air is eliminated, all the energy is efficiently and uniformly dispersed into the receiving body...or something.
I lost the contents of the article, but I remember that what was learned in the experiment had a practical application, which, unfortunately, I can't remember. Doh!
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Garden Court, Palace Hotel, San Francisco
I sketched this from our table.
She was in pink and I was wearing a white double-breasted linen suit.
It was a lifetime ago, and yet I remember the Key Lime Pie.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Friday, September 21, 2018
Saturday, September 15, 2018
And the honour and distinction of the individual consist in this, that he among all the world's multitudes should become a source of social good. Is any larger bounty conceivable than this, that an individual, looking within himself, should find that by the confirming grace of God he has become the cause of peace and well-being, of happiness and advantage to his fellow men? No, by the one true God, there is no greater bliss, no more complete delight'.
--Abdu'l-Baha-- Secrets of Divine Civilization
Friday, September 14, 2018
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
“Greetings and salutations rest upon this mansion which increaseth in splendour through the passage of time. Manifold wonders and marvels are found therein, and pens are baffled in attempting to describe them."
(The dedicatory statement of ‘Údí Khammár placed over the lintel upon completion of the mansion in 1870)
Friday, August 24, 2018
Some old drafting tools: An electric eraser (I wore out three of them in twenty years) and a couple of horsehair brushes, one with years of graphite and one unused.
Drawing the foundation plan for a loading dock in Watsonville the old fashioned way.
All my old drafting tools, and some I've collected, have found their way to the tool museum.
The computer and software have made it easy to produce clean, crisp and clear drawings. Curves are easy! No more graphite or erasure crumbs and debilitating back problems.
Here's a framing plan for a unit at the Post Ranch in Big Sur.
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Seat of the Universal House of Justice, Mt. Carmel, Haifa, Israel
"The Great Peace towards which people of good will throughout the centuries have inclined their hearts, of which seers and poets for countless generations have expressed their vision, and for which from age to age the sacred scriptures of mankind have constantly held the promise, is now at long last within the reach of the nations. For the first time in history it is possible for everyone to view the entire planet, with all its myriad diversified peoples, in one perspective. World peace is not only possible but inevitable. It is the next stage in the evolution of this planet...."
The Universal House of Justice
The Promise of World Peace
The Promise of World Peace
Friday, August 10, 2018
Good weather blessed Captain Juergen Raps' retirement flight from SFO to Frankfurt, Germany, with clear views of San Francisco and the Bay Area. The video includes the crew pushback, taxi and take off, as well as a ride on a Harley Davidson across an active tarmac and a comment on the responsive characteristics of the Airbus A380.