Tuesday, May 31, 2011
San Francisco's Academy of Art University has a fine collection of classic cars available for study by its design students. They shared the collection at the 2010 San Francisco International Auto Show. Here is the remarkable 1939 Alfa Romeo 6c 2500 ss Berlinetta Aerodinamica. It doesn't look like a 1939 automobile. DSCN6384.
It rained again today.
Monday, May 30, 2011
On Memorial Day it is fitting and proper to remember the men and women who gave their lives, who continue to give their lives, to give us the country we deserve.
I could not find anyone to sell me a poppy.
General George S Patton said: "In my mind, we are here to thank God that men like this lived, rather than regret that they died."
I took this photo on 14-December-2007 at the national cemetary in the Presidio.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
President William McKinley visited San Francisco in 1901 to break ground for the Admiral Dewey monument in Union Square and to observe the battleship Ohio being constructed at the Union Iron Works. Battleship Iowa served in the Spanish-American War. Battleship Wisconsin and torpedo boat Farragut were built by the Union Iron Works. Cruiser Philadelphia served various roles from 1890 to 1926. Admiral Silas Casey III was the son of a Civil War Union Army general.
From the 14-May-1901 San Francisco Call. William A Coulter did many maritime drawings for the newspaper. Click on the image to see a larger version.
FOUR NAVAL VESSELS WILL ILLUMINATE TO-NIGHT IN PRESIDENT McKINLEY'S HONOR.
Battleships Iowa and Wisconsin, Cruiser Philadelphia and Torpedo-Boat Farragut Will Make a Magnificent Showing on the Bay During the Presidential Reception in the Grand Nave of the Ferry Building — Each Man-of-War Will Be Decorated With Bunting and Electric Lights
THE warships now in port are all in readiness for the grand display to-night. The Farragut came over from Sausalito yesterday and during the afternoon her captain went aboard the flagship. The captains of the Wisconsin and Philadelphia also went aboard the Iowa and all three received their final instructions from Admiral Casey. The Farragut did not remain in the stream, but went back to her anchorage at Sausalito. She will be on hand to-night, however, and will help in the display to be made by the big vessels. Everything for the illuminating of the Iowa, Wisconsin and Philadelphia is ready and a few hours' work will see all in place. Each vessel will have her name spelled ouf in lights along her side, while the fighting masts and superstructures will be one mass of fiery designs. During the afternoon every man that can be spared will be landed at the foot of Folsom street. Both marines and bluejackets will then march to Fourth and Townsend streets, where they will take part in the parade in honor of the President. On their return to their respective ships they will proceed to get ready for the illumination of the evening.
Friday, May 27, 2011
The photo is from The Abominable Doctor Phibes. When my wife and I were dating, I took her to see this one. She didn't like it. We agreed to disagree about this point.
He was a great gentleman, always interesting in interviews, and had a collection of fine art, paid for by making movies like Doctor Phibes.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
The cover of the January, 1932 Aces features James Norman Hall, who served as an infantryman for Britain and a pilot for France in the Escadrille Lafayette and for the United States during World War One. He received the Croix de Guerre. Before he went down behind enemy lines and became a prisoner, Hall met fellow pilot Charles Nordhoff. After the war, Nordhoff and Hall wrote Mutiny on the Bounty and other books.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
"But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone." Matthew 24:36.
At 5pm mass yesterday, our pastor, Father Piers Lahey, announced that his successor will be an administrator. I left the bulletin in the car, so I don't have his name handy.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
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Thursday, May 19, 2011
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011
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Sunday, May 15, 2011
Doctor Peter Henri Van Der Weyde wrote the series of articles which gave this blog its name. This article, excerpted from the 17-October-1874 Scientific American mentions an unusual culinary experiment.
Boot Jelly And Shirt Coffee.
Some time ago, Dr. Vander Weyde, of New-York City, regaled some friends not merely with boot jelly, but with shirt coffee, and the repast was pronounced by all partakers excellent. The doctor tells us that he made the jelly by first cleaning the boot, and subsequently boiling it with soda, under a pressure of about two atmospheres. The tannic acid in the leather, combined with salt, made tannate of soda, and the gelatin rose to the top, whence it was removed and dried. From this last, with suitable flavoring material, the jelly was readily concocted. The shirt coffee, which we incidentally mentioned above, was sweetened with cuff and collar sugar, both coffee and sugar being produced in the same way. The linen (after, of course, washing) was treated with nitric acid, which, acting on the lignite contained in the fibre, produced glucose, or grape sugar. This, roasted, made an excellent imitation coffee, which an addition of unroasted glucose readily sweetened.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
Sunday, May 8, 2011
I'm grateful for my mother and my wife and my mother-in-law and sisters-in-law. All excellent mothers.
I took the photo at Good Shepherd School in Pacifica on 05-October-2008, during the school's 40th anniversary celebration.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Friday, May 6, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone. General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín led the Mexican army which defeated the French invaders at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. "The national arms have been covered with glory" General Zaragoza wrote in a letter to President Benito Juárez. Some people credit this defeat with preventing French interference in the US Civil War.
It was very warm today.
Claude Choules, the last surviving combat veteran from World War One died in Australia.