An Uninvited Guest


"We are the champions - my friends.  And we'll keep on fighting, Till the end ...", Freddie Mercury's singing adds to my high spirits.  Coming out of my Saturday morning gym workout, there's definitely a spring in my step.  I head up Green from Polk Street.  The ascent up Nob Hill, a usually arduous … [Read more...]

An Afternoon With The Sea Whisperer


My eyes momentarily gazed up at the Berkeley Hills, blazing in fiery colors.  The fleeting moment, caused by the sunset's light reflecting off of hillside homes, brought a moment of retrospection to my afternoon experiences.  Standing on the seawall's crown, I turned my head back down to the man … [Read more...]

Christmas Night Lights At Treeside Court


"Oooooooh, aaaaaah", my family and I would harmonize our voices as we passed by exceptionally decorated and brightly lit homes.  The drives were a family tradition during my childhood.  Pick a night during the Christmas season and take the family car around the town.  Our goal was to enjoy (and … [Read more...]

City Of Broken Glass


Sparkles of light pierced through the glare of the late afternoon sun as it descended onto Twin Peaks.  I had been walking westerly on uninhabited patch of Townsend Street near the Caltrain rail yard when my gaze turned down at the pavement.  Piles of emerald colored glass nuggets lay before me … [Read more...]

SF Open Studios – Artist Spotlight


A contemporary international city could not exist without human engineering.  The concrete bones of a skyscraper, electrons flowing through power lines, and the software that guides public transportation all rely on the prowess of human engineering.  But what about engineering's antithetic brother, … [Read more...]

Free Yoga On The Sands Of Ocean Beach


And then it came.  A gentle cool wind pushed onshore and broke the placid warm air that hovered over the hot sands of Ocean Beach.  A half hour prior, as temperatures were charging upward past 90°F, an outdoor yoga class had commenced on the same shores under the direction of Yoga Teacher Tony … [Read more...]

Conversations With The Father Of The Internet

Vinton Cerf Jacob Ward Interview Internet of Things Nourse Theater

So maybe he was not the only "father of the Internet" as he is often called, but Vinton Cerf was a major contributor to the underlying technologies supporting the Internet, one of the greatest human achievements in the last four decades.  Last Wednesday at Nourse Theater, Cerf sat down with … [Read more...]