The drive to astroturf the parks of San Francisco

Sad times for grass in SF:

The bigger picture here is about the legacy we want to leave to current and future generations of San Francisco youth and residents. We are a city proud of our leadership on environmental issues and our rich heritage of natural beauty in an urban setting. Do we really want to leave plastic and rubber tire-waste fields where once we found natural grass and urban ecosystems?
Long-time Western Addition community activist Arnold Townsend is opposed to astroturf. “When kids go to park they ought to get dirty. You don’t find bugs on astroturf. Kids don’t learn about ecosystems on astroturf. No matter how much ball you play on it, it’s an unnatural setting,” he said.

via Fog City Journal:

Dust Storm produces a deep red sky in Australia [photos]

I enjoy widespread color disasters like the recent dust storm in Sydney Australia this week.

Southeastern Australian soil is composed of weathered ferric rocks. The iron makes the resulting clay minerals—like nontronite, saponite, and volkonsokite—orange-ish. This process is certainly not unique to the land Down Under. Many regions started out orange but eventually transitioned to brown or black as vegetation sprang up in the fertile clay and composted into dark organic matter. The climate around Sydney is too arid for trees and shrubs to proliferate, so the area retains its original hue. (via slate )

Below are some true colors I enjoyed from Flickr, and also check out photos by Reuters Click for the flickr page…

Sydney Dust Storm Tall Ship by john davey2008.

Sydney Dust storm 23 september 2009 21 by GuyInBondi.

red morning, North Sydney...actual color... by markpinto26919.Strangely tone-matched this morning by andr3w.reilly.

Bookish @ Adobe Books Backroom Gallery [art tonight]

Update: (image from the room)
Screen shot 2009-09-26 at 3.35.49 PM

Bookish, in the Adobe Books Backroom Gallery Screen shot 2009-09-22 at 4.49.11 PM

22 September – October 25, 2009
Where: Adobe Books Back gallery

3166 16th Street, SF, CA [Facebook event]

Curated by Devon Bella

Adobe Books Backroom Gallery presents Bookish, the inaugural exhibition celebrating the Backroom Gallery’s recent renovation and exciting transformation. To mark this special occasion, and to call attention to the position of the gallery within the context of the famed Adobe Bookshop, the exhibition will feature a range of artistic practices that share the book as an object of inquiry. Through various media including sculpture, painting, photography and social practice, each artist will animate varying questions based on our relationships to books.

Patricia Augsburger
Jennifer Brandon
Sonya Derman
Harrell Fletcher
Katie Herzog
Arthur Huang
Jennie Ottinger
Nat Russell
Orion Shepherd
Sonny Smith
Michael Swaine
Nicolas Torres
Jina Valentine
Scot Velardo

Screen shot 2009-09-22 at 4.59.33 PM
Photo via Adobe books backroom  blog


Little Paper Planes

Conrad Bakker: “Ebay/Depression Glass”


Sold on Ebay in the Depression era glassware category, Conrad Bakker’s recent paintings will support the hungry in E. Illinois. With already a few bids and a shout out from SFMOMA his work will help a lot of people. (info here)

Beginning Friday, September 18, 2009, each of these paintings will be auctioned on eBay in the [Pottery & Glass > Glass > Glassware > Depression] category and the profits will be donated to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank, a local charitable organization whose goal is to alleviate hunger in eastern Illinois by providing a reliable source of food for the hungry through cooperation with a network of food pantries and agencies.

Get thee to the Ebay!

September 8th, 2009 in Grand Lake + Denver Colorado [photos]

Day 1 of a short adventure with my father in the hinterlands of his elders:
Directions in Grand Lake, CO


Paul Morgan (dad) & Monnie Walter (the daughter-in-law of my Dad’s mother’s cousin). Her husband’s mom was one of two daughters whose cabin my father chilled in as a 10 year old.  Behind them is Grand Lake, and Mt. Craig. (map).
A commemorative hatchet from Washington’s Inauguration in 1789 presented by Monnie Walters
(detail of the Washington Inaugural Hatchet)
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