Friday, April 17, 2015

Market Street Prototyping Festival

Last Friday night and then again on Saturday afternoon we hit up various chunks of the Market Street Prototyping Festival. Arranged along both sides of the street on five different blocks of Market, ranging from Civic Center to the Embarcadero, lots of different very creative folks had put together rough mock-ups of a wide variety of things--mostly interactive in some way or another--that they think out to exist and be built for real and permanently installed on this busy thoroughfare for pedestrians to use and enjoy (and, indeed, apparently some number of them actually really will be). I don't know if this event was designed with little kids in mind, but Mabel and the many other children we saw there adored it. She wanted to interact with every single thing. If none of this is making very much sense--what were these things? art? design? carpentry? all of the above?--just take a gander at these whole bunch of photos and see if that makes it any clearer. It might.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Next Up in the Newish Poem Series That We're Making Happen About the Summer of 2006

June 9, 2006
Strange phenomenon this morning

When I scrunched up a bunch of my hair in my fist
in order to blow-dry it wavy as I am wont to do
shot a blast of hot air right straight at it with the dryer
and a cloud of steam rose up from my head in a puff
I’d never seen it that happen like that before

image source is here

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Come Hang Out Tonight!

This is the Chronicle Books Metreon Store. Doesn't it just look like someplace you'd like to go at 7:00 tonight to hear me and two of my super esteemed colleagues talk about the behind-the-scenes fun of making art books, plus enjoy refreshments, plus get 25% off anything you buy? Still not convinced? Check out details here. Or just take more of a gander:

To get there, just walk down Fourth Street until you're beneath the second-to-the-farthest-right bulls-eye in the photo below:

At which point you'll see this (and come on in!): 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Mary Watson Nooe (1947-2014)

I talked last week about how we went to Bill's hometown of Raleigh over spring break to remember his mother, who died this past winter. And it occurred to me that it would also be good to remember her here as well. She was a fierce, passionate, and deeply loving woman. We miss her like hell. I've rustled up a few photos--above, one of her in her youth, and below in various stages of grandmotherhood.

Monday, April 13, 2015


Bill went away on a trip. Then he came back and I took this picture.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Here Is The Next Poem in the Poem Series About the Summer of 2006 for Your Delectation

June 8, 2006
This morning I really noticed

the astonishing amount of
public exhibitionism
that is accepted
if not indeed expected
in this town

Within one single block we had
two homeless people having a shouting match
two christian ladies
one ranting into a microphone
one waving up at jesus
and a guy getting a chair massage on the corner
from the gimmicky new masseuses
who’ve just opened up shop nearby

And then at lunch
they were giving away
pink ice cream sandwiches