Looking to swim laps in the East Bay? We have some awesome pools here. Here’s my roundup so far, after swimming morning laps this side of the Bay for almost a year:
The Richmond Plunge in Richmond, CA (hours and info). $5 for a day pass. This is as good as it gets – the Cathedral of Bay area swimming pools. Built in 1926, this community ‘natatorium’ was renovated and reopened in 2010 after several decades of decay. Everything about the place is awesome, and the staff is friendly too.
Continue reading The Best Lap Swim Pools in the East Bay
Want a model railroad layout inside your house that takes up almost no space and is barely visible? Got a rectangular room with picture rail (aka moulding) around the perimeter? You’re in luck… read on.
Continue reading How to Build a Picture Rail Railway
While researching poster art for my virtual poster display, I’ve stumbled upon some great online collections. They’re hard to find, because great posters are mostly privately owned or buried in a museum vault, invisible except for the occasional book or auction catalog. Here’s some of the best I’ve found online so far. I’ll continue to add to this list:
How Posters Work: The Cooper-Hewitt Collection. This stunning set of 172 images is from an exhibition Cooper-Hewitt mounted in 2015.
In their words: “How Posters Work demonstrates how some of the world’s most creative designers have employed and pushed the boundaries of two-dimensional design, harnessed the mechanics and psychology of perception, and mastered the art of storytelling to produce powerful acts of visual communication. Many of the posters on view are the work of revered American designers, such as Paul Rand, Ivan Chermayeff, and Milton Glaser.”
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Stopped in to see who was playing tonight after my bluegrass jam class at the Freight and Salvage, and it turned out to be this guy Alan Doyle and his band The Beautiful Gypsies. He’s a Canadian musician, known for having been in a folk rock band called Great Big Sea, plus a few acting gigs.
And he can really rock.
Continue reading Alan Doyle Rocks the Freight
I went to my first official ‘house concert’ today – what’s up with these? I’d been hearing about them for years but didn’t go… they seemed secretive and hard to figure out.
Continue reading House Concerts: Worth Going
The late 1960s and early ’70s were a period of intense innovation in poster design, from psychedelic music posters to political protest posters. The San Francisco Bay Area was a hub for both. And these posters, almost 50 years later, are still really great.
Continue reading Berkeley Protest Posters, 1968 to ’73
When the sun rose on BART in 1972, it was a joyous, miraculous thing – the future had arrived. At least according to this book, which I bought at the Fort Mason Book Bay (now Reader’s Cafe). It’s a very cool promotional piece, and I thought others might want to see it too.
Continue reading BART’s Launch Marketing, 1972