|If your American barista tries to serve it in a ceramic cup; stop him/her and ask him to use a "rocks" bar glass or a gibraltar glass (between 4 and 41/2 ounces.|
Saturday, October 1, 2022
Friday, September 30, 2022
The more attention there is on Iran, the more the Islamic Republic is under pressure.
GUEST BLOG / By Holly Dagres via Conde Nast--By now, the world knows her name: Mahsa "Jina" Amini (pictured above). On September 13, the 22-year-old ethnic Kurdish woman was arrested in the capital Tehran by the so-called "morality police" for "violating" mandatory hejab.
According to her brother, it was two hours between the time she was taken from the police station to the hospital. After spending three days in an ICU-it is widely believed that the morality police had brutally beaten her-Amini died on September 16.
That's when her story, initially a Persian language hashtag (#Mahsa_Amini), spread like a wildfire throughout the country only to turn into widescale protests in 30 out of 31 provinces. Here's the latest on the protests, how to follow the latest developments, and how to help the women participating in Iran.
Women and Gen Z are leading the charge Mandatory hejab has always been seen as a symbol of repression under the Islamic Republic and one of the key tools to control women, who make up 60 percent of the country's university graduates. While women are at the forefront of these protests-removing, and in some instances, burning their headscarves, and even cutting their hair-this is very much a youth-facing movement, led by Iranian Generation Z (Gen Z).
Like their western counterparts, this is a tech-savvy generation that has grown up with the internet and social media-albeit heavily censored, as 35 percent of the most popular sites, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, are blocked. Sixty percent of Iran's 84 million population is under the age of 30 and are ruled by an aging clerical establishment-Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is 83-years-old-with which they have little to nothing in common.
Thanks to certain circumvention tools to bypass internet censorship, Iranians can see how the rest of the world lives and are also able to share on social media and chat about the injustices and double standards in their own society. Anger has been bubbling beneath the surface of this generation for some time now.
Why these demonstrations feel different than past protests
Since December 2017, Iranians across the sociopolitical spectrum have been taking to the streets in the country to demonstrate against mismanagement, corruption, and to voice general disillusionment with the Islamic Republic.
So, while protests are not new in Iran, the fact that the current movement is being led by a younger generation is unparalleled and significant. What's also important to note is that these protests are not just about the morality police or mandatory hejab, but rather about fighting the larger status quo.
Protesters in the streets of numerous cities and provincial towns are saying that they no longer want an Islamic Republic, as evident by the chants of
"Death to Khamenei,"
"Khamenei is a murderer, his guardianship is invalid,"
"I don't want, I don't want an Islamic Republic,"
"This year is bloody, Seyed Ali [Khamenei] will be overthrown," and
"I will fight, I will die, I will take back Iran."
The role of social media-and where to get the latest updates
Over the years, the internet has played a crucial role in spreading information about demonstrations across Iran and has given the international community, media outlets, and Western-based human rights organizations the ability to document and bring attention to the human rights violations committed by security forces.
The internet is also the only way for Iranians to get their voices out in the world. As one activist told me, "Social media is our only hope for making changes here. It has been our way of communicating with the world when we had no other chance." Recognizing the threat of the internet, authorities have in the past implemented a total internet shutdown.
For example, in November 2019 nationwide protests were prompted by a fuel price hike; according to a report by Amnesty International, "authorities deliberately blocked Internet access inside Iran, hiding the true extent of the horrendous human rights violations that they were carrying out across the country."
Even as the current protests in Iran hit day 12 with dozens dead and thousands arrested, there seems to be no sign of them slowing down, for now. This is why keeping the internet on is so integral for the people of Iran and why, after many years, the U.S. government updated its general license for internet freedom on September 23.
Here are a few helpful resources for staying in the know with the latest protests in Iran:
Women activists and journalists:
--Mahsa Alimardani, researcher and advocate for Article19.org
--Roya Boroumand, co-founder of the Abdorrahman Boroumand Center
--Jasmin Ramsey, deputy director of the Center for Human Rights in Iran
--Azadeh Pourzand, human rights researcher and writer, and director of the Siamak Pourzand Foundation
--Gissou Nia, director of the Atlantic Council Strategic Litigation Project
--Golnaz Esfandiari, reporter covering Iran for Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty
--Masih Alinejad, Iranian journalist and activist
--The Abdorrahman Boroumand Center
--The Human Rights Activists News Agency
--The Center for Human Rights in Iran
How to help
There are other ways ordinary Americans can help the people of Iran such as by contacting their representatives, sharing factually correct news about what's happening inside Iran, and participating in solidarity protests in their respective cities.
Another way to help is by donating to U.S.-based human rights organizations that focus on Iran, such as Abdorrahman Boroumand Center, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) , and Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA).
About the Author: Holly Dagres, an Iranian-American, is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. She is the author of the report, Iranians on #SocialMedia. Follow her on Twitter: @hdagres.
Thursday, September 29, 2022
We all saw him. His name is Matthew Magee. He’s seven feet, two inches tall and he earned his place leading Queen Elizabeth’s funeral parade by being her private secretary for the past four years.
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
King Charles III has decided on his royal logo (cypher), which will appear on uniforms, official buildings, cruise ships, military significa, post boxes and many official signs and documents such as stamps, gates and passports.
The C stands for Charles and we all know he’s Charles, the third. The crown above the monogram is called the Tudor crown and it was used by obviously Tudor regents plus Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII and George VI.
It was designed by the College of Arms, which is an official body responsible for the country's flags and national symbols. It is understood that the new King picked the cypher from a selection designed by that organization.
Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Boats of every size, color, and ownership afloat on New York Harbor as the buildings fell on 9/11 came to the rescue of 500,000 fellow citizens trapped in Lower Manhattan. It took 9 hours.
Tom Hanks narrates the following documentary.
Monday, September 26, 2022
The Royal Family of Great Britain has released the following photo of the final resting place of Queen Elizabeth II. Shown at the King George VI Memorial Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Sunday, September 25, 2022
|We note with dismay that International Look Like Ann Margaret Day |
did not make this list.
However, the following list of national “days” is from Sandra Beckwith’s popular blog: BuildBookBuzz.com We’re reposting to give all time to prepare for National Mincemeat Day.
Who cannot smile on Moldy Cheese Day? And, if you don’t like that then move over to International Skeptics Day. Personally, I like Howl at the Moon Night.
We note with dismay that International Look Like Ann Margaret Day did not make this list.
• October 1 International Coffee Day
• October 2 Name Your Car Day
• October 3 National Boyfriends Day
• October 3 Techies Day
• October 5 National Kale Day
• October 6 Come and Take it Day
• October 7 World Smile Day
• October 9 Curious Events Day
• October 9 Moldy Cheese Day
• October 10 National Angel Food Cake Day
• October 12 Cookbook Launch Day
• October 12 Moment of Frustration Day
• October 12 National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day
• October 13 International Skeptics Day
• October 18 No Beard Day
• October 19 Evaluate Your Life Day
• October 21 Babbling Day
• October 22 Smart is Cool Day
• October 25 Howl at the Moon Night
• October 26 National Mincemeat Day
• October 29 Hermit Day
• October 30 National Candy Corn Day
• October 31 Increase Your Psychic Powers Day
Saturday, September 24, 2022
|No matter whom or where you celebrate International Coffee Day is next Saturday, October 1.|
International Coffee Day is an occasion that is used to promote and celebrate coffee as a beverage, with events now occurring in places around the world. The first official date was 1 October 2015, as agreed by then International Coffee Organization and was launched in Milan, Italy. The idea stuck. Now, look for coffee deals leading up to the big day.
CLICK HERE to learn everything about the history of coffee to the founding of International Coffee Day.
Friday, September 23, 2022
GUEST BLOG / By Brent Schutte, CFA, is chief investment officer of the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company--The latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) reading released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics reignited the narrative that inflation remains sticky and that the Federal Reserve will need to maintain its aggressive stance on rates if it hopes to break the cycle of rising prices.
Headline CPI for August came in at 8.3 percent year-over-year — up 0.1 percent on a month-over-month basis. Core CPI was up 0.6 percent from July’s reading. The one-month changes for both headline and core were more than expected and caught investors off guard, particularly considering virtually all the forward-looking data released in the past several weeks indicate inflation is easing. The one sticking point remains a tight labor market, however it is important to remember that labor is a lagging economic indicator and as demand continues to slow, the employment picture is likely to soften. As if to punctuate the slowing demand narrative, FedEx released earnings a week ago that came in below expectations as management cited a slowdown in demand for shipping products. As we’ve noted in the past, the Fed is focused on two goals: 1) slowing consumer demand to allow supply levels to rebuild and 2) ensuring that inflation expectations remain anchored. As we’ve detailed in previous commentaries, and continued to see in data last week, demand is slowing, inventories are rising and companies have become less inclined to raise prices. All this while inflation expectations remain anchored.
Put simply, the Fed’s rate hikes are working. We point this out to emphasize the importance of real-time and forward-looking measures in providing context for backward-looking data in reports such as CPI. The “most-of-the-inflation-is-here-to-stay” crowd focuses on the actual number and comments that it is “broad and sticky.”
While that is true, we believe it paints an inadequate picture. Indeed, a closer look at the latest CPI report also provides some insight into what is behind the “sticky” uptick in core inflation and why the numbers may be painting a distorted picture. One of the primary drivers of the higher core reading was shelter, a category which is sticky and accounted for a full 40 percent of the month-over-month increase.
According to the latest survey the category, which includes rent and the so-called owners’ rent equivalent (a measure of how much in rent homeowners believe they would receive for renting out their homes) was up .7 percent month-over month and 6.2 percent above the August 2021 reading. However, housing is a lagging indicator and plateauing or falling home prices can take as long as 12 to 18 months to show up in CPI surveys.
As we’ve noted in recent weeks, data has shown a dramatic cool-off in the real estate market with demand plummeting and some recent surveys pointing to a drop in home prices. As such, we believe the core number is artificially inflated and the stickiness is a function of how we measure CPI. However, future readings will likely move lower as slowing home prices begin to filter into the data.
As we’ve noted in the past, the Federal Reserve views the Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) Index as its preferred measure of inflation; however, the CPI is still a factor in the Fed’s decision-making process. When reviewing CPI data, the Fed wants to measure how broad it is and focuses on trimmed mean CPI and median CPI. Here too, the data is messy.
Essentially, these two calculations attempt to reduce distortions in the overall data by excluding outliers so that a one-off reading for an input that is unusually high or low doesn’t have an outsized impact on the weighted average for all categories. While these approaches are generally effective in preventing distortions, they do have limitations.
For example, August’s trimmed mean reading came in at 7.2 percent year-over-year while the median was up 6.7 percent from the same time a year ago. Although both numbers are high and therefore inflation appears widespread, they provide a single snapshot of a rapidly changing scene. Usually, these measures capture price pressures that are moving in the same direction across both the services and goods sectors. In the most recent data, goods inflation was measured at 7.1 percent, while services inflation was a strong 6.2 percent.
However, the latest goods reading is well off its recent peak of more than 12 percent, while the level for services is edging higher as consumers rotate away from buying products and instead spend on experiences. It’s also important to note that the services reading includes housing, which as we’ve detailed, has a lagging impact on CPI. Put another way, price pressures for goods and services are like two ships passing in the night in different directions. This will alleviate the “broadness” in the numbers in the coming months.
Whether the Fed heeds the improving direction of inflation and acknowledge the anomalies in some of the lagging indicators like CPI, is yet to be determined. We believe the board of governors needs to recognize the impact recent rate hikes are already having and will continue to exert on the economic and inflation in the coming months. Demand has stalled, supply and inventories have grown, and inflation expectations are anchored.
We have had back-to-back negative Gross Domestic Product readings on the back of slow consumer spending and recent estimates from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta pegs third-quarter GDP growth at just .5 percent; the economy is either in a recession or at the very least on the cusp of one. An objective analysis by the Fed would indicate a ratcheting down of rate hikes would be in order following this week’s widely expected .75 percent increase.
However, we fear that echoes of stubborn inflation from the 1970s may be too much for the Board to block out and given their heightened concerns they may feel compelled to stick with their hawkish approach until even the lagging indicators show that price pressures have subsided.
Wall Street wrap
We view the latest inflation data as a pothole in what we long believed would be a bumpy road toward easing inflation and a slowing economy. Data released last week reaffirmed that growth continues to slow, inventories are being rebuilt and inflation is in the process of ebbing.
Sluggish retail sales: Retail sales were up .3 percent in August according to the latest report from the U.S. Census Bureau. However, the uptick came on the heels of a .4 percent downward revision to July’s count, further underscoring slowing demand.
Year-over-year retail sales were up 9.1 percent; although, it is important to remember that these readings are not adjusted for inflation. When inflation is accounted for, we expect retail sales will be flat for the 12-month period. With retail sales hitting a plateau against rebuilt and elevated inventories, we expect retailers will face eroding pricing power going forward and may have to resort to discounting should demand slow further.
Easing prices from independent businesses: The latest survey from the National Federation of Independent Business showed 53 percent of those surveyed raised prices in August, down 3 percentage points from July and well below the 66 percent reading in March. Perhaps more telling for the outlook of inflation going forward, just 32 percent of respondents expect to raise prices in the coming three months — down from July’s reading of 37 percent.
By comparison, as recently as May, 51 percent expected to charge more for goods. Also of note in the survey was the net employment reading (businesses hiring versus those cutting positions) was -8 percent. While some of the differences may be due to challenges in finding suitable employees, hiring plans have eased with 21 percent of businesses reporting plans to add workers, down from a recent high of 32 percent.
Slowing demand and costs in manufacturing: Both the Empire State Manufacturing Survey and the Manufacturing Business Outlook Survey from Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia paint a picture of a weakening economy brought on by slowing demand.
First up is the Empire State report for the influential New York region which showed views of general business conditions at a paltry reading of net -1.5. Worse yet was the reading in the Philadelphia survey which pegged the diffusion index business conditions (positive versus negative) at -9.9 for September.
While the surveys pointed to weakening demand for manufacturers, they also highlighted a dramatic reduction in cost pressures for manufacturers. Readings for prices paid in the Empire survey fell 16 points since August, down to 39.6. That level is also 46 points lower than readings registered in April 2022. Similarly, the prices received in the most recent New York survey dropped nine points to 23.6 — the lowest level since early 2021.
Prices paid in the Philadelphia survey also showed improvements coming in at a reading of 29.8, down 14 points from August and at the lowest level since December 2020. Anchored expectations: Inflation expectations continue to ratchet down according to the latest from the University of Michigan Sentiment survey.
Expectations for inflation in the coming year came in at 4.6 percent, down .2 percent from the prior month’s reading and well off the 5.4 percent registered in March and April of this year. Likewise, consumers now expect inflation five to 10 years in the future to be just 2.8 percent.
Compare today’s long-term expectations with the early 1980s when consumers expected price increases to run at 9.7 percent over the next five to 10 years. Put simply, the heavy lifting the Fed did under Paul Volker’s watch to break the back of excessive inflation is still paying dividends today with consumers still expecting price pressures to remain anchored in the years ahead.
Long-term inflation expectations are important and a measure the Fed watches because they influence buyer behavior. If consumers believe inflation will continue to be elevated, they are more likely to buy early in hopes of beating the next price hike. This type of behavior can put additional strain on supply chains and create upward spiraling price pressures. To date, we are not seeing these concerns playout in demand. Instead, data on everything from retail sales to housing to consumer’s views of current buying conditions suggest that buyers are delaying purchases as they wait out current rising prices.
Finally, wage expectations in the survey further underscore how the backdrop we are seeing now is far different than that of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Despite the discussion of a tight labor market and current high wages, consumers expect a paltry increase in their household income of just 1.7 percent in the coming year. By comparison, during the stagflation years, respondents expected wage increases of between 5 and 6.5 percent annually.
The current muted expectations are likely to translate to a more conservative consumer and further softening of demand.
The week ahead
• Monday: A week heavy on housing reports kicks off mid-morning with the Home Builders Index from the National Association of Home Builders. We’ll be focusing on inventory levels as well as looking for signs that demand continues to cool.
• Wednesday: All eyes will be on the Federal Reserve as it releases its statement following its monthly meeting. The Fed has raised rates by 75 basis points in back-to-back meetings and we expect it will once again opt for a three-quarters of a point hike this week. We will be watching the Fed’s statement for indications of how it is balancing backward-looking inflation data against more recent numbers that point to a slowing economy and easing cost pressures, as well as its comments on the current state of economic conditions. The latest numbers on existing home sales will be released mid-morning by the National Association of Realtors. The report, along with the new homes data out earlier in the week, should provide a clearer picture of whether the rapid cooling of the real estate market has continued as mortgage rates move higher.
• Thursday: The Conference Board’s latest Leading Economic Index (LEI) survey will be a key release during the week. Recent reports have suggested the U.S. economy is inching toward a recession. We will be examining the data to determine whether the pace of softening has accelerated.
• Friday: We’ll get an update on the health of manufacturing and services in the U.S. when S&P Global releases its Flash Purchasing Manufacturers Index reports for September. Demand for goods is well down from levels seen in the initial stages of COVID while supply has steadily returned near or equal to pre-COVID levels. We’ll be watching for signs that the imbalance between supply and demand continues to heal.
Thursday, September 22, 2022
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Wednesday, September 21, 2022
King Bushrod Washington (the first) inherited the American throne from
King George Washington, the first in 1799.
A fanciful but fascinating glimpse into American history by an amateur historical sleuth and professional chart maker.
BLOG / By Holden DeMayo, Editor-in-Chief, PillartoPost.org—As a result of Queen Elizabeth II’s recent passing there has been a plethora of royal mentions dominating news cycles worldwide.
If you’re a regular connoisseur of PillartoPost.org online daily magazine it will come as no surprise this 11-year-old daily online magazine style publication enjoys taking back alley tours of major events.
For example, news of Great Britain’s royal succession led us to ponder if America would have happened if the nascent USA had adopted royal lines instead of the current Presidential mode of leadership. To this point, PillartoPost.org is not alone. A historical hobbyist Matt Baker has taken great interest in documenting (tongue in cheek, of course) who would be King of America?
Matt, who has created an exhaustive roster of who might have been who includes a well researched lineage chart showing who would have been king or queen of the United States from George I to today’s possible monarch King Larry.
|Matt, the first|
Early citizens might have ended the monarchy right there rather than to have a King Bushrod, the first.
Digress to reality. George Washington’s nephew in real life was appointed to the Supreme Court by President John Adams, a post Bushrod held until 1829.
But we all know America never had a king until 2016. We digress. But, the U.S. has had its share of odd named presidents Millard Fillmore and Rutherford B. Hayes to only name two. And, yes we’ve had our own Tom (Jefferson), Dick (Nixon) and Harry (Truman). And that hasn’t worked out so bad—that is until 2016. We digress again.
In the meantime, long live President Joe. For more on Matt Baker’s chart series CLICK HERE.
And, for the King Bushrod video CLICK HERE.
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Monday, September 19, 2022
Before the funeral service began for Queen Elizabeth II (11 am Monday London time), Westminister Abbey’s Tenor Bell tolled once a minute for 96 minutes—one toll for each year of the queen’s life.
|West facing facade of Westminister Abbey with Big Ben upper left along the Thames River.|
Sunday, September 18, 2022
NORTH BEACH: ETHNIC SALAD
On tourist brochures and rent-a-car maps, San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood is labeled as the city’s Little Italy. In the old days—the real old days—it was known as the Barbary Coast. Today, it’s no different from Boston’s Southside, San Diego’s India Street or Lower Eastside Manhattan. Ethnic urban neighborhoods are as old as Yankee Doodle. They seldom change, even when suburban flight takes most of the families. Divorced mothers now live atop bakeries, cobblers, and hardware stores. Rents are skyrocketing in North Beach. Poorer families had to share cheaper rentals with sleaze, which began moving in with peep show and Lotto emporium liquor stores as they replaced florists and tailors. Gone are the days when cops on the beat sweated the little stuff. Now, strong-arm artists walk unintimidated, preying on the elderly. Patrolman Ezra Ounce longed for the North Beach of his grandfather, when it was a white Irish and Italian enclave. Now more immigrants cram into what used to be Irish storefronts.
Save ethnic North Beach.
Save the shops. Keep the tourist traps out.
Save Little Ireland. Save Little Italy.
Save your breath.
North Beach is an ethnic blur. It is one giant layer of overlays. It isn’t just Chinese, Irish, or Italian—it’s Mexican, Armenian, Arab or Eastern European. Everyone pays rent to Chinese landlords because the Asian mind and wallet invested heavily into land when it was cheap. The Chinese landlords realize tourists are good for busi- ness. They’re the ones who are buying and maintaining Italian-Irish businesses. They understand boundaries. Chinese and Anglos overlap like some giant overlay map. The Asian is willing to share the same physical space without grandiose displays to acknowledge it’s their turf.
All bump into each coming out of T-shirt or pizza-by-the-slice parlors. It’s a condominium form of social reality. There can be a Chinese wholesale grocer next to an Irish-American bar like Cortland & James. On the wholesale side, you won’t find one gringo—nor will you find an Asian family having an overpriced meal at DeLuca’s. Chinese landlords own North Beach and Chinatown, except for the very wealthy homes and condominium buildings on Telegraph and Russian Hill. It used to be only the white kids had the cars. Now, everyone has wheels and guns in a city that has no room for either. Did I mention everyone in this seven by seven-mile burg is on life support because it is fucking dying as we speak.
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Saturday, September 17, 2022
Friday, September 16, 2022
There’s outdoor music planned for San Diego's historic Marston House rose garden TONIGHT and Sept. 30. The concerts are called Music at the Marston: Concerts for Historic Preservation. The music series showcases some of San Diego’s most celebrated singer-songwriters.
Performed round robin style, each concert spotlights three artists sharing the stage, music, and stories, making for an intimate and engaging program for all. Tickets for each show are limited and advance purchase is encouraged.
Venue: Marston House - 3525 Seventh Avenue, San Diego 92103
Tonight’s Singer Musicians:
Sandé Lollis is known for her songwriting, her ability to paint a storyboard, and her strong vocal presence. Her songs are a blend of heartfelt and thoughtful lyrics and original melodies that inspire reminiscing and reflecting, her performance is soulful and wholly uplifting. Lollis' solo album Being Human was nominated best Americana album of the year in 2022 at the San Diego Music Awards, while her band, Enter the Blue Sky, has been nominated best Americana band of the year three times.
Mark Montijo builds beautiful bridges between the deeply personal and universally relatable. American Songwriter Magazine called the title track of his recent album, HISTORY, “remarkable,” and two-time Grammy Award winner Rodney Crowell could only offer the word “congratulations” when he attempted to critique it. Another Montijo song, the yet unreleased “Someone Can Fly” earned him an Outstanding Achievement in Songwriting Award at the 19th Annual Great American Song Contest. Mark Montijo’s rare live performances are always “special events.”
Eric Neilson is local singer-songwriter who often performs with his RC-300 looper. His style ranges from blues to folk to neo-soul. He writes thoughtful, introspective lyrics, which serve as his outlet for personal growth. When not performing, Neilson is supporting the local music scene via his YouTube channel, DharmaDen Sessions.
The Marston House Museum Shop will be open especially for concertgoers. Become a member of SOHO, save $2 on each concert ticket, and take advantage of a membership discount of 15% when shopping and perhaps even get a jump on your holiday gift list. Your purchases fund historic preservation. The health and wellbeing of our members and supporters, as well as our staff and volunteers, is our first priority and masks are appreciated.
Purchase Tickets $10 SOHO Members • $12 Non members Online HERE
By Phone (619) 297-9327 or if space allows at event day inside the Museum Shop.
Parking: There is no parking on Seventh Avenue. Utilize the ample free parking all along Balboa Drive, Sixth Avenue, Upas and Thorn Streets. Parking for disabled or elderly: Friends or family should deliver disabled or elderly guests to the front of the Museum Shop and assist them in their arrival.
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Geisel Library is the main library building of the University of California, San Diego. It is named in honor of major cash donors Audrey and Theodor Geisel.
The building's distinctive architecture, described as occupying "a fascinating nexus between brutalism and futurism", has resulted in its being featured in the UC San Diego logo and becoming the most recognizable building on campus.
The library was designed by William Pereira and opened in 1970 as the Central Library. It was renovated in 1993 and rededicated as the University Library Building, and renamed Geisel Library in 1995. Pereira’s distinctive original building was designed to sit at the head of a canyon.
The building's arches, in combination with the design of the individual floors, are intended to look like hands holding up a stack of books. William Pereira & Associates prepared a detailed report in 1969. Pereira originally conceived a steel-framed building, but this was changed to reinforced concrete to save on construction and maintenance costs.
This change of material presented an opportunity for a more sculptural design, as well as opening up interior spaces that would have been bisected by steel trusses. Prior to construction, a 1/2-scale model of one of the outer columns was built and subjected to various tests.
It was envisioned that future additions to the original building would form terraced levels around the tower base descending into the canyon. In keeping with the original master plan, these are "deliberately designed to be subordinated to the strong, geometrical form of the existing library."
Within its two subterranean levels are the other library sections as well as study spaces and computer labs. The building has been described by Architecture Daily as occupying "a fascinating nexus between brutalism and futurism". Its tower rises 8 stories to a height of 110 ft (33.5 m). The five upper stories of the tower house collections, individual study space, and group study rooms. –Wikipedia.
Other major works associated with William Pereira
|Transamerica Pyramid, San Francisco|
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5900 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles
Los Angeles Times 1973 Annex
CBS Television City, Los Angeles
Marineland of the Pacific, Palos Verdes
Prudential Tower, Boston
|LAX Theme Building|
General Atomic, La Jolla
Grossmont Hospital, San Diego County
San Diego International Airport
San Francisco International Airport 1972
St. Francis Hotel, Westin Expansion
San Diego Naval Hospital Expansion
Tuesday, September 13, 2022
|First Lady at 28 years.|
walked away, hiding that noble, ugly face that we might not catch the full expression of its misery.
While in command of the USS Bat in the month of March, 1865, attached to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, Rear Admiral David Porter commanding, I received orders to proceed without delay to Washington, and report in person to the Secretary of the Navy.