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Sunday, March 31, 2024

AMERICANA / BOEING’S FATAL FLAW / FRONTLINE PBS REPORT


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BOEING FATAL FLAW, A PBS FRONTLINE REPORT

As new questions arise about Boeing’s troubled 737 Max jet, FRONTLINE and The New York Times update an award-winning investigation into the design, oversight and production of a plane that was involved in two crashes that killed 346 people. 

In October 2018, a Boeing 737 Max passenger jet crashed shortly after takeoff off the coast of Indonesia. Five months later, following an eerily similar flight pattern, another 737 Max 8 went down in Ethiopia. Everyone on board the flights died. "Boeing's Fatal Flaw" tells the inside story of what led up to the crashes — revealing how intense market pressure and failed oversight contributed to tragic deaths and a catastrophic crisis for one of the world’s most iconic industrial names. This updated documentary also examines what’s happened since the original PBS film first aired in 2021, including the January 2024 Alaska Airlines incident where a panel blew off a Boeing 737 Max jet’s body midair, and how Boeing has responded. 

 Explore additional reporting related to "Boeing’s Fatal Flaw" on our website: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/do... #Documentary #Boeing #737Max #AirlineSafety 

This journalism is made possible by viewers like you. Support your local PBS station here: https://www.pbs.org/donate 

Saturday, March 30, 2024

COFFEE BEANS & BEINGS / A CUP WITH BRIGITTE ON A MOVIE SET


Sipping an espresso, Brigitte Bardot, 30, is photographed on the set of "Le Mepris" ("Contempt"). The 1963 French new wave drama was directed and written by Jean Luc-Godard, based on the 1954 Italian novel, “Il Dispresso. 

Legendary German film director Fritz Lang has a cameo appearance playing himself. 

Actress Bardot in a scene from the film "Le Mepris" ("Contempt" in English).

The self-conscious movie believed by many to simply showcase Bardot's stunning nude body was filmed on location in and around Casa Malaparte.  The neo-surreal villa was built on Punta Masullo (east side of Italian island of Capri) for writer Curzio Malaparte. Designed and built between 1937 and 1942, the modernistic gem still exists although it has been renovated and is currently privately owned.  

True to its name, this column wanders from one topic to another sometimes with little segue.  In keeping with that chaos of creativity we digress to the first owner of Casa Malaparte.  Perhaps, the Hunter Thompson of his day, Curzio Malaparte (1898-1957) was born of a German father and Italian mother.  His real name was Curt Erich Suckert.  Malaparte became his pen name, a Gonzo literary device because it was the antithesis of Napoleon Buonaparte: good side/bad side.  For example, in two works by Curzio [Kaputt, 1944 and The Skin, 1944], he tries to live up to his bad boy reputation as a journalist and writer provocateur.

Journalist/Author Curzio Malaparte in the living room of his seaside villa

In a curiosity of history, Malaparte was banished from Rome because he had a falling out with the Fascist leaders then in power in Italy.  Like Napoleon Buonaparte's exiles to Elba and St. Helena, Curzio Malaparte was "deported" in style to  a truly gorgeous spit of land jutting out into the Bay of Salerno, near Naples.  How the political exile got his money to build the Casa might make for a better plot and movie than Le Mepris, n'est-ce-pas?

It can be said he is remembered best for his house and not his career.  The house lives on.  It appeared in the second half of the Bardot flick and impressively it is featured prominently in a Louis Vuitton commercial. A very young American actress stars in the commercial.  See link below:

https://www.metalocus.es/en/news/casa-malaparte-house-all-fashion-brands-want

Photo of Brigitte (in public domain) by Marceau-Cocinor/Les Films Concordia/ Georges de Beauregard/ Carlo Ponti/ Collection Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images).

Casa Malaparte by architect Adalberto Libera





In this image the stairs leading to the villa from the sea are visible as is the coy privacy wall atop the roof, where Bardot was sunbathing.

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Curzio Malaparte was a disaffected supporter of Mussolini with a taste for danger and high living. Sent by Corriere della Sera, an Italian paper during World War II to cover the fighting on the Eastern Front, Malaparte wrote Kaputt, which became an international bestseller when it was published after the war. 

Telling of the siege of Leningrad, of glittering dinner parties with Nazi leaders, and of trains disgorging bodies in war-devastated Romania, Malaparte paints a picture of humanity at its most depraved. Kaputt is an insider’s dispatch from the world of the enemy that is as hypnotically fascinating as it is disturbing.  The work remains available on the Internet.

Friday, March 29, 2024

FRIDAY FAREWELLS / DON’T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU ON THE ASS ON THE WAY-OUT


NBC has dropped its newest contributor, former Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel, following public backlash and concern from the network's top talent. 

McDaniel, a Trump ally, was hired two weeks after stepping down from her RNC role. 

NPR's David Folkenflik says hiring McDaniel brought questions of whether her loyalties lie with NBC's audience, newsroom, Trump or her own career aspirations. He says this incident would make Republicans trust the network less than "if they had done nothing with McDaniel to begin with." 

Bottom line: See ya!

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

DESIGN / DEZEEN REVEALS NEW/OLD NOTRE DAME SPIRE

2024

From #Dezeen online architectural magazine: 

The reconstructed spire of Notre-Dame Cathedral has been revealed in Paris, with a design identical to the 1859 version designed by architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc. 

Eugene Viollet-le-duc

1859


Monday, March 25, 2024

LOCAL / SAN DIEGO STATE GOES DANCIN' TO SWEET 16


For the second year in a row, the San Diego State mens basketball team has advanced to the NCAA national tournament.  Last year, the Aztecs lost to UConn in the final game.  Next game will be against UConn!

Most of this blog's staff are SDSU alums.

HELL YA!

MEDIA MONDAY / IT’S AN HONOR

Clifton Pollard, left and Sylvester Smith were two of the gravediggers who prepared the grave, where President John F. Kennedy was laid to rest. Photo by Gary Cameron, The Washington Post/Getty Images.

Noted New York Herald-Tribune columnist writes about JFK’s gravedigger. Via the Library of America.

GUEST BLOG / By Jimmy Breslin, author of “Can’t Anybody Here Play This Game?” -- Clifton Pollard was pretty sure he was going to be working on Sunday, so when he woke up at 9 a.m. in his three-room apartment on Corcoran Street, he put on khaki overalls before going into the kitchen for breakfast. His wife, Nettie, made bacon and eggs for him. Pollard was in the middle of eating them when he received the phone call he had been expecting. 

It was from Mazo Kawalchik, who is the foreman of the gravediggers at Arlington National Cemetery, which is where Pollard works for a living. “Polly, could you please be here by eleven o’clock this morning?” Kawalchik asked. “I guess you know what it’s for.” 

Pollard did. 

He hung up the phone, finished breakfast, and left his apartment so he could spend Sunday digging a grave for John Fitzgerald Kennedy. 

When Pollard got to the row of yellow wooden garages where the cemetery equipment is stored, Kawalchik and John Metzler, the cemetery superintendent, were waiting for him. 

 “Sorry to pull you out like this on a Sunday,” Metzler said. 

“Oh, don’t say that,” Pollard said. “Why, it’s an honor for me to be here.” Pollard got behind the wheel of a machine called a reverse hoe. Gravedigging is not done with men and shovels at Arlington. The reverse hoe is a green machine with a yellow bucket which scoops the earth toward the operator, not away from it as a crane does. 

At the bottom of the hill in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Pollard started the digging. Leaves covered the grass. When the yellow teeth of the reverse hoe first bit into the ground, the leaves made a threshing sound which could be heard above the motor of the machine. 

When the bucket came up with its first scoop of dirt, Metzler, the cemetery superintendent, walked over and looked at it. “That’s nice soil,” Metzler said. 

 “I’d like to save a little of it,” Pollard said. “The machine made some tracks in the grass over here and I’d like to sort of fill them in and get some good grass growing there, I’d like to have everything, you know, nice.” 

James Winners, another gravedigger, nodded. He said he would fill a couple of carts with this extra-good soil and take it back to the garage and grow good turf on it. 

 “JFK was a good man,” Pollard said. 

“Yes, he was,” Metzler said. 

“Now they’re going to come and put him right here in this grave I’m making up,” Pollard said. “You know, it’s an honor just for me to do this.” 

Pollard is forty-two. He is a slim man with a mustache who was born in Pittsburgh and served as a private in the 352d Engineers battalion in Burma in World War II. He is an equipment operator, grade 10, which means he gets $3.01 an hour. 

One of the last to serve John Fitzgerald Kennedy, who was the thirty-fifth President of this country, was a working man who earns $3.01 an hour and said it was an honor to dig the grave. 

 Yesterday morning, at 11:15, Jacqueline Kennedy started walking toward the grave. She came out from under the north portico of the White House and slowly followed the body of her husband, which was in a flag-covered coffin that was strapped with two black leather belts to a black caisson that had polished brass axles. 

She walked straight and her head was high. 

She walked down the bluestone and blacktop driveway and through shadows thrown by the branches of seven leafless oak trees. 

She walked slowly past the sailors who held up flags of the states of this country. 

She walked past silent people who strained to see her and then, seeing her, dropped their heads and put their hands over their eyes. 

She walked out the northwest gate and into the middle of Pennsylvania Avenue. 

She walked with tight steps and her head was high and she followed the body of her murdered husband through the streets of Washington. 

 Everybody watched her while she walked. She is the mother of two fatherless children and she was walking into the history of this country because she was showing everybody who felt old and helpless and without hope that she had this terrible strength that everybody needed so badly. 

Even though they had killed her husband and his blood ran onto her lap while he died, she could walk through the streets and to his grave and help us all while she walked. 

 There was Mass, and then the procession to Arlington. When she came up to the grave at the cemetery, the casket already was in place. It was set between brass railings and it was ready to be lowered into the ground. 

This must be the worst time of all, when a woman sees the coffin with her husband inside and it is in place to be buried under the earth. 

Now she knows that it is forever. 

Now there is nothing. 

There is no casket to kiss or hold with your hands. Nothing material to cling to. But she walked up to the burial area and stood in front of a row of six green-covered chairs and she started to sit down, but then she got up quickly and stood straight because she was not going to sit down until the man directing the funeral told her what seat he wanted her to take. 

 The ceremonies began, with jet planes roaring overhead and leaves falling from the sky. On this hill behind the coffin, people prayed aloud. They were cameramen and writers and soldiers and Secret Service men and they were saying prayers out loud and choking. 

In front of the grave, Lyndon Johnson kept his head turned to his right. He is President and he had to remain composed. It was better that he did not look at the casket and grave of John Fitzgerald Kennedy too often. 

 Then it was over and black limousines rushed under the cemetery trees and out onto the boulevard toward the White House. 

“What time is it?” a man standing on the hill was asked. He looked at his watch. “Twenty minutes past three,” he said. 

 Clifton Pollard wasn’t at the funeral. He was over behind the hill, digging graves for $3.01 an hour in another section of the cemetery. He didn’t know who the graves were for. He was just digging them and then covering them with boards. “They’ll be used,” he said. “We just don’t know when.” 

“I tried to go over to see the grave,” he said. “But it was so crowded a soldier told me I couldn’t get through. So I just stayed here and worked, sir. But I’ll get over there later a little bit. Just sort of look around and see how it is, you know. Like I told you, it’s an honor.” 

 First published in the New York Herald Tribune, November 26, 1963, and collected in The World of Jimmy Breslin (1967). © 1963 by Jimmy Breslin. Published by arrangement with the Jimmy Breslin Literary Trust. 

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Jimmy Breslin, right, holds court at Costello's Restaurant

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JFK gravesite, Arlington National Cemetery, November 25, 1963

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Saturday, March 23, 2024

HB2U / TODAY IS THIS BLOG'S BIRTHDAY / FOUNDED 2011

 


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Thursday, March 21, 2024

THE FOODIST / SHEER EGG-CELLENCE IN CHICKEN SHACK DESIGN

Why does it seem food tastes so much better if it's prepared at a take-out joint? Eh? 

 There is no right answer but let’s look at two such casual dining establishments being championed by Dezeen architectural online magazine. 


WILD SIDE.
Canadian studio called Amanda Hamilton Interior Design has used bold color blocking and neon lighting to give (above) this Calgary chicken shop a “1990s meets Memphis” feel. Called Strip Joint Chicken in Calgary’s East Village area, this splashy fast-casual joint serves “chicken fingers with a twist,” according to Dezeen.com. Photos by Joel Klassen. 

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SLICK CHICKEN
. Dino’s Famous Chicken, the first of a small chain on West Pico Blvd in LA., has been “preened” by American studio named Preen Inc. The design update harkens back to SoCal’s roadside dining attractions of the 60s when, Dino’s plucked its first chickens. Preen said this of their effort: “The challenge was to elevate the existing beloved chicken and burger palace by redesigning the interior and gently updating the exterior to empower Dino’s staff to continue being a neighborhood beacon…” Photos by Lane Barden. 

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Wednesday, March 20, 2024

NEW SERIES / SCIENCE OF EVERYDAY ITEMS / Take Out Boxes

 

Photo: Eric Alper, X 

First in an occasional series. 

TAKING OUT TAKE OUT.

GUEST BLOG / By John Travis with reallifediy.com -- There’s more to the humble food take out container than meets the fork. How many of us love Asian food? Well, most of us simply eat Asian food from the container or pour or spoon it onto regular plates. Many of you know this but for others it may come as a pleasant surprise that there has always been another way to dine. Unfasten and unfold the sides of the container. Voila it goes from box to plate.


Tuesday, March 19, 2024

LOCAL / SYMBOLIC PHOTO OF HOW CITIZENS OF SAN DIEGO SHARE THE BAY WITH OUR NAVY

From the San Diego Union-Tribune. Image by K.C. Alfred.  



The Silvergate, a ferry built in 1940, operated today by Flagship Cruises, shuttles people on San Diego Bay from Coronado to downtown San Diego as the USS San Diego, an amphibious transport dock ship returns recently to Naval Base San Diego on a rainy March weekday.

Proving once again one photo is worth a 1000 words. 

Monday, March 18, 2024

MEDIA MONDAY / WHAT IS A HASHTAG? / A ROOKIE’S GUIDE


GUEST BLOG / By WIX.com/blog
—Once upon a time, the ‘#’ was a simple pound sign or hash mark. But then the social blue bird flew onto the scene and turned this mundane symbol into an online sensation. Today, whether you are on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or any other social media channels, you simply cannot escape the all-encompassing presence of the hashtag. But what exactly is a hashtag? In case you always wondered but were too afraid to ask, we’ve come up with a clear and concise explanation of everything you need to know about this Internet phenomenon. 

Not only that: once you’ve mastered the “what”, you’ll probably want to know “how” to use hashtags. Strap in because this article will help all levels of social media addicts. If you’re relatively new to the game, we understand that at first glance, hashtags might seem confusing. But once you understand them better, you will see that they are a powerful social media marketing tool to grow your social impact and engage your audience – oh, and did we mention: all for the cost of $0.00? If you’re more advanced, you might want to know how to optimize your hashtags, in order to raise brand awareness and get more customers through your marketing strategies. 

Follow here for a complete guide on what are hashtags and how to use them efficiently as a social media influencer or business owner: 

--What is a hashtag? With thousands of images published every minute on all social platforms, it can be hard to stand out amongst the crowd. The possibility for your post to be seen isn’t promising, unless they are one of your followers. That’s where hashtags come into play. 

A hashtag is a keyword or phrase preceded by the hash symbol (#), written within a post or comment to highlight it and facilitate a search for it. Essentially, by including hash marks in your post; it can be indexed by the social network so that it can be discoverable to everyone, even if they’re not your followers or fans. For example, if your company has to do with extreme sports you can add the hashtag bucket list to your Instagram posts to snag those people with a passion for adventure and fun. 

Hashtags on social media have been attributed to the American blogger and product consultant, Chris Messina who first proposed using them on Twitter in 2007, to indicate topics of interest. The first known use of the term hashtag is believed to be, "Hash Tags = Twitter Groupings" by Stowe Boyd in a blog post on August 26, 2007. The term was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2014, as a sign of how far it had come along in terms of daily usage and recognition. 

Hashtags had been used before this, in the context of programming languages. In the 1970s they were used in the assembly language PDP-11, to detonate giving immediate access to something marked with a hashtag. They were also introduced to C programming language around 1973, to indicate which keyword should be processed first. 

Why should you use hashtags? Thanks to hashtags, your posts aren’t limited to just your followers. By adding one of these bad boys, your content will be accessible to all other users interested in similar topics who search for your hashtag. Choosing the right hashtag can greatly broaden the reach of your social media posts to thousands of potential followers, fans or customers. For example, if you have a healthy juice bar, it can be tempting to go for the obvious hashtag fruit, but beware! With over a million posts and growing the chances of being seen are as slim as a banana peel. Now if you throw on a more specific tag like hashtag drinkyourveggies, your looking at better odds. This is all the more relevant with the recent update on Instagram, where you can now follow specific hashtags just like you would friends or companies. So it goes without saying: make sure you don’t just slap # on any word but plan your Instagram marketing plan carefully. 

Three types of hashtags to use on social media 

Content hashtags.   If you are totally new to hashtags, first consider using some that directly relate to your product, service, market or area of expertise. We can call them the ‘content hashtags’ because they relate to the content that your content would be naturally associated with. As you can imagine, they will greatly expose your brand to potential customers on those social media platforms who weren’t previously familiar with your brand. For instance, at Wix we primarily use content hashtags related to websites – such as SEO, Illustration, Photography or SMB. 

Trending hashtags.   Another great way to boost your brand’s visibility is using existing hashtags that have grown popular among millions of users, also known as ‘trending hashtags’. Watch out: before you add the ‘#’ symbol to a trending topic, remember to first ask yourself whether your social media posts are adding value to the existing conversation. Value can be interpreted in many ways: a unique piece of information, an original look or opinion at what’s is going on, or simply a funny statement or image. If your post does not add any value, it is highly likely to be ignored and lost in the plethora of posts. If however your post is informative, funny or viral, it will get re-shared by fellow users ultimately increasing awareness of your brand. Generally, trending hashtags are a lot of fun! It can range from holidays to random spur of the moment games.  

Brand-specific hashtags.   Sometimes, the problem with using generic or popular hashtags is that your posts might be lost in the noise of hundreds of messages using the same hashtags. Hence, it is a good idea to create your own dedicated ‘brand-specific hashtags’. These can be used for general branding, promotions, events, contests or other marketing campaigns. 

The key to creating an effective brand-specific hashtag is to ensure that there is no one else using the same hashtag. It has to be unique and memorable. For general branding, use a short motto or tagline. When creating marketing campaign-specific hashtags, make sure to give users a compelling incentive to use them. For example, you could get users to post with a campaign-specific hashtag to stand a chance to get discounts or win prizes. In return, your brand stands to benefit from major viral marketing publicity. A brand-specific hashtag that we hold very near and dear to our hearts is #WixPhotography, which we use on all of our relevant social media platforms – like Facebook. 

How to use hashtags wisely? To create a hashtag, all you need to do is include a ‘#’ and a relevant keyword or phrase. This, you already knew. But what you didn’t know is that not all hashtags are born equal. In fact, they are only powerful when handpicked and used wisely. Here are three crucial general tips that apply to all social media and businesses. 

--1. Keep it short. To save everyone the headache, don’t squish too many words into one hashtag. Nothing turns people off more than overly lengthy hashtags – YouDontWantToTryThisAtHome.  

--2. Don't overuse. Don’t overuse Another thing you want to avoid is writing your entire caption with one hashtag per word. The number of hashtags you can allow per post depends on each channel. But as a general rule of thumb, only put an hashtag next to word that are really significant. 

3. Think strategically. This applies to the ‘content hashtags’. By definition, since you won’t have created them, they are probably used by other brands. Which is a good thing, since people will look after this hashtag. But at the same time, when a hashtag is overcrowded, you can be sure that your content will go unnoticed. So it’s highly recommended to mix content hashtags with a high volume, with other hashtags that are more specific. For example, let’s say you have a restaurant and you want to post a picture of your latest gnocchi dish on Instagram. Food is an obvious choice, but with over 258 millions posts using it, you have no chance to stand out. Try and find more ‘niche’ hashtags, such as gnocchi or gnocchiday. As always, a little research will go a long way. Hashtagify is a good place to start. And of course, nothing will beat the good old trial and error: experiment, learn and have fun as you go!.  

Best hashtag practices for each social media platform:     

Twitter 

How many hashtags per post: Research shows that the optimal amount of hashtags is two. Over that, the tweets have a significant drop in engagement. 

How to find the best hashtags around: It’s important to make sure people are engaging with the hashtags you use. A great place to start is Hashtagify, it allows you to check the popularity and recent popularity to know if your hashtag is relevant. 

Where to place them: While you are more limited on Twitter with the amount of #’s you are less confined as to where they should go. It can be used at the end of a Tweet or incorporated as part of the sentence. Instagram 

How many hashtags per post: The more hashtags you use, the more engagement you see – up until a certain point. After about 10 hashtags, you risk losing out on some of that engagement. 

How to find the best hashtags around: Head over to the search box and check what your audience, competitors, and industry leaders are already using. Pay attention to the number of posts, and how many likes the first images received. 

Where to place them: In order to keep everything organized and neat, it’s best to put your hashtags at the end of your caption preferably separated by either dots or asterisks. If you’re a neat freak, you can also add your hashtags in a comment to your post. 

Facebook and LinkedIn 

Believe it or not, hashtags are not important on Facebook. We recommend limiting the number of hashtags to a minimum. Indeed, concise captions tend to perform better on this platform. Of course, using your ‘brand-specific hashtags’ won’t hurt. 

 Pinterest 

 How many hashtags per post: Pinterest themselves recommend you add no more than 20 hashtags per Pin. 

Where to place them: Hashtags only work within the Pins’ descriptions. 

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 The Top 50 Most Popular Instagram Hashtags in 2024
[from the Internet]:

Solely using popular hashtags isn’t the best strategy for getting more reach and engagement, as they’re less likely to be seen. 

That said, it’s helpful to know what’s trending on the app, so here’s an up-to-date list of the top 50 hashtags on Instagram based on usage within the Later app: 

1. #interiordesign 

2. #design 

3. #love 

4. #fashion 

5. #realestate 

6. #inspiration 

7. #style 

8. #homedecor 

9. #art 

10. #instagood 

11. #travel 

12. #smallbusiness 

13. #shoplocal 

14. #foodie 

15. #wellness 

16. #selfcare 

17. #photography 

18. #home 

19. #architecture 

20. #food 

21. #health 

22. #beauty 

23. #linkinbio 

24. #motivation 

25. #luxury 

26. #lifestyle 

27. #nature 

28. #ootd 

29. #shopsmall 

30. #skincare 

31. #summer 

32. #handmade 

33. #fitness 

34. #mentalhealth 

35. #selflove 

36. #interior 

37. #photooftheday 

38. #supportlocal 

39. #business 

40. #homedesign 

41. #interiors 

42. #mindset 

43. #beautiful 

44. #instafood 

45. #wedding 

46. #community 

47. #weddinginspiration 

48. #entrepreneur 

49. #realtor 

50. #delicious 

*Data based on usage within the Later app January 1, 2023 - October 31, 2023. In need of some hashtag inspiration? Use Later’s Hashtag Suggestion feature and discover the best hashtags for your account in seconds. 

Sunday, March 17, 2024

Saturday, March 16, 2024

COFFEE BEANS & BEINGS / NORTH PARK COFFEE NOTES

CLICK HERE. https://www.moderntimesmerch.com/collections/coffee/products/midnight-showing-half-caff?variant=41645228425275

LOCAL / COFFEE NOTES 

HALF-CAF DEBUT. Modern Times Coffee Roasters (near 30th & Upas) has created a tasty blend that’s half decaf and half regular. “Called Midnight Showing” the blend of two single-origin coffees that produced nuances of roasted hazelnut, brown sugar and graham cracker. I brewed my half caf beans in my Café Bueno machine pressing the longo button. Came out with a very nice creama and a very smooth taste. Sorry, I missed the graham cracker but I’d buy it again for the smoothness. $20 for 12 ounces. Process style: washed. 

Café Bueno: https://shopcafebueno.com/  







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ANOTHER NP COFFEE HOUSE. Hey, more the merrier. North Park coffee lovers now have a new place to try. It’s called Lazy Eye and has been open for a week at 4096 30th Street at Polk Street. It took over the former Young Hickory site. Lazy Eye partners with Verve Coffee Roasters. Other Lazy Eye locations are in Bay Ho and Mission Beach. 


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LOCAL / NORTH PARK GARAGE SALE TODAY BEGINNING AT 8 AM

MAP of participating homes use link below:  

MCTREALESTATEGROUP.COM/North-Park-community-garage-sale.

Friday, March 15, 2024

LOCAL / NORTH PARK WIDE GARAGE SALE TOMORROW


McT real estate firm’s annual community garage sale is March 16 beginning at participating homes at 8 am. For a handy list of those homes involved 

CLICK HERE 

CELEBRATING THE IDES OF MARCH / WITH AFTERNOON TEA ATOP AN EGYPTIAN PYRAMID

Tourists take tea atop the Great Pyramid, 1938. Image: Bettmann/Getty Images 

Amazing [and spectacularly dumb] things humans can do like paragliding onto the narrow tip of an iconic Egyptian pyramid. Proving then and now that the human spirit knows no boundaries nor the heights tea lovers will go to enjoy their brew. Video: CLICK HERE 


Thursday, March 14, 2024

THE FOODIST / A TASTE OF THE FAR SIDE


Foodie cartoon, above, is from the pen of Gary Larson, an American cartoonist who created The Far Side, a single-panel cartoon series that was syndicated internationally to more than 1,900 newspapers for 15 years. The series ended with his retirement in 1995. Larson garnered many awards throughout his career, including the award for Best Syndicated Panel Cartoonist (1985 and 1988) and the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year (1990 and 1994) from the National Cartoonists Society and the Max and Moritz Award for Best International Comic Strip/Panel (1993) by the International Comic Salon.  

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

DESIGN / VISIT TO TIJUANA’S LA CAJA GALERIA

Hugo Crosthwaite exhibition, La Caja Galeria, Tijuana; Photography by Gary Payne, San Diego

Artist Hugo Crosthwaite

Collection #1 by Hugo Crosthwaite

Artist Crosthwaite's work in living color.  


 

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

AMERICANA / MUSEUM GOERS ASKED WHAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE


Museums in America conduct an annual survey of its museum-goers to help the organizations deliver better services. Click Here to take the survey. 



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Monday, March 11, 2024

LOCAL / DEADLINE TODAY TO REGISTER FOR NORTH PARK GARAGE SALE

 


MARK YOUR CALENDARS 

 The community-wide garage sale (your front yard or drive way) will take place Saturday March 16 beginning at 8 am. 

 Here’s what you need to do if you want to get on the community map showing your location. 

 Register by end of today (March 11). Sign up using link below: McTrealestategroup.com/north-park-community-garage-sale 

Sponsor McT Real Estate Group promises to conduct both print and digital advertising for the event; promote garage sale in local and nearby communities; place directional signs the night before and create a map of all participating homes. 

 Register Today 

Participate Saturday, March 16 beginning at 8 am at your yard or driveway.