Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Truth Quotient

Truth Quotient
If "truth" can be mathematically quantified into a percentage, this might be called the truth quotient. The higher a percentage, presumably the greater likelihood of a pure truth being present. Thereby, is it reasonably logical that something may be expressed in a 100% pure truth form, or alternatively, in varying percentages of lesser truth -- partial truth -- or even just... "truthiness?"

It is said that most successful comedy contains at least some (unspecified) amount of truth -- and great delivery timing. Humor attempted with an inappropriate truth quotient may yield a clearly non-humorous moment, or worse.

"Partial Truth"
(Excerpt) "...this whole area of partial truth is a plague upon us these days." In this sermon titled: "Partial Truth," Rev. Rolfe Granath mentions examples and explains the origin of his sermon title at approximately the 8:00 minute mark on the audio clip below. You can listen to the entire sermon from the beginning for other inspiring spiritual teachings by the Christian Pastor.
Source: 20:53 audio clip, Rev. Rolfe Granath, 3.15.2015, cambriapres.org


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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Shoreline Beach Cafe

Santa Barbara, California
On Leadbetter Beach. Below is an artist's rendering with possibly a historical (if not fantastical) perspective view of a former building that, for me, resembles the Shoreline Beach Cafe as it may have existed at Leadbetter Beach sometime ago. City of Santa Barbara Parks Division present-day inactive map here.

Source: Limited quantity poster from proprietor.

Source: Shoreline Beach Cafe brochure

Source: Shoreline Beach Cafe brochure

Click image below for more regarding this restaurant:
Shoreline Beach Cafe on Urbanspoon

Our visit to this delightful place to relax and have a meal was on a warm bright sunny day. Our perch was at a table slightly raised above the beach sand on a deck with a mostly glass partition/guardrail facing the Pacific Ocean and Leadbetter Beach. Multi-colored fabric covers the deck for sun protection and designed to allow cooling breezes. It was a great meal and wonderful time together that compelled us to favorably compare it with some similar restaurant locations in Honolulu, Hawaii.

On Topic:
Amtrak California Day Trip: San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara Round-Trip
MTD Santa Barbara: Downtown & Waterfront Electric Shuttles


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Thursday, February 26, 2015

MTB Santa Barbara: Downtown & Waterfront Electric Shuttles

Two Routes Near the Amtrak Train Station in Santa Barbara
Downtown: State Street
Waterfront: Shoreline/Cabrillo Blvd.

Amtrak Train Station in Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara's train station is located directly adjacent to State Street. Also, the station is approximately 2-1/2 blocks from where State Street intersects Cabrillo Blvd. at the Stern's Wharf Pier on the beach. Access from the train station to both MTD electric shuttle routes is easily walkable -- a fortuitous discovery on our recent Amtrak California Day Trip: San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara Round-Trip.

(Excerpt) "[The] two MTD electric shuttle routes serve the Downtown... and the Waterfront... daily for 50 cents per ride, children under 45 inches ride free. Plus, a free transfer [between the two routes] is available... ask the driver for a Shuttle Transfer."


Running on approximately perdendicular routes along two heavily traveled streets, the open-air all-electric shuttle (small) bus vehicles have 10 to 30 minute scheduled intervals at designated stop locations for passenger loading and unloading. Both arterials have been designed and developed with nearly continuous adjacent pedestrian sidewalks/walkways.

The Downtown route runs along State Street nearly perpendicular to the beach and straight inland from the Stern's Wharf Pier on the beach.

The Waterfront route runs along Shoreline/Cabrillo Blvd. nearly parallel to the beach.  The Waterfront route crosses State Street at the Stern's Wharf Pier on the beach. Near the Waterfront route's western end is the Santa Barbara Harbor.

Stern's Wharf Pier

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Santa Barbara Harbor

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All-Electric Shuttle Vehicles

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(Excerpt) "MTD Santa Barbara currently operates only 20 [all-electric shuttles]... Their first battery powered electric shuttles were acquired between 1991-1994. In the year 2000 MDT Santa Barbara picked up another 13 battery powered Ebus Electric Shuttles."
Source: EV.com

Outrigger Canoe

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The selection of human-powered paddle-craft available to rent on the waterfront in this apparent paradise may not have been advertised as Hawaiian alternative modes of transportation. However, this beached outrigger canoe did contribute to our illusion of being in Honolulu while visiting Santa Barbara.


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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Amtrak California Day Trip: San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara Round-Trip

A one day round-trip. Simple, good times. Fun, in one...

A Casual Day Trip by Train
It's approximately 2-1/2 to 3 hours riding on the train down to Santa Barbara. Then there's seven to eight hours to explore Santa Barbara's downtown and waterfront areas. To end the day trip, it's approximately 2-1/2 to 3 hours again riding on the train back up to San Luis Obispo. This round-trip is fun and can be done in one day.

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The Train Schedule
Check the website Amtrak California and source links shown below for published times, fares, and policies. To-the-minute accuracy of schedules may not always be relied upon, if timing is personally important during a casual day trip. One important note to mention: don't miss the train.

6:30AM -- San Luis Obispo Amtrak Station.
Get to station in time to assure boarding before the southbound train departs in the morning. Long term parking is available.

6:55AM -- Train departs from San Luis Obispo.
Source: Pacific Surfliner-Southbound, Train #774 (Daily)

9:24AM  -- Train arrives at Santa Barbara Amtrak Station.

5:15PM -- Santa Barbara Amtrak Station.
Return back to station in time to assure boarding before the northbound train departs in the evening.

5:43PM -- Train departs from Santa Barbara.
Source: Pacific Surfliner-Northbound, Train #777 (Daily)

8:30PM -- Train arrives at San Luis Obispo Amtrak Station.

Long Term Parking at San Luis Obispo Station (Lot B)
Several days before the trip, it is possible to visit the station to purchased tickets in-person and also be issued a free longterm parking pass. On the date of the day trip, this may somewhat simplify parking a personal vehicle and boarding the southbound train on that morning.

The Meals
There is a "Cafe" on the train attended by one crew member. It has a basic selection and there are a few tables. We wanted to have two meals (one each way) on the train and brought a "food bag" to our seats. We had planned and packed familiar breakfast items (coffee and milk were purchased from the Cafe) plus a few bagged snacks for use later in the day while walking around Santa Barbara. We had lunch in the waterfront area at a very pleasant restaurant (discovered while walking around) with beachside tables on a covered deck. From that restaurant, we bought "to go" boxed meals for our dinner on the train while traveling back up to San Luis Obispo. In this way, the train's coach seats, tray tables, and on-board waste bins accommodated two of our day's meals.

The Scenery and Views
It would be hard to imagine finding a better seat on the train than ANY seat on the right-hand side of the southbound train. Ocean, cliffs, and beaches -- for approximately 70 percent of the train ride. Some of the train's route follows the California coastline through the isolated Vandenberg Air Force Base and other areas that are not seen from major freeways. You may wish that the train windows would open for unfiltered access to take photos.

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MTD Santa Barbara: Downtown & Waterfront Electric Shuttles
Two electric shuttle routes are immediately available near to the Amtrak Station in Santa Barbara; the Downtown Shuttle and the Waterfront Shuttle. Adult fare is $0.50 per one-way ride with a one-time free transfer available between these two routes. There are shuttle stops along the nearly continuous pedestrian walkways on both routes. Both the pedestrian walkways and shuttle stops are designed as functional elements of the street architecture. The open-air electric shuttles run on schedules and will pull over for passenger loading and unloading at the designated stops.

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The Day: it's all about you.
Our day was Valentine's Day 2015. We found Santa Barbara's downtown and waterfront to be easily walkable, beautiful, and diversely interesting. Sun protection, layered clothing, and a small backpack is advised. There are enough attractions and activities to discover that one may wish for a bit more time. However, the seven or eight hours between Amtrak trains on one pleasant day -- spent exploring on foot and occasionally riding open-air shuttles -- seemed just about right... on our day.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Iowa Freedom Summit: Scott Walker's Speech

Watershed speech in 2016 American presidential politics?
View video (23:03) of entire Walker speech here: C-SPAN

Quotes from the Walker speech:
(Excerpt) "In America... it does't matter what [socioeconomic] class you were born into, it doesn't matter what your parents did for a living, the opportunity is equal for each and every one of us. But in America, the ultimate outcome is up to each and every one of us individually... 

There's a reason why in America we take a day off to celebrate the 4th of July and not the 15th of April... because... we value our independence from the government -- not our dependence on it..."


A Walker book:
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Thursday, January 29, 2015

...enemies closer: Iran vis-a-vis Israel

Ali Khamenei, Iranian supreme leader
MEDIA CREDIT: NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE

American executive branch policy?

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"The Emerging Iranian Empire," Charles Krauthammer, 1.22.2015


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Thursday, January 22, 2015

American Political Dynasties

SOURCE: THE DAILY SIGNAL

"Rasmussen Reports" Poll
(Excerpt) "The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on December 28, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports... [the poll] suggests that Americans are growing wary of political dynasties. Forty-one percent of likely voters said that they were at least 'somewhat worried' that an 'unofficial group of royal families' is forming in the United States.

Rasmussen noted that a Clinton or a Bush has run in every presidential election except one since 1988 (emphasis added)."

Not surprisingly, media sources also can be found representing the average American as supportive of political family dynasties.

Founding principle eschewed -- who is hurt? Who profits?
(Excerpt) "Political dynasties are a threat to democracy, corrupting the political marketplace and compromising the free exchange of ideas. The founding fathers warned against them and shunned all trappings of royalty.

One reason America has seen a rise in political family dynasties is that they have appeared in both political parties simultaneously, negating the natural political checks and balances.

Because they have appeared in both parties, political checks and balances are negated. And the media profits from famous names.

No Republican will attack the Democrats for allowing the Clinton family dynasty because that would anger the Bush family in their own party. If public figures in the Democrat Party decry the dangers of the Bush dynasty they risk alienating the Clintons, whose support they must have to be successful. Thus both the Clintons and the Bushes escape criticism because of the other.

The national media, driven by profit, stay quiet in the face of dynastic claims because famous names sell."

Royalty by another name
(Excerpt) "The Constitution states that 'no title of nobility shall be granted by the United States,' yet it seems political nobility is as American as apple pie..."

Author Stephen Hess has written the book, "America's Political Dynasties" and therein identified a list of American families that by some measure are considered political dynasties; "Kennedy... Roosevelt... Rockefeller... Harrison... Adams... Bush... Frelinghuysen... Breckinridge... Taft... Bayard."
Source: The Washington Post, 9.13.209

Expecting a different result...
while doing the same thing over and over again: insanity.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

TBM: Tunnel Boring Machines

On the left in photo above, the Northbound tunnel sits empty after TBM Big Alma’s removal. On the right, TBM Mom Chung continues to be disassembled in the Southbound tunnel.

Tale of Two Tunnels
(Excerpt) "The [San Francisco] Central Subway’s two tunnels – one for northbound trains and one for southbound trains – were constructed using state-of-the-art excavators known as tunnel boring machines. Each TBM consisted of a rotating cutter wheel (the cutter head), a cylindrical steel shell (the shield) and a 300-foot train of tunnel-building contraptions (the trailing gear). The two TBMs moved through the ground at an average rate of about 40 feet per day, with a maximum speed of around 120 feet in a day.

In tunneling tradition, the custom of naming TBMs is believed to bring good luck to tunneling projects. The names will remain in official use by the SFMTA and the tunneling contractor.

TBM "Big Alma" named for the sake of...
'Big Alma' de Bretteville Spreckels (1881-1968): Known as 'Big Alma' (she was 6 feet tall) and 'The Great-Grandmother of San Francisco,' Alma de Bretteville Spreckels was a wealthy socialite and philanthropist who, among her many accomplishments, persuaded her first husband, sugar magnate Adolph B. Spreckels, to fund the design and construction of the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, at Land’s End in San Francisco. A model in her youth, Spreckels was the inspiration for the 'Victory' statue atop the Dewey Monument in the center of Union Square.

TBM "Mom Chung" named for the sake of...
Dr. Margaret 'Mom' Chung (1889-1959) was the country’s first female Chinese-American physician, practicing in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown. During World War II she 'adopted' more than a thousand 'sons,' most of them American servicemen, mentoring them, sending them presents and sharing meals with them during and after the war. She was also one of the earliest supporters of women in the Navy. When one of her 'sons' became a congressman, he filed the first legislation to create a female branch of the Navy in response to a phone call from 'Mom Chung.'"
Source: Meet the TBMs


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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Downtown San Francisco: Central Subway Project

Alignment Map


Da Route... for now
(Excerpt) "The 1.7-mile Muni Metro line will run above ground from the Caltrain station at Fourth and King streets to Bryant Street then underground to Washington Street in Chinatown, with stations at Fourth and Brannan streets, Moscone Center, Union Square and Chinatown."

Future track extension and station construction is being considered to supplement this Central Subway alignment.

Anticipated Opening Date
(Excerpt) "When opened in 2019, the Central Subway will provide a much-needed connection between major employment, retail, cultural and residential areas of the city."

Underground Construction -- a big bore.


"Mom Chung"
In above photo, the front end of this Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) is shown at subway construction. Apparently, this TBM has a name: "Mom Chung."

How to Build a Subway Tunnel -- a condensed version.
(Excerpt) "Using time-lapse cameras installed underground, we’ve condensed the first months of tunneling into this captivating two-minute video. In the video, Central Subway crews assemble tunnel boring machine (TBM) Mom Chung and drive the state-of-the-art tunnel builder north under 4th Street to build San Francisco’s first new subway line in decades. The video shows the TBM assembly process, installation of the first tunnel rings, removal of excavated ground spoils, [pouring concrete,] and other aspects of the complex tunneling operation.

By the end of the video, Mom Chung has tunneled from her launch box south of 4th and Harrison to 4th between Folsom and Howard. Since we captured this footage, she has mined much farther north, crossing successfully and safely under Market Street and the existing BART and Muni tunnels... .

We thank our tunneling crews and tunneling contractor Barnard Impregilo Healy for their hard work to build the Central Subway, extending the Muni Metro T Third Line through SoMa, Union Square and Chinatown. Stay tuned for more time-lapse videos as construction proceeds."

Source: CentralSubwayBlog, 12.4.2013




On Topic:
Regarding the blog writers at the "Central Subway Blog;" in my opinion, that was an excellent use of time-lapse technology. It must be nice to actually have video production as a line item in your budget -- just guessing here at the "Give Me a Moment Blog."


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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV): "SkyBarge"

2014 Student Design Competition: Lighter than Air UAV

COURTESY PHOTO: CP team and their "SkyBarge" R/C multirotor craft

Competition included scaled prototypes of heavy-lift drones
This was an international competition of university-level engineering students. Teams were to design, build, and fly a scaled-down prototype of an experimental multirotor UAV. The competition's fly route included going through a 3D obstacle course while carrying a cargo, releasing the payload in a specific area, and then returning safely back to the beginning of the route. The team of would-be engineers from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo placed second in this prestigious competition and received a $300 award. Organized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) with major funding provided by Boeing.

California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) San Luis Obispo
(Excerpt) "...[Cal Poly's] pilot, mechanical engineering student Garrett Gudgel, was visibly nervous in the hours leading up to the one-time competition flight...

But during the nerve-wracking route... Gudgel skillfully navigated the craft through an obstacle course of hoops and wickets, hovered over the target drop zone and set free the cargo, a bag of sand. He then returned the craft to the starting point; if he hadn’t, the team would have been disqualified.

...The competition included 21 high-powered teams from China, France, India, Peru, Turkey and... [America.]"


Read more here: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2014/11/24/3366427_drone-cal-poly-sky-barge-asme.html?sp=/99/100/&rh=1#storylink=cpy
Source: Cal Poly: engineering students fly drone to 2nd place win at international competition


On Topic:
(Excert) "The use of Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV) has proved to be very efficient. They not only save the pilot from being placed in harm's way but the expense is much lower. There are uses of UAV's that have been identified. An example of one of those uses would be to observe a forest fire to provide information so the Forrest Service can determine the best way to fight the fire.

...[Also:] Delivering aid, including clean water, food, fuel, and medical supplies to places [often in hazardous conditions after a disaster]... is a difficult task, as transporting bulk materials over uneven and rough terrain, in tight spaces, and over long distances is often required to help those in need."
Source: ASME Student Design Competitions: 2014 & 2015


A Blessed Thanksgiving, America
General Thanksgiving Proclamations


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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Drones: "Rotors & Radios"

Such a newb... really, an actual newbie -- at this certain age! A lot of headroom for potential personal improvement. Well, maybe not equally in all things...

Rotors and...

Blade Nano QX BNF Quadcopter

Radios.


Spektrum DX6i Transmitter


And maybe a DIY anti-vibration gimbal with HD video camera...

Human Resources: DIY Anti-Vibration Camera Drone Mount from Jenna Cavelle on Vimeo.

Apparently, radio control pilots can improve their quadcopter skill set while being a "grad student in film and television production at USC's School of Cinematic Arts." Not sure that all R/C pilots need a post-graduate engineering degree -- although that might be helpful too. However, almost certainly not all enthusiasts will pilot their radio-controlled multi-rotor crafts while wearing a summer-y casual outfit to artistically provide continuity, atmosphere, and context for a video clip's storyline. Probably not very many pilots could, that successfully.

Droning on...

"Rotors &/and Radios" Copyright Notice, QwkDrw 2014.
This notice is given unsubstantially here on this date after completing exhaustive electronic research and appropriate documentation (Googled it) that temporarily concludes this phrase is not yet used under privilege of private ownership, at least not on the first page of Google results.

Good-sky, mind the rotor wash.


On Topic:
Travel by Drone


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Thursday, October 30, 2014

2014 World Series Champions

New Dynasty: San Francisco Giants Baseball
Do three World Series Championships in five years make a baseball dynasty? Oh, you betcha. A dynasty.


Above: On right, Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey hug it out near the pitcher's mound. On left, Pablo Sandoval lies stretched out flat on the ground in front of the Giant's dugout after catching a pop fly for the final out of the series. (Photo credit updated 11.23.14.)

Experienced Players
(Excerpt) "Eight players have been on all three Series rosters for the Giants in the past five years: Affeldt, Bumgarner, Casilla, Tim Lincecum, Javier Lopez, Posey, Romo and Sandoval. Cain, a member of the first two title teams, was hurt this October. Before this run, manager John McGraw (1905, '21-'22) was the only Giant with three titles. Bochy became the 10th manager to win three World Series titles — the other nine are all in the Hall of Fame."
Source: The Tribune

A Suggestion for SF 49er Football Head Coach Jim Harbaugh
Consider this: Just substitute Madison "MadBum" Bumgarner in at quarterback for a few plays! He may be available after -- about two days rest...

Charlie Neibergall — AP Photo

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Giants Win the Pennant... ALWAYS OCTOBER !!

...2010, 2012, 2014 !!

National League Champions -- NLCS Playoffs
Prediction of a sort here -- realized. Will 2014 also bring the third World Series Championship in five years for the San Francisco Giants baseball team? 2014: ALWAYS OCTOBER


Media Credit: Oracle Team USA

Mr. Bruce Bochy
Origin: French. Number one in America on the San Francisco Bay sailing with the America's Cup winning AC 45 racing catamaran... and on the baseball diamond managing the National League Champion San Francisco Giants baseball team. Think: unlikely come-from-behind epic victories in-the-face of conventional sports media opinion.

Hall of Fame
Another sort of prediction... I'll just say it out loud: Manager Bruce Bochy belongs in baseball's Hall of Fame

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On Topic:
Orange October


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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Cull: a fictional novel on a global stage




Cull [Kindle Edition], Stafford Ray (Author)
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Source: amazan.com

Stafford Ray is an author, blogger, and "Ex almost everything... ." Currently comfortable as a writer, his work includes music, educational curriculums, stage plays, and fictional novels. And dare one say, perhaps a future screen play for the movie? As a blogger, his posts often reflect on large topics that are uniquely processed from information within his wide and long gaze -- or poetry. You may find his blog an amusing and presently interesting read: Stafford Ray

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Cull (Paperbook) by (author) Stafford Ray, BookDepository.com

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Silicon Valley Style: University HotHouse Incubator

Photo Credit: Jay Thompson

Jeff Armstrong, President of California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo
(Excerpt) "[Cal Poly President] Armstrong noted that the university’s HotHouse program has blossomed, and he highlighted 17 startup business ideas generated from the incubator this summer.

The university hopes to expand the program and is now looking into investing in an apartment project downtown [San Luis Obispo] to house students who work in the HotHouse, as well as a 'study-away experience' for students in Silicon Valley in a variety of majors."
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On Topic:
HotHouse Blog
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Baseball Rivalry: SF Giants vs. LA Dodgers

Giants' Orange Crushes Within One Game of Dodgers' Blue in NL West

(Excerpt) "Travis Ishikawa hit a soaring blast that landed in McCovey Cove... Ishikawa’s home run was the Giants’ 67th splash hit, and Ishikawa’s first. 'It took me eight years to finally do it,' he said."

Impressively, the baseball's high-arching trajectory off the bat had it going higher than the foul pole -- judged to be fair by the long calculating stare of an umpire -- before splashing into cold saltwater beyond the stadium's cheapest standing-room-only viewing area, for the 67th time by a SF Giants' hitter.

This Bum is a Record-Holding Left-Handed Person

(Excerpt) “It’s probably as close as you can get to a playoff atmosphere without actually being in the playoffs,' said Madison Bumgarner, who pitched seven strong innings and picked up a milestone along the way.
... 'We’ve turned it on at the right time and things are starting to go our way. We’ve got a lot of guys that have been here and done this before. They know what to expect, they know what it’s like coming up to finish off September and hopefully in the postseason... [Bumgarner reflected.]"

SF Giants Record for a Left-Handed Pitcher

"Bumgarner struck out his 200th batter of the year in the second inning, becoming the fifth left-handed pitcher in Giants history to reach that mark. Then he went ahead and struck out eight more to beat Ray Sadecki’s San Francisco Giants record (207) for a lefty."



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Consider: At the end of the day...
SF Giants def. LA Dodgers, 9 - 0.
Ding, ding, ding, ding, went the cable car.
One of these two teams could be --
for the third time in the last five baseball seasons (3 out of 5) --
World Series Champions

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

City-Making: 100 Book List on Urbanism

Brent Toderian's article in PLANETIZEN
(Excerpt) "I like to claim that I have the most extensive library of books on urbanism of any city-making practitioner -- at least for any non-professor!"

His article and the entire list can be found at the following source link:
Source: Brent Toderian -- "The 100 'Best' Books on City-Making Ever Written?" published in Planetizen, 12.13.2013

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Book on the list:

Source: amazon.com

52. "City Comforts: How to Build an Urban Village"
David Sucher, Author

David Sucher is an author and also a blogger that writes with a thoughtful and often a detail-oriented city and regional planning perspective. His book, "City Comforts," is positioned as #52 for the "best" 100 books on urbanism. You may download a sample chapter from "City Comforts," and also may find his blog posts to be interesting reads, here:

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Brevity update: 8.23.2014
"...a detail-oriented city and regional planning perspective."

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