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Walt Disney Family Foundation? [Jul. 11th, 2014|07:03 am]
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Their museum has a job I'm applying for...

Anybody have any contacts or knowledge there? I know they're not connected with DISNEY-Disney, so not with Pixar, but I wanted to ask anyway.

And gosh if you're at all interested in traditional animation take a look at the exhibitions they have right now:


I am *also* interested in learning everything about the neighborhoods around the Presidio and where one could live if one worked there (rent not own)?
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gaultier [Mar. 5th, 2014|06:58 am]
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More gray hair and anglophilia here:


But PLEASE ignore the text. Seriously. Just click through to see this guy doing a fantastic "GET OFF MY LAWN" pose.
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this guy [Nov. 29th, 2013|08:40 am]
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this. guy.

fashion plate

a future in fashion, no?
(my nephew in hat and sweater I knit him)
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Here, I found your new girlfriend [Nov. 17th, 2013|03:01 pm]
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She is a plane-piloting, kitten-eared catsuit wearing Lebanese jewel thief. Of course she is.
Quick, save her before the b-boys do!


PS Catsuit by Furne Amato
PPS All the gem thief rope dancers and parkour dudes are fully credited at the end of the video
PPPS She's 37
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kauai [Oct. 27th, 2008|11:53 am]
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Just got back from six days on Kauai. Returning to my regular life has been harder than I expected.

waimea canyon

Above: Waimea Canyon. Standing at about 4,000 feet and looking way straight down to the ocean. We had planned a snorkeling trip down in those waters, but our boat caught on fire before we could get there. So all we got was a couple hours' boat ride and a free lunch.

primary colors

Here's our rental Jeep. The 4WD came in handy for mowing over rival customers at the local farmers' market. Is the dirt really that color? No--it's actually brighter. :)

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snakeskin doublure [Oct. 1st, 2008|07:42 pm]
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stephen decatur pistol [Oct. 1st, 2008|11:58 am]
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Yesterday this 18th-century German flintlock pistol which belonged to Stephen Decatur was returned to us. It was on long-term loan for exhibition on the USS Constitution, the ship Decatur commanded in the wars against the Barbary pirates. Unfortunately we don't know if the gun was used by him at that time; we only know that his widow gave it to the University along with his papers.

It's got an Arabic inscription (which may or may not be talismanic and/or deliberately illegible) and some kind of tiny decorative stone embedded near the inscription. The stone is reddish and might be a ruby or a piece of a meteorite. We don't know if Decatur bought the pistol with the inscription or if the inscription was added by a previous piratical possessor...

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masque of anarchy [Sep. 29th, 2008|02:53 pm]
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This book was brought out of the vault today for a special fundraising event. Shelley published The Masque of Anarchy in 1832. This binding, the Rare Books Librarian estimates, is early twentieth century. I wish I could show you the rest! The back is similar to the front, but with symbols of hope in place of the front's King Anarchy. The spine has skulls-and-crossbones running down it. The endpapers are polished snakeskin.

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meet your stereotypes, face to face [Sep. 24th, 2008|10:39 am]
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At the Living Library you can "check out" real live people for half an hour and talk to them. In this manner prejudices are dispelled as you converse with someone who actually lives in whatever pigeonhole you'd like to peek into.

Check out any of these "titles:"

Accountant, Alcoholic, Anthropologist, Asylum Seeker, Bald, Bisexual, Blind Person, Blonde Woman, Bodybuilder, Buddhist, Bulimic, Bureaucrat, Cancer Patient, Cannabis Smoker, Catholic Priest, Coach, Communist, Deaf, Dentist, Diabetic, Diplomat, Disabled, Drag Queen, Dyslexic, Environmental Activist, Ex-Gang Member, Facially Disfigured, Female Firefighter, Feminist, Football Supporter, Funeral Director, Gambler, Genius, Graffiti Artist, Hacker, Harley Davidson Owner, Hate Crime Victim, Healer, Hindu, Hip Hopper, Hippie, HIV Positive, Homeless, Homosexual, Humanist, Imam, Immigrant, Jew, Journalist, Judge, Lawyer, Lesbian, Librarian, Male Nanny, Male Nurse, Manager, Mathematician, Mayor, Mental Health Difficulties, Meteorologist, Muslim, Night Club Bouncer, Parking Attendant, Peacemaker, Philosopher, Plastic Surgeon, Police Officer, Politician, Prostitute, Psychic, Rabbi, Recording Artist, Redhead, Refugee, Retired, Roma, Runaway Child, Security Guard, Sexual Psychologist, Sikh, Single Dad, Sky Diver, Stripper/Go-Go Dancer, Terminally Ill, Transgender, Unemployed, Vegan, Witch, Workaholic, Zoologist

It's about time! Our country's been torn apart by uninformed prejudices against zoologists for FAR TOO LONG.

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halloween turf trolls [Sep. 12th, 2008|02:50 pm]
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I got Mummy and Wolfy at the univ. bookstore today:


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