Category Archives: Living in the Bay

Transit of Venus

As widely reported, last week there was a transit of Venus. It’s a rare event so I wisely decided to go check it out at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Unwisely, I attempted to get there on bike – but after a one hour battle with gravity I gave up, came home, showered, and drove.

Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley

Over there, they had a bunch of telescopes properly set up with filters and pointing to the Sun. Lines were long but brisk. If you missed it, this is what it looked like:

More photos, including the beautiful view of the bay:

New BART seats

Those of you who have been on the BART know just how incredibly nasty the fabric on those seats can be, accumulating filth and disease for many years now.

Someone had the brilliant idea to finally replace that fabric with vinyl, which should be millions of times easier to clean and absorb millions of times less human fluids. Thank you.

Underage musicians

Notably, last week I randomly bumped into three different music shows by bands whose members are really, really young. All within 24 hours.

First one in the pub across the street from our house:

Children rock band at the Kensington Circus Pub

Second one at the Farmer’s Market, between my house and the aforementioned pub”

Violin playing kids at the Kensington Farmer's Market

Third one in San Francisco:

Haunted by Heroes "The World's Youngest Rock Band" at the Earth Day Festival in San Francisco

They were all notably good. But I recommend you look at videos from the third one.