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I don’t have any coherent stories to tell tonight, folks. But for friends who want to know how I’m doing (hi, NSA!), here’s a snapshot of my mental state: Thanks to JenBrady Aultman for the kind words on my Facebook … Continue reading

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roasted red pepper soup.

I made soup the other day. I just finished the last of it this afternoon. It looks like this. This is how I made it: 4 red peppers (Capsicum annuum) 1 medium-sized onion 4 cloves garlic 1 (14-oz) can cannellini … Continue reading

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Gay Paree take 2

Foreign language triumphs. Itty bitty living space. Turn that music down, kids. And more. Continue reading

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Jumptown Jam 2012: the return of Gordon Webster

I’m at Sfoglia right now, which I once reviewed in a list of escape cafes I like to inhabit around here. Among those listed there, and a few others I hadn’t mentioned (such as the bookplate cafe at the National … Continue reading

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Maipenrai Vintage Day 2012

This Sunday I went picking grapes in Brian’s vineyard.  No, seriously.  Don’t look at Sunday’s day of the month.  You say “pics or it didn’t happen”?  It totally happened.  I went last year too (on April 17), with Em and … Continue reading

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deux petites histoires de Paris

i. Language Anxiety At lunch this afternoon, my new-ish Parisian colleague Nicolas told me about how another French scientist had taught his two children English: by sending them to summer camp for a month each time he visited Berkeley. Brother … Continue reading

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of birthdays and brownies

You say it’s your birthday It’s my birthday too–yeah They say it’s your birthday We’re gonna have a good time I’m glad it’s your birthday Happy birthday to you. Yes we’re going to a party party Yes we’re going to … Continue reading

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