View From a Hotel Window, 6/5/15

Hello, Berkeley!

No time to chat; off to a thing. Catch up later. Have an excellent evening.

20 Comments on “View From a Hotel Window, 6/5/15”

  1. Much nicer than your NYC view but doesn’t San Fran have that law about how tall the buildings can be? Enjoy.

  2. Welcome!

    If you have time and wind after your thing, come on down to the Art Murmur/First Friday in Oakland; it’s 3 stops down on the subway (BART), which is about two blocks from your hotel! (It’s an art crawl and sometimes there is interesting stuff. The theremin band, for example.)

    (If not, not. It does get crowded.)


    I am getting up like 4 hours earlier than usual on a Saturday to be there.

    (Well, okay, I’m getting up that early to see Kim Stanley Robertson, but you’re next!)

  4. A lovely sunny afternoon there, but I see the first thin trails of the fog sneaking in overhead.
    Layering is wise.

  5. LMcCJ –
    Funny you should mention height requirements.
    Berkeley used to have them – nothing could be taller than the UC Campanile – but developers are trying to put in an 18 story highrise around the corner from this hotel.
    Not a generally popular move, since it pushes out a beloved repertory cinema and an equally beloved children’s museum, not to mention luxury condos with no parking, wft?
    There’s hijinx planned for tomorrow, totally peaceful I expect, but adding that certain Berkeley ambiance to the day.
    If they are sticking to planned activities at the proposed building site it should all be a couple of blocks away from most of the book festival, and no one’s mentioned anything more active than sending up big balloons.
    Information here:

  6. D. Paul Angel – I am in my 40’s (the new "20" they say!), am originally from California, and now live in Portland, OR, but would eventually like to "retire" to Hawaii. I am, most definitely, a “Nerd’s Nerd.” I can recite huge tracts of Monty Python, can force Star Wars quotes into nearly any conversation, find serenity amongst fireflies, enjoy hitchhiking to the beach with my towel in hand (remember the Hawaii bit), have found precious little to dislike about Tolkien, and find any argument favoring Picard over Kirk to be both fascinating and most illogical. My foundation in Science Fiction began with Asimov, but Heinlein’s wit brought it to the front of my conscious. Although I am still recovering from the amount of time spent wheeling through Jordan and Sanderson’s epic, I have found long series, such as Scalzi’s, no longer make me feel like an old man (The new 20, right!?). I've always had a love of comics, particularly the far side of Bloom County where Calvin lived, often casting pearls before swine whilst doing the foxtrot over the hedge. Even though I already have 2 puppy-dogs I love, Zack and Satia, I can’t help but think how awesome having a magical creature would be; even if I do worry that caring for it would leave me feeling hagrid. I am more comfortable tweeting than facebooking, and I'm not athletic enough to be a tumblr. I'm also an airplane nerd and a licensed, albeit non-current, pilot. I've travelled enough to know I want to travel more, I've read, cover to cover, The Bible, Koran, Book of Mormon, Science and Health, and a smattering of Eastern philosophies, and I was one of the early board members of Cerimon House. I can bake bread from scratch, grill, and cook; and I've failed, miserably, in learning at least 4 different programming languages. I write, commit photography, and am learning the ins and out of drawing and illustration. I have long straddled that shady realm between the wholly physical and utterly imaginative, and I'm working towards taking up residence in the latter. I'm an expert in all forms of philosophocating, but find it is best done with open eyes, compassion, and humor; preferably with pleasant company, snacks, and an ample supply of delicious beverages. I have also been known to make the occasional pun.
    D. Paul Angel

    I’ve seen many of your hotel pics over the years, but this is the first one that I have actually recognized! Enjoy your visit :-)

  7. Yep, I know where that is too! I suppose I should remind myself what this local event is. For some reason I thought I’d be out of town while you were here so I didn’t bother looking into it.

  8. If you like good pizza, Build, just down the street from that corner, is worth checking out (that is if this trip isn’t scheduled down to the minute).

  9. I’d strongly suggest Jupiter for lunch or dinner — great pizza and a lovely beer garden, even if beer isn’t the thing — just kitty corner from your hotel. Should be a nice day here in the East Bay! Enjoy.

  10. Ah, that’s my library! So i know where you are — I’ll be at the Farmers’ Market this afternoon. just a few blocks from there. Not sure how much of the Book Festival I’ll be up for, and I was ditzy and didn’t get a ticket for your event so probably can’t get even close to it. But welcome to Berkeley! Hope you have a lovely time.

  11. I guess you are there for the Book Festival. Be sure to visit the Temple of Books. Sorry I won’t see you.

  12. Thanks for visiting, John! It was a lovely reading and talk.

    If there’d been more time I would have asked, did you and Krissy get to keep the giant knitted dice? (The photos are already up on Ravelry, y’know.)

  13. Here to report that indeed, Scalzi was funny. Worth getting up and dealing with two trains and a bus to get there (That was me in the Chicon shirt, John).

    Was glad @lauowolf purchased tickets beforehand as all the panels were packed, at least all of them I went to.

    The KSR presentation on John Muir involved many things I didn’t know. I made it to Scalzi’s climate/dystopia panel, but the utopia panel was sold out. It is a metaphor for my life, I think. I’m on the floor in the climate photo; I only heard the panel.

    I took 3 books from the installation o’art. Man, the Boston Public Library got rid of a LOT of good stuff. Also had some excellent donuts, an okay macaron, and perfect weather.

  14. So nice to see a view I recognize! I miss Berkeley… I spent a bunch of years there but haven’t been back in a while. (That’s the main branch Berkeley library on the right.)

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