Lake County's Geysers provides electricity, jobs — and tours
Way up in the Mayacamas Mountains of Lake County, great plumes of steam stretch toward the clouds, and the ground speaks, conversing in burbles and gasps, belches and sighs. On the hillsides all around, 83 miles of huge, silver gray pipe snake in a ...
April 10, 2015
Kovels: Tin toys that move always popular
Clockwork toys have gears and parts like those used on a clock. In 1862, a cheaper type of power By the end of World War II, plastic parts were used for toys and the earlier metal wind-up was out of production. Battery-operated toys were made in ...
April 10, 2015
Colombia's treasures revealed
In one shadowy room, a large, intricate-looking object stood out, glowing in the dark. It turned out to be a piece of Hispanic art: a Although the prize remained elusive, the lure of El Dorado endured, and the discovery of precious stones and ...
April 10, 2015
At the library, all is not lost
We used a metal detector & did St. Anthony but no work." More coverage. Feminist flamenco The board is an extension of "Lost and Found," a 1,000-square-foot assemblage of colorful wall coverings and soft fabric sculptures of everyday objects that ...
April 9, 2015
Modified for Manilow
An owner could even conduct business from the comfort of the boardroom, with large oval conference table with conference phone equipment, wet bar and TV. There is also a business center with four computer workstations, copy machine and four wall clocks ...
April 6, 2015
Jackie Chan Turns 61: His 7 Most Intrepid Stunts and the Injuries that ...
of moving escalators. At the end of the film's central fight scene, Chan slides down four stories from a metal pole covered in decorative lights and shatters a large pane of glass as he lands. For a scene in 1983's action comedy Project A, Chan ...
April 7, 2015
Office Space Is Hard to Find for Silicon Valley Newcomers
After making about $22,000 in improvements, including adding a kitchen and a shower, installing a wooden phone booth, hanging buoys on the wall, and setting up a Ping-Pong table, Boatbound had a comfortable space for its 14 employees. “People hang out ...
April 1, 2015
Writing was something I was always interested in. A short story was praised in a college freshmen English class, which had me liking the idea of doing more. Then on attempting more fiction during later years, I discovered how vacuous my experience at anything was. That, plus life getting in the way, well, a lot of years seemed to go by. Later, after taking a “creative writing” course I drafted a first novel, titled World War IV, a post-apocalyptic survivalist thing. I am embarrassed by it now, and it has many flaws, but it is what it is. After changing teaching locations it was like starting a career all over again, and I tabled any large projects. Still teaching then, I was up often at 4:00 o’clock or 5:00 AM, putting words down before catching the car pool. Tim) For Thou Art with Me was a novel idea kicking around my thoughts probably for ten years. There were air shows that I attended since in the early 1970s. A major air show for years in our area was “Gathering of War Birds. ” Those shows were never as huge as the famous “Oshkosh Air Show” fly-in, but it was inspirational to me, as I am on the leading edge of the baby boomers of 1946. I had blended real stories I’d heard with my fictional characters’ lives. The Doc novel was the novelized 1999 unsold screenplay title Control Theory.
We open on New York City, Union Square. The sky is gray, the sidewalks are gray, the people are gray. Our heroine is Alice, a woman in her late 30s. She is running almost exactly on time, which to her is the same thing as being late. She is the type of person who not only hates being late but hates being afraid of being late and often experiences preemptive cautionary anxiety. As she has for the previous fifteen years using NYC public transportation, she's exited the subway at the exact wrong exit and must do one of those turn around in a full circle while looking into the sky confused moves in order to get her bearings. She's on her way to a job interview which is scheduled for 3pm. It is now 2:57. Something, probably desperation, propels her forward quickly, despite her business heels. After finding the building, she enters through a small, rusted, metal door which belies the openness of the lobby that greets her. At the squeak of the opening door, he looks up hopefully as she enters, smiles and asks if he can be of any help. I have an interview at 3 pm, So sorry to be late.