Coolest Chair Ever – from Humboldt County

From the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley

Legendary Humboldt County trapper Seth Kinman captured grizzlies and fashioned them into articulated chairs.  …

“This was intended to surpass all his previous efforts, and was made from two grizzly bears captured by Seth. The four legs and claws were those of a huge grizzly and the back and sides ornamented with immense claws. The seat was soft and exceedingly comfortable, but the great feature of the chair was that, by touching a cord, the head of the monster grizzly bear with jaws extended , would dart out in front from under the seat, snapping and gnashing its teeth as natural as life. This chair Seth presented to [President] Johnson, September 8, 1865.”


UC San Diego – spam spam baked beans diversity and spam

From the Wall Street Journal

The University of California at San Diego, for example, is creating a new full-time “vice chancellor for equity, diversity, and inclusion.” This position would augment UC San Diego’s already massive diversity apparatus, which includes the Chancellor’s Diversity Office, the associate vice chancellor for faculty equity, the assistant vice chancellor for diversity, the faculty equity advisors, the graduate diversity coordinators, the staff diversity liaison, the undergraduate student diversity liaison, the graduate student diversity liaison, the chief diversity officer, the director of development for diversity initiatives, the Office of Academic Diversity and Equal Opportunity, the Committee on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Issues, the Committee on the Status of Women, the Campus Council on Climate, Culture and Inclusion, the Diversity Council, and the directors of the Cross-Cultural Center, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center, and the Women’s Center.

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A California taboo of which I was unaware…

Apparently, we’re supposed to disdain “critter wines”

So, a common current among wine aficionados is a disdain for “critter” wines – you’ve seen them, cases upon cases of little penguins, kangaroos, toads, black cats – a veritable vintner’s Noah’s Ark – with cute labels designed to make passersby go, “Awwwww…”  In general, these wines sell because of what’s on the outside of the bottle and not the inside.   Good marketing for sure – but rarely good wine.  Being Californian, I’ve had to practice uttering “critter wine” mumbled with contempt and dismissal, with a sneer (or an eye-roll) and a little put-upon exhale.  Try it for yourself.

Dang.  I actually like the wine labels to be interesting; I rarely remember names, but often remember images.  If I try a wine, I want to be able to have a shot at remembering it so have more.  Moar crittr winez, I say! Moar!

drinky crow dook dook dook

Quis Custodiet Ipsos Cupcakes?

A little bit of awesomeness from Berkeley…. Watchmen cupcakes!

Dr Manhatten, Comedian, Rorchach and Archie!

Dr Manhatten, Comedian, Rorchach and Archie!

More info on these cool cakes … here !

Wow! *Another* donut shop for the list… in Seattle!

I’d complete forgotten about Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts; reminded by the Something We Dreamed blog.

Sadly, I don’t think I’ll ever have a chance to go to Murder Burger. Too far.

Why do people use SO MANY TAGS?

Hee hee…  read the list of tags!