First Crop Garlic


Harvested last week, our Red Russian hardneck garlic is ready for action…


Spent Red Russian garlic cloves, mashed with THE BEST garlic press in the world, the Zyliss Susi, which is big enough to handle the large hardneck cloves (most commercial garlic is softneck), and built to press garlic WITHOUT peeling the cloves!


Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom
Thursday July 13
Century Riverside 12, Reno
USA, 2012, 94 min
Genre Drama

DirectorWes Anderson
WritersWes Anderson Roman Coppola
Bruce Willis
Edward Norton
Tilda Swinton
Bill Murray
Frances McDormand
Jason Schwartzman


Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore — and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in every which way. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff, Captain Sharp. Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader, Scout Master Ward. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bishop. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Bob Balaban; and introduces Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as Sam and Suzy, the boy and girl.

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Ribs King Clean Plate Club

On the way home from Norris Lake in Tennessee after a week of sun and fun on the water with friends Brady & Holly, we stopped for dinner at the original Montgomery Inn in the Cincinnati suburb of Montgomery. I’ve heard about this place for years – since 1951 home of reputed great ribs with famous “Ribs King” sauce – but as far as I remember I’d never visited (unless I was there as a kid while Liz and Bus took me everywhere!) Well, I’ve decided it will likely be re-visited! The first photo shows us bibbed-up and ready to eat.
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Interesting Urban Geography


From The Weather Channel…

…and I had assumed that the Degree Symbol was being used to indicate the location of each city listed, which is way off the mark. Instead, the graphic artist appears to have plopped the huge (relative to the map scale) temp label in the general vicinity of the city. I would assert that this, obviously, fails because it draws my attention away from the message: it’s HOT out there.

SFIFF 55 Closing Night

San Francisco International Film Festival 55

[I provide the San Francisco Film Society promotional blurb and add “My Take.”]

Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey
Thu, May 3    7:00 / Castro — Big Nights USA, 2012, 113 min
director – Ramona S. Diaz, cast – Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Deen Castronovo, Arnel Pineda, Ross Valory

CLOSING NIGHT The 55th San Francisco International Film Festival ends on a high note—a really high note—with an all night celebration kicked off by a rousing screening of Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey at the Castro Theatre, featuring director Ramona S. Diaz and all five members of Journey, and a rockin’ party with live entertainment, dancing, food and drinks

Arnel Pineda’s path from YouTube obscurity to stadium fame in becoming Journey’s new lead singer has inspired newspaper articles and TV talk show segments, but Ramona S. Diaz’s inspiring new film is an up-close and in-depth look at his past and present, from a homeless young adulthood singing on street corners in Manila to the sudden pressures of touring around the world and performing before crowds of thousands. Placing interviews with the candid Pineda (who at one point says he looks like he was placed in the band’s photos through Adobe Photoshop) alongside backstage camerawork that faithfully assumes his perspective, Diaz’s documentary is a counterpart to the exploration of public popularity in her 2003 portrait Imelda—focusing on Pineda’s rise from poverty to wealth, Diaz reveals the generosity of his spirit. She and the band also deliver electrifying musical sequences, including two distinctive homecoming shows, one of which registers as a validation of Pineda’s commitment to albums that he kept in his hope chest, and the power of his voice. “The way I see it, it’s a temporary thing,” Pineda says of his current gig, but Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey—while looking at a pair of cities by the Bay—gives it lasting life.
—Johnny Ray Huston

Ramona Diaz and Journey on stage

MY TAKEJourney was never on my radar, so I could not relate to their actual plight of finding a new lead singer, but Ramona Diaz told the story in such a way that made for a fascinating two hours. She focused on Arnel, but wove the story of behind-the-scenes looks at a hot band on the road around him. The closing concert in Manila had the packed Castro audience on its feet as one, nearly drowning out the applause on the soundtrack. WOW. Things calmed a bit during the credits and then the director, producers and all five members of Journey were introduced for a Q&A. The joint erupted again. The questions were mundane, but at one point Arnel sang a cappella; I don’t know or remember the song, but what a voice! Walking out of the theater, I said to Carol and Sarah, “That’s got to be the feel good movie of the Festival.” I’m not going to rush out and buy a Journey album, but I will keep an eye peeled for Romona Diaz’ next film.

Apple iPad Event

Apple Live Blog

  • Apple TV now 1080p
  • iCloud supports movies
  • Apple TV L&F is like giant IOS
  • Apple TV has “genius” functionality
  • iTune “match” support for movies
  • iPadHD:
  • 200k iPad APPS in APPstore
  • Retina display rocks (2048 x 1536 pixels. 3.1 million pixels)
  • 1 million more pixels than 1080p
  • A5X Quad core graphics. Dual core processor.
  • 4G LTE band (Also compatible with 3G)
  • Personal hotspot
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • Image stabilization (for movies)
  • Temporal noise reduction
  • 1080p video camera
  • Siri dictation functionality
  • Pre-orders start today; deliveries March 16th in US
  • 10-hour battery on Wifi; 9 hours of 4G
  • Starts at $499 (Same prices across the board).
  • Software
  • Updated iWork APP w/jaw-dropping graphics
  • New iMovie: new interface, looks like professional tool
  • New iPhoto for iPad: “Amazing” great way to browse and edit photos. Multi touch editing, Professional Quality Effects, Brushes, photo beaming, Photo journals… $4.99
  • iPad2 will be reduced to $399 (16G); $529 for 3Gs
  • iPad Video Introduction (