First Sunday in Advent

Coventry Carol, by AcaBella

Viking accordionist

Viking accordionist from Bryan Pugh on Vimeo.

There is Ballard content in the works, but in the meantime, have a moment with this Viking accordionist somehow gone astray on Haight St. in San Francisco.

The stuff of miracles

It really does work miracles, that WD-40. Would that we could get rid of the rest of the toxic legacy of the past eight years so easily.

November 11

flags at St. Edward State Park

Veterans Day, Armistice Day, Remembrance Day.

The surviving veterans of World War 1:

John Campbell Ross, age 109, Australia
John Henry Foster Babcock, 108, Canada
Henry William Allingham, 112, England
Claude Stanley Choules, 107, England
Netherwood Hughes, 108, England
Henry John Patch, 110, England
William Frederick Stone, 108, England
Aarne Armas Arvonen, 111, Finland
Fernand Goux, 108, France
Pierre Picault, 109, France
zef Kowalski, 108, Poland
Frank Woodruff Buckles, 107, USA
Robley H. Rex, 107, USA

Honor them, and remember the millions who died or were wounded in this catastrophe.

Frequently bought together

Frequently bought together

I was looking for small casserole dishes on Amazon and this screen popped up. I guess the intent is to encourage you to buy more stuff, but frankly, the notion that lots of people are ordering XBox controllers with their Le Creuset sounds a bit fishy to me.

Pennsylvania Avenue Now

illustration by Marco Acevedo

One more classic Blue Note mashup by Marco Acevedo. Are you still giddy with excitement and, dare I say it, hope? Then get ready to go to work, because there's plenty to be done. You can start here.

Birth of the Cool

8Birth of the Cool
illustration by Marco Acevedo

Our long national nightmare is over.

Sidewalk closed

34th ave sidewalk work
photo by Ballard Avenue

This is what all the flashing fuss is all about. There's a hole where there used to be a sidewalk, but it was too dark to figure out why.


We found this light show on 34th Avenue. It goes on all night long. Actually, it goes on all day long, too, but you can't see them in the sunlight.