Tom Stienstra's list of the top 20 Bay Area peaks and ridge-tops:
Mount Wittenberg, Point Reyes National Seashore
Barnabe Peak, Samuel P. Taylor State Park: May 14, 2006
East Peak, Mount Tamalpais State Park
Mount Livermore, Angel Island State Park
San Bruno Mountain (state and county park): April 23, 2004
Montara Mountain, San Pedro Valley County Park
Borel Hill, Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve.
Mount Diablo (state park)
Bob Walker Ridge, Morgan Territory
Mission Peak (regional preserve)
Rocky Ridge, Ohlone Regional Wilderness
Rose Peak, Ohlone Regional Wilderness
Flag Rock, Sunol Regional Wilderness.
Monument Peak, Ed Levin County Park
Summit Rock, Sanborn-Skyline County Park
Bald Mountain (open space preserve)
Bay Ridge Trail, Harvey Bear County Park.
The Giants said goodbye to J.T. Snow, and he'll be missed. Even though I'm a fan who appreciates a) athletes who act like grown-ups and b) long-time contributors who provide continuity with a team's history, I understand that Snow's time in San Francisco is up. His maturity and defense will make him an asset wherever he winds up, but the Giants need better production at the plate from their first baseman.
I'll never forget Snow's unbelievably heads-up running grab of batboy Darren Baker in Game 5 of the 2002 World Series. (The kid, who was really a little too young to be out there, was retrieving Kenny Lofton's bat and didn't realize that he was about to be flattened by David Bell, who was barrelling into home right behind Snow. It took your breath away, and it's still a great memory...even if it brings unhappy thoughts in its wake.)
Jon at SFist has a nice write-up, and like Jon I hope J.T. gets a chance to carve out a meaningful role on a contending team rather than playing Crash Davis to the young pups on some bottom-feeding team. OK, Sabes, let's see what Lance Niekro or Mike Sweeney can do.
Welcome to McCovey Chronicles, all. Perhaps you are the type who picks up the San Francisco Chronicle each morning, hoping to find bathroom humor and a Journey reference mixed in the Giants article. Every single day you do this. Every single day you are disappointed.
This is your site.
I should also mention Athletics Nation, which covers, yes, that's right, the Oakland A's, but seems to take itself a little more seriously than the McC. For example, here's a recent AN interview with Billy Beane.
(It'll be readily apparent to visitors that both McC and AN are using nearly identical templates on the same platform, but I can't find any info on what they're using. Anyone have any ideas?)
Another Flickr upload (see the previous post).
Worked well again, although it doesn't appear that I can categorize photos when posting from within Flickr--I had to log in to TypePad again. Ah, well. One nice thing is that posting to a blog apparently doesn't count toward the 10 MB monthly bandwidth allowance that comes with my free Flickr account. The worst thing about it is that it's sort of a pain to type f-l-i-c-k-r. Sort of sad when you consider what someone's doing with f-l-i-c-k-e-r.com. Very '98.
I'm trying out Flickr, a photo-sharing service that's getting increasingly popular. Plenty of not-really-useful features (captions and that sort of thing), but what I'm really interested in is the ability to tag photos, search for and identify photos using tags (yours and others'), and create an community that makes it easy to share images with others.
What's also interesting about Flickr is the integration with your blogging application. This photo and the paragraph above were posted directly from within Flickr--I had to configure my Flickr account so that it could access my TypePad account, but I didn't have to use TypePad at all. (If I were slicker with HTML/CSS, I could do a lot more with the photo and text format, but I'll leave that for another day.) Another upside is that the photo's hosted at Flickr, so it doesn't count against my TypePad storage limit. (With a free Flickr account, you can upload a total of 10 MB a month, and you have unlimited storage capacity.) A downside is that I don't think I can select a category for the blog entry--I had to categorize this entry while writing this paragraph from within TypePad, but there may be a workaround.