Another move!

Posted in personal, san francisco at 9:16 pm by danvk

A year after making my last move, I’m doing it again! This is less of a dramatic shift. Whereas the last one was a 35-mile move from Mountain View to San Francisco, this is a 2 mile move between neighborhoods in the city (Russian Hill to Lower Haight).

I’ll post pictures when the move happens after September 1. For now, you’ll have to settle for maps. Here are the places that are twice as close to my new place as my old:
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Faded Photos of San Francisco

Posted in personal, san francisco at 10:29 am by danvk

Richard over at Sparkletack recently wrote about the Charles Cushman Photograph Collection, which includes hundreds of pictures of San Francisco from the 1930′s to the 1960′s.

The images offer a fascinating tour of San Francisco history, from Chinatown in 1952

to hippies on Haight street in 1967:

The real coup, though, is to find an image of your own block or apartment from the photographic past. To that end, I’ve put the Cushman images which include a street address on a Google map. There aren’t any pictures here from my block, but maybe you’ll be luckier! Here’s the map:
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Top 25 Documentaries of All Time

Posted in movies at 12:35 pm by danvk

I recently stumbled across the International Documentary Association’s list of the top 25 documentaries of all-time. Here they are (I’ve bolded the ones I’ve seen):

1. Hoop Dreams (1994), Steve James
2. The Thin Blue Line (1988), Errol Morris
3. Bowling for Columbine (2002), Michael Moore
4. Spellbound (2002), Jeffrey Blitz
5. Harlan County U.S.A. (1976), Barbara Kopple
6. An Inconvenient Truth (2006), Davis Guggenheim
7. Crumb (1994), Terry Zwigoff
8. Gimme Shelter (1970), Albert Maysles, David Maysles, and Charlotte Zwerin
9. The Fog of War (2003), Errol Morris
10. Roger & Me (1989), Michael Moore
11. Super Size Me (2004), Morgan Spurlock
12. Don’t Look Back (1967) D.A. Pennebaker
13. Salesman (1968), Albert Maysles, David Maysles, and Charlotte Zwerin
14. Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance (1982), Godfrey Reggio
15. Sherman’s March (1986), Ross McElwee
16. Grey Gardens (1976), Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Hovde, and Muffie Meyer
17. Capturing the Friedmans (2003), Andrew Jarecki
18. Born into Brothels, (2004), Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski
19. Titicut Follies (1967), Frederick Wiseman
20. Buena Vista Social Club (1999), Wim Wenders
21. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004), Michael Moore
22. Winged Migration (2002), Jacques Perrin
23. Grizzly Man (2005), Werner Herzog
24. Night and Fog (1955), Alain Resnais
25. Woodstock (1970), Michael Wadleigh

Only seven out of the top 25. I’ve got some documentary-watching to do!