Tuesday, November 27, 2012


BARBARY COAST - Those were the days when San Francisco was a port city, a destination for 49ers on their way to strike it rich working in a gold mine. Nightfall in Sin City transformed the Barbary Coast into a dangerous red light district with prostitutes, gamblers, saloons and opium dens. The exhibit at the Conservatory of Flowers is part of their continuing series of garden railway exhibits that runs through April. Last year I posted on a previous exhibit, Playland, go to my blog archive to view that post. The small scale railroad winds its way through miniature buildings, boats and plants. If you’ve never been, a trip to the conservatory is worthwhile; to take a trip into the city’s colorful past. Or, if you want to re-trace the steps of the long gone 49ers; walk around Maiden Lane near downtown, the former location of the red light district.  

Saturday, November 24, 2012


THE DEFENDERS SHORT STORY REVIEW - A nuclear war renders life on the surface impossible. A future race is relegated to life in metal bunkers. The Defenders by Philip K Dick derives its name from robot soldiers defending underground inhabitants from an ongoing war. The ending reveals that the war ended long ago, the robots had not informed the subterranean dwellers, thought to be immature and incapable of peace. The author was a prolific maverick of the sci-fi genre who wasn’t fully appreciated in his lifetime. His books have an enormous readership and have been translated to multiple media projects. The following is a short list of some of my favorites.
1.    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
2.    The Best of Philip K Dick
3.    The Defenders (Short Story)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


GZONE RADIO INTERVIEW - Listen to Chad Schimke on Gelatis Scoop GZONE Radio Show (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gelatisscoop/2012/11/01/marsha-hubler-chad-schimke-are-my-guests). The date is Thursday 11-1-12 and the time is 7 PM Eastern. Or, look up the podcast at a later date. He is the author of Picker, Pieces, Walker and Weirder. Find Chad on his blog (http://www.chadschimke.blogspot.com) for postings on occult paranormal novels, crime dramas, art installations and city life in San Francisco.

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