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A hypnotizing ode to the San Francisco fog

I’ve lived in San Francisco for six years. I came to the Bay Area because of school, but ultimately stayed for the way the city made me feel. The food. The old Victorian homes. Even the hipsters on fixed gear bikes. And, of course, the fog.

I used to hostess at a restaurant with windows that faced a hill leading to Sutro Tower, and every evening I’d watch as the fog rolled down the hill and enveloped the streets. When I moved into the Inner Sunset a few years later, I became close friends with the fog, who now has a Twitter alter ego and its own Instagram feed.

There’s something so mystical and otherworldly about fog; it transforms the landscape and transports you to another place completely. That feeling is captured in this time-lapse video that took Simon Christen two years to create. Press play, and let this be your moment of zen today.

This is water.

David Foster Wallace, author of many great works — including but not limited to Infinite Jest, which I have unfortunately not been able to finish despite multiple attempts — gave a commencement address to graduating seniors at Kenyon College back in 2005. But that was before the Internet gave birth to stuff that went viral (actually, believe it or not, YouTube was founded in 2005). Luckily for us, The Glossary made an awesome video inspired by Wallace’s speech that has now been seen by more than 3 million people. Which is great, because then maybe everyone will be a little more aware, a little more patient. You can listen to the full speech here.

Here’s what the obituary of a ladies’ man, foodie, natty dresser, and accomplished traveler looks like

Harry Weathersby Stamps died this past weekend, and his daughter Amanda Lewis memorialized him in a witty, at times hilarious, obituary. Ladies and gents, this is not your typical eulogy. This is a true celebration of life.

“He had a life-long love affair with deviled eggs, Lane cakes, boiled peanuts, Vienna [Vi-e-na] sausages on saltines, his homemade canned fig preserves, pork chops, turnip greens, and buttermilk served in martini glasses garnished with cornbread.”


Photo courtesy of Amanda Lewis: Harry Stamps rests at a campsite.

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