Sunday, July 26, 2009

How NOT to Recruit Research Subjects

I went to a coffee hut tonight to work on a paper I'm writing, and while waiting for the bathroom, this ad caught my eye.

Powerful graphic, but where have I seen that before?

Try Birmingham, Alabama, 1963.

Please tell me it's unintentional. But how could it be? Is there any other setting where fire hoses get used for anything but putting out fires?

Addendum: There's an interesting back and forth on FaceBook about this ad here.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Let Your Fingers Do the Walking

About ten years ago, I looked back through the San Francisco Yellow Pages, to look at the evolution of ads for the gay baths in relation to the emergence of the HIV epidemic.
I was surprised to find how far they went back - this ad from 1950 certainly is evocative!
Somehow, I don't think the fellow on the table has lumbago or neuritis on his mind.
More to come...

Friday, July 3, 2009

Walking the Dog

Found myself sitting in front of my computer doing not much of anything this morning, while the day turned beautiful outside.

So, I grabbed Tuna & we walked down to Civic Center to deposit checks (Yee haw!).
On the way back, we walked past the place we moved to a year ago August, the Fox Plaza tower, and Tuna started pulling towards the door.
So, we went in, walked through, and out the other side. On the other side, she sniffed out her dog walker David, and they had a grand old time sharing stories. A few steps later, we ran into Bonita's owner who was also thrilled to see Tuna. Then, a run around Alamo Square for kicks, and now I'm ready for a nap.

I wonder what it's like for her?

Picked up this cute little painting on the way - seemed thematically related to my work on air pollution. Bought it for $10 and a couple Oakland ferry passes, from this artist.