BOOKS, Beautiful Books and Stores

It’s just a hop, skip, and a jump to Santorini to check out this “Most Beautiful Bookstore on Earth“. Check the link for a great story and gorgeous photos of this great wonder of the world.  I like to travel and hope

Atlantis Books

to make it there before they are forced to move from their lovely cave containing words.

Since it takes time and money to go so far, let’s jump on over to Berkeley, CA to check out Half Price Books. Not only do they have a fantastic collection of books and music to sell for a great discount, but they also have the most amazing intellectual tchotchkes and a great BLOG to boot!  If you want something to do this winter, just check out the blog and the plentiful previous posts on all things books.  WOO!  GEEKS UNITE!  Where else can you buy a “Watch Your Rights Vanish” on a heat-sensitive Disappearing Civil Liberties mug?

Disappearing Civil RightsIMG_0566

OK, as it turns out – lots of places online, but GO to the bookstore!  It’s such a FUN place to shop!

Our next stop takes us to Green Apple Books on Clement Street in San Francisco…I have NEVER been able to set foot in that store without buying something. They, too, have an excellent collection of educational tchotchkes for sale which pull me in every time.  I can’t even eat in the neighborhood without hearing the magnet-like pull of the store beckoning me in the door.

Try a walk down the main street of the wee Half Moon Bay and you’ll find FOUR bookstores!  Harbor Books and Gallery at the little HMB airport featuring a great local selection of books on waves, Mavericks,  art, California painters, and more. There are many hours to spend at Coastside Books, Inkspell Books, and oh my!  NO!  The cozy Ocean Books has closed!  (sad face, downturned mouth) And then there were three…

I’m swimming in books that I have no time to read and yet, I still buy more.  Perhaps I am a bit like the character in Richard Matheson’s  I Am Legend, a novel published in 1954 and adapted into four feature-length films, “The Last Man on Earth” featuring Vincent Price (1964),  “The Omega Man” featuring Charleton Heston (1971), and “I Am Legend” featuring Will Smith (2007).

Can you think of anything more HUMAN than books and writing?

OK, music.

UM, and art…

Dancing?  Yes, dancing is cool, but LOTS of creatures can dance!  Check out this interesting article on the findings of UC Santa Cruz researchers!

OK, I’ve got a few hundred books to read and it’s just about winter break.  WOO!   Until next time…


About danaj33

I have been teaching in the Broadcast Electronic Media Art department at City College of San Francisco since 2001. I started teaching full-time in 2009 and am tenured. My career as an audio engineer spans 32-years since the first day I began to record and mix songs on my Tascam PortaStudio (cassette 4-track) in the early 80's while attending college at UC Berkeley. I formed a couple of bands and sang lead (sometimes playing rhythm guitar) until 1988 when I discovered that the "behind-the-scenes" tech realm was much more to my liking. I love how an audio engineer controls the ENTIRE sound mix, and not just one's own instrument. I then began a career as a live sound engineer in earnest and have toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe as front-of-house sound engineer for a multitude of bands on various record labels (most notably "Medicine" on American Recordings) and have been a staff engineer at the venerable Bottom of the Hill nightclub since their inception in 1991 leaving a regular shift there in 2010 due to the teaching schedule. The club and its staff are like family. I owned and operated a live sound production company since 1989 (ending officially in 2017) called dcj Productions that has provided sound to the Bay Area community (mostly in the non-profit sector) in both large outdoor sound events as well as nightclubs and music halls. In 1991, I started recording bands on an 8-track Tascam TSR-8 analog tape recorder and moved into the digital realm in 1993 to 16-tracks of Alesis ADAT connected to a Soundcraft Ghost console in my home studio. In 1995, I advanced to Pro Tools and have been recording exclusively digital ever since, combining audio skills in sound for film as a location recordist as well as an engineer in post-production sound design and mixing. I remained "strictly analog" in my live sound mixing until just this past year (2012). Now that one can obtain a decent, live sound digital mixer at an affordable price, it was high time to check out digital for live. I now have a Presonus StudioLive 16.4.2 to work on with my students to give them much needed hands-on experience with a digital console. I co-owned and ran APG Records & APG Studios, an SF record label and recording studio, from 1999 - 2004 which had a distribution deal through EMI. The company folded in 2004. I continue to record music and engineer live performances at many Bay Area venues in addition to full-time teaching at CCSF. In 2001, I was hired to the part-time faculty at City College of San Francisco in the Broadcast Electronics Media Arts department where I have taught many of the classes including Digital Media Skills (BCST119), Basic Audio Production (BCST120), Digital Audio Production (BCST124), Sound Recording Studio (BCST125), Sound For Visual Media (BCST126), Advanced Sound Recording (BCST127), Sound Reinforcement (BCST128), Audio for the Web (BCST135), Video for the Web (BCST136), and Field Video Production (BCST141). I have also taught classes in sound design, audio for animation and games, music video, and computer applications at Art Institute of California-San Francisco, Globe Recording Institute, and Laney College in Oakland, CA. Outside Affiliations: - Co-Director of SoundGirls - current member of Audio Engineering Society and on the SF Chapter Planning Committee - past Vice President and Interim President Board of Directors - Bay Area Girls Rock Camp - past volunteer/contributor to Women's Audio Mission - past member Bay Area Women in Media and Film - past Board of Directors for Camp Reel Stories
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