I wear many hats: writer, San Francisco historian, "professor," bicyclist, tour guide, blogger, photographer, book and magazine designer. I’ve lived in San Francisco since 1978 and have been self-employed in various capacities since the early 1980s. Check out my resume.
Books, essays, blogs, and more. I have four books of my own, When Shells Crumble, Hidden San Francisco, Nowtopia, and After the Deluge, as well as five collections I’ve edited, most recently Shift Happens! Critical Mass at 20, with more in the pipeline.
Since the mid-1990s I have directed Shaping San Francisco where we’ve put together an incredible archive of local history, all online now at FoundSF.org. I add new material to the archive on a weekly basis. We also archive audio recordings of our Public Talk series.
I’ve been a daily bicyclist in San Francisco since arriving in 1978. With dozens of friends I helped start Critical Mass in September 1992, and after 25 years, it's a worldwide phenomenon that has connected me to amazing people around the world. And I still ride my bike everyday. It’s my main transportation.
I’ve been typesetting and graphic design since the early 1980s, book design since the 1990s. I have produced two dozen books for small publishers and independent writers, and have designed dozens of magazines, display ads, and all manner of printed materials.