Fog

Foggy San Bruno Mountain State Park

Last weekend Abe of SILS fame dropped by our SF pad on his way to CHI. We kept it real at the world’s biggest frat party (aka SF Beer Fest) Saturday night, and hit up San Bruno Mountain State Park…

I think this is an Indian Warrior

aka Pedicularis densiflora. In the very least I’m guessing it’s in the Pedicularis genus. I’m looking to my botanically-gifted friends for assistance/confirmation. Saw several off the beaten trail at San Bruno Mountain State Park. My only hesitation are the thorns…

Currently digesting: Buzz Strong’s Real Coffee Cookies

Discovered at Venice Gourmet Deli: Buzz Strong’s Coffee Cookies are natural gourmet cookies that are blended with real brewed coffee. 2 coffee cookies equal 1 cup of coffee. Unfortunately, one cookie equals one serving. So I shared some of the…

The view from my desk

While I was away in France, they reorganized the office, and the tech group moved to the north “wing” which is nice because it has a door. As much as I sometimes complain about the time it takes having to…

Is the self-employment tax an entrepreneurial disincentive?

After doing taxes this year, it seemed to me that self-employed individuals might be at a disadvantage when it comes to paying federal taxes. I conveniently didn’t profit off of my self-employed venture (this blog) when you consider the cost…

Throwin’ shoes after the Derby

Yesterday afternoon, Joy and Kyle invited some friends over for a Kentucky Derby party. Kyle’s from Kentucky…or is it Tennessee? In any case, we were there to watch some horses race around a track for 2 minutes. They provided the…

The great carless debate: Zipcar or rent-a-car?

Not only did I sell my car, I also canceled my car insurance. This is interesting because next weekend we need to get up to Santa Rosa, so that we can attend a 2 day long motorcycle safety course, and…

Angel Island with contrails

Banana Slug

As seen crossing the bike path on the way to work this morning.

“Everything in Sausalito comes with pickles,” or…

“Sausalito, there’s a pickle in every bite!” Two ideas for a Sausalito rebranding campaign we’ve been working on in our spare time, aptly named: Keep Sausalito Weird! Something to look forward to in two weeks: Back story here.

Enjoy the Ride!

On several occasions after getting back from France, Stephanie and I independently had these frustrating waiting-for-the-bus experiences. Often in the cold, usually at night, battling the wind, waiting 30+ minutes, and sometimes breaking down to get a cab—adding insult to…

Gallery command line uploader

I use Gallery to manage my photo albums. Back when I used Windows, I used Gallery Remote to upload images to Gallery. Update: I no longer use Gallery to manage my photos. My workflow generally went like this: Sift through…

A Vespa named Desire

After walking around the Maker Faire in San Mateo with dad and Stephanie (photos here), we drove down to Los Gatos to see a never-used 2007 Black LX150 that someone had won but didn’t want to keep. It was brand…

Sights of Maker Faire 2007

Bicycle Carousel Parent-powered Carnival Swings Power Tool Dragsters Power Tool Drag Race: The Jump of DOOM! Lego Model Railroading (the other LUG) Cityscape Artcar (one of many) Thumb-sized solar car (complete with circuit board flames)

Bay to @#$%! Breakers, 2007

Before: After: We woke up at 6:15 this morning to get ready for the Bay to Breakers race. Caught a Cable Car down to the end of California Street, and then walked to our launch spot (the back of the…

You can’t increment a boolean?

Just discovered today that you can’t use an increment or decrement operator on a boolean in PHP and expect it to evaluate the boolean to 0 or 1. $ php -a Interactive mode enabled <?php $t = false; $t++; var_dump($t);…

No late static binding in PHP 5 :(

File this under “that’s not what I expected.” More info here. <?php class SomeParent { public static function sayMyName() { print get_class(); } } class SomeChild extends SomeParent { } // prints SomeParent, as of PHP 5.2.1 SomeChild::sayMyName(); ?> Sending…

Dates and Java suck

Or there must be something I don’t understand. Update: Dates and Java don’t suck. I need to do some date arithmetic (add an hour to the current time) and submit that as a Date Object to an API method (that…

On Complaining

I hate when I fall prey to my own pet peeves: complaining and saying something sucks. There are certain things I feel are safe to say “sucks.” Global Warming sucks. The US occupation of Iraq sucks. President Bush most definitely…

Basil Porn

Or “basil chaser” depending on how much you’ve enjoyed the last bunch of posts. They’re already two months old. Maybe time to invest in some grow lights?