Pinnacles in a day

Just before New Year’s Eve, Stephanie and I returned to Pinnacles National Monument to go hiking. We’d previously traveled there on one of our first trips together, and had a great time. Turns out the place really left a mark…

Were I to ever consider buying an SUV…

…I’d think about this one. Which happens to be Toyota’s FJ Cruiser. It catches my eye whenever I see one on the road because it looks like nothing else out there. I’ve read that the design is supposed to be…

Think globally, blog locally

I wish there was a blog where I could learn about the place I live and the people who live (and blog) here. I want to read about things to do, things to see, written by the people who are…

On the passing of Polaroid

This is truly sad: Polaroid is shutting down factories in the United States and abroad as the company abandons the technology that made the instant photo possible. The company will cease production of its film by next year. I’m really…

Fishing boats, long exposure

The weather’s been unusually nice the past few days (after 3 miserable weeks of cold rain), and we’ve been getting ever so slightly more daylight each evening, so I took a detour on the way home through the Marina and…

Roosters

Apparently I wasn’t the only one struck by this sight at the farmer’s market yesterday.

The making of a mushroom lasagna

I’ve been wanting to make a lasagna using homemade pasta sheets for a while now. Out of the blue I had the idea of replacing the traditional tomato meat sauce with a chunky mushroom sauce. Thus a culinary adventure was…

Vintage racers

My obsession du jour, actually more of an obsession de la semaine, has been these very flat-profile vintage motorcycles. Picture an unsculpted seat (almost a bench) completely in line with the gas tank on an elongated wheelbase. I think I…

The WordPress SQL Executioner

If I had a dime for every time someone said “WordPress Suicide is great, but I only want to delete posts that are more than a year old,” I’d probably have 50¢. Which is about when I start to think…

Tunnel travel

Yosemite in winter

On a Saturday about a month ago, Joy, Kyle, Marcia, Stephanie, and I got in a minivan (courtesy of Zipcar) and drove to Yosemite. We took pretty much the whole day getting there, enjoyed a leisurely breakfast, picked up groceries,…

Tall silhouetted tree

Another “outtake” from Yosemite.

Snowshoeing Yosemite to Dewey Point

After bidding our heated tent-cabin adieu, we had breakfast, and then drove up to Badger Pass, a small ski area in the park where they also rent snowshoes. We all got suited up, and started towards Dewey Point on the…

Tree with mossy branches

Things I didn’t like about No Country for Old Men

I remember thinking the the trailer was ok—but that this wasn’t the type of movie I’d be able to watch with Stephanie. And then the reviews started pouring in, and then the Oscar nominations. I think it was this sentence…

From the Belly of the Beasts, a eulogy

When I worked at O’Reilly Media, the Online Publishing Group (OPG) had this external-facing blog they called “From the Belly of the Beasts”, a reference to O’Reilly’s famous animal-branded technical books. The blog lived at blogs.oreillynet.com/beasts/. It was started in…

Hachis Parmentier au chèvre

Got some left over meat you want to do something with? Make a Hachis Parmentier! Yeah, you have no idea how to pronounce that, and neither did I even after hearing it over and over again (in French). Here’s a…