The I-5 inversion

This blew my mind yesterday. For about 4 miles north of Castaic, California, the lanes of Interstate 5 invert, with northbound traffic on the left-hand side and southbound traffic on the right-hand side, “in order to make the grade manageable…

Autumn leaf on a city sidewalk

I believe this is a leaf from a Callery Pear tree (also known as a Bradford Pear)—you may recall having seen something similar here before: Scanner Art Interesting update: My photo tattooed on someone’s body

Thanksgiving at Joshua Tree

We went down to Joshua Tree National Park over the long Thanksgiving weekend, which is becoming something of a tradition for us (see Thanksgiving at MacKerricher, Thanksgiving at Lassen). This was our campsite, complete with joshua trees. Our campsite, complete…

Driving home on I-5

“Driving” home on I-5 through the fog after the long Thanksgiving holiday is not something I would soon care to repeat.

Geekiest birthday present ever?

An easter egg in our ticketing system at work: (on a pretty funny ticket)

Best birthday lunch ever?

Two hot dogs with grilled onions and spicy brown mustard, bacon cheese fries, and a coke

Best birthday dinner ever?

That’s four strips of Nueske’s applewood smoked bacon. Man, it was like eating barbecue. Definitely the best bacon I’ve ever had! And that’s a Rogue Dead Guy Ale in the background. Courtesy of the Rogue Public House in San Francisco.…

I’ve been thinking about creating a Twitter account

To practically everyone I know, that sentence is probably tantamount to: “I’ve been thinking about getting an email address.” In other words they take 5 seconds to create, they’re free, and everyone has one. WTF!? The one thing that’s been…

On blog comments and Twitter

I started Justinsomnia (during a bout of sleeplessness) with Blogger back in 2002. This was before blogs had built-in commenting functionality. Eventually third party apps came along (like Haloscan, YACCS) that added commenting, but I was reluctant. I didn’t want…

Close encounters with Twitter

I’d been working as a web producer at O’Reilly for about a year when I got an IM sometime in April 2006 from ex-coworker Tony Stubblebine. He asked if I knew any good web developers who were looking for a…

Learning how to save, two years later

To recap, in 2006 I started an IRA with Schwab. In 2007 I moved my money over to a “high” interest checking account, also with Schwab. It happened to come with a brokerage account which I used to start automatically…

So you want to buy a new camera?

The other day my friend asked me to suggest some models she might want to consider for her next camera purchase. She has a run of the mill point-and-shoot, and was looking to upgrade to something that might befit her…

Claüs freaks me out

Tell me I’m not alone on this one. I mean he’s a young dude with a white beard. Mommy, is Santa an albino? The ad links to http://www.palm.com/textclaus/ by the way. I’ve seen it around on Digg and The Onion.…

La reproduction interdite (after Magritte)

I have to admit, that’s a “side” of me I don’t often see reproduced in photos. So that’s what I look like from the back, eh? Inspiration was mine, iPhone photo by Andre, Magritte allusion from Andy, backdrop courtesy of…

Chocolate tasting

I’ve been wine tasting, cheese tasting, even olive oil tasting, so why not chocolate? On Thursday night, Stephanie and I went to the official opening of the TCHO Factory Store on Pier 17 for a chocolate tasting. TCHO’s CEO is…

Alamo: the building and the beer

The building And the beer Bonus, the tex-mex (came with chili con carne!)

Gingerbreading

Stephanie built her first gingerbread house Check out that hot icicle action!

A Christmas Eve Raclette

We brought the raclette machine with us to Austin in case my family would be willing to take us up on a “personal pan fondue”. Everyone was game, so we set out to do a slightly Americanized version of Raclette…

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

In what’s become something of a tradition, we took a photo this morning in front of the Christmas tree (before opening any presents). I hope everyone was able to spend some time with their friends and family over the holidays,…

On the way to the airport

If I can schedule my flight to depart Austin sometime after 3pm, that means we can stop at Rudy’s Bar-B-Q for lunch on the way. This trip was no exception. I flew home with a half rack of baby back…

Chestnuts roasted over an open fire

Probably only the second time in my life I’ve ever had roasted chestnuts, which is funny considering their prominence in that song. And we got them from the same place too, $3 for 6 out in front of Macy’s in…

From what region of France does Camembert cheese originate?

This would be a Trivial Pursuit question that Stephanie (and I) got wrong over the holidays. We didn’t even have a clue. Thanks to Cost Plus World Market, we will never forget… Answer: Normandy!!!

The $100,000 ad-supported salary

Let’s say you wanted to create a website that would generate enough annual revenue to allow you to live comfortably. For the sake of round numbers, let’s say that magic number was $100,000. With that as a target, I wondered…