Wednesday, April 30, 2008

ostrich algorithm in energy policy

An especially compelling op-ed article about energy policy in the New York Times.

The McCain-Clinton gas holiday proposal is a perfect example of what energy expert Peter Schwartz of Global Business Network describes as the true American energy policy today: "Maximize demand, minimize supply and buy the rest from the people who hate us the most."


This Microsoft building went up recently... within the past year.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008


From the Hacienda entrance to  Almaden Quicksilver, this chimney is the most prominent feature of the landscape. It doesn't exactly tower over the parking lot, but it is pretty visible.

Monday, April 28, 2008


Should employ this guy to do some plumbing work around the house.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Almaden Quicksilver

Almaden Quicksilver park in San Jose used to be the site of the second largest mercury mine in the country. The state-of-the-art methods for extracting mercury from cinnabar polluted the area sufficiently that you can't eat the fish in Almaden Reservoir.

Interesting recent article on this area:

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Ambrosia Salad
Serve with pork rinds and Coors Light.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Pear del Sol

I think I still have several more fruit sculptures to go on documenting the Plaza.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Adobe Creek 1989

View of Adobe Creek to the north, from Middlefield. Mountain View. I'm sure it's a lovely creek when not channelized.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Lengua Tacos

Tacqueria Marlen on California near Showers, in Mountain View, has remained my favorite tacqueria over the years. There is a market, butcher shop and bakery next door, too. The agua frescas vary, but you can almost always get horchata. Mexican Coke is $1.49.

Monday, April 21, 2008


Planet of the Apes alternate ending.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

California Poppy

In mid April, in Santa Clara County, the prevalent flower on the tour of California native gardens will be the golden poppy. The garden tour was fun, but after going to a few, we started to get the idea.

Friday, April 18, 2008

tired of flash ads.

I just started trying this out.

A cross-platform flash vulnerability was just found recently, anyway:

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Roofing Tiles

Three of the four Town and Country buildings near downtown have been tore down. Razed. They are saving the roofing tiles, it appears. Not a big surprise to me, as I think this would be a rather expensive item. They did take care in removing the tiles before the buildings came down.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Water Temple

So the park was closed for two years and finally reopened last year. When we rode out there for lunch, we discovered that water no longer flowed through the water temple.

I don't know if the one in Sunol was modified in a similar fashion. It is only open on weekdays.

Inscription: "I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people." [from Isaiah 43:20]

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Tax Day

The Mountain View post office downtown on Hope Street now sports a shiny new machine for self-service on such things as certified mail. Yesterday the line for the automated machine was about one-fourth the wait for the line to see a postal clerk about the same service. However, there were three postal clerks serving the latter line, so it moved along fine. Plus, people weren't exactly speedy when they got up to the self-service machine.

I'm thinking that the self-service machine is the way to go, if you're willing to go late at night when nobody else is there.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Private Sculpture

If you bike north on Canada Road from downtown Woodside, you can catch a glimpse of this sculpture just before you pass under the first I280 underpass. After passing by the spot many times, I realized that that's about the only place where one can see the sculpture -- it is effectively hidden from most other directions.

The intersection is Runnymede Road, and I noticed on Google Maps that it is right acroos Canada Road from Canada College. It appears to be on private land.

Sunday, April 13, 2008


Admittedly, I don't care for these in my lawn. But they can be fascinating to look at up close.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Help wanted

Willingness to abuse power tools a plus.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Big Cherry

Yet another photo of Sunnyvale's lovely Plaza del Sol skate park, this one highlighting one of the mildly whimsical fruit sculptures that adorns the park. OK, it's not really a skate park, but what do you expect it to become when most of the park surface is concrete?

The new downtown is continuing to move along at its stunningly glacial pace.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Steer clear of these guys

Pleasanton Ridge open space preserve has a staging area right on Foothill Road, south of the Castlewood Country Club. According to maps, there is a disjunct section of the park to the north as well.

Monday, April 07, 2008

End of the line

The looks like it was part of a spur to the nearby tracks that run
through the golf course on Castlewood. If you look at the satellite
view of Pleasanton on Google Maps, you can see that this piece of
track aligns directly with the end of Railroad Avenue three blocks

Thursday, April 03, 2008


I ride my bike to ride my bike.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Pico revival

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

405 Northbound

Normal Sunday afternoon traffic.