Monday, June 30, 2008

World's lamest topiary

Secret location in San Francisco.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Saturday Crossword

I'm pretty sure the Saturday crossword is easier than the Friday one. Probably comparable to one of the midweek ones. I've noticed the sudoku on Saturdays is easier than the Friday one too, so that's consistent. Some people just get the paper on weekends, after all.

Friday, June 27, 2008


Ride report: Mountain Charlie Road from Scotts Valley up toward Summit has a few steep sections.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

At the zoo

California fixies at the zoo.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


The silverback at the SF Zoo.

Monday, June 23, 2008

SFSU Bike Barn

Holds 350 bikes. Brilliant.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Clock at Plaza Del Sol

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Greenwood Manor Park

Greenwood Manor is one of the smallest parks in Sunnyvale.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


One of the the Sunnyvale postcards should definitely have Fry's...

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Braly Park

I'm still looking for locations in Sunnyvale for postcard pictures. This isn't one of them, but the location looked promising in Google Maps (a small park, with what appeared to be a lake).

Monday, June 16, 2008

Tennis Center

Also taken from Las Palmas Park, by the way.

Sunday, June 15, 2008


Went on a ride with the club today. A very fun, social ride. Took about four hours to lazily cover 30 miles...

Friday, June 13, 2008

Las Palmas Park

Las Palmas Park is very nearly in the center of Sunnyvale, but it is largely unnoticed because it is not visible from any major streets. It's right behind the Tennis Center, not far from the Cherry Orchard apartments.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Counting Prime Numbers

Some engineering folks at Google came up with a "Treasure Hunt" about a month ago, consisting of four puzzles. One new puzzle was released each week. There was probably a prize involved at some point. As far as I could tell, the purpose of the game was twofold: (1) to show off Google's new app engine; and (2) probably as a recruiting tool. Reason (2) is suspected due to the nature of the puzzles released the second and third weeks.

I particularly liked the last puzzle. It looks like the following:

Find the smallest number that can be expressed as

the sum of 3 consecutive prime numbers,
the sum of 81 consecutive prime numbers,
the sum of 561 consecutive prime numbers,
the sum of 745 consecutive prime numbers,
and is itself a prime number.

For example, 41 is the smallest prime number that can be expressed as
the sum of 3 consecutive primes (11 + 13 + 17 = 41) and
the sum of 6 consecutive primes (2 + 3 + 5 + 7 + 11 + 13 = 41).

In this case, the answer is 6929191. However, the parameters of the puzzle are different every time you go to the site. It's always to find a prime number that can be expressed as the sum of A, B, C, and D prime numbers, but A, B, C, and D vary.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

St Jude

Located at Our Lady of Peace Church in Santa Clara. This is also the site of the 3-story tall steel sculpture of St Mary visible from the 101 freeway at Great America Parkway (just before you hit the AMC Mercado theaters if you're heading north).

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Mexicali Grill

Another shot of the normally-mundane Mercado shopping center in Santa Clara. I think we ate at the Mexicali Grill once when we had a coupon. It was not particularly memorable.

Monday, June 09, 2008


We saw Ironman on Saturday. The parking lot was a lot nicer than a when Indiana Jones opened.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Fire truck

This was at the booze and kitsch festival downtown. Sunnyvale doesn't have any buildings this high... why do they need the expensive truck?

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Coffee and a crossword

Good times.

Probable SCT Detour

They're building an overpass on the Stevens Creek Trail at Moffett Blvd. I scouted the area for a possible detour, and found a path between Alamo Court and Whisman Park.

Friday, June 06, 2008

For sleeping on the job

The sign on it says to book the pod by appointment prior to using.

Thursday, June 05, 2008


GoKart Racer in Burlingame. We had an offsite. So Silicon Valley.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

View of the Columbia River

Looking west, somewhere along Highway 84 between The Dalles and Portland.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Portland in June

PDX this morning.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Castro Sidewalk Seating

This can't technically be called a sidewalk cafe -- the tables are actually in the street. How'd they get a permit for that?

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Sono Sushi

Outside Sono Sushi on Castro in Mountain View. The sushi is fine.