Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Pie Crust

After all the relatives had left, Erin challenged herself to use up the leftover food. Part of her plan involved turkey pot pie, for which she needed a top crust (she already had a pre-made lower crust). It came out great!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Chocolate Old Fashioned

December 28. Chocolate old-fashioned. Daily Donuts.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

SC trail north

Just before the Central overpass. Rained pretty hard Monday morning, but the sky was clear when I rode to work.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Barbecue chicken pizza

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Seasons Greetings

Cheers! (1/2 second exposure to get this? geez!)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Water in the creek

Not much water, but more than last week!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Cake donut

Source: Daily Donuts
Date eaten: December 21
Location eaten: my kitchen
Coffee? Yes (stovetop espresso)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Old farm on Grant Road

In Mountain View. Farm now appears defunct, but I remember it was still active up until a few years ago.

Thursday, December 18, 2008


Down to 2000 feet yesterday. View of Mount Hamilton.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Crossed Palms

I'm not sure the significance of this.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Don't know why I like these so much, as opposed to the more conventional rolled oats. I do think it was interesting the recent Straight Dope column discussing whether one could survive solely on potatoes and milk. The answer was that eventually, one would die of molybdenum deficiency. However, just a small amount of oatmeal in the diet would prevent that.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Xmas lights

Grumble grumble grumble.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Nishiki mixte

Seven dollars! At a thrift shop in some tiny mountain town in Colorado.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Sylvan Park

Rode through ice yesterday morning.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


I don't remember seeing this sculpture before.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Downtown Ice (San Jose)

Here's a cute puzzle: find the longest words you can type with just your left hand.


import sys
import os

DICTIONARY = '/usr/share/dict/american-english'
left_hand_letters = set('qwertasdfgzxcvb')
list_of_words = os.popen("cat %s | tr [A-Z] [a-z]" % DICTIONARY)

longest = 0
for word in list_of_words:
  if (not [i for i in word.strip() if i not in left_hand_letters]
      and len(word) >= longest):
    longest = len(word)
    print word,

Monday, December 08, 2008

The new Steinhart Aquarium

There's no more fish-go-round. But it's still a fun place to visit.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Academy of Science

Inside the rainforest dome at the California Academy of Science in San Francisco.

Friday, December 05, 2008


So... the geese don't actually seem scared of this. Go back to Canadia, hosers!

This coyote decoy is sold on Amazon specifically for scaring Canadian geese.

Thursday, December 04, 2008


I don't know much about plumbing, but I do know that washers are replaceable, and you have to have access to replace them. The previous owner of the house completely caulked up access to the fixtures. I had to drill and chisel through it to replace the washers the last time.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008


These are the two washers I pulled out of the shower valve this weekend. They are flat when new, and grooved deeply when they finally need to be replaced. I wish I knew when I did this last, so I'd have an idea of when I'll have to do it again. A few years between replacements, I think.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008


We weren't able to actually reach the cross, so I don't know what it
was. In the satellite view in Google maps, it doesn't appear to be a

Monday, December 01, 2008

Coming of Winter

A light snow fell the night before we left Colorado. It was 70 degrees when we landed in San Jose.