Saturday, January 31, 2009

Astra Coffee Machine with Barefoot Coffee

"A smooth but intense authoritative timpanic symphony of espresso passion, an avalanche of almond, cashew nuttiness with a hint of dry cacao and wild berry. Thick heavy body with hints of tropical fruit. Best between 25-30 seconds at 2oz and around 200 F."

Bike Bridge over 280 at Mary

Cupertino is building the worlds most beautiful bike bridge over
Highway 280 at Mary Avenue.

Friday, January 30, 2009

mr chips

(New lights.) Chocolate chip cookies as seen at

Thursday, January 29, 2009


Common sight on the Stevens Creek Trail.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Chicken Pesto Pasta

As featured at
I really liked this dish.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Airship Ventures

About $500 per person for a 1-hour excursion.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Luther Burbank Home & Garden

Home of the guy who saved the Irish (no, not St. Patrick). He invented the Russet Burbank potato, which was resistant to the potato blight that was rife in Ireland at the time. It is also the potato used in McDonald's fries.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Number Four

Maple old-fashioned, from Daily Donuts.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Treadmill workstation

Exercise while you work.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Interior Decorating Ideas

Looking for something to adorn our foyer.

Okay, we don't really have a foyer. We're also not really looking at statuary.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Finally, rain.

I watched the radar map of the area yesterday, and I could see that the showers were grazing the south bay (but generally hitting the Santa Cruz area, as they usually do). By late last night there was a steady, albeit light, rain coming down in the south bay. Wet roads this morning, but not much more than a light mist on my bike ride to work today. There was water in Stevens Creek, as expected.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Court Street

Court Street used to be the unnamed alley in front of McCarthy's. That alley bordered the most ill-designed parking lot I'd ever seen, the one across the street from Woodstock's Pizza. That site is now home to a wine-tasting shop and a Pottery Barn, among other things. McCarthy's supposedly moved down to Marsh Street, because the current locale was no longer seedy enough. Thai Palace still appears to be in the original location.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Fremont Theater

We ate at Buona Tavola Saturday, which really looks like a hole in the wall from the outside. So I took a picture of the Fremont Theater next door instead.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Beach at San Simeon

The central coast (actually, Southern California more than them) had been having a heat wave for the past few days, and we caught the end of it over the weekend.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Peets Coffee and Tea

Across the street from the site of the first Pong game.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Falafel's Drive In

Which one of you is is Falafel?

Friday, January 16, 2009

Valley Health Center

I never noticed this building before.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Shorebirds at Shoreline

Moffett Field in the background.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Duck blind in SF Bay.

Hunting season ends January 25. There is duck hunting at the south end of the bay, just east of Shoreline Amphitheatre.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

2009 Dodge Challenger

At the Silicon Valley Auto Show this weekend (we had a coupon for admission...).

Monday, January 12, 2009

Second donut of 2009

Raised chocolate donut with sprinkles, from Krispy Kreme.

Just in case you were wondering about the recurring theme, I had only one resolution for the new year: I'm going to eat five dozen donuts in 2009. I believe this will be a smaller number than I ate in 2008. It comes out to five donuts per month, which is okay considering my favorite thing to do on a Sunday morning is to read the newspaper, drink coffee, and eat a donut. Okay, I like to do that on Saturdays too.... If I did this every Saturday and Sunday, that would be about 100 donuts for the year. Plus, we get donuts at work every other Friday, and sometimes in random meetings.

Fifty for the year will be the stretch goal.

Sunday, January 11, 2009


"Never" take a picture with a bright window in the background -- the shot will never come out.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Plaza sunset

Dusk falls on Plaza Del Sol.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Maple cake donut with chocolate sprinkles

January 9, at work. (Probably from Happy Donuts in Palo Alto).

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Better shot of Murphy Station

  • sky is darker
  • clock is lit
  • fewer cars in front of Paul & Harvey's
  • warmer colors

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Plain cake

Erin likes these.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Most flagrant use of photo editing software

This is a sculpture over by Mayfield Slough, where San Antonio Road hits the bay. I used editing software to remove the poles that are holding up the birds. I think the common term is "Photoshopped," but I use Gimp. I'm not sure why I did that -- I don't think "improves" the photo. Just for fun, I guess.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Paul & Harvey's

Paul Harvey's is a dive bar in Sunnyvale. Never actually went inside...

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Murphy Station

Building at the end of the street is one of Sunnyvale's oldest.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Valle Sol

I just figured out the significance of the name Valle Sol, the new Mexican restaurant in downtown Sunnyvale.

Friday, January 02, 2009

Mondrian development on Evelyn

Construction has started again -- actual buildings going up.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Crumb old-fashioned

Crumb old-fashioned, from yesterday. Daily Donuts is closed today (good for them!).