Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Pumpkin Season

Deer Hollow Farm.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Tree huggers

Given Sunnyvale's poor record of not finishing projects, I think the tearing up of Murphy Street is probably a bad idea until the perpetually postponed downtown is finished.

Monday, September 28, 2009

777 at Moffett Field

I have an idea whose plane this is.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Favorite tool

I've had this measuring caliper in my toolbox for years and years. It gets a lot of use. It cost less than $10 when I got it, and it STILL costs less than $10 from Universal Cycles. Made in Germany. Measures in metric and English with a vernier scale to get precision to 1/10 mm -- useful to have when the difference between an ISO headset race and a JIS headset race is 0.4mm.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Slow bowlers

I bowled a 191 last night, but we were by far the slowest team to finish our three games. Not sure why. Three pitchers of beer?

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Charles Street Community Garden

Would have liked to have seen a blue sky in this one, but the light was not cooperating.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Saint Jude

Patron saint of lost data.

Monday, September 21, 2009


Some cutbacks at work. Our workstations are not so fancy any more.

Friday, September 18, 2009


At Angel Island over Labor Day weekend.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Cemented Tree

By Vikingsholm, at Lake Tahoe.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Not a chipmunk

Golden-mantled ground squirrel near Lower Eagle Falls, South Lake Tahoe.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Truckee River

A little east of Tahoe City. I had heard that one of the fun things to do at Tahoe in the summer is to float down the Truckee River. There is a place to rent rafts in Tahoe City, and they have a shuttle to pick you up several miles downriver. The water level was a little low this September. We did see one or two boats floating along, including a couple of kayaks. We were riding on the bike path that connects Squaw Valley with Tahoe City.

Monday, September 14, 2009


At the entrance to the Village at Squaw Valley. The village is a cluster of hotel buildings with commercial space on the ground floor. Stores include a sports bar; Irish pub; gourmet pizza place; Japanese restaurant; snowboard shop; real estate shop; several clothing boutiques; wine shop; general store; Starbucks; Double Rainbow; video arcade; art gallery...

Friday, September 11, 2009

Fire pit

In the village at Squaw Valley. Piped natural gas.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Courthouse and Museum

Auburn, California. About a hundred years old. Almost torn down in the 1980s.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009


Sunset over Tiburon, California.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Angel Island Bunks

The immigration center was open from 1910 to 1940. It has been declared a historic site, and there are now daily tours.

Monday, September 07, 2009


Fog rolling into San Francisco, with fireworks near the baseball stadium.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Google map marker

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Figure 9 vs knot

The odd-looking device is a "Figure 9" designed to help tighten a length of rope. Tying a length of rope tightly is very handy, especially when going camping.

The knot on the bottom right is a taut-line hitch, a very useful knot that that the Figure 9 is most likely to replace.

I've read a few reviews on the Figure 9 saying how great it is if you're not a "knot person." I kept seeing it at REI. So, for two bucks, I got one to try it out. It seems okay. I don't like that the teeth on it will fray your rope if you're not careful. But what I really think is, it's not that hard to learn to tie a proper knot.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Brick building in Alviso

Letters on the side spell out HG Wade. I think it was a warehouse.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009


About two and a half miles north of Alviso, the ghost town of Drawbridge is quietly sinking into the mud flats of San Francisco Bay. The trail from the south will bring you within a mile of it and you can just make out the buildings with a long zoom lens.