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in tandem

Monday,  08/08/11  10:29 PM

Are you sitting down?  Holding any sharp objects?  Today Shirley and I rode our tandem!  From Ventura to Ojai and back, along the Ventura River Bike Trail, 22 miles out and back.

'Mark' by Jud Fine marks the trailIt's a cool trail, perfect for this purpose, a gradual climb with changing scenery as you leave Ventura's decrepit oilfields, pass through the Ventura River wilderness, and then enter the Ojai Valley before arriving in Ojai itself.  The trail is "marked" by an eighteen-piece scuplture called Mark, by Jud Fine; each is a pedestal displaying an ancient oilfield relic, emblazened with a definition of "mark".

After reaching Ojai we celebrated with Margaritas at Las Corparales, next to the central park.

Ventura to Ojai: we made it!

A most excellent adventure, soon to be repeated :)


Wine and Fire

Monday,  08/08/11  11:06 PM

Santa Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance: Wine and FireSometimes you find you are synchronized with the universe, and great things just happen.  This is rare so you have to make the most of it, like blogging about it :)

{ I noted  on our recent vacation we happened to be in Paris for the finale of the Tour de France.  That was pretty cool. }

So ... on the spur of the moment we decided to spend next weekend in Ballard, in the wine country north of Santa Barbara. Sea Smoke!Well it just so happens that next weekend the Santa Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance is celebrating its 10th anniversary (!) with an all-weekend event called Wine and Fire, including a grand tasting, winemaker's dinner, and open houses at a bunch of wineries.  You may know, Santa Rita Hills is probably my favorite appellation; the "sideways" valley features the world's best Pinot Noir (sorry Burgundy) and some pretty great Chardonnay too (sorry Napa).  In addition to being beautiful and a perfect region for cycling.

So ... we not only get to do a little cycling (!), a little shopping, a little touring and a little hanging out, we get to do a lot of eating and drinking great wine!  Yay.


back to work (kinda :)

Monday,  08/08/11  11:12 PM

foreground and backgroundToday I went back to work.  Not really; I have five more weeks of vacation (!), but today I started working on a new project.  Well not really; it's not a new project, actually I've been thinking about it for about ten years, off and on.  And I didn't really start on it today, I've been thinking about it all summer, and thinking counts as work too.  But today I sat down and started putting pen to paper, and fingers to keyboard.  It felt great.  I'll tell you more about it in the days to come.

In case you're wondering, this is not Project Q.  I've wanted to work on that too - have done since April 2009 :( - but this is something else, more urgent or interesting, or something.  I'll call it Project I, since it involves imaging...

Meanwhile it's all happening, a filter pass maestro, if you please...

Encelaus rain (from geysers)Saturn weather forecast: rings, with light right from Enceladus.  Good to know.

Meanwhile: NASA readies Juno spacecraft for mission to Jupiter.  Excellent!  Now that they're done playing with space shuttles, we can give this kind of unmanned spaceflight more attention.

We saw Crazy, Stupid, Love last night.  Well when I say we saw it, I mean, we saw about 30 minutes of it; just about the time Ryan Gosling starts saying "let's get out of here" to pick up women in bars, I said "let's get out of here" to Shirley, and she agreed.  The target IQ of this movie was about 85, and it wasn't the slightest bit interesting.  I see where it gets a 75 on the Tomatometer, which is amazing.  IMHO no redeeming qualities at all.

Other recent movies: Change Up (okay, kind of stupid), Arthur 2011 (ugh!), and Arthur 1981 (still excellent!)

In Time: time has replaced money as the unit of currencyInteresting movie concept: In time.  "In the late 21st century, time has replaced money as the unit of currency. At 25 years old, aging stops and each person is given one more year to live. Unless you replenish your clock, you die."  Sounds like a return to the 15th century, except for the 'aging stops' part :)  Actually it looks good, like the filmmakers are aiming high...

A great explanation of Google+, from Ars Technica.  If your problem is fine-grained control over who sees what post, G+ is a great solution.  Since I have a public blog and make everything I post to Facebook public, this is not my problem.  Hence my reluctance to adopt.  I am tempted by the content of others, however...

Ultimaker: a low-cost 3D printerExcellent: Ultimaker, a low-cost 3D printer.  You have to believe this technology will keep on improving, to the point where we'll be able to "print" all kinds of useful objects in our homes.  More faster please.

Was .NET all a mistake?  Yes :)  The C# language is fine, and the Windows APIs are great.  But the concept of a CLR and "managed code" sucked.

The IBM PC turns 30!Meanwhile, the IBM PC just turned 30.  Wow.  I had an original IBM PC, sitting on my desk, cost like $5K.  I programmed it in Basic.  My first real program was a terminal emulator :)

The One Rule: when working on your computer, context switches are horrifically expensive.  I *so* believe this, it's the basis of The Tyranny of Email, and the corresponding Three-Hour Rule.  Knowing it's true doesn't seem to be enough to keep you from manually switching though...

Fingers crossed: Rasmussen hopes to get back to the Tour, somehow.  He was my favorite rider, back in 2006-07, and I'm *still* pulling for him to come back.  I suspect he won't be the killer climber of old - time takes its toll - but who knows.

HarborWing, buzzedCelebrating my rehabilitation of my custom Sailing Anarchy feed (sorry for the  l o n g  delay taking care of this!), here's the picture of the day: HarborWing, buzzed.  How cool is that?


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