From my Flickr: “Tunnel Vision”

Yosemite is a 2-3 hour drive from Fresno, which is the closest airport. As you’d guess, the roadside views as you near your destination become spectacular. I’d been here once before. I saw someone who couldn’t take it any more and stopped his car in a sort of dangerous spot so he could get out…

Photo Dump

Day Three at CocoaConf Yosemite. This is a magnificent conference that inspires a speaker to do his or her very best, both to match the level of the other talks and as an audition for a slot at next year’s. I enjoyed the wet weather during last year’s conference. Yosemite is rocks and trees and…

For Shame!

Greetings from CocoaConf Yosemite, an exceptionally lovely conference for Mac developers taking place at a lodge inside Yosemite National Park. Conferences like this one are a relatively new development. The focus is far away from new APIs and project management. Instead, the speakers tend to spend their 45 minutes talking about how we write software, how we…

From my Flickr: “They’ve got us surrounded!”

Gallery 700 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Filled with American sculpture of the 19th and early 20th century. It’s a photosphere, so please, scroll your away around. Hmm. Harriet Whitworth Frishmuth’s "The Vine" has been blurred out by Google’s photosphere app. Could just be a glitch, but could it be censorship? See it here:…

From my Flickr: “Legume Cube”

Yes, it’s a nice photo of Our Friend The Squirrel. But he and I both had ulterior motives. He, to tuck into a huge free buffet, and me, to test out another new piece of gear. This time, it’s the Lume Cube. This is a damn nifty 1.5" aluminum cube with a SUPER-high intensity LED…

Pro Cyclist Caught Using Illegal Motor In Bike

Pro Cyclist Caught Using Illegal Motor In Bike: The cycling world has been abuzz with rumors that cyclists have been ‘moto-doping’ for years. Every few years, the UCI tests some bikes, riders get mad, and nobody gets caught. All told, it’s a pretty fantastical rumor that almost seemed too weird to be true. Cycling has…

What to Do When You’ve Won Powerball

You’ve compared the numbers on your multistate lottery ticket to the ones on your TV screen and they all match. You’ve also thoroughly checked your immediate environment for concealed phones, GoPro cameras, or other evidence that a friend or coworker was OK with the idea of trading away your dignity for 8,900 YouTube views. It’s…

Bowie

I wanted to post something about David Bowie. This isn’t for you…this is for me. I didn’t post anything last night because my very first impulse, after my involuntary “Aw, goddammit,” was to start listening to lots and lots of Bowie music. I actually hit YouTube before I hit iTunes; it’s so hard to separate…

Who Wants to Be a Billionaire?

Yup! Powerball will be at 1.3 billion dollars by Wednesday’s drawing. At least 1.3 billion dollars. I’ve always thought of the two contrary truths of big lotteries like this one: The fact that it’s a nationwide lottery with an insane, even unprecedented level of frenzied participation, and yet it still can take months and months for even…