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2023/01/20 Bryan Kearney at Public Works
π 2023-01-20 01:01 in Clubbing
Great to have Bryan Kearney with us this week, and lucky me, he played trance that was more melodic trance than hard/tech trance, which I loved :)

TFSF's Sony Jacob opened the night for us:




we celebrated Sony's BD
we celebrated Sony's BD

I even made a screen for him :)
I even made a screen for him :)

he even got cake
he even got cake

Nice to see friends and happy crowds:



Bryan Kearney nicely did a meet and greet with a few contest winners and then took over for a great 3H set:










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2023/01/14 Blastoyz at Public Works
π 2023-01-14 01:01 in Clubbing
Great to start TFSF's new year with Blastoyz at Public Works for his US club touring debut, yeah for us!

Martin Cisco opened for us, including a great new mix of Gamemaster:


it was Anna's Birthday celebration too
it was Anna's Birthday celebration too

glad to re-unite with friends
glad to re-unite with friends


Anna had many friends come for her BD:






After Martin, Triode took over:



Then Blastoyz came and took over around midnight:


he nicely did a meet and greet
he nicely did a meet and greet

shots!
shots!


Blastoyz even got a cake :)
Blastoyz even got a cake :)


Back on the dancefloor to meet people and enjoy the sets.





And then got to enjoy Blastoyz's psytrance:


wonderful lasers
wonderful lasers






Thanks all for the great night. Here is a short video summary:

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2023/01/06 New Year's Dump at Heavenly and Kirkwood
π 2023-01-06 01:01 in Nsnow
this year is definitely a good wet year. Xmas had big dumps, downed powerlines and closed roads, and as soon as I got home from France, there was enough of a dump that it was worth going for a quick trip. Carson Spur was closed, so I had to take 50 and while my original plan was to go to kirkwood, Ovidiu gave me intel on Heavenly that it was worth trying to go there instead and do some frontside runs (side country):


even early on a friday morning, chain control caused a 45mn traffic jam :(
even early on a friday morning, chain control caused a 45mn traffic jam :(

well done guys for blocking traffic so much
well done guys for blocking traffic so much

snowplow escort that wasn't really necessary
snowplow escort that wasn't really necessary


I stayed on the Califonia side and managed to find parking close to the gondola to meet Ovidiu and Rick after confirming the Gondola had just opened (they parked on the nevada side which I generally avoid going to :) ):





several lifts no running yet, so the lines were long
several lifts no running yet, so the lines were long










back for more
back for more

nice views
nice views






Fire Break Runs:

For Day #2, I went to kirkwood, by then I had of course missed the fresh tracks from Day #1, but given the firebreak runs, that was not a big deal. Driving there was not a huge deal, but there was already a good line getting in the parking lot when I arrived:


my car has become a lot more chatty :)
my car has become a lot more chatty :)

lots of cars trying to get in
lots of cars trying to get in

Despite the parking getting full quickly, the resort didn't feel too full. Snow coverage was excellent. Chamoix was not even a problem, anyone could go without even trying hard:



snow was still good and a few stashes here and there
snow was still good and a few stashes here and there

given the few lifts running, we had mild lines
given the few lifts running, we had mild lines

running the wall for the first time this season
running the wall for the first time this season

the wall ridge opened and I was able to drop it the first time this season too
the wall ridge opened and I was able to drop it the first time this season too

liftie humor :)
liftie humor :)

very windy on top
very windy on top




sunny at times
sunny at times

But with 60mph+ winds, being on the top of the mountain was painful. Once I went up cornice and wanted to ride the ridge to drop skier's right, but the wind was so strong and I was being pelleted by ice/snow in the face, so I aborted:


that's snow/ice being blown around
that's snow/ice being blown around


by dropping the wall, I was able to get to the snow cave, sheltered from the wind
by dropping the wall, I was able to get to the snow cave, sheltered from the wind

lenticular cloud, showing the strong winds
lenticular cloud, showing the strong winds

After some good runs, I went home. Glad to get such good snow in January!

2022/12/31 Revisiting Versailles on NYE
π 2022-12-31 01:01 in Museums, Paris
It had been about 15 years since I last went to Versailles, and I kind of forgot how it was, as well as was surprised at how it now almost sells out now and advance tickets sell out before the day of, thankfully I was able to get tickets the day of onsite, event though the website said they were sold out. Visiting Paris has gotten complicated and a bit ridiculous...

Getting there from the east side of Paris takes a while since it's quite a ways out by mid range train and it just happens that during those days there was another strike, so there were a lot fewer trains, thankfully getting there worked out in the morning (on the way back, after missing a train, getting uber back was expensive, but way faster):


10mn walk from the RER station
10mn walk from the RER station




Visiting the main palace wasn't too terribly busy:







the most famous room
the most famous room







Ironically while the Versailles gardens are way better in the summmer, I actually prefered the palace in the Louvre. The gardens are huge but not as impressive in the winter when most things are dead. A 20mn walk way is the Trianon, other quarters away from the main palace, not as impressive to visit:









And that was it for Versailles. It still took a good 5H to visit between getting tickets, going through the gardens and visting the somewhat skipable Trianon residences. It was fun, but soemeone short on time can appreciate the royal rooms inside the Louvre, just as much, if not even more.

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2022/12/30 11H visit of the Louvre
π 2022-12-30 01:01 in Museums, Paris
It had been 15 years since I last went to the Louvre, apparently not even a full day. This time I planned to do the full 13H you can do on a friday, unfortunately arrived almost 1.5H late and by then the lines were already terrible: 5H line outside for the main tourist entrance, and 2H for the "fast" underground entrance for those with tickets. And advance tickets were sold out days in advance anyways. Getting in was a bit challenging, but I managed as always :)


ridiculous line already
ridiculous line already

all this to go through the security gate which I guess wasn't there before
all this to go through the security gate which I guess wasn't there before

Eventually got in and had aroud 9H to see most everything, still a lot but manageable if you're efficient. This time I started with the underground ruins of the castle that used to be in the place of the museum:


before
before

after
after

really cool that they only found this semi-recently when digging for extra galleries
really cool that they only found this semi-recently when digging for extra galleries



Lots more to see:




Then was time for the main museum, lots of rooms:


the audioguide wsa quite cool, based on a nintendo 3DS with geolocation
the audioguide wsa quite cool, based on a nintendo 3DS with geolocation

quite cool
quite cool

















I never take selfies :)
I never take selfies :)




found my fellow leo :)
found my fellow leo :)











unexpected statue :)
unexpected statue :)






Paintings came next:





the room with Mona Lisa was packed with people trying to take selfies
the room with Mona Lisa was packed with people trying to take selfies

for this
for this

all these people
all these people

More rooms still:





inside joke :)
inside joke :)









The King/Castle section of the Louvre is better than Versailles in my opinion:













And more to see still, by then the day was getting a bit late, got to see almost everything before they started closing around 21:30:





and we eventually got kicked out
and we eventually got kicked out

Nice to finish with a night shot:


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2022/12/28 Illuminations aux Jardins des Plantes
π 2022-12-28 01:01 in Outings, Paris
While in Paris, le Jardin des Plantes had beautiful illuminations. It reminded me of Dubai Glow Park. It being France, they actually put work into the science part, showing interesting insects and even microbes:





France still isn't too PG yet, nicely done :)
France still isn't too PG yet, nicely done :)














even a representation of mycelium, nice...
even a representation of mycelium, nice...

I was happy when I guessed tardigrade
I was happy when I guessed tardigrade



fruit flies...
fruit flies...

Cheese mites (they also had dust mites)
Cheese mites (they also had dust mites)

bacteria
bacteria


CV19, even
CV19, even


and the worst STI, a baby :)
and the worst STI, a baby :)

This was lovely light expo, super well done....

2022/12/21 Another Paris Xmas With Some Sightseeing
π 2022-12-21 01:01 in Paris, Trips
First night, I went to Odeon with my dad to see an interesting play. It was sold out and I didn't have tickets, but I was able to get one from someone who had a spare when I got there and got to see the play:




fun restaurant across the street with tables in ski gondola cabins
fun restaurant across the street with tables in ski gondola cabins

The next evening, I spent a bit of time in Paris and walked around to see the lights and Xmas houses before seeing a show that was a cross between circus and a play:







A few days later, went to Paris again to meet some school friends for lunch:

plenty of random nice churches, popped in a few on the way
plenty of random nice churches, popped in a few on the way

small cars are always fun :)
small cars are always fun :)

Great to see Rani, Laurent and Franck
Great to see Rani, Laurent and Franck


went back out to see a few lights
went back out to see a few lights



cool Xmas houses, always fun to see
cool Xmas houses, always fun to see



The next day, I went out during the day for more sightseeing staring with the center of Paris:











Then, going back to the Panthéon felt like a good idea, especially since it was going to rain. The building has fascinating history. Sure enough, there was a long line to get in too and no online tickets for that day. I had to get creative again to get in:






the underground crypt is quite interesting and houses lots of famous people
the underground crypt is quite interesting and houses lots of famous people

Marie Curie is properly recognized for the brilliant scientist she was
Marie Curie is properly recognized for the brilliant scientist she was




Back to the 1st arrondissement to enjoy lights and Xmas houses:

yummy but ridiculously overpriced nougat
yummy but ridiculously overpriced nougat


lime scooters despite hard to find or park legally, came in handy
lime scooters despite hard to find or park legally, came in handy

Another lime ride to the Jardin des Plantes for the night illuminations (click for pictures):


The next day, given the somewhat ok weather, it felt like a good idea to go to Sacré Coeur:

one of the 2 above ground subway lines
one of the 2 above ground subway lines


all the locks removed around the seine river are now ending up here?
all the locks removed around the seine river are now ending up here?

after 'a few' stairs :)
after 'a few' stairs :)











funny that the streets around are still open to cars somehow
funny that the streets around are still open to cars somehow




I tried a drawing for the first time
I tried a drawing for the first time

Interesting smile-smirk :)
Interesting smile-smirk :)


Back to 1er arrondissement, the seed and plant store is always fun to see:



Conciergerie was next, lots of history in that building that used to be a jail during the kings and french revolution. It also contains documents from the first republic (yes, France has 5 republics and constitutions, so that it's in better shape than the US whose constitution is hard to update for current times):


very cool sand structures
very cool sand structures

the video guide was interesting and showed views of how the place used to be
the video guide was interesting and showed views of how the place used to be




Sainte Chapelle is a beautiful churh but very hard to get into due to its location in the palace of Justice
Sainte Chapelle is a beautiful churh but very hard to get into due to its location in the palace of Justice

Then a quick trip to les jardins du louvre et l'arc de triomphe du carousel:




The nearby festivities had the big ferris wheel with great views, and another Xmas fair:

arrived just in time for sunset
arrived just in time for sunset

nice views
nice views











I went with the seared foie gras burger :)
I went with the seared foie gras burger :)

more overpriced nougat
more overpriced nougat

yes, I went for a bumper car ride, those don't suck and have proper power
yes, I went for a bumper car ride, those don't suck and have proper power





L'obelisque was not very far, so it was a good next stop leading to Champs Elysées:









It was fun to climb l'arc de triomphe again:









l'arche de la défense in the background
l'arche de la défense in the background

The next day was friday, which has late hours at the Louvre, so good day to visit (click for details). This was indeed an open to close until 21:30:




After that was Dec 31st with dinner plans that evening, so it was a good day to see Versailles:



while changing RER, you have to cross the seine on foot, and the orthodox church happened to be open
while changing RER, you have to cross the seine on foot, and the orthodox church happened to be open

first time I got in, in so many years, although it doesn't look like much inside :)
first time I got in, in so many years, although it doesn't look like much inside :)


The rest of the day was spent at Versailles (click me for more):


After NYE dinner with my dad, I figured it would be fun to do NYE in the middle of Paris, something I hadn't done in 22 years, but the dinner ran late and by the time I got to the subway it was packed and it was clear it would be impossible to get to Effeil tower, so I aborted and got out around République:


I was able to find the last lime bike available and barely get it by reserving it with my phone before someone else was able to snatch it, and biked like crazy to get to Obelisque just in time, literally down to the minute. A bit too close for comfort, but it worked out:




plaee was packed of course, champs elysées was actually shut down because it was full
plaee was packed of course, champs elysées was actually shut down because it was full



I then tried to complete my plan to get to Effeil tower, which was done by lime bike again since the whole city was gridlocked. Even biking was hard due to the number of pedestrians everywhere and all streets blocked with cars all stuck. But I made it:


The following day was a good day to see les grands magasins boulevard hausman and Google:











Thankfully it was a nice day for a change, good time to go to the eiffel tower:




I tried Batobus, not the best viewing but easy to get on and off
I tried Batobus, not the best viewing but easy to get on and off











After getting off the boat, a semi random walk to see some sights:

another random church on the way
another random church on the way





This interesting bit is the biggest piece of the wall that used to be around Paris:


And ending at Place des Voges with interesting art as always:














And that was the end of a good trip:


The flight home was nice until we failed to land in SFO due to terrible weather:



so we had to land in Sacramento
so we had to land in Sacramento

after a multiple hour stop in Sacramento, finally landed in SFO
after a multiple hour stop in Sacramento, finally landed in SFO

I got 2 flights for the price of one:

  • https://flightaware.com/live/flight/AFR84/history/20230104/0940Z/LFPG/KSMF
  • https://flightaware.com/live/flight/AFR84/history/20230105/0112Z/KSMF/KSFO
  • But once in SFO, the torrential rain had not stopped and caused a landslide on hwy 280 with fallen trees in the middle of the freeway, so it took a while to get home:


    2022/12/17 Jason Ross at San Jose Civic
    π 2022-12-17 01:01 in Clubbing
    Fun to be back to San Jose Civic after a couple of weeks, this time for Jason Ross and multiple other DJs that played various kinds of dubstep. Not my usual music, but fun to do something different:


    Nice to see my friend Kepik open
    Nice to see my friend Kepik open





    some pretty dope visuals
    some pretty dope visuals



    Jason Ross was last, and did a great job
    Jason Ross was last, and did a great job





    It was definitely an interesting mix of dubstep and other things. Different and yet enenjoyable.

    Video Summary:

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    2022/12/14 A Few Dives on Hawaii's Big Island
    π 2022-12-14 01:01 in Diving
    I had a few days before Xmas and Hawaii's big island sounded like an easy trip, and fun with the recent lava flows, so I went there a few days and did 8 dives over 3 days.

    On the first day, I did a couple of dives with Big Island Divers in the afternoon/evening to see the Manta Rays. The Manta Ray Night Dive is spectacular as always:
















    Short Video:

    Long Video:

    Water hovered between 27C and 25C even at night, which was borderline cold for my 3mm wetsuit, but thankfully I didn't get cold (I added a hood when not moving much).

    The next days, I did 2 more dives with Big Island Divers in the morning:











    Kona Shore Divers was super nice to take me last minute for 2 more dives in the afternoon just before the Luau I had that night:









    The 3rd morning, for my last hours in Kona before driving to Hilo, 2 more dives with Big Island Divers:






    Thank you to

    2022/12/14 2nd Flight Around the Big Island
    π 2022-12-14 01:01 in Nflying
    It had been a while, but since I had a good excuse to go spend a few days in Hawaii and the Big Island sounded like a good idea thanks to the recent lava flows. Unfortunately those lava flows stopped a few days before we arrived, so not very exciting pictures, but it was still a fun flight.
    The only downside was the price of $500/h for C182+CFI, it's 60% more expensive than flying in CA, which is already not cheap.

    I had to look up my last flight, it was in 2009: Flight Around Hawaii's Big Island

    Here is the flight this time:

    Anyway, I'm glad there was a single flight club left on the island with a single plane left able to take 3 people (C182):




    I had to wait a bit before takeoff:


    Kona is the main airport on the big island
    Kona is the main airport on the big island

    finally taking off
    finally taking off



    Kona has boats, snorkling and diving
    Kona has boats, snorkling and diving

    The full tour of the island takes time, even in a C182, it was 2.8H total. It was nice to see the stark contrast between the different sides of the island:

    my trusty copilot/CFI, who thankfully did all the radio and airspace work
    my trusty copilot/CFI, who thankfully did all the radio and airspace work

    even the kona side had older lava flows
    even the kona side had older lava flows


    beautiful waters too
    beautiful waters too

    more lava flow
    more lava flow


    stark altitude contrast
    stark altitude contrast

    south tip of the island
    south tip of the island

    After a while, we finally arrived to volcano national park:


    crater road used to go around, but the volcano grew and took the road away
    crater road used to go around, but the volcano grew and took the road away

    Jagger Museum is now closed because it's now on the edge of the crater and was damaged by earthquake
    Jagger Museum is now closed because it's now on the edge of the crater and was damaged by earthquake


    After a few loops, down chasins of crater road:









    cool road to nowhere (after lava flow)
    cool road to nowhere (after lava flow)

    After that, got to Hilo and did the rest of the island loop:



    lots of bridges
    lots of bridges


    many waterfalls
    many waterfalls

    Waipo valley
    Waipo valley













    And finally back to Kona airport after 2.8h, also clearly built on top of a lava flow:


    Not cheap, but it was fun to do this flight again after 13 years ;)

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