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2013/09/29 Beyond Wonderland at Shoreline
π 2013-09-29 00:00 in Clubbing
I went there the day before after work to see what it was going to look like before the festival started:


They used an octocopter to take pictures or video, cool:

That would not be a bad job to be paid for :)
That would not be a bad job to be paid for :)


I went on sunday which seemed to have more Trance artists. In hindsight, I should likely have gone Saturday too, but oh well...


I soon went to see Cosmic Gate:





I went to walk around a bit after that:



Next was Gareth Emery:




Here's a quick video of Concrete Angel, a favourite from their track:

Went to checkout the night tent which looked like weird 3D with their difracting glasses:






Next was Zed's Dead, which I followed for a while. I'm not a DnB fan, but actually this was quite interesting and hard not to beat your head to the beat eventually :)

And to finish the night, I had to pick between Tiësto and W&W, rising Trance stars. I went to see Tiësto for just a few minutes, but since he's stopped doing Trance many years ago, so I spent the rest of the night seeing W&W:









A few of their better tunes, including the finale:

It was a very good, and 10mns from home no less, can't beat that. Looking forward to next year.

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2013/09/21 New Orleans Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
π 2013-09-21 00:00 in Aquariums
New Orleans had a small aquarium, so we went to check it out:











The aquarium also had a bunch of parakeets. Totally unrelated, but quite fun :)








2013/09/18 Linuxcon 2013 in New Orleans
π 2013-09-18 00:00 in Linux
Another year, another Linuxcon US. This year it was in New Orleans and I gave a talk about Live upgrading many thousand servers from an ancient Red Hat distribution to a 10 year newer Debian based one. It was my 2nd time giving the talk, and it was very well received. There was definitely interest from some of the members on rethinking on how to do things.

After the conference, Jennifer and I used the opportunity to visit a bit. Details are on Visiting New Orleans.

Some pictures from the keynotes:









The 2nd evening, we had a nice dinner at a the Elms Mansion with other attendees:





The following evening, they actually did a Mardi Gras parade for us, with floats and cops to block the road. That kind of felt wrong that you could just buy a parade through the city on a random day, but it was too much fun for me to really worry about it :)
We finished at the house of blues for a great evening:









And a few misc pictures:





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2013/09/15 Visiting New Orleans
π 2013-09-15 00:00 in Trips


Since we were in New Orleans for linuxcon 2013, Jennifer and I went to visit the town after the conference.

On our first day out after, we went to the Audubon Zoo:





nice nails
nice nails






















We then spent the rest of the afternoon looking at houses in the Garden District, where we went via street car:








And we finished with one of several restaurant dinners with foie gras :)







The next day, we went through the French Quarter:















We checked out the museums on the main plaza, worth some time: Katrina, History of New Orleans and Slavery, Jazz History, Mardi Gras,







Jennifer's ankle was getting a bit tired, so we got a bike taxi to go through the French Quarter streets:






The last and next day, it was pouring rain, but we used the time to go to the Insectarium and the Aquarium, both were actually pretty good and worth the time:





This one really looks like a leaf
This one really looks like a leaf




WaowWiFi












Then, we went to the Aquarium:







The aquarium also had a bunch of parakeets. Totally unrelated, but quite fun :)








And we just had enough time to go to the airport and fly home after that.

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2013/09/14 Arduino Training and Hacking at Google
π 2013-09-14 00:00 in Arduino, Google
I was able to join an arduino 101 class at Google today. Ok, I wasn't an arduino neophyte, but there are a few useful things I learned during the class, and more importantly got to hack on new IO devices (I2C LCD and I2C LED matrix) which I had never interacted with before, as well as with an IR distance sensor which has pluses I was not aware of compared to the ultrasonic sensors.

I had good time hacking with this, and in the end was able to make a game where you keep a ball inside the square with an accelerometer while another person can adjust the game speed with the IR sensor. When you lose, you get appropriate sound and screen animation (doesn't look like much, but this is usually what takes the most coding time).

coworkers at work :)
coworkers at work :)

my first try
my first try

someone made an almost working pong game
someone made an almost working pong game

another keep the ball in the square game
another keep the ball in the square game

My finished device in smal form factor fitting on top of the arduino
My finished device in smal form factor fitting on top of the arduino

Here's my demo to my coworkers, using my external clean power supply:

And the same thing in a small form factor, using the noisy arduino voltage ref (this is why it's moving so much in the init phase, despite no input). I'll have to do some analog electronics to clean that up:

This was definitely time well spent and a good learning experience.

2013/09/02 Private Car Collection at Estrella Warbird Museum/Paso Robles Airport
π 2013-09-02 00:00 in Cars
While flying through to Paso Robles to go to Hearst Castle, I went to the Estrella Warbird Museum and it happens to have a nice little car collection too, so here are a few pictures:



Nice camping car :)
Nice camping car :)








2013/09/02 Estrella Warbird Museum at Paso Robles Airport
π 2013-09-02 00:00 in Flying
While flying through to Paso Robles to go to Hearst Castle, I noticed from the air that they had a small museum, so I went to check it out. Quite frankly, it's a small local airplane museum, but I still enjoy seeing them anyway:


























2013/09/01 Flight to Oceano Beach and Paso Robles, Visit of Hearst Castle
π 2013-09-01 00:00 in Flying, Trips
Over labor day weekend, we went out for 2 days. We flew to Oceano down the coast for ATV riding and camping close to the beach, and the next day we flew to Paso Robles for museum/wine tasting and visiting Hearst Castle before flying back that evening. It was a great trip

the two folding bikes were a bit touch to fit, but they fit
the two folding bikes were a bit touch to fit, but they fit

nice shot of Santa Cruz
nice shot of Santa Cruz



the great coastal drive on hwy 1
the great coastal drive on hwy 1


Hearst Castle's Private Runway we weren't allowed to use
Hearst Castle's Private Runway we weren't allowed to use




All the beach campers for labor day weekend
All the beach campers for labor day weekend

Oceano Airport. The runway is shorter than it seems
Oceano Airport. The runway is shorter than it seems


Eventually we got to Oceano, and setup our tent before going to a rental shop to get a couple of ATVs and go play on the dunes (Oceano has the biggest dune area in California):



basic camping site, but good enough for us
basic camping site, but good enough for us





oh noes, I got stuck at the top of the hill
oh noes, I got stuck at the top of the hill


at least it's a good place to use your truck
at least it's a good place to use your truck


trying to go up the hill again, not going to make it
trying to go up the hill again, not going to make it


plenty of california I'll keep my guns rednecks having fun :)
plenty of california I'll keep my guns rednecks having fun :)



WTF happened here?
WTF happened here?

we finished the evening by biking to a restaurant before going back to our tent
we finished the evening by biking to a restaurant before going back to our tent


The next morning, we got up not too late, packed up, and flew off to Paso Robles. On the way there, I got a few more shots of the beach and the dunes:



Paso Robles Airport
Paso Robles Airport

Oh they have a small museum, sweet
Oh they have a small museum, sweet


Since I saw that there was a small museum at Paso Robles, I went to check it out while Jennifer went to a winery.

I have a separate page on Estrella Warbird Museum, as well as the Private Car Collection at Estrella Warbird Museum.



After the museum/winery, we drove to Hearst Castle (unfortunately a 1h drive, which sucks considering they have an airport, but it's private and they do not allow visitors to use it). Despite the time spent driving, Hearst Castle was great. We got their 3 guided tours and got to see virtually everything. It's a fantastic place well worth the tours:

visitor center
visitor center

you take their busses to the top
you take their busses to the top






Our first tour start with the cave and kitchen. Both well furnished:



chateau cheval blanc
chateau cheval blanc

chatteau laffitte
chatteau laffitte

curacao triple sec
curacao triple sec

Vermouth Noilly Prat de Marseille
Vermouth Noilly Prat de Marseille

Rest of the tours:




Hearst got a lot of fancy ceilings for his many rooms
Hearst got a lot of fancy ceilings for his many rooms











Tapisserie de Bayeux on the lamps, nice
Tapisserie de Bayeux on the lamps, nice







The swimming pools are fantastic:










After all the fun at Hearst Castle, we drove back to Paso Robles to fly back to Palo Alto:


177kt, sweet!
177kt, sweet!




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