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2017/05/28 3rd set Back to the Roots kits
π 2017-05-28 00:00 in Public
I had tried back to the roots before, and it was fun. I was curious to try different mushrooms this time though.
  • Try #1
  • Try #2
  • Tried some Lion Mare, very interesting and easy to grow mushroom that is actually quite tasty:

    it was already primed when I got it, ready to grow
    it was already primed when I got it, ready to grow


    before long...
    before long...

    nice
    nice

    it came to a sad end for the mushroom, but it was yummy for us :)
    it came to a sad end for the mushroom, but it was yummy for us :)

    The other set was yellow oyster mushroom. This was a bit more picky. It had to be tented in to keep the moisture, otherwise it would dry out. However, doing so would also asphyxiate it and it would die because it couldn't breathe, but if you make too many breathing holes, then it's at risk of drying out again:

    it started well
    it started well


    and then it died
    and then it died

    tried again
    tried again

    and then it died, again
    and then it died, again

    one more try
    one more try

    and finally it worked out
    and finally it worked out

    good crop
    good crop

    tried a 2nd crop
    tried a 2nd crop

    not as big, but still enough to eat
    not as big, but still enough to eat

    the end :)
    the end :)

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    2017/05/27 2017 Dreamstate in San Francisco
    π 2017-05-27 00:00 in Clubbing
    Last year, Dreamstate was in January, which was a bit cold and rainy when we got out. To be honest, it was much nicer in May, even if it was a bit close to EDC as a result. It was a great lineup, a nice 16 hours of trance with 16 DJs

    This was the perfect excuse to go try my new shirt + pants with neopixels I had worked on (including new light effect code I wrote and battery saving patch to run up to 12H on a single battery). I found a few other people who were lit up, but compared to burning man where you'd get "oh, 200 neopixels, so cute, I have 1000 Watts' worth on my art car, they can be seen 2 miles away", there weren't too many people lit up. I found 5 or 6 of them though:



    After some questions, I wrote a separate page on my lit up shirt and pants.

    Day #1: Video summary:

    Ruben de Ronde
    Ruben de Ronde



    Menno de Jong
    Menno de Jong


    Ben Nicky
    Ben Nicky








    Pure Nrg did a great set playing drums on top of that
    Pure Nrg did a great set playing drums on top of that





    Liquid Soul
    Liquid Soul





    Good to see Paul Oakenfold again, it's been 16 years since I first saw him
    Good to see Paul Oakenfold again, it's been 16 years since I first saw him


    hard to get Oakey smiling nowadays, he doesn't seem that happy the rest of the time
    hard to get Oakey smiling nowadays, he doesn't seem that happy the rest of the time




    Markus Schulz
    Markus Schulz





    Paul Van Dyk
    Paul Van Dyk





    After a bit of rest, it was Day #2: Video summary:

    Binary Finary
    Binary Finary

    Fleming & Lawrence
    Fleming & Lawrence





    Bryan Kearney
    Bryan Kearney



    Vini Vici
    Vini Vici












    Astrix
    Astrix


    John O' Callaghan
    John O' Callaghan




    Ferry Corsten
    Ferry Corsten





    Gareth Emery
    Gareth Emery

    Cool audio gear:

    this is for work
    this is for work

    but you can even play tetris on it
    but you can even play tetris on it



    Some crowd shots:










    Sadly, not enough people with lighting:



    Some people shots:









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    2017/05/26 Jean Michel Jarre @ Berkeley Greek Theatre
    π 2017-05-26 00:00 in Clubbing
    I've been a fan of Jean Michel Jarre since the 1980's when I was a teenager. Along with Vangelis, Jean Michel Jarre is one of the founders of Electronic Music. The two of them were popular before anyone else was even around doing any EDM.

    Sadly, I never managed to go see him perform way back then, so it was super cool to see that he did a US tour and that I'd finally be able to see him. Better late than never...

    Here's a video summary:



    JMJ did a tune with Snowden
    JMJ did a tune with Snowden




    JMJ is most well known for his laser musical harp
    JMJ is most well known for his laser musical harp










    Thanks to my friend Arnaud, we got invited to the after party for the crew:





    2017/05/24 KitTea Cat Cafe
    π 2017-05-24 00:00 in Cats
    Jennifer and I finally were in San Francisco on a day other than Tuesday when KitTea Cafe is closed, so we went to check it out:











    Jennifer made a good friend there:






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    2017/05/24 Dinner at Quince, the Latest 3 Star Michelin Rated Restaurant in SF
    π 2017-05-24 00:00 in Dining
    Since we were in SF to go see a Hamilton matinée (great show by the way), we used the opportunity to have dinner at Quince. Funny thing is that it's on the other side of the wall from Coi, with 2 stars.

    I guess they are Saison's competitor and honestly Saison was totally overpriced without being better. Quince is definitely a better deal, and had more courses (not that more is always better, but in this case it was).

    Some pictures:





















    Definitely a good dinner and Jennifer enjoyed the wine course (good pairings).

    2017/05/20 Verso Kyau n Albert
    π 2017-05-20 00:00 in Clubbing


    DJ Blurr
    DJ Blurr


    Kyay and_Albert then took over
    Kyay and_Albert then took over



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    2017/05/20 Maker Faire
    π 2017-05-20 00:00 in Public



    blade runner umbrella was all I needed :)
    blade runner umbrella was all I needed :)

    3D printed shoes, pretty cool actually
    3D printed shoes, pretty cool actually

    this would be very cool at burning man :)
    this would be very cool at burning man :)

    tiny arcade worked and looked super cool
    tiny arcade worked and looked super cool

    Z80 clone, very cool
    Z80 clone, very cool




    nice way to show how FPV works
    nice way to show how FPV works




    Miniature worlds were great:





    Big things:

    remember seeing those guys at burning man, they look better at night ;)
    remember seeing those guys at burning man, they look better at night ;)


    this robot was cool, but unreliable
    this robot was cool, but unreliable

    and it died before being able to hit the car (on its 3rd failed attempt)
    and it died before being able to hit the car (on its 3rd failed attempt)


    the Tesla coil from my neighbours at Burning Man
    the Tesla coil from my neighbours at Burning Man

    The dark room was fun as always:






    The Google booth had some friends:

    learning about the upcoming total eclipse
    learning about the upcoming total eclipse

    A few talks:




    Ahah, other people have been making neomatrices:



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    2017/05/18 Droid and Friends, Thunderhill 3 miles, and first track day of the year
    π 2017-05-18 00:00 in Cars
    Tires were noe new, I was rusty, fair amount of slow traffic blocking on many laps, so not my best times, But eh, it was a day at the track, so still had a good time :)

    Attila's new ride
    Attila's new ride

    Oh boy, this looks mean :)
    Oh boy, this looks mean :)


    Hopefully mine doesn't look too bad :)
    Hopefully mine doesn't look too bad :)

    Ovidiu doing a test fit :)
    Ovidiu doing a test fit :)

    tire testing, or something :)
    tire testing, or something :)

    BR Racing, to support us and our cars. Thanks guys!
    BR Racing, to support us and our cars. Thanks guys!

    Looking forward to the next one.

    2017/05/07 MTV A La Carte Art Festival
    π 2017-05-07 00:00 in Public


    a roomba for grass, good iea, but expensive ($1500+)
    a roomba for grass, good iea, but expensive ($1500+)





    Always nice pictures:





    Also, nice display of RC aircraft and cars:












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    2017/05/06 Omakase @ Mitsunobu
    π 2017-05-06 00:00 in Dining
    I wanted to give Jennifer a change from home cooking, so we went to Mitsunobu for their Omakase tasting menu. It was good :)









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    2017/05/05 NDA drive to Alice's
    π 2017-05-05 00:00 in Cars
    Nice day, lunch a bit far, twisty road on the way? Sign me up :)









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    2017/05/01 My 2nd Shout Out By Armin On The State Of Trance
    π 2017-05-01 00:00 in Clubbing
    First time was in 2006: https://youtu.be/ymkcqzs1AFg?t=1h48m10s

    Then, in 2017: https://youtu.be/DKVqUDhz3Cc?t=33m50s


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