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2019/06/01 Sunnyvale Art and Wine Festival
π 2019-06-01 01:01 in Public
It was Sunnyvale's turn to have their festival, so we biked there, and here are a few pictures:


























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2019/05/21 Brian Cox at SF's SHN Orpheum Theatre
π 2019-05-21 01:01 in Public
I've also been a fan of Brian Cox since watching his many BBC shows on the universe and kind of chuckled at his last one where he got the BBC to pay for nice vacations around the world and tie it back in a universe show anyway :)

When I heard he was coming to San Francisco, I figured it would be fun to go see him. Contrary to Neil deGrasse Tyson at San Jose Center for Performing Arts, his talk was a bit more technical, and explained the concept of spacetime in a way that most people could grasp.

However, about half the talk was also more metaphysical, mostly with his sidekick (whom I didn't know), Robin Ince, who I just found out, is actually a comedian. I wasn't as much of a fan of his part which I thought detracted of other things Brian could have shared with us.

That being said, it was still a good evening, happy to have gone to see him with Jennifer:












2019/05/11 Silicon Valley Open Studios
π 2019-05-11 01:01 in Public
Jennifer reminded us of the yearly silicon valley open studio weekend, which is a nice way to see all kinds of art around the area, so we did point to point biking to check them out, which was nice both for going around the neighborhood, and checking places out.

Some of the locations were schools with art teachers, others were art studios, and others still were private residences:

those were school student projects (not for sale)
those were school student projects (not for sale)



interesting art that uses google maps approximate 3D projections as source for paintings
interesting art that uses google maps approximate 3D projections as source for paintings

studio in los gatos
studio in los gatos



cool animated jewelry art
cool animated jewelry art









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2019/05/05 Mountain View à la Carte Festival
π 2019-05-05 01:01 in Public
Another festival. They're not that different anymore, but still fun enough for a rew hours out:













2019/04/29 Repair Café in Palo Alto
π 2019-04-29 01:01 in Public
After trying to fix her expresso machine (which she ended up managing in the end, and it was no small feat), Jennifer found out about repair cafés, and after going to one in Mountain View, we went to the one it was based after and that is in Palo Alto: Repair Cafe Palo Alto

They had lots of volunteers helping to try and fix a bunch of things. Some were harder than others. They were surprisingly well equipped and went from fixing weed wackers to clothes:



we tried the CD player we had and that skips sometimes. Sadly it was nothing obvious, so we didn't succeed
we tried the CD player we had and that skips sometimes. Sadly it was nothing obvious, so we didn't succeed


fans are more of my league
fans are more of my league

multiple typewriters
multiple typewriters

other volunteers helped with clothes
other volunteers helped with clothes

and of course bikes
and of course bikes

It was nice to see all those volunteers being able to help people out.

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2019/04/29 Water Lantern Festival
π 2019-04-29 01:01 in Public
Jennifer found the water lantern festival, which is a floating version of the chinese lantern festival where flying lanterns can cause a problem in airspace with planes everywhere.
It wasn't a bad idea per se, but sadly the organizers didn't seem to have a clue about wind and picked a place with the launch area south of the lake. Unsurprisingly, everyone put their lanterns and they didn't go anyhwere. It was quite underwhelming...






Given the wind, people went to a dicy slope to try and launch from the side of the lake. It made things a little bit better, but it was still mostly against the wind:





Most lanterns were stuck at the launching point, how silly:






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2019/04/13 Monster Jam's Monster Trucks at Levi Stadium
π 2019-04-13 01:01 in Public
We had never seen Monster Trucks in real life, so when I heard they were coming close to home, I figured it would be fun to go check it out.
It was impressive and fun to watch.

had never been to levi's stadium before
had never been to levi's stadium before

it's both small and big
it's both small and big

the trucks had fun shells
the trucks had fun shells

a bunch of them
a bunch of them

They had those 3 events:

Head to head races, which were maybe fixed a bit, or not




2 wheel balancing for points






Freestyle for points

For freestyle, they just went all out, including backflips until they ended up stuck on their back, or with a flat tire:


too much fun = flat tire
too much fun = flat tire


It was definitely worth going once, although by the end, we felt like we got it, and probably don't need to go back. Still, we enjoyed it (outside of the cold wind for Jennifer).

2019/04/07 Visiting Mt Umunhum, One of the Bay Area's 4 Top Peaks
π 2019-04-07 01:01 in Public
Jennifer read about Mt Umunhum, which has an access road I had driven by before on spirited drives, but didn't actually know it was there. We went to check it out and the drive there and up was already part of the fun :)

Once at the top, there is a small visitor center. It used to be a radar site to detect invasions, and was eventually shut down and left to rot. Eventually it was re-habilitated close to its original aspect and turned into a small park with nice views.

The 4 peaks of the bay area, Mt Umunhum, Mt Hamilton, Mt Diablo, and Mt Tamalpais.


The park is actually a very short walk, but the viewpoint is good on a clear day. There are a few signs you can read and an audioguide you can get on android:






Mt Hamilton across the bay
Mt Hamilton across the bay

Old radar building that was used to detect potential enemy planes coming from the pacific
Old radar building that was used to detect potential enemy planes coming from the pacific



Respect to the native americans who used to live here
Respect to the native americans who used to live here

2019/03/26 Neil deGrasse Tyson at San Jose Center for Performing Arts
π 2019-03-26 01:01 in Public
Like many, I'm a big fan of Neil deGrasse Tyson, so it was a pleasure to see him at the San Jose Center for Performing Arts. He gave us one of many talks he has (around 20), "An Astrophysicist Reads The Newspaper".

He had lots of fun slides, it was a great evening (about 2H)


the slide that can't be unseen, why 'pluto' is called 'pluto', and it's still not a planet
the slide that can't be unseen, why 'pluto' is called 'pluto', and it's still not a planet

he called it 'Murrrrrica's Eclipse, becuase no other country got to see it ;)
he called it 'Murrrrrica's Eclipse, becuase no other country got to see it ;)


that's why it's called a 'U'fo
that's why it's called a 'U'fo

he's asking everyone 'please use your phones and take pictures next time you get abducted'
he's asking everyone 'please use your phones and take pictures next time you get abducted'

sucks when aliens can't drive
sucks when aliens can't drive

he bought that book and read it for fun :)
he bought that book and read it for fun :)


flat earth is making a comeback
flat earth is making a comeback


we escaped judgement day many times
we escaped judgement day many times



why more babies are born during full moons: because people have more sex during full moons :)
why more babies are born during full moons: because people have more sex during full moons :)

supermoon is bullshit
supermoon is bullshit


Germany has more cool stuff on their money than the US does
Germany has more cool stuff on their money than the US does



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no comment

still no comment
still no comment


Several slides on Ligo, which I knew about, because I enjoy following that stuff :)








agreed :)
agreed :)




He finished with Saturn and Cassini:

awesome backlit picture of saturn
awesome backlit picture of saturn

Cassini had to be destroyed to ensure it would not mistakenly contaminate one of the moons with earth microbes
Cassini had to be destroyed to ensure it would not mistakenly contaminate one of the moons with earth microbes

2018/11/06 Caterpillar Growing Kit for Jennifer's Birthday
π 2018-11-06 01:01 in Public
What do you get someone who already had everything? :) Well, live caterpillars of course :)

They come in a container that has food:

they were quite small when we got them
they were quite small when we got them

they quickly grew
they quickly grew


After a week or so, they turn into chrysalis and stay that way for over 2 weeks. Those weeks are not very eventful:


they make a shell and drop what their used to be their head
they make a shell and drop what their used to be their head

we then cleaned the gooey hair and install them in the growing kit
we then cleaned the gooey hair and install them in the growing kit


after much wait, the first butterflies finally got out
after much wait, the first butterflies finally got out


when they get out, they don't fly yet, they need time for their wings to harden
when they get out, they don't fly yet, they need time for their wings to harden

Sadly one of them had a shell that did not open right, got stuck while trying to get out and broke both its wings and a leg :(


once I confirmed that the poor thing even had a broken leg and was apparently bleeding through its broken wings, I ended its suffering
once I confirmed that the poor thing even had a broken leg and was apparently bleeding through its broken wings, I ended its suffering

Over the next few days, the other ones came out too, the last ones just in time before our trip. We went to release them before flying out:







Within a few minutes, most of them had flown off. Sadly the weather is not ideal for them anymore as nights get cold and rain was in the forecast, but we hope they make it.
All in all, it took 22 days from when we got the shipment with baby caterpillars to setting them free.


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