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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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2017/05/07 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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2017/04/30 Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival
π 2017-04-30 00:00 in Public
Another year, another Cherry Blossom Festival in Cupertino, nice demos, displays and art:



Multiple sport demos and performances:





For animals, a koi pond, and japanese dogs:





Lots of Ikebana:











Dolls:




Kanji Art:




Dance and music performances:



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2016/12/29 Mini Europe in Bruxelles
π 2016-12-29 00:00 in Belgium, Public
For our first day in Bruxelles, we went to check out Mini Europe because it looked fun. and it was. The only mistake is that we should have gone to see the Atomium first, before the line got stupidly long. I did get a few pictures Mini Europe from the Atomium, and those were nice:






sacre coeur
sacre coeur

And here are some pictures taken from inside:









nice model of centre george pompidou
nice model of centre george pompidou


sacre coeur
sacre coeur



pisa
pisa

venice
venice






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2016/12/26 Bruges' Choco Story and Bruxelles' Chocolate Village Museum
π 2016-12-26 00:00 in Belgium, Public
Belgium is obviously known for good chocolate, and they have lots of it. In both Bruges and Bruxelles, we went to see chocolate museums, which were both informative.

Let's start with Bruges' Choco Story. Sadly by the time we arrived there, it was 16:30, or 30mn from closing time. so we had to go through it quickly. Still, it gave a good overview of how cocoa beans were discovered, which birds ate them, and the complicated process to turn them into yummy chocolate :) (they also had a demo showing how to make a specific kind of chocolate):



pretty, that bird that eats the cocoa beans :)
pretty, that bird that eats the cocoa beans :)

the beans are colorful too
the beans are colorful too





Choco frites, really? :)
Choco frites, really? :)


all the reasons why chocolate is good for your health :)
all the reasons why chocolate is good for your health :)




yummy samples to try on the way out :)
yummy samples to try on the way out :)

A few days later, while in Bruxelles, we went to see the Chocolage Village Museum, which sure took its museum job seriously, and had even more displays:



fantastic model of the basilica
fantastic model of the basilica


atomium
atomium

They also had a place where wthey were growing real cocoa plants:


chocolate is easy
chocolate is easy

a 'mere' 15 steps...
a 'mere' 15 steps...

I quite enjoyed their poster and comics collection too:






you be a good boy and you get chocolate, simple :)
you be a good boy and you get chocolate, simple :)

2016/12/11 Visit of Black Chasm Cavern, in Volcano, CA, on SR88 on the way to Kirkwood
π 2016-12-11 00:00 in Public
After having gone to Kirkwood where the conditions were terrible, we left early since skiing ice was no fun at all. Arturo made the great suggestion of going to visit Black Chasm Cavern on the road back, just off SR88.

So let's be honest, it's far from being the best cavern I've visited in the US, however, it has a vast arrays of rare helictite crystals, which I had never seen anywhere else. Water pressure causes water droplets to be pushed out of the rock, evaporate, and leaves behind very unusual organic looking growths:














Good call Arturo, thank you (and thanks to Johannes for getting us there)

2016/11/25 Chinese Illuminations at Gilroy Gardens
π 2016-11-25 00:00 in Public
Since Jennifer's parents were visiting for thanksgiving, Jennifer had the good idea to take us to Gilroy Gardens which had some really nice Chinesee illuminations and included a decent performance too:
















It was very well done, quite worth the trek there, and the money.

2016/09/13 Hummingbird in our Yard
π 2016-09-13 00:00 in Public
The Lantanas that have replaced our grass are in full bloom, and the local hummingbirds have noticed. Love those little guys :)





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2016/09/04 Burning Man's Red Lightening's 360 Dome, Showing Samskara
π 2016-09-04 00:00 in Bm, Public
Red Lightening at Burning Man 2016, had an awesome 360 video show by Android Jones. There were long lines every night to go see it, it wsa hard to get in. I got lucky and was able to, and I'm sharing a few shots and a quick summary video for those who weren't able to see it:









2016/06/04 Another Wine and Art Festival in Sunnyvale
π 2016-06-04 00:00 in Public
No frills, just a good excuse to go out and get a bit of sun :)












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