Marc's Public Blog


All | Aquariums | Arduino | Btrfs | Cars | Cats | Clubbing | Dining | Diving | Electronics | Exercising | Festivals | Flying | Halloween | Hiking | Linux | Linuxha | Monuments | Museums | Public | Rc | Sciencemuseums | Snow | Solar | Trips




More pages: May 2022 April 2022 March 2022 February 2022 January 2022 December 2021 November 2021 October 2021 September 2021 August 2021 July 2021 June 2021 May 2021 April 2021 March 2021 February 2021 January 2021 December 2020 November 2020 October 2020 September 2020 August 2020 July 2020 June 2020 May 2020 April 2020 March 2020 February 2020 January 2020 December 2019 November 2019 October 2019 September 2019 August 2019 July 2019 June 2019 May 2019 April 2019 March 2019 February 2019 January 2019 December 2018 November 2018 October 2018 September 2018 August 2018 July 2018 June 2018 May 2018 April 2018 March 2018 February 2018 January 2018 December 2017 November 2017 October 2017 September 2017 August 2017 July 2017 June 2017 May 2017 April 2017 March 2017 February 2017 January 2017 December 2016 November 2016 October 2016 September 2016 August 2016 July 2016 June 2016 May 2016 April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 August 2006 July 2006 June 2006 May 2006 April 2006 March 2006 February 2006 January 2006 December 2005 November 2005 October 2005 September 2005 August 2005 July 2005 June 2005 May 2005 April 2005 March 2005 February 2005 January 2005 December 2004 November 2004 October 2004 September 2004 August 2004 July 2004 June 2004 May 2004 April 2004 March 2004 February 2004 January 2004 October 2003 August 2003 July 2003 May 2003 April 2003 March 2003 January 2003 November 2002 October 2002 July 2002 May 2002 April 2002 March 2002 February 2002 November 2001 October 2001 September 2001 August 2001 July 2001 June 2001 May 2001 April 2001 March 2001 February 2001 January 2001 December 2000 November 2000 October 2000 September 2000 August 2000 July 2000 June 2000 April 1999 March 1999 September 1997 August 1997 July 1996 September 1993 July 1991 December 1988 December 1985 January 1980




2022/05/11 McLaren F1 on Display at Google
π 2022-05-11 01:01 in Ncars
Due to the recent deal between Google and Mclaren, they brought last year's racecar to google for display. I went with a few Mclaren friends and we checked it out :)









See more images for McLaren F1 on Display at Google
2022/05/06 Mt Umunhum, Almaden Quicksilver Museum and County Park
π 2022-05-06 01:01 in Hiking
It had been a while since I went to Mt Umunhum, good day for a drive back up:













After that, went to check out the Almaden Quicksilver Museum, a very interesting museum about mercury that was mined there, and used for a fair amount of things, including getting gold from gold ore:





Next was a good hike in the Almaden Quicksilver County Park:















mine entrance, but you can't go inside
mine entrance, but you can't go inside

got that picture
got that picture


some ranger made a wrong turn :)
some ranger made a wrong turn :)

2022/05/06 Tasting Dinner at La Foret
π 2022-05-06 01:01 in Ndining
It had been a while, nice enjoyable dinner with good company :)













See more images for Tasting Dinner at La Foret
2022/05/01 Another Cherry Blossom Festival
π 2022-05-01 01:01 in Public
It had been a while since I had gone to the Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival, especially since it was cancelled the last two years. Very happy to go again this year.



so cute
so cute



I didn't even know Jyorei existed, very cool
I didn't even know Jyorei existed, very cool



kois are serious business in japan :)
kois are serious business in japan :)



Ikebana, flower arrangement, is always enjoyable:












The performances have always been good and enjoyable:











This was lots of fun, looking forward to the next time.

See more images for Another Cherry Blossom Festival
2022/04/30 Closing The Season End of April at Kirkwood
π 2022-04-30 01:01 in Nsnow
Despite this year not being a top snow year, we got a fair amount of snow in April, and this was probably the latest season closing for kirkwood in many years. It closed even after heavenly did. While I was kind of done for the season, going to meet Arturo, Peter, Ovidiu, and Johannes, was fun enough to make a day trip worth it.

Snow coverage was excellent for that time of the year, although the snow was obviously variable and you had to follow the sun or the snow was icy or too wet. Still, for that time of the year, it was better than average for sure.





great to meet ovidiu, it had been a while
great to meet ovidiu, it had been a while


and then there is this troublemaker
and then there is this troublemaker


chamoix was still in very good shape, snow all the way down
chamoix was still in very good shape, snow all the way down





palisades was still in great shape
palisades was still in great shape


People also had nice costumes:




Group pictures:








some music before the drive home :)
some music before the drive home :)

2022/04/18 The Thrillseekers 3 Hour Vinyl Set at Midway SF
π 2022-04-18 01:01 in Clubbing
This was a special treat, Steve came to Midway to do a 3H vinyl set for us, lots of oldies and perfect vinyl mixing, like the old days. Very skillfully done, a true treat.

Dezza opened the night:


After a while, we had power outages due to a utility pole having short circuits (some saw blue lightening). Thankfully PG&E fixed it pretty quickly considering:



Thankfully things were fixed in time by 23:00 for Steve to start his set:










found another Tshirt copycat :)
found another Tshirt copycat :)

Dave Dresden and his partner came to join us for the epic night
Dave Dresden and his partner came to join us for the epic night


Steve brough his own turntable needles for perfect rendition
Steve brough his own turntable needles for perfect rendition


It was a great night, super happy we got to go. Video summary:

2022/04/15 Late season dumps at Kirkwood
π 2022-04-15 01:01 in Nsnow
After a not so great season, we got multiple dumps end of season (and more as I write this). That's good for our water reserves, but of course the last dumps are a bit warm. Still, it had been a while since I had been able to go to kirkwood, so it was time for another snow trip.

Despite leaving at 13:00, the drive got delayed by 30mn due to traffic (damn, things clog up early now). That caused my tesla to save battery use (slower speed) and I had an estimate of 21% left of arrival before the last climb. This got down to 9% when I arrived, as my drive up took more than planned, as usual (despite virtually no snow on the road). Snow line was a bit over 6000ft, carson spur was not too covered anymore, so no worries about it closing:



coverage left was decent
coverage left was decent

The snow was a bit wet (high snoe line) and didn't stay much on the road/base, but the next morning, we had some. Unfortunately lifts opened 1h late due to lack of staff to do snow safety. Once opened, the snow was pretty good:



unfortunately lifts opened 1h late, lik
unfortunately lifts opened 1h late, lik




finally got to go up
finally got to go up



Chamoix was in really good shape
Chamoix was in really good shape

The wall still had a good amount of snow left
The wall still had a good amount of snow left

Even Palisades was still open
Even Palisades was still open


Day #2 had more snow, although it came late a night and continued throughout the day, it was pretty wet. Good amounts of snow, but the conditions were tough and most people got pretty wet. Snow was pretty wet and heavy and took a lot of effort to ride. Still, not complaining, it was fun :)




as a result, few people running the lifts, even on a sunday.
as a result, few people running the lifts, even on a sunday.

See more images for Late season dumps at Kirkwood
2022/04/10 California African American Museum
π 2022-04-10 01:01 in Museums
Small museum in the expo park, some interesting paintings and pictures:











2022/04/10 LA's California Science Center
π 2022-04-10 01:01 in Sciencemuseums
It had been a while since I had been in the area, so since ASOT 1000 was happening in the same location, it was a good excuse to go visit again:



The really cool part of that museum is of course the space shuttle that was moved there:

including a booster
including a booster




After flying the space shuttle to LAX (through a nice flight across the california coast, I remember seeing it when it flew by the bay area), they show the challenging trip to the science center:













The rest of the museum was still fun to see, including a next expo on Ankor:






And nice gardens on the way out:


See more images for LA's California Science Center
2022/04/09 State of Trance 1000 Pre-Party at La Chuperia
π 2022-04-09 01:01 in Clubbing
Before ASOT 1000, we had a pre-party at a restaurant/bar across the street, and had some nice trance DJs play for us, including Triode. Good way to spend a few hours before the show, thanks for the DJs:











More pages: May 2022 April 2022 March 2022 February 2022 January 2022 December 2021 November 2021 October 2021 September 2021 August 2021 July 2021 June 2021 May 2021 April 2021 March 2021 February 2021 January 2021 December 2020 November 2020 October 2020 September 2020 August 2020 July 2020 June 2020 May 2020 April 2020 March 2020 February 2020 January 2020 December 2019 November 2019 October 2019 September 2019 August 2019 July 2019 June 2019 May 2019 April 2019 March 2019 February 2019 January 2019 December 2018 November 2018 October 2018 September 2018 August 2018 July 2018 June 2018 May 2018 April 2018 March 2018 February 2018 January 2018 December 2017 November 2017 October 2017 September 2017 August 2017 July 2017 June 2017 May 2017 April 2017 March 2017 February 2017 January 2017 December 2016 November 2016 October 2016 September 2016 August 2016 July 2016 June 2016 May 2016 April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 August 2006 July 2006 June 2006 May 2006 April 2006 March 2006 February 2006 January 2006 December 2005 November 2005 October 2005 September 2005 August 2005 July 2005 June 2005 May 2005 April 2005 March 2005 February 2005 January 2005 December 2004 November 2004 October 2004 September 2004 August 2004 July 2004 June 2004 May 2004 April 2004 March 2004 February 2004 January 2004 October 2003 August 2003 July 2003 May 2003 April 2003 March 2003 January 2003 November 2002 October 2002 July 2002 May 2002 April 2002 March 2002 February 2002 November 2001 October 2001 September 2001 August 2001 July 2001 June 2001 May 2001 April 2001 March 2001 February 2001 January 2001 December 2000 November 2000 October 2000 September 2000 August 2000 July 2000 June 2000 April 1999 March 1999 September 1997 August 1997 July 1996 September 1993 July 1991 December 1988 December 1985 January 1980

Contact Email