Monday, July 17, 2006

Packing light

After 20 or so years of traveling, I can do 2+ weeks with just a carry-on bag without breaking a sweat. But this guy takes it to a whole new level. I've been on busses with backpackers coming down from a few weeks on the PCT or in Denali NP, and I can't believe he found a ride after a few days.

Sunday, July 16, 2006


Dell desktop: $400
AOL broadband: $19
Inability the recognize satire: Priceless

He's the pretty one...

From the Guardian's coverage of the G8 meeting

"I talked about my desire to promote institutional change in parts of
the world, like Iraq where there's a free press and free religion, and
I told him that a lot of people in our country would hope that Russia
would do the same," Mr. Bush said.

To that, Mr. Putin replied, "Quite honestly, we certainly would not
want to have the same kind of democracy that they have in Iraq."

Are we diving now?

Since it's a stiffling 102 in Concord, I went out to 72 degree Alameda and visited the USS Hornet. Great view of the city from the flight desk, original Sojus capsule, Apollo capsule, and the Airstream NASA converted into the quarantine pod for the astronauts. Getting up and down all those freaking ladders took almost 4 (interesting) hours.

The engine room was a bit underwhelming--I was looking for something like in Titanic, but unfortunately, they used steam turbines which are a lot smaller and don't have any of these dishy crank shafts.

The funniest moment was when the retired commander who ran the tour rang one of the communication bells in the boiler room:

Female--who's only there for her husband and has watched way too much Das Boot--: "Are we diving now?"

CDR: "Ma'm, this is an aircraft carrier. If it is diving, we are in real trouble."

People on the tour we still breaking out in church giggles when we reached the flight deck 30 minutes later.

Monday, July 10, 2006


I finally had time to post the pictures from the Sierra and EL AY.

Another link to the greatest explanation of the Boob in Chief in like eh-wah.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Independence Day

Hello back from LA. I wasn't looking for it, but I got two cool 4th pictures today.

A patriotic street person on Venice Beach.

Not Independence Day related, but David might want to apply.

2540 crosses next to Santa Monica Pier.