Saturday, March 26, 2011

Adventures in Driving Part 237

Last weekend I had the misfortune of being caught in the snowstorm that hit the Grapevine (that's CA I-5 between Valencia and Bakersfield). I got on the mountain just after 6 pm, and by 7 pm not far away from Frazier Park, this was my view:
I then proceeded to...well, I didn't proceed. I was stuck in this traffic moving literally 1/2 mile over the next hour. By 7:30 pm it was clear that the road probably wasn't going to be moving much that night; so my dad and I started trying to figure out what I was going to do. The map of my journey is below, and it took me until 11pm to get home that night. It wasn't all terrible; I never got stuck in the snow or ice, and got off of the freeway, which ened up being closed until 9:30 am the next morning. Hundreds of people slept in their cars trapped on the freeway that night, so I was really happy I got to sleep in my own bed.

Sunday, March 20, 2011


 Ubuntu: "I am what I am because of who we all are." Not just a Linux operating system, Ubuntu is a restaurant in Napa, California that Bunny and I had the pleasure of visiting this weekend. Their biggest claim to fame is that for the past two years in a row (2010 & 2011) they have earned a Michelin star, despite being a vegetarian restaurant. In the midst of restaurants like Morimoto and others serving meat and fish with famous Napa Valley wines, Ubuntu presents itself openly as a "community-focused restaurant and yoga studio". Yep, they have a yoga studio next door. We tried a few dishes and while some other reviews of the restaurant said they left feeling hungry, we definitely didn't.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Not Vapor

My new iPhone case is a "replica" of the ElementCase Vapor 4 aluminum iPhone case. The case is two pieces of aluminum that frame the edge of the iPhone and are held in by 4 screws. Overall I think the case looks and feels great, although I'm not a huge fan of the printed logos on the sides (but I should be able to get those off without much effort). Overall very impressed given the price difference between this case and the "real" one. More pictures below.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Welcoming March

It's been a little while so I guess it's time for some pictures and updates about what I've been upto.
First; my trip in February led to the newest print for my collection (although technically the print is on loan from Bunny since I bought it for her). It's a fantastic piece of San Francisco imagery printed by Gigart.

Next up is my latest gadget; the Apple TV. Most everyone is talking about the iPad 2 announcement from last week, but I already have an iPad and can't really see a reason to get a second tablet. But the Apple TV gives me an opportunity to stream all of my content - whether it be on my iPhone, iPad, Mac Mini, MacBook Pro, etc., etc., etc.,  to the family room TV. In addition, we can watch Netflix and Youtube videos quickly and easily.

I've been busy with work and teaching; all in all the semester has been going very well and my spirits are high. A bit of good news as well - I was invited back to teach in the Foreword program at USF in the fall again.
Not too much else to tell right now actually, but hopefully some very exciting things will be coming up soon.