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wpid-img_20140618_225312_548.jpgI was sitting at the Bulldog Pub in Monterey when I looked up and saw this bottle of booze on the shelf. Flashback to working on the 9th fastest computer in the world, in 2005. Kraken. An IBM Power4 cluster we built at Navo, Stennis Space Center. That was a fun project.

I kept that beast up and running as Hurricane Katrina went overhead. Wild ride.

Well, I bounced up to Seattle last weekend for a friends 40th birthday. While I was up there I had a chance to get a tour of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (It’s where my friend works). Talk about a neat place. There are two huge buildings with a nice courtyard in between. 6 floors each. Each floor has a coffee/break room that would make a Starbucks jealous.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


While I was visiting the Co-Chairs were in the building. I didn’t see them directly because they were in a meeting and the office was closed off, but I saw them from next door siting around a big conference table. I’m very impressed with what the foundation has been doing. Talking with someone who actually works there and knows the challenges and goals (albeit from a limited perspective) really gives a person a different view of what’s going on.


While up in Seattle it rained every day I was there (only 4 this trip). However, it makes things so green and different that I’m used to in California. Here’s a picture of the road in front of my friends house. Houses, street, trees, bushes, GREEN things everywhere.

Normal Street in Washington

Normal Street in Washington

I know a lot of places raze the ground to dirt, then build houses. It’s not like that where I grew up. You clear enough land for the house and leave the trees, bushes, etc, where they were. I like that style.


Over the years I have come to dislike flying. It’s not the flying that is troublesome, it’s the traffic, the parking fees, the security lines, and miscellaneous hassles that surround the travel. The plane flight itself is pretty cool.

The idea of getting on a plane, and then a few short hours later stepping off hundreds or thousands of miles away. That, is still amazing.

Today I followed a group of Japanese through security. When their feet hit the ground again it will be a third of the way around the world in Japan. I then passed a plane boarding for Heathrow, London, a third of the way around the planet, the other direction. One plane takes you to the far east, another to Europe. Mine just up the coast. All within walking distance of each other. I can literally walk to the far corners of the world from where I sit.

I hope that I never completely lose the thrill and wonder of travel by air.


This is a hidden little park by Peter-B’s brewpub and the Portola Plaza. Most people never even realize it is there. Hidden beauty.

M seems to have gotten tired of being an identical twin and went their own way. Gone is the waist long red hair.


Molly's new hair

M’s new hair

This summer we had several flowers appear on the “Stink Lily”. Officially named draconis vulgaris, also Dragon Flower, Voodoo Lily, etc. It looks pretty enough, but smells like rotting meat. Ugh.

Draconis Vulgaris

Draconis Vulgaris

The first time it bloomed a couple of years ago I had no idea what it was. Just looked like a pretty/strange flower. Then the smell. Yuck! Looked it up and found out what it really was. Now I leave it because it’s an interesting novelty. That and I keep thinking when it seeds I might spread the seeds around town for fun. 🙂


Well, Summer has arrived in Pacific Grove. I can tell by the dense layer of fog. This picture was taken at just before 8AM this morning on my bike ride to work.


Fog over Lovers Point

Fog over Lovers Point


One of the jokes around here is that the best time of year is winter time. We get more sunshine in the winter than we do in the summer because of the fog.

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