Monday, July 31, 2006
Sunday, July 30, 2006
The unpacking has begun, but for the moment I'm just resting here and thinking how lucky we are.
Saturday, July 29, 2006
A friendly young Australian bloke bought my speakers and amp at todays sale, but needed help moving them to his apartment on Haight and Cole. There was plenty to watch while I waited for him to unload the stereo.
Friday, July 28, 2006
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Because we're moving to a smaller apartment we have things to sell.
This weekend we'll sell or give away what we didn't take with us. Some things are already on the sidewalk waiting for new owners. Other items will go on Craigslist, and I'll post the link here.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Monday, July 24, 2006
From Gizmodo:"You've probably seen website sign-up forms with a graphic of some crazy-looking twisted alphanumeric characters that you're asked to type into a form. That's to ensure that an actual human being has to do the signing up. It's called text Captcha (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart)."
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Saturday, July 22, 2006
On Friday Lani picked up the keys to our new place! The movers will be here on Thursday so we have a few days to prepare for the move.
Today, like the rest of the week, has been unusually hot for SF, so it wasn't a good day to start packing. We'll start tomorrow. And then I have Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday off work to pack.
Friday, July 21, 2006
Thursday, July 20, 2006
You can clearly see the Tesla's Lotus Elise origins in these images from Autoblog. That's not a bad thing, and credit must go to Lotus for developing this car. And mention must be made of the many Lotus engineers now working for Tesla.
I only wish the car was assembled in San Carlos so that I could apply for a job.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Tesla Motors is a 2003 start-up electric car maker in San Carlos, south of San Francisco. They will unveil their electric roadster at an invitation only event Wednesday evening. Pictures will be available on their website Thursday 20th.
From the Tesla website:
- 2-seater roadster configuration
- Soft-top standard, optional hard top
- Tesla-designed 3-phase, 4-pole AC induction motor, rated at 248hp, max torque at 0 rpm; redline at 13,500 rpm
- Costs about a penny per mile to drive, assuming a time-of-use meter and off-peak charging (about 2 pennies per mile otherwise)
- Zero emissions
Monday, July 17, 2006
The 2953cc 60˚ V12 engine from the Ferrari 250 California Spyder overheated and seized! After consulting with a chemist, the insides of the engine were given a chemical bath. With luck, and heat from the sun this will free up the pistons.
June 26th, 2007
Thanks to an anonomous tip, and to the help of members of FerrariChat forum, I have concluded that this is not a real Ferrari 250 California Spyder, but a reproduction using various Farrari and non-Ferrari parts.
Sunday, July 16, 2006
The deputy in charge told me that Sunday had been a slow day, so he'd taken some junior deputies for impromptu training. The deputy has a pistol , but for the exercise he makes a gun with his hands. We both couldn't help smiling. It felt like 'cops and robbers'.
Friday, July 14, 2006
Here's a chance to improve your driving skills on the 2.52 mile Sears Point road circuit: On Saturday the 15th, join the Children's Charities Road Ride on Infineon Raceway between 1 PM - 2 PM. Examine the track surface/camber/apex/turn-in/braking points, at a leisurely pace.
There will also be all kinds of mountain bike competition going on in the hills around the road circuit. More info here. The complete schedule is here.
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
This is the larger of the two air-boats that fly out of Richardson Bay. You've probably seen it flying over the city, or moored by the bike-path between Sausalito and Mill Valley.
This day, the engine cover was off for maintenance. The Pratt and Whitney air cooled radial engine looks like a massive Harley Davidson V-twin engine that 'goes all the way around'.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Monday, July 10, 2006
Sunday, July 09, 2006
Architectural artist Monica Bonvicini created this public toilet using walls of one-way mirrored glass.
A spokesman for the artist talking to the BBC News said:
"It will arouse curiosity because people can come and just use it, although there is a question of whether people will feel comfortable doing so. They may be wary of desecrating a work of art or may be uneasy that because they can see out, other people can see in."
The user has an experience that is new and challenging. That's modern art!
Saturday, July 08, 2006
Friday, July 07, 2006
Since my home phone number has been on the national Do Not Call list I've only received unsolicited calls from charities, my bank and credit card company.
But very soon telemarketers will be able to cold-call us at our mobile phones.
David Hurlburof the Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 9410 sent out this warning today:
"8 days from today, all cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sale calls. To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone: 888-382-1222. It is the National Do Not Call list. It will only take a minute of your time. It blocks your number for five (5) years."
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Autoblog is reporting (via UK mag. AutoCar) that car production will resume at Longbridge.
Their guess is that the car will be the MG TF mid-engined roadster.
"Chinese firm Nanjing Automotive has confirmed that it is to go ahead with car production at the former MG Rover factory in Longbridge, which closed last year with the loss of around 6000 jobs.
"Nanjing, which has a 33-year lease on part of the Longbridge site, will also build cars in China. The firm is believed to be keen to keep Longbridge because of the paint shop there - an expensive facility which is difficult to move."