Ten Thousand Things you can Haul on a Motorbike

To say that there is a motorbike culture here in Saigon is a bit of an understatement. The population of Saigon is around seven million people and there are about four million motorbikes. Today we got to be a part of it all.

I'll spare you the details of ...

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Winter Skiing in the Spring

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Two days of skiing at Tahoe are in the bag, but what a difference between the two days. Yesterday we got the true spring skiing experience. It was cool and crusty in the morning and a bit slushy in the afternoon. Its been a pretty bad winter here in Tahoe ...

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Lake Tahoe

A Rare Day

Lake Tahoe is beautiful. We arrived last night from Napa and got to our VRBO home, it is great and we had a beautiful view of the lake out our windows. The sun was just going down and I captured this picture of the Sequoia outside our ...

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the word of the day is malolactic

Brought to You by the Letter 'C'

I must confess, after all of the Chardonnay I've consumed, and I have consumed my share over the years, I have never really got the "buttery oaky Chardonnay" thing. Butter is just not something I've ever tasted in my Chardonnay, despite ...

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reflections on january 2014

I left home on December 27 2013. When I left I had 3 bags packed. One for our trip to Mazatlan to celebrate the new year with our friends the Vermace's. One for my January term class on the west coast, and finally a bag full of ski gear ...

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on 14 inches of powder

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The weather report said we had 6 inches of snow overnight. From the moment we walked out the door it was clear that they had underestimated the snowfall by about 8 inches.

Powder

We were on the third chair up at 8:30 this morning. The steep parts of the hill ...

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final visits

My daughter Kaia is getting married next summer. This is not new news, the proposal was made an accepted last June. But planning is in full swing now, and I was kind of excited when secured a visit with Capsule, because capsule provides a service where all the guests at ...

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applied math and physics

You know those yellow lines on the football field? They are harder to draw than they look. Think for a minute about all of the different field conditions. Natural green turf, artificial turf, mud, snow, cold brown grass. Now think about all of the different colored uniforms the players wear ...

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transportation cogitation

This is a post I've been thinking about for a few days. Its a serious post, but especially after today, its surrounded in humor. Here's the problem, to me this is funny, but if you had to live with it every day of your life, it might not ...

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the social implications of a self-driving car

Today we moved south, from Fisherman's wharf down to Menlo Park. But most of the day was spent at Google. This was certainly a day that everyone has been looking forward to for most of the trip.

My interest in Google+ was renewed by a great tech talk by ...

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