Monday, July 22, 2019

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Monday, July 15, 2019

Eating the Globe: Romania

I bought this Romanian snack off of Amazon. There are just three ingredients, and it tasted like wet cardboard. I ate a few and I'm tossing the bag.

Countries tried so far:
Africa: Algeria, Burundi, DR Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tunisia, Uganda, Zimbabwe
Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen
Europe: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, Vatican City
North America: Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, St Kitts & Nevis, Trinidad & Tobago, USA
South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela
Oceania: Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga

On the local bus authority advisory committee

I want to serve my community so I am trying to get on the bus authority's advisory committee. My town council unanimously appointed me; now I just need the bus authority board's approval. I am very excited about the opportunity.

The bus authority serves ten suburban towns and unincorporated parts of our county. According to Wikipedia, it has 131 buses and 48 paratransit vans. I have only ridden two routes-- the one serving my home (the stop is just a block away), and a free shuttle serving the area's busiest shopping district. I'm thinking of riding all the routes with my boy, for research purposes.

The evolution of BART maps

If you are a fan of public transit or maps, this 28 minute podcast is for you!

Original map:



Friday, July 12, 2019

Thursday, July 11, 2019

A new addition and 2019 highlights so far

I am happy to announce that we have a new baby girl! Mother and daughter are healthy and happy. Big brother is confused. Cooper is Cooper.

My highlights this year are very family-focused.

January: I drove 11 hours and visited Lassen, Modoc, and Siskiyou Counties. Out of California's 58 counties, those were my 55th, 56th, and 57th. I just have Alpine County left to visit.

February: Discovered a new trail.

March: Survived a bomb cyclone in Denver.

April: Celebrated the boy's second birthday.

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May: Went to the Indy 500! Tried to order oysters at a steakhouse after the race but was told that Mr. Mario Andretti and Mr. Aaron Rodgers' party ate all the seafood in stock already.

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June: New kid!

Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3

Even if we are giving up the TSX wagon soon, it needs fresh tires. I just checked the tire code and they are the original tires that came with the car! It's a model year 2014 TSX but the tires are from 2013.

Tirerack recommended these. Are they any good? I want dry weather handling, some wet weather handling, and I don't care about snow because we never go to the mountains to ski. Treadwear is not super important.

Friday, July 05, 2019

Every nuclear detonation since 1945

Alitalia Obama ad

While KLM is asking for social responsibility, Alitalia did this: