Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Michael Schwab National Park prints

This is an easy way to decorate the house. We bought the Muir Woods print on Sunday and will frame it. We'll probably pick up another three or four of these.

Sunday in Marin

My sister-in-law came to visit and we took her on a tour.

We first stopped at Muir Woods, a small valley full of beautiful redwood trees. These coastal giants are my favorite trees in the world and play a big role in my love of Northern California. We got there when it opened at 8 a.m. and the parking lots were almost full.

Chiang Kai-Shek wasn't the only revered 20th century leader. On this plaque, FDR was described as an "apostle of lasting peace for all mankind". Ookay.

Next stop, breakfast. We went to Bovine Bakery and I had a savory ham and cheese croissant.

Next, we drove to the Point Reyes Lighthouse. It's supposed to look like this on a clear day:

This is the location of the lighthouse on a map. The bottom right corner is San Francisco. Sir Francis Drake supposedly made landfall nearby.

At the lighthouse, it was extremely foggy and windy. Had it been 1mph windier, they would have shut down the stairs to the lighthouse.

And this was what it looked like. My fear of heights prevented me from walking down the stairs to the lighthouse. Chicken.

For lunch, we had raw, chorizo, and BBQ oysters.

And we capped off the fun day with ice cream. Cooper really enjoyed it, although his stomach growled all day the next day.

Earth has a quasi-moon!


Matt Stonie demolishes an 18" burrito in less than 2 minutes

These competitive eaters are fascinating.

Monday, June 27, 2016

1/43 model wish list

The last model I got was a 2014 Rosberg Mercedes made by Minichamps that I picked up at a Mercedes dealership along the Champs-Elysees. It's time to get some more:

1/43 2015 Rosberg Mercedes by Minichamps

1/43 Maserati Quattroporte III by Minichamps

1/43 Mercedes CLR driven by Nick Heidfeld by Spark

1/43 Bentley Turbo R by Spark

Martian moon Phobos from Mars

Help an Armenian Kamaz truck owner

I lent $25 to this guy via Kiva. Let's help him out.

I've got a lot of ideas for blog posts, and will hopefully have time later this week to write them. Thank you for your patience!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

A history of urbanization

Uzbek kids study Chinese

I'm captivated by their accent when they speak Mandarin.

4 minute clip of pro-Brexit supporters

Burnley appears to be similar to a Rust Belt town in Pennsylvania.