Tuesday, September 27, 2005


Silly LJ Quiz

You Are A: Monkey!

monkeyMonkeys are intelligent and agile, well-adapted for jungle life as they swing happily from tree to tree. As a monkey, you are a social animal who prefers a warm climate, eats a wide range of food and is quick to learn new things. A monkey's tiny primate features are irresistable, as is his gregarious personality!

You were almost a: Pony or a Bear Cub
You are least like a: Groundhog or a MouseDiscover What Cute Animal You Are!

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Old la Honda

Bryn and I finally got around to climbing up Old la Honda today. It's a road that runs up to Skyline Blvd (which runs along the highpoint of the mountains on the peninsula) from Woodside. So we started at sea level (I know this since the new offices is pretty much right on the Bay) and climbed to 1461 feet. Bryn uses Old la Honda as a metric of bike fitness, and I don't feel too bad about my 29:40 time. I just made it up in under a half hour.

The worst part was that once on Skyline we then went over to Old King's Road (or something like that) to get back down, which means that on Skyline we re-climbed that last 400 feet 3 or 4 times.

I thought my legs were tired after that Page Mill run. But at least that was just short term fatigue. This is much more fully worn down on energy. That handicapped seat in the shower never looked so tempting before.

But it was a ton of fun (and that worn out feeling is always a good one). And today was a perfect day for a ride like that because the sun was out and was just the right temperature not to overheat, and not to be too cool.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Scotchtoberfest 2005

I just sent out the invite. Of course if I forgot someone, drop me a line so I can make sure to give you a link to the details.

I can't believe it's time to start thinking scotch again. And to put you in the mood, here are some pictures...



Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Let the rains come.

I'm sitting at home waiting for the water delivery guy to come and set me up with a water dispenser. It'll be so sweet to have on-demand steeping temperature water.

In the meanwhiles, it's actually thundering outside right now. It's so cool. I just hope that the tarp I threw over ThunderBolt gives it sufficient protection from the elements.

Actually, I just walked outside to check the tarp, and saw the brightest bolt of lightning I've ever seen (and it's still pretty light out right now). Whoa.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Get back into the swing...

Well the school year has started, and I'm now once again on hard gym time. Well relatively, as I've got some fatigue to shake off. But my climbing strength is restoring itself. And I hit up the exercise bike this evening. And while I believe my heartrate was higher for comparable work than when I last used it a few months ago, I am a lot more comfortable exercing at high 160 bpm. That's a good thing, right?

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Page Mill: 11:15

I bested my previous record by ten seconds. Guess it pays not to use the lowest gear.

My legs hurt.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Mate Vana

I wandered off to the Stanford Shopping Center yesterday in search of an iPod nano (which I was unable to find. God bless internet shopping. However since I was there, I figured I'ld drop in on the cute ladies who run the tea shop there.

Since I have taken to brewing tea some mornings as a coffee alternative I asked them for a recommendation for a strongly caffinated tea. The reply (from all three in unison) was Mate Vana. Not sure what it was, they opened the container for me, and I was met by a far fruitier aroma than I'ld previously assosiated with caffinated teas. I figured I'ld give it a shot, so I left with my standard 4oz container of loose leaf. (I just like ordering things in quarter-pounds).

This morning I brewed a pot to get me going, and I was very impressed. Granted I drank far more (by volume) tea than I normally would consume in coffee. But it was a great way to start the day, and I felt little need for more later.

I also discovered that those thermi ... thermoses? ... therma? (what is that the plural of thermos?) are useful for bringing along extra brew for after a morning bike ride.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Chassis Fans

Well, I finally got around to trying to "emerge -uD world" on my gentoo box in my living room. Except that it kept croaking in compiling. And every time it rebooted (of it's own accord), the CPU temp was about 66°C. Wow. 2/3 of the way to boiling water. So I went to frys and picked up a chassis fan to help cool the system down.

The good news is that it worked. The bad news is that I pulled a Home-Improvement on it (i.e. "More Power") and now have something that sounds like a wind tunnel going in my living room. The wind speed is actually causing the scroll poster I have hung above the computer to ripple continuously.

Luckily if I close my bedroom door at night I can get to sleep. I'm thinking a couple more days looking for the right apm setting to slow this fucker down, or else I'm going to have to move the computer to a close somewhere.

Or, y'know, get another fan and pay attention to the purchase this time.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Keith vs. The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics

Partly inspired by having a three day weekend, and partly inspired by some snide comments at work, I've taken some time this weekend to move the front in the war with entropy at 1032 Montgomery St. And I must say that physics is losing ground here. Yeah, yeah, I've exported more entropy than I've disposed of, so the net universal effect is positive. (Especially at wherever they dropped off the trash they picked up this morning) But in my microcosm, I've gained some headway.

Actually it's a little disturbing. I've moved my little pentium linux router and cleaned up the 3 year dust that had been accumulating behind it. That means the only significant mess left is Ishy's room. I don't think my current KMart vacuum could handle that much dog hair though, so I might have to make a manual pass before breaking out machinery.

Oh, and there's a part of me that really hates a clean bathroom. I always feel guilty using it.