Category Archive for 'travel'

Snowy Seattle Commute

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Big fat lazy flakes have given way to little flurries in a hurry as I pass the Microsoft Redmond campus. Traffic is mostly crawling, even for my bus in the HOV lane.
So I am testing out the blogging software on my android phone.

We’re All Scottish Now

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

I think this is a brilliant idea for TSA National Opt-out day:

Think about it — if you’re a male, and you want to bollix-up the nonsensical airport security-industrial complex, one way to do so would be to wear a kilt. If nothing else, this will cause TSA employees to throw up their hands in disgust. [...]

Sun Dance

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

This video of the flight of the Solar Impulse is mesmerizingly beautiful.

You can watch the first night flight of the Solar Impulse live here. With its first night flight behind it, the Solar Impulse will soon attempt to be the first plane to fly around the world on solar power.
I [...]

A Peak at Mt. Baker

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

My airplane has been in the shop for a couple of weeks getting a minor overhaul of one cylinder (among other things). It was ready to fly today. After a “top end” overhaul, the engine manufacturer specifies a break-in program that involves several hours of continuous flying while sequencing through [...]

Burma Shrive

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

In 1993 I lived in Bangladesh for the entire year doing my dissertation research. Most of my stay in Bangladesh was in a rural village in Matlab Thana, some 50 km SE of Dhaka. Once a month I would spend a few days in Dhaka so that I could replenish supplies, [...]

Musical Baggage Claim

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Over half a million views in three days! Now this is a novel way of getting a big company to listen to your grievance:


Saturday, June 20th, 2009

The New York Times Magazine has this short & sassy interview with the second human to walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin. Here is a snippet:

What sort of music do you like?
I just did a rap session with Snoop Dogg and a rap composition called “Rocket Experience.” It’s going to be an online [...]

Playing in the Shadow of Mt. Olympus

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

It was another gorgeous day in the Pacific Northwest. I spent the afternoon flying around the southern and eastern perimeters of the Olympic Mountain Range.
Here are a few pictures from a particularly scenic part of the flight, just north of Seal Rock, Washington.
This is looking east toward the [...]

Memorial Day Outing

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Today was a spectacular, sunny day, so I went out flying in the mountains just to the east of my home in Redmond, WA. Here are a few images (click for a larger version).
This is somewhere just east of Skykomish, WA, looking south, flying over U.S. 2.

And here is the view looking north.

If [...]

Honoring the War Dead Via Google Earth

Sunday, May 24th, 2009


Sean Askay, a Google engineer, released on Sunday a Google Earth layer, called Map the Fallen, that contains detailed information of more than 5,700 service members who died in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. This is an interactive tool that allows you to see photos, learn about how each service member died, visit [...]

Saturday Head-to-head Poll

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

There was only one new head-to-head poll released today. Rasmussen released a poll in Connecticut. Sen. Hillary Clinton leads Sen. John McCain 48% to 42%. The result is a slight improvement over the two most recent (March) polls, that both gave Clinton a +3 point lead.
Sen. Barack Obama [...]

No Polls Today

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

Surprise, surprise…there were no state head-to-head polls released on the start of Memorial Day weekend. Good thing, too. I’m traveling.
The weather in the Seattle area was much better than the forecast yesterday. Kathy and I had planned to fly in my little plane (an American Aviation Yankee) to [...]


Monday, November 26th, 2007

I was in D.C. a couple of weeks ago and took this picture at the FDR memorial…

And here is the same quote with a little more context…

(Click on picture for a large image.)

Ride the SLUT!

Monday, September 17th, 2007

No, not “the Slut.” The SLUT! The South Lake Union Trolley. Rides are scheduled to begin sometime in December. Be sure to pick up an “I rode the SLUT” souvenir tee-shirt afterward.
Speaking of edgy acronyms…This morning I had a tour of a lab in an undisclosed [...]

Bloggin’ from the Road

Saturday, January 13th, 2007

Kathy and I packed up the car this morning to head east. We are now in near zero degree weather snuggled in a friend’s very comfortable cabin in the Methow Valley. Lots of snow and wild animals…and, um, single malt scotch.
At various times tonight, the topic of discussion [...]

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