June 2, 2006

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in June 2006.

So the project we've been working on for over a year (almost two, depending on where you want to start counting) is finally out. This has been an amazing experience. Thanks to everyone who made this possible: Ben, Mena, Andrew, Rachel, Mike, Michael, Barak, Byrne, David, Chris, Garth, Beau, Nick, Kevin, Miriam, Lilia, Winnie, Jamison, Tatsuhiko, Yann, Anil, Jay, Kristine, Brenna, Shelley, Steve, Patti, Junior, Brad, Whitaker, Artur, Mark, Paul, Serdar, Lisa, Harold, Gladys, Scott and everyone else (I know I spaced some people here, and this list is not exhaustive).

I'd like to give a special shout out to the Comet engineering team: You are all awesome. It's been a privilege working with such a talented, hard-working group of people. This has been by far the product I've been most happy creating, from beginning to now (it's not over yet).



June 1, 2006

I'm happy to announce the unveiling of the project that's been consuming most of my time for the past year: Vox. Thanks to everyone at 6A who made it possible.

Pista @ Alamo Square

May 25, 2006

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in May 2006.

Pista's popular. She loves to play Chase Me.

Second Ride

May 22, 2006

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in May 2006.

Liz and I rode over to the Panhandle, saw a Katamari get rolling on Bay to Breakers, cooked some albacore, and then rode back through the Mission. It started raining, so we hustled back to my house. Unfortunately the bike doesn't like moisture all that much--it stalled out twice on Folsom and refused to start again a block from my house. Got real acquainted with its weight pushing it up my hill. :)

I love to play...

May 22, 2006

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in May 2006.

I like lots of board games. The first one that comes to mind is Backgammon, but I assume like Chess and Dominoes, this can be ruled out on a technicality that it isn't truly a board game.

That said, Scrabble probably edges out Monopoly, but the Eurails "train game" comes in a close third.

Or Trivial Pursuit. Or my latest obsession with the game Set. Does Poker count? What about Candyland?


First Ride

May 21, 2006

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in May 2006.

Rode around Potrero Hill, the Mission and SOMA. Still alive. Thanks Patti !

When I grow up...

May 17, 2006

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in May 2006.

An architect, or at least glue bricks together at Legoland.

But if you think of "grown up" as a fungible state, not one that starts at 18 or 21 or 25 or whenever, then what I wanted to be when I grew up was exactly what I did: Pretty much everything I enjoy doing (save cycling) I've done professionally at one time or another. It's a work in progress...I'll be a grown up someday!

Crash Mitigation

May 13, 2006

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in May 2006.

Got my motorcycle license

today. Woke up way too early for the privilege of being the first person at the San Francisco DMV
, took a couple tests and got the sheet of paper (why California insists on this archaic process of mailing your license after a couple weeks is beyond me).

I had taken the CHP motorcycle safety course

so I could skip the DMV driving test. I heard you needed a scooter or incredibly tiny bike in order to pass it. The class was definitely worth it.

So now I have to sort out a bike. Patti

has graciously offered to loan me a bike for a while, so I think I can put off a purchase for a couple months. Every friend I have who rides has told me the same thing: Don't get the bike you really want first. Get a first bike, get comfortable riding it (translation: drop it a couple times), then spend the lucre on the real thing.

So I've been trying to determine the likelyhood of crashing a motorcycle in the first N units of time. Factors in my calculation:

  • I have plenty of experience riding a bicycle in traffic. San Francisco, Los Angeles, Tokyo and rural riding. Mountain biking, road and track (velodrome). I ride a brakeless track bike 300 days a year, rain or shine. Logged a few thousand miles.
  • Had an automobile license for 14 years, and no tickets (speeding or otherwise) in 5 years. My car has a stickshift, 300HP and a big spoiler. Still have good driver discount. ;)
  • Since I've been cycling seriously, I've had only 2 incidents that could be categorized as crashes.
  • Both crashes involved MUNI rails.
  • Both crashes were on a mountain bike with knobby tires (note to self: not great for city riding).
  • Only one crash resulted in an injury.
  • Zero incidents on a road or track bike (brakeless or otherwise).
  • Percentage of bicycle rides without a helmet: 0.05%
  • Percentage of unhelmeted rides longer than 2 miles: 0%

So I have a good safety record behind the wheel and handlebars. I like to go fast, but with a safety margin. Assuming I keep things reasonable for the first thousand miles or so on a motorcycle, the risk of an injury resulting from a crash or other incident resulting from my own actions should be relatively low.*

*Yeah, I'm knocking on wood too.

My dream vacation would be...

May 6, 2006

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in May 2006.

Galapagos islands, the Easter islands or Nepal. The more geographically remote and pristine, the better. I'm a city boy and always will be, so maybe that's why I prefer vacations with as few people around as possible.


May 5, 2006

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in May 2006.

Necco Macro
Clover (Macro)
Beach (Macro)

Went to Mendocino this past weekend avec Liz and took approximately a billion photos. Not sure how I lived before getting a camera with a macro feature. Closeups are the New Crack Rock.

We stayed at the very excellent Josh Grindle Inn, the oldest operating B&B in Mendocino. Spent Saturday photographing the Mendocino Headlands and breakers at Jughandle Beach.

Noshed with the locals at Patterson's Pub and dined vegan at The Ravens on Saturday.

Walked around redwoods on Sunday before heading to Boonville and stumbling upon Dharma Realm University . 10000 Buddhas, indeed.