Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
On Tuesday evening, I head back to Alaska. There won't be many flowers to enjoy for a while up there even though the unseasonably warm weather seems to be continuing. At least for a while. And by "unseasonably warm", I mean in the 30s (°F) instead of the normal teens. I suspect that it won't last too much longer. This particular photo was taken at my nieces elementary school while I was waiting for school to end.
This morning, I met with someone from the University of Oregon. He runs IT for one of the schools (as opposed to the central IT organization) and was recently in Fairbanks during the TechFest even earlier in the month. We had a great discussion around academic uses of technology and comparisons between the Oregon State and the University of Alaska. Nothing earth shattering but it was a wonderful conversation and look forward to continuing the discussion. I really like their implementation of the "cloud" for their students/facuty/staff which allows each to use a combination of different cloud services.
Tuesday Afternoon - Sitting at PDX now waiting for my flight to Seattle followed by my flight to Fairbanks. They put me on an earlier Seattle flight so I should be able to get a few mile in walking around the airport. I must have opted-in for some sort of program with the TSA as I was redirected to the "no line" line and didn't have to take my shoes off or pull my laptop out of my back pack. Pretty convenient.
I'm starting to really like Oregon…
Tuesday Evening - Now in the Seattle airport and the weather here isn't anywhere near as nice as Oregon. This is looking west from the window of the food court at the sunset. It looks like the fog never really cleared out during the day.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Troubadour's Roadcrafter Light and had a chance to compare it with the regular Roadcrafter one piece riding suit. I have been thinking seriously about getting the "Light" to replace my First Gear Kilimanjaro jacket and HT Overpants. The pants have a lot of small holes worn through as the material never did seem really sturdy. The jacket has worn really well and shows wear at some of the seams and the zipper is starting to fall apart. The attraction of the Roadcrafter Light is that it is waterproof and I wouldn't need all of the extra gear on road trips. Extra gear meaning, rain gear, warm weather gear, cold weather gear. One suit may be able to do it all.
It is always a pleasure to visit with Troubadour and Trobairitz, in case you haven't figured out whose bikes are pictured.
Update - I just backed the Scooter Diaries on Kickstarter. It looks like a great story!
Friday, October 18, 2013
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Anaheim Convention Center
A few nights ago, Pearson publishing had a bunch of food trucks parked in between the Hilton and Marriot hotels in front of the convention center. And they even had a surf band. Very "Southern California". A bunch of other companies had receptions at the same time so I don't think anyone went hungry (or thirsty) that evening. I ended up visiting the OpenDNS reception as I had some questions for their tech staff.
Last night, I walked back to Downtown Disney. Didn't do any shopping but I really enjoyed wandering around. I stopped at Indian restaurant for a light dinner on my way back to the hotel. The weather has been wonderful while I've been here. Not too hot.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
The entrance to Disneyland is decorated with pumpkins to sort of fit the season but there was a surprising number of people. I thought school was still in session.
All of this walking gave me 16,054 steps for the day. I am using an app on my iPhone 5S that uses the M7 motion co-processor to track steps instead of the CPU. This means that I can have the app running all day long with little if any impact on the battery. Finally a real pedometer. Supposedly Nike is coming out with a new app which does the same thing except it will be integrated with the Nike+ site. I'm looking forward to that app.
Monday, October 14, 2013
The WiFi here at the hotel is miserably slow maybe due to all of the information technology types here for the conference clogging things up. The temperature here today was 84°F (29°C) so it's just a tad warmer than Fairbanks. We'll see if I survive. The cab ride from the airport convinced me again of why I left southern California. Way too many cars.
Things start up tomorrow at 7:00am. We'll see if the WiFi is any better at the convention center tomorrow.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
I still am planning on switching out the positive cable but need to wait until I can find two more terminals.
Friday, October 11, 2013
Thursday, October 10, 2013
The dreariness typical of Fall in Fairbanks has returned today. Temperature are hovering just above freezing and raining. But as I read somewhere, as long as it's raining it's warm enough to ride. But enough rain to be extra careful due to reduced visibility for all drivers. I went out and checked the geocaches again just so that we would be ready to answer questions at the tech event, TechFest.
I found some red leaves, a color that is a little rare in the interior of Alaska which is dominated by yellows. I don't know what kind of tree it is but the leaf color attracted my attention. This morning, I stopped by a friends shop to pick up some arc welding cable. He had several gauges to choose from and it is heavier than the 4 AWG cable I installed but as flexible as rope. Exactly what I was looking for. I will need to enlarge the holes in the sidecar for the 1 AWG cable.
I've noticed that my gas mileage seems to have dropped but it turns out that the new rear tire, a Heidenau K60, is larger in diameter than my last tire so it looks worse than it really is. If I correct for tire size, I'm still getting a dismal 28 mpg. The one reason why I may not take the rig on a long summer trip.
Update: On Thursday morning, the TechFest event started and I was there at 8an to help with the setup. The purpose of the event is to highlight the technology being available for use for instruction on the Fairbanks campus. It is held in Wood Center, aka student union, with talks taking place upstairs in small conference rooms. The most popular events were the ones where things were being given away such as an iPad. I also spent a couple of hours making popcorn. Something well within my ability.
A couple of Xboxes were set up for a video game competition as well as an area set up by the art department showing their 3d modeling and printing.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Seoul Gate Restaurant just south of downtown Fairbanks. The place has been around for a long time but this is only the second time I've been there. It's located under a bowling alley which always made me wonder how good can it be. The dish served in a very hot clay bowl (dolsot) and the rice on the bottom usually gets a nice crust. It is covered with a large selection of vegetables some raw, some cooked and some pickled and a fried egg. This bowl wasn't as hot as it could've been. I'd give it 7 out of 10 for that. The spicy chili sauce served with the dish as well as the assortment (ten bowls) of pickled vegetables served while you're studying the menu were fabulous.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Some folks attempted to roast marshmallows on the inferno (note the two nicely toasted marshmallows on a stick around the center of the picture) and it took only about 15 seconds to get them nicely toasted brown. At 4am the fire was still smoldering and it didn't take much to get it going again.