Tuesday, December 16, 2014

San Francisco (cont)

No rain and a nice walk from the motel to Moscone West where most of the presentations were occurring. The sun was even breaking through the clouds. Most of the presentations I attended were within the Cryosphere program and focused on snow and ice in the polar regions. The Moscone Center wi-fi is pretty pathetic as you might expect with some 20,000 attendees. But I arrived with no shortage of connectivity options. The iPad has Verizon LTE, the iPhone has AT&T LTE and the Nexus 4 has T-Mobile HSPA. All have connection sharing via Bluetooth, wi-fi and USB. Right now, I have been using the iPad as the Verizon service is fantastic. AT&T isn't too bad this year either. The hotel free wi-fi is barely functional and is there just so they can advertise that they have free wi-fi.

After a morning of listening to talks, I went out in search of lunch. There was a decent selection of ethnic food at the Metreon food court across the street From Moscone West. I ended up getting lunch at the Inay Filipino Kitchen not because the food sounded good but because the line wasn't too long. I've never had garlic fried rice and it was fantastic. Wonderful flavor. That's something I'm going to be trying to make. The photo is one from the Internet. I think you will be hard pressed to find bad food in San Francisco. I had an audio conference this afternoon and just used one of the comfortable meeting alcoves at the Marriott Hotel for several hours. GoToMeeting using Verizon and audio-conferencing using AT&T.

Here's a little bit of moto content. On the way back to my motel, I passed an interesting store front. It is the meeting place of Piston and Chain, a local motorcycle club. The have bike lifts and tire machines available for rent to their members as well as an assortment of tools. Some of the bikes were for sale (lower group) and some were just on display (upper group). A couple that I had never heard of like a Laverda. One of the members came by to chat and it looked like an inviting place.

There's an open house every Wednesday evening. I may stop by since it's less than a block from the motel. The "Nice bike" card is one that they leave on someone's bike that they see parked inviting them to attend. Kind of nice.

Something interesting that I just noticed is that Verizon is IPv6 enabled. I have this Chrome extension called IPvFoo that shows the IP addresses for the content on any web page and as you can see, connections to most of the servers are via IPv6. For the real geeks, my guess is that Google has an /40 allocation with addresses beginning with 2607:f8b0:40, that is 40 bits of network address assigned to Google and 24 bits of subnet that they allocate followed by 64 bits of host address. And they are manually addressing their servers. The only times I usually see this kind of IPv6 connectivity is either in my office or at Internet2 events. Way to go, Verizon! (I'm an IPv6 champion) 

12 comments:

Conchscooter said...

Damn a Guzzi 750 Sport and a sort of Le Mans for sale alomgside a Laverda 750 for sale. And you bought food?
Sometimes one has to miss Northern California.

RichardM said...

Yes, for sale if you have a wheelbarrow of cash. Very nicely restored bikes! All I could afford is food court fast food...

Martha said...

I love that Nice Bike card- the idea and the looks. Very, very clever. But then it's SF. You expect that...Keep enjoying and sharing your visit!

Learning to Golf said...

Garlic fried anything has to be good! Piston and Chain sounds like a good idea. The monthly club fees seem high, but it is in San Francisco. There are some very nice older bikes in the picture for sure.

Trobairitz said...

What a cool bike hangout. I hope you get to go tonight.

If you have the opportunity and time I'd recommend eating at the Golden Era on O'Farrell street. We have been there twice (Once with Rogey and Bob last Jan) Very good food. http://www.goldeneravegan.com

redlegsrides said...

That dish looked quite tasty.....mmmm

Sounds like you found a nice moto club to go visit while in SFO.

RichardM said...

The bike card seems like a great way to get more people involved. Most don't go out of their way to look.

RichardM said...

I had never even heard of garlic fried rice but it was really tasty. I hadn't even looked that far into their site but it does seem pretty expensive. The storefront they have is probably pretty expensive.

RichardM said...

I'll see if I can make it but as of now, maybe not. Other things keep coming up.

I'm pretty far from O'Farrell St this time. Housing isn't anywhere near as convenient as other years.

RichardM said...

Maybe. I may get to for a while this evening.

Everything was good but the rice was the standout portion of the plate.

Bluekat said...

Nice little find, the Piston and Chain. That's the fun of exploring - finding little gems like this. Food looks good too! Maybe I should go eat dinner. :)

RichardM said...

I like to wander around when in new areas. I had always avoided the are south of Market as it always seemed a little sketchy. But then I wouldn't have found this place.