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Keep Young and Beautiful?

Speaking of Winston Churchill’s famous songs, and also speaking of videos that wouldn’t be made in 2011, I came across the 1933 Eddie Cantor song ‘Keep Young And Beautiful’ (lyrics) today and had to share:

#Haha the 1930’s.

June 5, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend 2011

A really memorable Memorial Day Weekend 2011, some photos and a map below.

Sunday, I got to attend the USS San Francisco memorial service, which honored the men serving aboard the USS San Francisco, a heavy cruiser which served throughout WWII. After the event, I got a chance to meet Pearl Harbor survivor Joe Whitt, who graciously spent a few minutes with me talking about his experiences. With less than 7,500 Pearl Harbor survivors left, talking to Joe really was a treat.

Preceding the memorial service, I went for a little hike along the Land’s End trail, which follows San Francisco’s rocky Northwestern Shore. Sunday was a great day to be outside, and I got some great shots of the Golden Gate bridge along the way. After the service, I was craving a burrito and found a good one at Chino’s Taqueria in the Richmond (sidenote: I l-o-v-e San Francisco, if for nothing else you can find a great, great burrito in any neighborhood, at any time).

On Memorial Day itself, I went to the services at Golden Gate National Cemetery, where vets and distinguished guests (even a former presidential candidate) spoke on the value of honoring our veterans. Following the service, I walked around the cemetery, there were flags on all 100,000+ graves, and many had flowers too. Walking among the myriad tombstones of men who died way, way too young really brings home the sacrifice our veterans made for this country. Along my walk, I did find Chester Nimitz‘s grave (and those of his staff, (e.g. Spruance) which they all agreed to while living, cool) among other notables (and selected randoms, whom I tried to learn more about when I got home).

In all, a really great weekend. I do kick myself for having not had a chance to talk to more vets (esp. WWII) over the years, their bunch is really fading away quickly, and the stories they tell are all so extraordinary (along those same lines, I recently started reading The Good War — An Oral History of WWII, which I highly, highly, highly recommend for anyone wanting to hear their stories).


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May 30, 2011

The New Smoothness

For health and for taste, I’ve really been getting into green smoothies (why?) of late.  These assortments of fruits and vegetables, blended together and enjoyed in a frosty glass, have become a staple of my morning ritual (happening at some point after snoozing 11 times and leaving the house 39 minutes late).

In my attempts to make the perfect smoothie, I’ve found a recipe that I can confidentially share with any noogler. I call it The Dancing Strawberry:

1 bunch fresh spinach (organic)
1 pint strawberries (organic)
3 peaches (organic)
2 cups ice cold water
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Enjoy with the aforementioned frosty glass and a granola bar (or if you prefer, Bavarian creme donut). You can put any excess smoothie (I usually have just a glass) in a mason jar, where it’ll store for a day or two in the fridge.

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EDIT: Gah, blurry photos, apologies.

May 22, 2011

Photos from Twins-A’s May 19th, 2011

Celebrating my three year Googleversary in style, an afternoon Twins-A’s game in Oakland.

May 19, 2011

Silver Spring, MD

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Dragon Noodles at Kao Thai, Saboteur (1942) and a beer at AFI Silver (“the most technically advanced Motion Picture exhibition outlet in North America.”). Good times.

May 11, 2011

A Classic Poem for a Warm First of May

It was the first of May
A lovely warm spring day
I was strolling down the street in drunken pride,
But my knees were all a-flutter,
And I landed in the gutter
And a pig came up and lay down by my side.

Yes, I lay there in the gutter
Thinking thoughts I could not utter
When a lady passing by did softly say
‘You can tell a man who boozes
By the company he chooses’ — And the pig got up and slowly walked away.

“The Pig” by Anonymous.

May 1, 2011

My Must-Have Android Apps

With a few friends getting Android telephones recently, I thought I’d update my list of must-have Android apps for those looking to add value to their device. In no particular order:

  • XiiaLive — A Shoutcast frontend for listening to online radio stations (generally kcea). Purchased Pro version.
  • Google Earth — fun 3D visualization of the globe
  • Kindle – to my surprise, reading on my 4.3″ screen isn’t a problem and as such, Kindle has become a pretty heavily-used application as I’ve started to read a lot more.
  • My Tracks — does GPS logging and provides ready export to KML, Fusion Tables, and My Tracks, a must for any geo nerd.
  • GPS Status — for seeing current location/speed/etc (another geo nerd must)
  • Chrome to Phone — useful for sending web pages and maps to your phone for mobile consumption
  • At Bat ’11 — for listening (and watching if I get mlb.tv) to the Twins and Giants
  • News and Weather — Provides a nice lightweight recap of the news and weather forcecasts
  • Google Googles — visual search, great for impressing old people
  • DoggCatcher — outstanding podcast manager, listen to Writer’s Almanac and Talk of the Nation everyday on the way to work. Purchased pro version.
  • Maps (built-in) — turn-by-turn driving directions, game changer for me
  • Cardio Trainer — provides exercise/gps tracking, has an excellent workout dashboard, good export options. Another game changer, have been exercising a lot more as a result of having this. Purchased pro version.
  • TV Listings — I don’t watch a lot of TV, but when I do, I use this app to decide what to watch.
  • Coloroid — somewhat challenging and always enjoyable block game that’s great when you have a few minutes to kill

April 29, 2011

Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet Cruise

Some pics from my cruise around Suisun Bay, highlighted by some shots of the Reserve (mothball) Fleet and the mighty USS Iowa (BB-61).


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April 24, 2011

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