29 March 2010

PSA for word nerds

One of the perks available to cardholders of the San Francisco Public Library is online access to that ultimate lexicon, the Oxford English Dictionary.

You do not need to be a resident of San Francisco to obtain a library card, though I think you do need to be a resident of California and you need to visit a branch in person.

17 March 2010

Pigeon Point

Last weekend I went on a trip to Pigeon Point with Piaw and others. We biked from the valley to the coast, staying in the Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel for a night. The scenery was gorgeous and we couldn't have asked for better weather. In all I traveled about 110mi.

(More details about the trip, and links to photos, can be found on Piaw's trip report.)

I've been finding biking to be quite a meditative experience. Whether I'm climbing or descending I find it's difficult to think about anything but the present. Getting into the proper rhythm really helps to clear the mind.

By the way, if you live in the Bay Area and have never stayed at the lighthouse, the hot tub overlooking the ocean is simply transcendent.

07 March 2010

Ominous Nexus One ad placement

This article from The Onion may have had the most fortuitous (or unfortunate, I haven't decided which) ad selection I've ever seen.

Cue the dramatic music. Nexus One: It kills background noise. For good.