Sunday, October 03, 2010

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

So much to say...

Yet I will let the pictures speak for themselves.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Off the Road...

Interesting facts, experiences and opinions from the road:

  • Aircraft flown in order since 2/22. Boeing 737, 747, 777, Airbus 320, Boeing 777 and 767.

  • Upper Deck Business Class on the 747 makes flying a different experience

  • Never fly the low cost carries in India or China unless you are a midget

  • People line up differently in different countries. India has been the worst so far. There is no allowance for personal space

  • Terminal 5 at Heathrow is amazing in it's design and architecture.

  • There were more people at the Chennai International at 3am on Sunday than at San Jose International at 5pm on Friday

Thee should be a place to exercise on flights longer than 2.5 hours.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Winding down...

On the road in Greece. Just a few snippets:

Theater on the walk up to the AcropolisBackside panorama of Acropolis

Friday, March 12, 2010

Acropolis at night

Still on the road...

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Goodbye Terminal 5...

Everyone may hate the baggage handling at T5 at Heathrow but it is a good looking Terminal.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Leg 2 of Hoofing it...

Hoofing it is taking on a new meaning. Having traveled to Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Chennai, and Pune the past 12 days it was humorous to see these little guys outside the hotel in Chennai:
I was able to sneak in some sight seeing on 2/28 and visit Mahabalipuram:

The pictures do not do the place justice. Also the traffic getting to some of these sights makes rush hour on the 405 Freeway in L.A. look likea Formula 1 race.

And here was the sign greeting my last stop in sightseeing:

Friday, February 19, 2010

Hoofing it...

Another round of travel is close at hand. As I will be hoofing it, this find in the front yard seemed appropriate:

Someones pet deer did not make it.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

The rain has arrived...

and it is wet
But turns everything green

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Before the Rains...

As blogged about on July 11th, 2009, El Nino is here and getting stronger. This photo shows the difference in sea surface height(which corresponds to sea surface temperature)

There are 3 storms lined up for a direct hit on California and Saturday may be the last time a clear day like this shows up for quite a while. Let's hope the road work and erosion control works as planned.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Paso, 7 and Staples

Spending a few quiet days in Paso for the holiday break and 7 decides to run into rocks. These are the before and after pics. The vet in Paso rocks. Big props to Dr. Deb and the whole staff at Paso Vet for Pets. They not only saw 7 on short notice but stapled her nose, gave her antibiotics and medication for her heart murmur for $120.00. To put in perspective, a big city vet would have charged that just for the office visit.


Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Year of The Creatures

Not the name of a bad 'B' movie but my experience at the Paso Straw Bale House.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Views from my part of the world...

A fire in Morro Bay
and a fiery sunset in Paso

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Can someone tell me what this bug is?

After seeing this,I needed this:

Saturday, October 31, 2009

4 years

It has been four years since the occupancy permit was granted. This is what the house looked like Oct of 2005:

And this is what it looks like Oct 2009:Getting there.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Hot and Humid

Harvest weekend has come and gone. The leaves are turning
the tarantulas are using iPhones to stay connected

and as always the sunsets are wonderful
Even with the temprature in the high 80's and humidity in the 70's, the house stayed cool and comfortable.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Harvest Time

Harvest is in full view:
The house is a constant 72-77 degrees this time of year. Which is perfect for just hanging out on the couch and watching the sunset.

Friday, September 11, 2009

9/11 in New York

I am in NYC this week. Remembering events of 8 years ago. On that day 8 years ago, over 3000 people were killed by extremists. Unchecked and unchallenged extremism leads to extreme actions. Fortunately, hope and optimism challenge and frequently defeat extremism.
Hopefully the extremists who yell 'You Lie', spread false rumors about "Death Panels and want to maintain the status quo are challenged and put in check.

Joe Wilson and Sarah Palin can:

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Views from the WebCam

Here are some of the more interesting views from the webcam this year.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Apocalyptic Sky

This was the sky last weekend. One of the more amazing sunsets in recent memory.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Straw Bale Troika

I find it odd that I can walk to two other straw bale houses:
and drive to 2 more within 10 minutes. Not to mention the proliferation of straw bale wineries.

Since straw bale is not the most obvious choice for building it is kinda cool.

Saturday, August 01, 2009


The majority of the landscaping is complete. The design is fairly close to what was designed.

Here is the almost finished product:
for the visually astute, there is a visitor from a previous blog posting in the picture above...

in the lower left corner in the picture above, is the snake from my April 19th, 2009 post.

Here is a closer look:
and here:
This snake is not camera shy...

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sometimes I forget...

how much thought went into certain aspects of this house. From the light covered 'cool roof' that reflects a majority of the solar gain and keeps the house cool:
The drought resistant plants and ground cover that keeps the ground cool:
and forgoing rain gutters to allow for run off to water the landscaping during the winter.

In addition to the Low E, reflective windows:

the interior has stained concrete flooring that keeps the house cool, high ceilings to allow for heat to rise and clerestory windows that open to let the heat out at night:
These design features keep the house comparatively cool during the summer. On average the house stays 25F-30F degrees cooler than the outside temp in the summer. When it was 109F+ this weekend, the house stayed 79 degrees.

7/18: Outside 105/Inside 83
7/19: Outside 109/Inside 79
7/20: Outside 112/Inside 80

Overall, the design of the house is meeting or exceeding the expected summer performance.

Let's talk about winter performance in 12/09.