Google Earth Rivers Oregon

Google Earth Rivers Oregon
KMZ layovers for Google Earth Rivers Oregon, each extent is a USGS 100K Quadrangle. In order to view these files, you will have to have installed the stand-alone Google Earth application on your computer. This is my bright idea.  Since I find Google Earth to be a great tool for prospecting backcountry areas interesting for ...

Pacific Yew spoon

Pacific Yew spoon
I once saw a piece of driftwood shaped perfectly like a little hammer, or a gavel, or tomahawk.  The wood had eroded away at the intersection of branch and trunk, and the natural intersection gave me an idea for a project: get a piece like that and carve it into something! This piece was left ...

Poisonous rough-skinned newt

Poisonous rough-skinned newt
In 2012 I was on a hiking trip in Oregon and, tempted by the windfall of protein it would represent, I started to collect and prepare a bag full of rough-skinned newts for dinner. Taricha Granulosa, the rough-skinned newt, is a very common species of salamander along the West Coast of the United states and British Columbia, from as ...

Gray whale and calf 1

Here’s a short video shot from my pocket camera of a gray whale and calf just off the coast of Malibu, California. I was riding my bicycle on a bike tour and toward sunset noticed these large whales near the shore, and had a perfect vantage point from a scenic view pull-out. I set my ...

The ultimate bike ride

The ultimate bike ride
Set up in a clean little hotel right on Hollywood Blvd. San Francisco to Los Angeles in seven days.  Total stats = 36 hours biking, 449.2 miles covered, average speed 12.4 mph, maximum speed 50.2 mph.  Bike now has 3,417 miles on it. Three days in LA, A Perfect Circle & Puscifer concert, and then ...

Los Angeles

Los Angeles
“Rolling down the street smoking indo sippin on gin and juice” Got to see Malibu, Venice Beach, Santa Monica, and now riding up Ventura Blvd to Hollywood.

Bike tour POV

This is a little sample of a good day in bike touring… Cruising along on a wide shoulder, entertaining yourself with music, radio, or just looking around, nice weather, tail wind, and plenty of miles more.

Half a day ahead 1

Half a day ahead
I am half a day ahead of schedule so I decided a short day and rest is in order.  I’ve only got 130 miles to go, and two days to do it, no problem.  Besides, the wind is gusting 40 mph in all directions.  Where is air going?  Why does air need to rush around ...

Halfway to LA 1

Halfway to LA
Between Carmel and Big Sur on Highway 1 is a stretch of coast that rivals any scenery I have witnessed. I’m still on track to make Los Angeles by Friday evening.  The bicycle suffered a broken spoke on a stretch of road with no cellular signal and 45 miles to the nearest services.  Very disappointing!  ...

To Big Sur

To Big Sur
I will be off line for a few days.  I’m still on schedule but just barely.  Today I had a head wind!  What’s up with that!?  This is a great ride.

First day finished

First day finished
The first day went really well.  Here are the stats… 8 hrs riding, one flat tire, 73 miles.  I have to do that every day for a week. I was surprised by the beauty.  I saw a pod of large whales from here, and noticed a few more while riding. Also, the hills and tail ...

SF to LA

SF to LA
On the road again!  After a delay to wait out a nasty cold I am back in the saddle.. To do 500 miles in less than a week… This would be the most in a week ever, for me.  It’ll be tough but here goes.

Atrazine use and frogs

Atrazine use and frogs
70% of all amphibians are in decline. First published over 12 years ago, Dr. Tyrone Hayes has shown in laboratory-grade experiments that “Atrazine (≥0.1 ppb) induced hermaphroditism and demasculinized the larynges of exposed males…” Parts per billion! Atrazine is the second most used pesticide in agriculture, after Roundup.  It’s the #1 used pesticide on the ...

eReader PDF comparison 1

eReader PDF comparison
In this review, I compare the Kobo Aura HD and Kindle Paperwhite e-ink readers in a test of performance with PDF format files.  I look at native PDF as well as scanned PDF files on both devices, and I’ll talk about how I’ve learned to optimize the difficult task of working with an ereader PDF setup. ...

A view from south ridge

A view from south ridge
On the oceanic plate, south of San Francisco.