Hoppy Friday Silicon Valley!

Hoppy Friday! It’s a warm one today. Time to relax with a nice cold hoppy beer from Ninkasi Brewing Company. This Double IPA is a smooth drinking brew with a nice hoppy bite but not too bitter. Ninkasi’sTricerahops Double IPA is available year round and seems to widely available these days. You’ll be tasting Chinook, Cascade, Summit, Centennial and Palisade hops in every delicious sip. This is not the cheapest beer, you’ll have to spend around 6 bucks (+CRV in SiliconCali) of your beermoney for the opportunity to drink some of the tastiest, responsibly brewed beer around.

I haven’t had a chance to visit the Ninkasi Brewery in Eugene, Oregon yet but I’ll get up there sometime this year. I’m looking forward to sampling their other releases including the space based brew Ground Control that comes out on April 13th. Ground Control is brewed from brewers yeast that was launched into space on October 23rd 2014 from Spaceport America, Las Cruces, New Mexico. If you really want to geek out on the interesting process of how this brew came about, check out this fact sheet PDF from the Ninkasi Space Program.

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A triple threat of dinos prepare to crack open a Ninkasi Brewing Company Tricerahops Double IPA. Sorry no Triceratops were on hand at the time of this photo shoot.

 

Pick one up and enjoy it with your closest prehistoric friends. And beware of the sneaky 8% ABV. Don’t go driving around after relaxing with a few of these or you might go extinct.

Loud Comcast X1 DVR Cable Box

Is your Comcast “X1 Operating System” DVR extremely annoying?

Like this one:


Yep, low quality hardware rented for exorbitant prices. That’s the Comcast way. They now have decided to hack together a social media team to counteract the many negative posts and videos that have gone viral showing less than professional conduct and mediocre service and equipment. Don’t the Cable Providers realize that consumers just want to watch Game of Thrones without their equipment freezing up as solid as the icy wall of the North? And to not have their fans and electronics wailing as loud as a White Walker while trying to watch normal television? If you have to turn up the volume just to hear the conversation over the din of the evil Cable Box, that just doesn’t add value to the high cost cable TV watching experience that one comes to expect with a 210 dollar a month premium cable bill. The only time that the Comcast X1 DVR box is quiet is when it is unplugged. But of course this defeats the purpose of having a DVR box digitally recording your favorite shows while you are away. Why does the “X1 Operating System” box have to be louder than the original bad ass X1 Rocket Plane flown by Chuck Yeager?

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That plane broke the sound barrier! It wasn’t meant to be in a quiet living room cranking out 80 decibels of buzzing noise while doing absolutely nothing like the Comcast Xfinity X1 “Operating System”! By the way their X1 Operating System is really just an embedded version of Linux “Made with love in Philadelphia”.

Time for the return of Rabbit Ears?

Did you know you could still get digital television channels over the air with an actual antenna for free? Tivo (yes Tivo is still around!) now even has a DVR just for recording television from an HD antenna. Comcast is part of a dying business and is trying every trick in the book to try to get cash money from their subscribers. And it is working for some and alienating others. Eventually there will be no need to pay Comcast or Time Warner Cable or any of the other Media Monopolies for their content distribution and they will cease to exist.

Happy National Puppy Day!

Happy National Puppy Day Silicon Valley! Another sorta holiday that just happens to coincide with National Chip and Dip Day in 2015. Though we don’t recommend that you mix the two holidays. National Puppy Day was created in 2006 by Colleen Paige. She created a few other animal related holidays.

 

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Beagle puppies are traditionally given the day off of work on National Puppy Day. Though they may have to work later than usual the next day to make up the time. This particular pup works for a venture capital firm that primarily invests in bacon based start ups.

The people of Earth are encouraged to savor the warmth of these biological puppies. It won’t be long before they are replaced with robotic dogs roaming the planet:

Water falls from the sky.

A rare event is happening right now in Silicon Valley. Rain. Tiny drops of water falling from the sky.

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This little storm will drop a few inches of snow up in the mountains above 7,000 feet. Not enough to get the Donner Party stranded and barely a dent in California’s serious drought. In the long run this mini rainstorm does nothing for the extended drought of the Republik of Kalifornia. Did you know that the long run is only .5 of a mile? That’s right half a mile. At least according to Wikipedia.

Time for California to develop a comprehensive water development plan before the agriculture and beer brewing industries go extinct like this little green guy.

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Photographer captures the ISS transiting Solar Eclipse

The March 20th Solar Eclipse wasn’t visible from Silicon Cali but through the power of the internets we get to see some amazing images taken of the event.

Well known French Astrophotographer Thierry Legault captured this awesome video of the International Space Station (ISS) transiting the Solar Eclipse:

Thierry Legault shot these images in Spain using a CCD camera equipped telescope with solar filters. You can’t capture this kind of imagery with your iPhone 6. Check out his website here:  http://www.astrophoto.fr/

Happy Pi Day Silicon Valley!

Today is the once a century Pi Day that the date of 3/14/15 at exactly  9:26:53.58 in whichever time zone you are in lines up with the digits of Pi.

3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510…

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Be sure to grab a slice of your fave pizza pie or dessert pie and enjoy Pi day. March 14th also happens to be Einstein’s birthday.

 

Check out an explanation of Pi from this British Boffin:

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Happy Friday the 13th Silicon Valley!

Another warm weekend is upon us with no rain or winter like weather in sight. Winter is coming, but not until April 12th. California just may become a parched desert for a while. Some estimate that California only has one year left of water. A lack of fresh water supply may be the only thing that will start lowering Bay Area property values.

Time to save water by drinking beer. This weekend is a great time to try out some of Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp West Coast Double IPA. A lighter drinking golden amber DIPA with some hoppy bitterness but a smooth, clean finish. Best enjoyed by an unlit fireplace if you are in the parts of California that don’t celebrate winter. Though all of these great California beers are made with California water. We may have to start desalinating water up and down the entire state to keep the brewing industry going. Saver those hoppy sips!

 

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Silicon Valley gets wet!

Silicon Valley and the SF Bay Area are still enduring the biggest rain storm in 6 years. With high winds and heavy heavy downpours, this #Stormaggedon is feeling like a weak hurricane.

Roads all over the area are flooded. This is what 101 looked like in the evening commute.

In the deep standing water were parts of vehicles that had come off of cars swamped by the water. Anything lowered is not going to do well here. Yes it has been a #HellaStorm and it still continues to dump much needed rain on SiliconCali and the Bay Area.

Silicon Valley hasn’t seen this much rain since 2009

Silicon Valley and the Bay Area are finally getting drenched by some much needed rain.

We haven’t seen this scale of wet weather since 2009.

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While this won’t be enough precip to quench California’s thirsty reservoirs, it will help to put a dent in the drought. These downpours may also help wash some of the Human Waste off the streets of San Francisco. Of course it all gets washed into the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean, so be warned, don’t swim in the yellow bay.

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Don’t swim in the yellow bay.
Image: Human Wasteland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday will see the most powerful of this weeks storms, with the potential for high winds and lightning coming tonight. Watch for delays and cancelled flights at SFO if you’re flying in or out of the area.

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Of course this storm will bring some snow up to the Sierra above 7000 feet, so this weekend should be a good time to get some early season snow time in. Check out the Northstar Snow Stake Cam to see if it will be worth the drive up the mountain.

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Stay safe out there Silicon Cali peeps! You know Californians can’t drive in the rain. Especially when they’re busy checking their twitter feed instead of watching the road.

 

The last poppy has been placed around the Tower of London

The last poppy has been placed in the moat of the famous Tower of London commemorating Armistice Day in the United Kingdom.

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