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Fallingwater dream [Sep. 20th, 2017|07:43 am]
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This night I had a dream about visiting Fallingwater, out of season this time, when nobody was around. It was just me and a couple of friends whom I could not quite recognize. I was showing off the corner windows, and explaining the narrow passages. Then (after 11 hours dream time) the caretaker showed up. Turned out he had a bed at the first floor room (which I can't recall in an actual building), but was unwilling to stay all alone over there, so had to do a long commute when our arrival raised the alarm. Then I proposed that I would be the in-house caretaker, and I got into that bed. This is where I woke up.
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Solar eclipse 2017 timeline [Aug. 22nd, 2017|11:18 pm]
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Mar 2013: Created an event on Google+
Dec 2016: Scouting expedition to Bend, OR to check out roads around Madras.
Jan 2017: Reserved AirBnB in Bend, OR (just an hour drive to Madras!)
Feb 2017: AirBnB gets cancelled. Reconsidered to get a room in Portland with a early morning drive to Madras (or Salem, OR if weather permits).
8/18/2017: Getting ready, weather planning, finishing touches on eclipse glasses, etc.
8/19/2017: Decided on Corvallis, OR. Considerations: off major highways, which can get blocked by out of state visitors, ~1m30s totality (first for everyone in our party), good road system from both Portland and to Eugene, OR (our destination), seemingly wide range of services (Starbucks/cafes which are set to be open at 7am), lots of parking both next to abandoned businesses and residential. Harder to get to from Portland, but easier to split after event.
8/20/2017 09:30: Scared by predicted traffic left for Portland earlier.
8/20/2017 12:43: With little traffic en route parked in Pearl district, and went to Andina for lunch (oh, ceviche!)
8/20/2017 21:30: Went to sleep, tomorrow wake up call is 4am!
8/21/2017 04:00: Woke up!
8/21/2017 04:45: Left the hotel, 15 minutes ahead of schedule. Traffic is unusually high (but what do I know of traffic at 5am?)
8/21/2017 05:10: Noticed that there is some traffic slowdown on I-5 on a way to Salem, and proactively decided to take a side road (SR-99W). Tons of people did too, but everyone's moving.
8/21/2017 06:17: Passing Monmouth, longest eclipse point on SR-99W. Few people camp in the open field.
8/21/2017 06:50: Arrived to our destination, scouted for parking (wide open!), decided to get back to town to get some hot food. Amazingly most of breakfast places are closed.
8/21/2017 07:05: Found New Morning Bakery which had a line of probably 20 minutes long and then 40 minutes wait for so-so breakfast (but well worth it as the only breakfast in town). Starbucks was overflown as well.
8/21/2017 09:02: Set up at the edge of gas station. Good unobstructed view, and no other spectators (yet!)
8/21/2017 09:05: Partial eclipse starts.
8/21/2017 10:09: Gas station lights are fooled by darkness and turn on.
8/21/2017 10:16:56: Totality starts!
8/21/2017 10:18:33: Totality ends! We start packing.
8/21/2017 10:23: We drive off. Traffic is there, but light. No data on cell phone, so we can't see a slowdown ahead and take main road. There is one lane bridge which slows us down and also joining traffic from events.
8/21/2017 11:49: Instead of 54 minutes the drive to Eugene takes us 1h26m, which isn't bad given the circumstances.
8/21/2017 12:17: We are at Ninkasi brewery, drinking beer and sharing experiences. Then we enjoy other things Eugene has to offer, and check traffic cameras to see a giant parking lot on I-5, both directions from Salem.
8/22/2017 10:30: Good breakfast in Eugene, we go to Raptor center as well. Quite a few red lines on traffic maps still.
8/22/2017 13:45: We drive back to Seattle, stopping in Portland for dinner. There are two major slow downs on I-5 in northern Portland and between Olympia and Tacoma (at 21:30, mind you).
8/22/2017 22:09: Back home.

Overall trip time: 60h39m
Active travel time: 13h43m
Totality time over active travel time: 0.2%
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(no subject) [Apr. 1st, 2017|10:51 am]
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(talking about French shop)

O: went to tati and got myself a warm blanket
Me: never heard of them, how do you write it in French?
O: http://www.tati.fr/
Me: I was expecting something like "h'toughteer" - [ta:ti], obviously.
O: ...
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skywatching [Jul. 27th, 2016|10:48 pm]
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Tonight's skywatching session was a success with three expected objects: Saturn, Mars and passing ISS, and two unexpected ones: Iridium flare (at -5.5, wow oh so bright), and a meteor. The latter was an especial delight, and had a bright red trail.
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kids can see into the future [Apr. 22nd, 2016|09:00 am]
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when I was a kid I quite often mixed words "photocamera" and "telephone". little did I know that after 20+ years those devices would be combined into a single one (or did I?). another mixup I had was "telly" and "fridge", so lo and behold we have refrigerators coming with LCD screens for quite a while.

I only realized both of those facts now.
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72 days with Uber are over [Aug. 30th, 2015|10:56 pm]
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I learned:
1. You can hire Uber-X car in Seatac, you just need to put a pin at closest hotel and call the driver. They mostly know the trick.
2. Uber takes 20% of what you pay. But there are additional fees which you pay for separately, so the driver gets less than 80% of what you pay.
3. Sometimes you get an Uber moment (when the car is just there when you tap the button) and sometimes you have to wait twice as long as the time predicted by the app.
4. Financially:
trips: 74
total: $963
median trip: $11.75
per-day: $13.38
which is a bit less than $17.13/day I was paying while leasing.
5. Most of Lyft cars are shabbier than Uber-X. Some Uber-X cars are really nice, but some are ok-ish.
6. Leasing a new car takes only a few hours.
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Iceland [Jul. 9th, 2015|11:02 pm]
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My most recent vacation was in Iceland (mostly Reykjavik, but also Golden Circle, which is a day tour with weakly defined destination). Well, Reykjavik turned out to be about the size of Eastwood Mall Bellevue. More importantly, Reykjavik center turned out to be the size of Downtown Bellevue, complete with a park, art museum and "big black building" (20+ floors for Expedia building in Bellevue, and 4 floors in Reykjavik).

The tallest building in Reykjavik is the church.
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bye bye Leaf [Jun. 16th, 2015|10:56 pm]
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Today my two years lease matured and I returned my Nissan Leaf back to the dealership after driving 10700 miles in it. Having a fully electric car was an interesting experience, and I definitely enjoyed countless almost silent accelerations at stop lights blowing past occasional BMW in a next lane, or the fact that I almost didn't have to pay for gas (my total 'gas' bill for two years: $75).

At the same time, that wasn't the cheapest option, in total my TCO ended up being $17.13/day or $1.17/mile. Some details insideCollapse )
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dream test [Sep. 15th, 2014|08:35 am]
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In a dream I read some sentences from a book and was surprised that they didn't change on a second read (even made some forgotten sense). Then I noticed that author's name changed.
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are you dreaming or not [Jul. 2nd, 2014|06:12 am]
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this morning I've recalled one of the hints people use to determine if they are dreaming or not: look at the clock and see whether the time makes sense.

it didn't.

80:90 is not the time I would normally see when I'm awake. even upside down.
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(no subject) [Jun. 29th, 2014|12:12 pm]
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haven't posted to lj for a while... well, was too busy making the teapot and the cup to drink my tea from:
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Der Ring des Nibelungen [Aug. 26th, 2013|12:36 am]
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Just came home from watching that in Seattle Opera. Amazing production. Great to see the whole cycle in a single week.
Four operas...Collapse )
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another thing I missed [Aug. 19th, 2013|11:23 pm]
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10 years of my lifejournal. 650 entries, 10 times more comments. I think I need an activity diagram..
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x-post, after another year [May. 6th, 2013|11:43 pm]
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Context Read more...Collapse )
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xpost [Dec. 11th, 2012|08:22 am]
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My liberal translation to Russian of some fables from a book Management for Cannibals: how to become Chief Eating Officer.
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Venus transit [Jun. 6th, 2012|12:16 am]
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Venus is (almost) on the same line as two larger sunspots:
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icanride [May. 20th, 2012|01:49 pm]
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After a scary test under rainy conditions I can go and get my motorcycle endorsement. Time for celebratory lunch.
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brace yourself! eclipse is coming [May. 12th, 2012|09:17 am]
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While focused at upcoming Venus Transit I almost missed the fact that there is going to be annual solar eclipse visible in Pacific States.
May 20, 5pm-7:30pm PDT be under clear skies!

Don't forget proper eye protection, like this glasses (I can't stop promoting g+, can I)?
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x-post [May. 7th, 2012|11:42 pm]
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shocking photo!Collapse )
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Venus Transit 2012 [Mar. 23rd, 2012|05:43 pm]
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Follow my quest on Google Plus. I guess they show more results if you are logged in...
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unfinished in 2011 [Jan. 1st, 2012|06:07 pm]
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1. list of things unfinished in 2011.
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fairness problem: results [Dec. 13th, 2011|12:17 am]
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I totally forgot about the problem I posted a while ago (getting my social fix from g+). I think the problem is not mathematical, but is ethical.

Anyway, results are in, I counted each response separately:
$0 - 3
bottle of beer ($2 value) - 1
$10 - 5
$15 - 3
$20-$25 - 1
$30 - 1
would not share (infinite price) - 2


$20 is surprisingly missing from answers, meanwhile each coupon is as good as having "$20 off" printed on it, which I think has a value of $20. Imagine that you got "$20 off" coupons for free, and now you can spend $30 dollars to get to the spa thrice. "Coupons are money" (Everybody loves Raymond).
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fairness problem [Nov. 6th, 2011|10:28 am]
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All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons (living or dead), companies (currently in existence or out of business), or business models (viable or insane) is purely coincidental.

Suppose you are a frequent visitor to Panya spa. Recently you purchased a Crupon 'three days of spa for a price of one' for $30 and received 3 daily (unmarked) coupons which can be used within a year. Regular day pass is $30. Two friends of yours are regulars at the spa as well, but they missed on Crupon opportunity. If you are to share two of your coupons with them, what would be a fair compensation from your friends?

comments are screened to protect the innocent but will be opened later
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connectivity [Aug. 20th, 2011|05:44 am]
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neither g+ nor fb work from my hotel in beijing. too tired to figure out workarounds. had a great walk around, but could not get to any museums - everything is closed by 4pm, and I only woke up from my after flight sleep at 12.
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ragnar relay [Jul. 23rd, 2011|11:28 pm]
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Forgot I was going to run Ragnar Relay? I didn't.

On my goals:
  1. Oh yeah!
  2. Totally
  3. Failed miserably
Posting in LJ didn't help to train more regularly. Between finishing up ('launching' as it is called, that's when real works starts) Google+ Hangouts and iliotibial band injury which resurfaced from last year I only did a few additional runs.

My Ragnar Relay details on google+.
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