Travel Suggestions

I’ve been fortunate enough to do a lot of traveling. I tend to seek out offbeat and quirky things everywhere I go. I used to keep a few lists in a Google Doc for when friends asked for suggestions on what to do when visiting places I’d been before. I’ve found foursquare lists to be […]

Building a real-time transit information kiosk with Raspberry Pi

I’ve been playing with raspberry pi a lot lately and managed to make a real-time transit display for my kitchen. This shows the real-time arrival predictions for the transit routes near me, a map of the stops, the weather, and recent tweets from my roommates. It was surprisingly easy to set up, so I’ll post […]

How to get kids into Computer Science (take them to Google)

Last summer I taught a class on introduction to programming to high school students through the LEAD Program. This was the inaugural LEAD Computer Science Institute at UC Berkeley. The program aims to get promising minority high school students (rising 10th and 11th graders) interested in computer science through an intense, focussed 3 week program. […]

San Francisco Transportation Startups

San Francisco has lots of new transportation startups. There are many innovative ways to get around the city and/or make some money off of your unused car, bike or parking space. I gave a talk at SFMTA about these. The slides (mostly photos) are available: high res (19 MB) or low res (2 MB) Warning: […]

I'm one of those guys in the swanky condo promo videos

This has been online for over a year, but I figured that since photos of me are so popular on the internet I’d share this video with you as well: I was featured in the background of a promo video for the SOMA Grand Lifestyle condos. You have to follow this link and fast forward […]

Warehouse Construction Video (with dance sequence)

I’ve been living in a live/work converted warehouse space in San Francisco for a few months now. Along with seven other people, we did all of the work of building out the space ourselves. My brother put together a video time-lapse montage of our progress and posted it on youtube, check it out: If anyone […]

Beijing Beef vs Orange Chicken on Olympic opening day and free wifi at Houston airport

En route from Belize City I decided to honor the start of the 2008 Olympic Games by taking the Panda Express challenge. A sign in Houston’s George Bush Intercontintal Airport posed the question: “Which is better, Beijing Beef or Orange Chicken”. After trying both, I give the gold medal to Orange Chicken with Beijing Beef […]

Why Virgin America is great (and I’m not even on board yet)

Today is my first time flying Virgin America. I’m headed to New York from San Francisco. My final destination is Boston but I decided to route through NY and take the Chinatown bus to Boston just to try out Virgin America. So far its great. Virgin America flys out of the international terminal at SFO. […]

Facebook Scores – Mashup with google maps, facebook data & census data

I looked at the facebook network for La Crosse, WI, my hometown and was impressed that there are 12,856 people on this network alone. People on facebook can belong to only one regional network at a time, so its likely that most of these users actually live in the La Crosse metro region. The city […]

Craigslist to charge fees for brokered rental listings in San Francisco?

For one of my clients I regularly deal with posting for sale and for rent listings on craigslist to test out formatting issues. Today, after I submitted one post, I got the standard post confirmation along with: Paid to craigslist 2007-09-27 — paymentID real estate for sale Total to be charged 0.00 Is craigslist setting […]

Freshbooks takes me out to dinner

Preston and I had the opportunity to have dinner with two members of the freshbooks team. We both use freshbooks.com for tracking our work and billing our clients, and it happens to be one of my very favorite web applications. Now we’re both pictured on the freshbooks blog. Preston and I ended up taking Mike […]