Andreas Ramos

Timeline Photos

Date Taken: January 27, 2013 at 3:50 pm
Camera Model: SGH-T989

Helen has been baking bread for the last few months. It gets better and better. Here's her newest loaf. We stopped buying bread.
January 28, 2013 at 1:45 pm
Ilja SarroLooks good. What kind is it?
Everyone should learn how much fun it is and how much money it saves to just buy raw ingredients and create great, healthy foodstuff at home.
January 28, 2013 at 2:09 pm
Andreas RamosLots of whole grains, a handful of sunflower seeds, plus other seeds and grains. Helen figured out how to make bread without too much kneading.
January 28, 2013 at 2:48 pm
Shuyi GaoLooks yummy!!
January 28, 2013 at 3:28 pm
Nana Nicole WitzkeLooks so good!!!
January 28, 2013 at 5:03 pm

We're ready for the Mayan Apocalypse. Bought a 50-pound bag of Gummy Bears at Costco.
December 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm
Matt SnowAnd I thought my 5lb. bag of haribo gummy bears was a lot...
December 13, 2012 at 5:57 pm
Dave MundtSince my previous try seems to have vanished - Another good reason to get a CostCo card! I like them especially well when they are chilled down in the freezer!
December 13, 2012 at 8:33 pm
Dave MundtSpeaking of goodies, though, I think I am going to celebrate the 21st with a big batch of the Mexican/Mayan Hot Cocoa you have the recipe for on your site, Andreas! It looks PRETTY tasty.
December 13, 2012 at 9:07 pm
HC SaustrupThat's an excellent rule of thumb - always being plenty of snacks to an apocalypse :-)
December 13, 2012 at 9:24 pm
Dave MundtHey, they can be very useful. Dr. Who, played by Tom Baker, dealt with several difficult situations by offering the other person the English equivalent of a Gummi Bear.
December 13, 2012 at 10:34 pm
Søren Erland Vestø50 pounds?! The mind boggles..
December 14, 2012 at 12:01 am

Find 7 things wrong in this photo! Someone bought an Apple laptop in China. After a while, he realized it wasn't quite Applely. Compare that logo with your Apple logo :-)
November 25, 2012 at 5:37 pm
Mihoko Suginodifferent from my logo!
November 25, 2012 at 9:53 pm
HC SaustrupIt appears to be uneaten. Shouldn't that theoretically be a plus? :-)
November 25, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Here's a much better photo of the new Palo Alto Apple store. Pix by Helen (with her HTC Amaze camera phone).
November 16, 2012 at 8:14 pm
Andreas RamosMihoko, that's you in the pix! :-)
November 16, 2012 at 8:20 pm
Shawn HillmanSatans house.
November 16, 2012 at 8:45 pm
Eva Maria KnudsenAndreas Ramos, it is very kind of you to tag me on that pix - it almost feels like is was there.
November 16, 2012 at 11:25 pm
Eno Mths RasmussenApple cult center
November 17, 2012 at 3:20 am
Date Taken: November 2, 2012 at 6:27 am
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The control room at SLAC (Stanford Linear Accelerator). Enough data? A single experiment, lasting just a few billionth of a second, can generate terabytes of data.
November 9, 2012 at 9:44 am
Matt SnowVery cool!
November 9, 2012 at 12:57 pm
Bob Platkin"Scotty !!! Direct full warp power to the shields, the Klingon's are charging up their mega torpedo". "Aye, aye captain".
November 9, 2012 at 3:12 pm
Barbara CicioThis posting made me go to their website. I know nothing about particle physics... but I agree with Matt - it's very, very cool!
November 9, 2012 at 7:19 pm
Henry Brodersenvery important research ! we should all support these types of studies nationwide.
November 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm
Date Taken: September 8, 2012 at 7:05 am
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Another pix of Tuxedo Cat with his bowtie.
November 5, 2012 at 4:56 pm
Lisa CarlsonThis means the wedding pix are on their way....!
November 5, 2012 at 6:42 pm
Andreas RamosYep! Now to review 508 photos!
November 5, 2012 at 9:21 pm
Eva Maria Knudsenthe cat doesnt look happy! But you do :-)
November 5, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Pubic Education? What are they teaching the kids these days!?!? Sure, it's a typo. But... maybe not? Go to LinkedIn and search for "pubic." There are 7,087 pubic speakers, pubic accountants, pubic teachers, and so on.
October 19, 2012 at 9:06 am
Susan LevittSex ed class.
October 19, 2012 at 9:10 am
Lisa CarlsonSame typo was made in my grammar school report cards. Caused an uproar!
October 19, 2012 at 9:19 am
Dave MundtSeems like High School is a lot more fun than it was when WE were trying to survive it!
October 19, 2012 at 9:47 am
Marinela MicleaI see careless errors like this on news reports captioning - looks like many have dispensed w/ editors/proofreaders and rely solely on automatic wordprocessing programs that wouldn't pick up on this sort of thing. Cringeworthy...
October 19, 2012 at 11:33 am
Lisa CarlsonHere's another slide for me to project for my copyediting students.
October 19, 2012 at 11:36 am
Andreas RamosClearly he graduated from there.
October 19, 2012 at 5:12 pm

At LinkedIn, you can create a visual map of your social connections. I looked at several of these; each person's map is different. It's like a fingerprint. Here's the visualization of my social world. You're one of those dots :-)
August 29, 2012 at 10:56 am
Linda Mostrup PedersenI like the fact that Klean has it owns dot:)!
August 29, 2012 at 11:23 am
Saleh 'Saul' ArmianWhere's Waldo?
August 29, 2012 at 12:04 pm
Andreas RamosHere's the link to the pix (and how to make your own):
August 29, 2012 at 9:56 pm
Janet FoutsI love to dig into the clusters, funny how even those with large networks have just a few catalysts
August 29, 2012 at 10:00 pm
Susanne Skou KristensenNice for you, but reduced to a dot - I don't know (-:
September 7, 2012 at 4:22 am

Today's Freudian Slip: The "public area of a woman"? (hmmm? hmmm? raised eyebrows :-)
August 24, 2012 at 6:53 am
Abhishek Kumarhe he... Have they defined "public area of a woman" term anywhere ;)
August 24, 2012 at 6:54 am
Andreas RamosSee the original at before they erase it! :-)
August 24, 2012 at 7:02 am
Abhishek KumarNow they are adding all popular slangs :) Thanks for this link :)
August 24, 2012 at 7:03 am
Eva Maria KnudsenThis is really funny - and a little bit sad
August 24, 2012 at 7:56 am
Howard DernehlFunny!!!
August 24, 2012 at 9:38 am
Date Taken: August 22, 2012 at 7:32 am
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The playroom at a large Silicon Valley company. Asides from pool tables, ping pong, pinball, and foosball, look at the far back. No, not the wall of free drinks and free food. See those guys clustered back there? Yes. Free beer on tap.
August 23, 2012 at 9:31 am
Michael WarburtonIf I send you my resumé can you forward it on to those guys? ;-)
August 23, 2012 at 9:45 am
Eva Maria KnudsenMann ... These guys will never get their work done :-)
August 23, 2012 at 9:55 am
Matt Snowwhere? :)
August 23, 2012 at 11:24 am
Andreas RamosIn the rest of the building, everyone is v busy at work. The Calif startup life...
August 23, 2012 at 12:08 pm

That "China trains vs US trains" image is getting lots of attention. Some say the photo is an unfair comparison: a Chinese high-speed train vs a US freight locomotive. No, it's actually way worse than that. I live in Silicon Valley. My house in Palo Alto is next to the track for the San Francisco to San Jose commuter train (about 45 miles.) A freight locomotive pulls the commuter wagons at about 45-50 mph, uses kerosene, and makes a lot of noise. China has 6,000 miles of high-speed rail (HSR). By 2013, China will have more HSR than the rest of the world combined. By 2022, they will add another 10,000 miles of HSR. The US has not one single mile of HSR; in fact, the US doesn't know how to build HSR. If HSR is ever built in the US, it will be done by Germans, French, or Chinese companies. But I've not yet begun to compare. Here comes the comparison. So Silicon Valley, the center of US technology, uses a freight locomotive to move commuters. Shanghai has a frickin' magnetic levitation train. The goddamned thing FLOATS. The maglev train sails at 268 mph and it's rock steady. And it's maglev, so it's totally silent. It doesn't even hum a tune. It runs along a freeway so fast that cars appear to be parked. I know this: I've been on it several times. Now let's compare. China has maglev. The US has... what? A freight train that runs on kerosene? Why has the US fallen so far behind? Because we've wasted over 1,300 billion dollars on pointless wars. That's one thousand, three hundred billion. That's 1.3 trillion dollars. Yes, please share this. Post this, pass it along.
August 19, 2012 at 4:37 pm
Lisa CarlsonDid I tell you I was one of the editors on the Maglev engineering proposal years ago? Everything was available in 1992 to make it happen.
August 19, 2012 at 7:13 pm
Teemu PyyluomaRelated on this, a recurring discussion in urban light rail circles, is how on earth is rail construction so expensive and difficult in US? Let me give you an example.

Bergen, Norway just opened a new light rail line a year ago. About 10km/6mi and the project cost about 140M$. Very expensive for this kind of light ral, but one third of it is underground because they had to tunnel through mountains and Norway has very high labor costs and so on.
Now compare to Bergen-Hudson, NJ a similar light rail. 20 miles, 2.2 billion. And it is not just this one project.
August 19, 2012 at 8:22 pm
Lisa CarlsonHave you read the history of the US automobile? It's built into the master plan. No, they didn't teach that in h.s.
August 19, 2012 at 9:50 pm
Roslyn LaytonIndeed, many things needed in American society were sacrificed in the name of wars. Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz shows how social security could have been funded six times for 75 years. If you want to be even more depressed, but informed, read
August 19, 2012 at 10:34 pm
Roslyn LaytonAndreas, the number is actually higher. It is not 1.3 trillion. It is 3 trillion!
August 19, 2012 at 10:35 pm
Andreas RamosThe proposed HSR from San Francisco to LA is projected to cost $90 billion. That's $150m per mile over mostly flat land. Not a single tunnel. I have no idea why it will be so absurdly expensive.

I wonder if the US oil companies, airlines, and car companies are driving up these costs just to prevent it.
August 19, 2012 at 10:37 pm
Gene McKennaWhat is less well known about trains in the US is that we have the world's best system of freight trains. They are the safest, most efficient and most cost effective. It's largely the result of deregulation.
August 20, 2012 at 8:34 pm
Teemu PyyluomaYes, the freight train system is impressive. Regarding passenger HSR cost, for example in Spain there is a plan to add 1 000 km to HSR network to connect the southern coast, at extravagant cost of 12,5 billion euros. That's what, $15M per mile? I'd guess overengineering and brain dead financing in US, that is stupidity rather than malice, but haven't looked at the project.
August 20, 2012 at 9:55 pm
Andreas RamosIf (a very big if) HSR is built in California, China has offered to both finance and build it. Just as Western countries once built critical infrastructure for 3rd World countries, which the imperialists then owned. China is now offering the same deal to the US.

California may have to take it; the state doesn't the money or the technical know-how.

The Republicans will do everything to veto HSR for California. Why? It would only benefit Democrats.
August 20, 2012 at 11:06 pm
Teemu PyyluomaHire a reputable design consultant from say Switzerland, they not only do excellent rail systems but also do it cost effectively. Do not limit construction bids to domestic only, rail construction is a competitive industry with lot of specialized companies that are hard to find in a place where you don't build rail in the first place. 100% external financing is a really bad idea because of the costs, it is very, very difficult to build any kind of transportation infrastructure with VC ROIs, some private money is probably good to provide investment oversight.
August 20, 2012 at 11:14 pm
Date Taken: July 1, 2012 at 1:36 pm
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EuroCup: Spain 4, Italy 0. Pix came from a friend in Madrid a few minutes ago.
July 1, 2012 at 2:47 pm
Suzana Perta GoreaThis is an incredible pix!
July 1, 2012 at 2:50 pm
Dave MundtCats are only happy if they can be "on" something. I am sure the gentle glow of superiority from the Spanish flag helps too!
July 1, 2012 at 7:33 pm
Marsha FortnerThis cat is onto something and I think he knows it!
July 1, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Although China has been in space only a few times so far, they just sent up Liu Yang, China's first woman in space. She went up on 16 June 2012, 49 years to the day of Valentina Tereshkova's flight (1963), the first woman in space for the USSR. It took 21 years for NASA to send up a woman (Sally Ride, 1983). In early July, Tiangong will pass over Palo Alto. I'll post the time/position so you can see it.
June 20, 2012 at 10:09 am
Andreas Ramos(Tiangong is the Chinese space station.)
June 20, 2012 at 10:11 am
Gregg GilesThe difference is that the Chinese didn't have to invent new technologies to put humans in space. NASA did. Regrade the Chinese without a curve and it looks a whole lot less amazing. Significant, yes, but not earth shaking - this was just a matter of time.
June 20, 2012 at 3:54 pm
Andreas RamosAt the moment, the US doesn't have the ability to put anyone in space. The space shuttle was moved to museums. There is no political will to invest in space. Companies are building their own rockets. I grew up watching the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions. It's pathetic that the US has given up. We should be doing much more.

So when China gets into space, it's great, because it means humans are still doing this. And it's really cool they put their confidence in women. The Chinese say women hold up half the sky. Now, they're in the sky.
June 20, 2012 at 5:40 pm
Gregg GilesOh I agree. Americans need to stop demonizing taxes so they can go buy cheap junk at Walmart - which is made in China.
June 20, 2012 at 5:59 pm
Dave MundtI am right with y'all on this. I think it is obscene that the USA can burn trillions of dollars on useless wars, but, essentially, nothing on the space program. One thing that has puzzled me about this trend is that, according to various polls the interest in space has been steadily increasing since the 70s and the moon landing.
June 20, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Mark, that's so sweet! I joined FB five years ago today. FB sent over flowers and a cake. Actually, they sent nothing.
June 14, 2012 at 10:49 am
Matt Snowlol
June 14, 2012 at 1:45 pm
Joanne FedeykoUn-be-liev-able ... note to the next social media giant ... send a little something on the 5-year sign-up anniversary! :-)
June 14, 2012 at 3:42 pm
Date Taken: June 5, 2012 at 11:23 am
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The crowd at NASA Ames. Lots of telescopes and people. Another few hundred people on the other side of the tent.
June 5, 2012 at 8:21 pm
Dave MundtI went to a Planetarium as they were doing a combination 10th anniversary party and celebration of the Transit. Overall a pleasant time was had by all, however, it is pretty amusing to see a group of volunteers scrambling to deal with it when 100+ people show up and they were expecting maybe 30! They had cake (and pretty good cake too), but, they were cutting it into about 3/4" squares so as to be sure that everyone could get some! We hung around until after 2d contact, then, rolled back to the condo, for other events. I did a bit of image projection with the binoculars (which worked very well) and watched a GooglePlus "get together" with Phil Plait and many others, so pretty much saw all the exciting parts.
June 5, 2012 at 8:51 pm
Date Taken: June 5, 2012 at 11:17 am
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Pix of Venus on the Sun.
June 5, 2012 at 8:20 pm
Peter MikkelsenDid you take it?
June 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm
Andreas RamosYes, I took that with my camera phone. The image came through an 8" telescope projected onto a screen.
June 6, 2012 at 1:16 pm

All the movie that is print to fit. Did you know that TV cuts movies so they fit into the time slot? Why? Because there are too many commercials, and they won't cut commercials, so they cut the movie. "The Wizard of Oz", for example, is cut by 14 minutes. Another reason to give up TV.
June 4, 2012 at 7:32 am
Lisa CarlsonYes, we have known this for 30+ years, and that's why people used to go to the Cinematheque and art houses before tape and DVD and streaming came into being. Public TV also used to run the full-length films....Then there's the sacred "director's cut."
June 4, 2012 at 8:33 am
Marsha FortnerIf they cut the 'smoking mirrors' part it would be ok with me, though. lol
June 4, 2012 at 9:45 am
Date Taken: June 2, 2012 at 9:05 am
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Have you ever seen a hummingbird in her nest? Here is one in a tree in my yard. The nest, made of feathers and spider silk, is the size of an eggcup. She flies right out of it, hovers over it, and lands right in again.
June 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm
Andreas RamosI took the photo with a SLR Sony camera at maximum zoom.
June 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm
Maureen Spitzwow!
June 2, 2012 at 5:46 pm
Marsha FortnerThat's beautiful- thanks for sharing the picture.
June 2, 2012 at 7:23 pm
Susan LevittGood luck there!
June 3, 2012 at 8:45 am
Katherine TerhuneWow! Wonderful photo! Wishing her health and luck with her egg(s)
June 3, 2012 at 8:56 am
Howard DernehlGreat picture!
June 3, 2012 at 6:07 pm
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Don't you hate when static electricity sticks your cat to the ceiling?
May 29, 2012 at 12:56 pm
Bob PlatkinPinteresting decoration.
May 29, 2012 at 12:57 pm
Stephanie EricssonI know, it happens all the time!
May 29, 2012 at 12:59 pm
Dave MundtIndeed....that is one reason I rarely have anything but short-hair cats. It cuts down on the sticking problem quite a bit. Alas, they still can lose their weight in fur about every 45 minutes at this time of year....
May 29, 2012 at 1:36 pm
Dave MundtFor some reason, when I look at the expression on the cat, I am reminded of Phil Plait's book "Death from the Skies"...(See for more)
May 29, 2012 at 2:34 pm
Howard DernehlWish for humidity!
May 29, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Stolen! A friend stole a photo of the top-secret Facebook phone. Here it is.
May 28, 2012 at 10:05 am
Tom ForemskiPoke... I never did make sense of that until now :)
May 28, 2012 at 10:09 am
Victoria DuffFunny .... er..... well ....maybe not so funny.
May 28, 2012 at 10:10 am
Ask Berstad KolltveitArent you supposed to smoke weed at 4:20?
May 28, 2012 at 10:26 am
Ahsan Khanyeah?????????
May 28, 2012 at 10:44 am
Matt Snowif facebook wants to fix this "mobile market" issue, they need to make a phone people want more than Android, and maybe, even more than the iPhone.
May 28, 2012 at 12:44 pm
Howard DernehlFunny! How do they monetize? Should investors double-down on the stock-- Ha, ha!
May 29, 2012 at 7:48 am
Andreas RamosExactly! Wait for Zuck's press release via his FB status update: "FB is confident to sell 3 billion handsets in six months. Our valuation will go to $200 billion. Buy stock now! (NASDAQ:FB)"
May 30, 2012 at 9:59 am
Date Taken: May 19, 2012 at 5:05 am
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The coolest thing at Maker Faire: the 3D printers. There were at least six stands with these; a number of the stands were by engineering students. 3D printers can make all sorts of complex shapes. It's only a matter of time for these things to become larger, faster, and use better (stronger) material. Manufacturing jobs will disappear, just as farm labor is gone (150 years ago, 75% of the population worked on farms. Now, less 2% produce all the food.) The social implications are enormous and unforseeable. The transition from farm labor to industrial production caused revolutions in politics (the end of aristocrats, the rise of populist democracy), feminism, the end of slavery, and so on. Industrialization also made possible the industrialized slaughter of WWI, WWII, the Cold War, and so on. Nobody predicted any of this when the first steam engine was built. This cycle won't take 150 years; it'll happen in 5-10 years. Anyone who thinks manufacturing can be restored in America has no idea what's coming. Maybe Kinkos can become a manufacturing company. When you want something, you order it at Amazon and the file is sent to Kinkos, which "prints" the product. No more shipping.
May 20, 2012 at 10:00 am
Linda GoldsteinThese are all true statements, when we cannot adapt we fall victim to succession.
May 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm
Andreas RamosMy mom pointed out issues with patents. If replicators are cheap and wide-spread, there can't be enforcement of patents. Just as digital copying has destroyed the music industry (revenues have collapsed), digital duplication of products will also lower industrial production revenues.
May 20, 2012 at 3:27 pm
Linda GoldsteinIf the laws are not adressed and enforced they too will fall victim to succession. I agree that it will effect revenues it only makes sense that it will have a negative effect on the industry if it doesn't adapt as well. The key to success is good planning we can already see what can happen. The question is how to address it.
May 20, 2012 at 3:40 pm
Eternity TimeDoD was giving all high schools a 3-d printer...Libraries are beginning to have them, too, so people can become creators...
May 20, 2012 at 5:10 pm
Matt SnowThe 3D printer is by far one of the most revolutionary devices we've seen in a while. These devices are allowing for some amazing ideas to actually come to life, with zero waste, curbside recyclable. Check out the ETL talk by co-founder . life changing for a small percentage of people.
May 20, 2012 at 9:44 pm
Andreas RamosWhat are the implications for the US political parties? What happens when jobs disappear? The political parties can't promise they'll provide full employment if there aren't jobs. What happens to economics when the price of things collapse?
May 23, 2012 at 6:58 am
Mariianne CraryWe need to invent a new concept of what a job is. The present definition will be gone, before we know it.
May 24, 2012 at 10:00 pm
Date Taken: April 28, 2012 at 8:32 am
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At Amsterdam airport, I overnighted at Yotel, which is a capsule hotel. The tiny rooms are just large enough. Quite fine, esp. I didn't have to leave the airport. In the morning, it was only eight minutes to the gate. $100 per night.
May 7, 2012 at 9:13 am
Antje Wilsch$100??? should be like $20
May 7, 2012 at 9:23 am
Carolina PazosMe daría claustrofobia!
May 7, 2012 at 10:41 am
Dave MundtHum...If one takes into account the convenience factor , the cost of transport, and the fact that hotel rooms seem to be running $150/night and up, that is not a bad deal. It gives a person a private place to sleep that is really handy. However, I have one question there - how noisy was it? I take it from your remark that it was not TOO bad...
May 7, 2012 at 11:22 am
Jesper SørensenGives new meening to the phrase "sleep tight"
May 7, 2012 at 11:30 am
Susanne Skou KristensenDer er sådan lidt burhane over det, men billigt og bekvemt, godt du ikke lider af klaustrofobi.
May 7, 2012 at 11:54 am
Lisa CarlsonI feel even better now about my place at the beach for $15/night.
May 7, 2012 at 12:41 pm
Marsha FortnerThey realize the convenience allows them to charge what they do. Not a bad deal, though. Just lay your head on the pillow and lights out.
May 7, 2012 at 2:43 pm
Andreas RamosThe price is cheap. Most travel hotels for business people are $300-$400 per night. At this place, I didn't need a taxi, etc. Even tho' it was in a large airport (that included a mall and a casino) along with airplanes landing and taking off, it was silent in the room. Totally silent. For short layovers (six hours, etc.), you can pay by the hour.
May 7, 2012 at 4:22 pm
Camille Bundrick WilliamsHall bathroom? How many share it?
May 7, 2012 at 4:29 pm
Andreas Ramosyour private bathroom (toilet, sink, and shower) is also in the cube. it's like a small prison cell. it's just large enough. at the foot of the bed is a wall TV. wifi included. note all the electrical outlets so you can recharge everything.
May 7, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Nobody knows like a dog nose.
May 5, 2012 at 10:13 pm
Lisa CarlsonI am so into dogs these can't believe it.
May 5, 2012 at 10:16 pm
Eva Maria Knudsenhey man, you need a hobby :-)
May 5, 2012 at 10:38 pm
Dave MundtOne of the NCIS re-runs last night was an episode where a German Shepherd was accused of killing its handler. An amusing aspect of the show was the running gag of dog-related comments, puns and commands that kept appearing. Also, I have to say the dog was as good at acting as the cast...
May 5, 2012 at 10:54 pm
Howard DernehlDogs can smell between 100,000 and a million times better than humans. Interestingly, nothing smells disgusting to a dog!
May 6, 2012 at 7:56 am
Mark BurgessGreat photo! Reminds me of my dog. He's about 13 now but still has an amazing sense of smell!
May 6, 2012 at 4:57 pm
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NYC on a rainy afternoon (taken with HDR on my cell phone)
May 3, 2012 at 8:41 am
Victoria DuffOh, thank you, Andreas. What a wonderful picture!
May 3, 2012 at 9:14 am
Robert WynneFantastic photo!
May 3, 2012 at 9:40 am
Maureen SpitzI love NYC
May 3, 2012 at 11:28 am
Marsha FortnerI'm glad to be here in Walnut Creek
May 3, 2012 at 2:16 pm
Date Taken: April 25, 2012 at 12:11 am
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My fellow Americans, look at this. That's 12.38 Danish Kroner per liter. That's $2.21 per liter. There's 3.79 liters in a gallon, so that's $8.38 per gallon. Yes, it can go that high.
April 29, 2012 at 2:47 pm
Andreas Klinke JohannsenWhere did you find that?! That is a bargain. Normal price above DKK 13.30 pr litre.
April 29, 2012 at 9:16 pm
Rachella SinclairHaHaHa It's about $10 a gallon in the UK
April 30, 2012 at 12:33 am
Dave MundtWhile I am sure this is supposed to make me feel better, it really does not. It does seem as if Big Oil is trying to push America to that level of cost too, though, it will have a severe economic impact on society. By the is still something like $0.22/liter in Bahrain (Manama)...
April 30, 2012 at 6:35 am
Date Taken: April 16, 2012 at 11:57 pm
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Pix from today's fishing trip on the Sacramento River. We went with a guide, boat, and two friends. We were on the river by 6:45 am. Helen caught the first fish and the second-largest fish. We fished for stripers and caught our limit. Brought home fish between four to six pounds each. The cat is very happy.
April 17, 2012 at 5:02 pm
Ian LeeBah, striper fishing on the sac river! I miss that the most...
April 17, 2012 at 5:14 pm
Lisa CarlsonProud of you got away from work and technews!!!!!
April 17, 2012 at 7:15 pm
Susan LevittHelen is a natural
April 18, 2012 at 8:13 am
Laura LindseyMost important thing...The Cat is Happy! Glad you guys had fun fishing.
April 18, 2012 at 10:17 am
Andreas RamosNot much getting away from tech. Everyone had iPhones or Android phones. They got calls, messages, etc., plus took pixs and posted to FB :-)
April 18, 2012 at 12:07 pm
Date Taken: April 11, 2012 at 11:06 am
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Google sent me a cute mouse. Wireless, even. And $1,000 in Adwords credit for my clients. And if I use up all the credit, I'll get a Chrome Notebook. So what have I gotten from FB lately? Hmmm?
April 11, 2012 at 7:05 pm
Eternity TimeThat is pretty neat...I will say--Google has always been fairly smart at knowing what motivates, though, don't you think?
April 11, 2012 at 7:32 pm
Lisa CarlsonAnd, why don't they send this crap to the po people?
April 11, 2012 at 8:13 pm
Gregg GilesSorry to hear you've moved on, Andreas, but glad you're someplace new and hope all is well!
April 12, 2012 at 7:21 am
Orientation: 1

And, yes, where's the snow? That's a snow-free North America, Jan 4, 2012.
March 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm
Eternity TimeWow.
March 9, 2012 at 5:02 pm
Paul StoneMy kind of world! whoopee!
March 9, 2012 at 5:11 pm
Dave may seem appealing but, the lack of snow pack can have some really bad side effects. For example, the snow pack in the Rockies is, as I recall, one of the major sources of water to reload the groundwater in CA. Since under normal circumstances something like 30% of the water used by LA comes from this ground water (a number that rises to 60% in drought conditions) No snow pack means that at some time in the near future, turning on the faucet may get nothing. Also, since the headwaters of the Mississippi extend into Colorado, and so run-off of the snowpack melt in the Rockies feeds the Mississippi. No snow means less water in the river, which might require some big axles and wheels on the barges to get them upstream.
March 9, 2012 at 8:39 pm
Dave MundtNow if you want "dry" though, I would suggest getting a job at the Very Large Array Telescope, located in the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile. Average rainfall is 1 inch per year and, some places have NO recorded rain in the period that records have been kept.
March 10, 2012 at 5:21 am

WWJT? (What would Jesus tweet?)
February 15, 2012 at 1:18 pm
Antje Wilschor "BRB"
February 15, 2012 at 1:20 pm
Andreas RamosI was in LA this weekend. Some guy on the beach looked like Jesus, and I briefly wondered, what would the Bible be like if they had all been from LA and used Twitter?
February 15, 2012 at 1:22 pm
Ben RothfeldThe funny thing is that the New Testament was written in Koine Greek, which is like the My First Sony of ancient Greek. So, I imagine, that the LA New Testament wouldn’t be any less erudite.
February 15, 2012 at 1:32 pm
Norman TarantinoLOL
February 15, 2012 at 1:56 pm
Scott Jacobshahahha
February 15, 2012 at 4:12 pm
Marsha FortnerHe would tweet "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."
May 7, 2012 at 2:57 pm
Date Taken: October 2, 2011 at 1:23 pm
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It's the Year of the Dragon. 2012 is Water year, so it's Water Dragon. For Chinese, Dragon year will be lively, with lots of changes, both good and bad. Lots more about dragon year at I took the photo at the Nine Dragon Wall in Beihai Park (Beijing). It was built in 1402. The imperial park is over 1,000 years old.
January 23, 2012 at 8:13 am
Eva Maria Knudsenbeautiful dragons!
January 23, 2012 at 10:11 am
Andreas RamosLearn Chinese, Lesson 1: Dragons are long animals. So the Chinese word for dragon is "long."
January 23, 2012 at 10:53 am
Eva Maria Knudsenand what do they call snakes? :-) semi-long?
January 23, 2012 at 11:33 am
Andreas RamosOh, dear, I was hoping you wouldn't ask that! The word for "snake" is "she" :-)
January 23, 2012 at 11:42 am
Lisa CarlsonCool photo. Very excited about the year ahead, being a w.d.
January 23, 2012 at 12:41 pm
Orientation: 1

Me in Denmark in the late 80s. I guess it was winter. I remember that sweater :-)
January 14, 2012 at 5:44 pm
Saleh 'Saul' ArmianSkol !
January 14, 2012 at 6:14 pm
Walter WienersAre you the person today, Andreas, that you wanted to be when this photo was taken? Many ask the the same question, I do? W
January 14, 2012 at 7:38 pm
Dave Mundt@Walter - It is an interesting question and worth some contemplation. I, for one, both am, and am not. From the point of self-awareness and such, I would say that I am not there yet, but, I am well on the path. From a business standpoint, probably not. From the standpoint of the decisions I have made in my life that changed its path - pretty much so. Nothing is perfect, but, overall I have had more success than failure. The only problem I have had throughout my life is that the small sting of failure tends to loom a lot larger than the large, warm, glow of success.
January 14, 2012 at 8:26 pm
Lisa CarlsonThere is a photo of myself in my house and a cousin who met me late in life said, "Is that your daughter?" Your photo definitely resonates as, "Is that your son?"
January 14, 2012 at 9:39 pm
Mariianne CraryNiiiiiiiice
January 14, 2012 at 10:28 pm
Eva Maria Knudsen- and i remember you! You used to bring me scones and coffee in the morning when I came to visit! And you really still are that person . and thank you for that!
January 14, 2012 at 11:54 pm
Dave MundtFWIW, I developed this theory about personality development quite some years ago, and, in general it has served me well. My theory is that we are like onions. As our lives progress layer after layer of knowledge and experience get added to the core - some of the layers we add, some (especially in our earlier years) are added by others. That outer layer is what we present to the world and generally use. To complicate the model a bit, each layer is not solid, but, had random voids in it, revealing the layers below. That helps explain why, at times, we react to the world as if we are 6 years old again....just hit a void! the process of self-awareness is our deliberate attempt to step back, and peel back the layers of the onion to understand what is in there, and, how it controls our lives.
January 15, 2012 at 12:23 am
Dave MundtSo...having hit the enter key slightly too soon - I finish up by saying that in a very real sense right now we are both a new person (from the layers being added) and all the other versions of ourself that lay inside the layers. If we are lucky, we have many, thin layers, forming a very complex pattern and showing that our life paths have been very interesting. Some folks I see out there seem to have two or three layers, and, almost seem to have not put a layer on in decades....not to name names, but, I am sure that we all can name a politician or two that fit the bill and probably some folks we work with, or are our friends! I have made it a life goal to add as many layers to the lives of my friends as is possible, and, in general I have succeeded in that.
January 15, 2012 at 12:27 am
Robert WynneI saw you last year, Andreas, you were still wearing that sweater.
January 15, 2012 at 8:48 am
Susan Levittyou're still you
January 15, 2012 at 10:33 am
Susanne Skou Kristensenno - you are much younger on this photo - and the sweater must then be older!!
January 15, 2012 at 11:20 am
Andreas RamosThanks to Eva, who took the pix. I'm guessing this is in Aarhus, sometime between 1989-1991, in winter. I remember the sewing machine ("Singer", in the background); it was a mechanical sewing machine (no motor, you pushed it with your foot). It was gone by early '91.
January 15, 2012 at 11:38 am
Date Taken: December 25, 2011 at 6:41 am
Orientation: 1
Camera Model: SGH-T989
Exposure: 1/20
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The Solstice cat. He is six months old. Very friendly, long legs, and a super long tail. We haven't decided on a name. So far, it's Monsieur le chat, Anaximander, Don Gato, and Deng Xiaoping (who made the comment about black and white cats) (hei mao and bai mao).
December 26, 2011 at 7:07 pm
Dave MundtThat certainly appears to be one, happy kitty. In spite of what some folks say, cats are great companion animals, and, as long as they remember who the "alpha cat" in the house is, all works out well.
December 26, 2011 at 7:37 pm
Robert WynneZen Kitty
December 27, 2011 at 7:41 am
Esmeralda AsklandBuenos dias Andreas tu atito se parece a uno que tuve y le pusimos OREO como las galletas oreo blanco y negro.Saludes con mucho carino .
December 27, 2011 at 8:31 am
Andreas Ramos"Oreo" seria un buen nombre. Gracias para el idea.
December 27, 2011 at 8:34 am
December 27, 2011 at 8:36 am
Lisa CarlsonMy friend in NY had s cat named Oreo on the 80's. Good name.
December 27, 2011 at 10:18 am
Andreas RamosCat caught his first mouse. He went exploring in the garage and caught a mouse within ten minutes.
December 27, 2011 at 1:09 pm
Dave MundtGood Kitty!
December 27, 2011 at 3:57 pm
Andreas RamosMaybe we will have to name him Deng Xiao Peng. He said "It doesn't matter if the cat is black or white, as long as it catches mice." And this cat is both black and white and he catches mice!
December 27, 2011 at 4:34 pm
Dave Mundtwell, as long as you do not get into the situation I had with one of our cats a bit ago. She was acting out so much that I was fairly sure that she was becoming convinced that her name was "Bad Kitty!"
December 27, 2011 at 10:57 pm
Stephanie Cotawow, he is pretty and he really does look like Percy in coloring and placment. Brings a tear to my eye as I think how much I miss her and her starking beauty and intelligence. Would love to see a full body pix but maybe in a few weeks when I am back in that area. :)
January 1, 2012 at 8:25 pm
Marsha FortnerHe's darling. At first I thought it was Mimi. They look a lot alike.
April 19, 2012 at 10:29 pm
Date Taken: July 15, 2010 at 12:57 pm
Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D
Exposure: 1/50
F-Stop: 11/1
ISO Speed: 640
Focal Length: 40/1

So we're at this Google event. There's a photo booth. We push the button and wait. But Stephanie says "is this thing working?" and walks up to it and looks inside. Here's the resulting photo. That's Matt behind her, with Ken Chang on the right and me on the left.
November 4, 2011 at 1:37 pm
Stephanie CotaOh my god! I remember that. And I felt I was in the Space Odyssey as well. I think it was one of the bizarre SF Tech events I have every been to. I sincerely hope (and PRAY-yeah exactly!) that our world never becomes that :))
November 4, 2011 at 2:12 pm
Stephanie CotaWhat's up with the frown Ken?
November 4, 2011 at 2:12 pm
Andreas RamosHis drink is empty!
November 5, 2011 at 8:27 am

Is the world getting more creepy? I've noticed lately that people say "creepy" for just about everything. Yes, it spikes for Halloween, but it's also three times more common now than in 2004.
October 30, 2011 at 3:55 pm
Lisa CarlsonYes, it is.
October 30, 2011 at 8:49 pm
Dave MundtCreepy? Hum....Not so much for me, I think. For me, "Creepy" means that the hairs on the back of my neck stand up, and I start getting really jumpy because of barely perceived movements in the shadows. While I have some darkness surrounding me, it comes less from that, than from the general rot that seems to be eroding away American society, and, the stresses of dealing with building a house with no money.
October 31, 2011 at 10:59 am

My dad, doing what he loved best: an afternoon of fishing.
October 20, 2011 at 9:44 pm
Lisa CarlsonHe looks so piercingly intelligent. Sorry I did not meet him.
October 24, 2011 at 7:38 pm

It's the mid-60s, perhaps 1967 or 1968. The space race is on. We built a spaceship (the teepee thing). Everyone is in space suits. I'm in the middle, in my Scout uniform, at mission control. It's a very 60s pix. Kids were interested in technology. Today? It'd be Chinese kids in this photo. American kids would be playing on their Gameboy.
October 19, 2011 at 7:54 am
Jodi Shermantoooo very cewtttt, A-mahn!! yeah!
October 19, 2011 at 9:24 am
Jodi Shermanoh yeah, & did i mention descriptive? : }
October 19, 2011 at 9:25 am
Susan Levittat mission control - of course
October 19, 2011 at 10:18 am
Brian SteacySweet. Who's the suit? Is he a Senator or an exec at Halliburton?
October 19, 2011 at 1:01 pm
Enrique Villa Van CotthemHouston we have a problem...:)
October 19, 2011 at 2:26 pm
Maureen Spitzcute!
October 19, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Here's me in the late 70s in Germany. I did my master's degree at Universität Heidelberg. Last night, I went through a shoebox of pixs and scanned a bunch of the photos.
October 19, 2011 at 7:37 am
October 19, 2011 at 7:48 am
Vivian ZhengTime is the magic power.
October 19, 2011 at 11:16 pm
Robert WynneYou're still wearing those pants!
October 20, 2011 at 11:03 am
Andreas RamosI wanted to scan pixs. Scanner #1 had very low resolution. #2 was ten years old and didn't work with XP. Installed #3, but the images didn't show up. Dragged out another printer/scanner (#4) and it worked.

I didn't realize I had so many scanners and printers in the house. I gave away printer #3 (it prints) and #5 (never used it) and threw out #1 and #2 (they're obsolete).

Last month, we cleared out excess computers and laptops. I read somewhere that the average Palo Alto home has three computers. Ha. Some rooms have that many.
October 20, 2011 at 1:29 pm
Vivian ZhengDonate you extra ones to gain some tax credit.
October 20, 2011 at 2:42 pm
Andreas RamosIt's just easier to give them away. Anyone want a blender?
October 20, 2011 at 3:10 pm
October 20, 2011 at 3:16 pm
October 20, 2011 at 3:24 pm
Mariianne Crarythat is cute!
October 20, 2011 at 5:06 pm
Lisa CarlsonYou looked fierce. Like in a 1920's movie about intellectuals.
December 26, 2011 at 9:01 pm

What? Okay, so I'm three or four years old in this pix. Yes, it's a bit formal, but that's Bogota in the 50s.
October 19, 2011 at 7:35 am
October 19, 2011 at 7:47 am
Ben Rothfeld¡Que guapo!
October 19, 2011 at 9:36 am
Andreas RamosMom says I'm three years old in this photo.
October 20, 2011 at 2:29 pm
Andreas RamosI still have the same haircut :-)
October 20, 2011 at 2:30 pm
Lisa CarlsonBut not the same ears!?
December 26, 2011 at 9:04 pm

October 13, 2011 at 2:04 pm
Erin O'Neillwhat no poison oak??? every Cali should be able to spot that stuff!
October 13, 2011 at 2:42 pm
Andreas RamosPoison oak is too easy!
October 13, 2011 at 2:51 pm
Erin O'NeillHA! that's what you think!
October 13, 2011 at 3:09 pm
Monte ClarkThose plants are super easy but what in the world are those logos from!?
October 13, 2011 at 4:42 pm
Andreas Klinke JohannsenI failed :-(
October 13, 2011 at 9:42 pm
Ivan BagerSad really
October 13, 2011 at 10:18 pm
Andreas RamosJust get burnt by poison ivy twice and you'll never get near it again! :-)
October 14, 2011 at 9:20 am
Date Taken: September 25, 2011 at 4:02 am
Orientation: 1
Camera Model: DSC-T500
Exposure: 10/60
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ISO Speed: 400
Focal Length: 580/100

"Three little pandas..." okay, someone could make up a rhyme with this.
October 5, 2011 at 10:03 pm
Caryn Louise LeschenThat is just cuteness overspill.
October 6, 2011 at 1:32 am
Caryn Louise LeschenThree little pandas, lying on their side, "Where's Mama Panda?" one of them cried. "She's out munching bamboo leaves, with her ilk—to whip us up a warm batch of Pan-da Milk." How's that?
October 6, 2011 at 1:37 am
Esmeralda Asklandbeautiful babies!!
October 16, 2011 at 12:15 pm
Date Taken: September 24, 2011 at 4:36 pm
Orientation: 1
Camera Model: CYBERSHOT
Exposure: 10/500
F-Stop: 20/10
ISO Speed: 100
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We're back from China. Over 1,400 photos. I'll start posting those in a few days. Many emails to reply.
October 4, 2011 at 10:47 am
Andreas RamosPanda = 1. Spectators = 100.
October 4, 2011 at 10:53 am
Jodi Shermanif there was only one photo, A-mahn... yeah. xo
October 4, 2011 at 11:44 am
Lisa CarlsonWelcome home!
October 4, 2011 at 1:14 pm
Stephanie EricssonWith the resident panda? Beautiful!
October 4, 2011 at 1:27 pm
Roslyn LaytonFinally! Missed you :)
October 4, 2011 at 1:46 pm
Howard DernehlWelcome back!!! We missed the note that you were traveling and out of communications, and were concerned by the observation that your postings had lapsed!
October 5, 2011 at 5:05 am
October 5, 2011 at 4:03 pm
Yasuhiro OhkuraHola!! If you go to China, then in Japan by me!
October 6, 2011 at 2:57 am
Orientation: 1

And more free stuff: Squirrels from my backyard. There's at least 12 of the little monkeys jumping around. You can have all you can catch. They're in Palo Alto.
August 18, 2011 at 5:22 pm
Andreas RamosThere's three raccoon too. Free to a good family. They're in my kitchen. I think they're making bagnets. I strongly advise you don't try to catch them.
August 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm
August 19, 2011 at 5:25 am
Andreas RamosI like the squirrels. They're always playing, chasing each other, or looking around.
August 19, 2011 at 6:22 am

Miracle Nickle! I dropped a nickle from my desk and it landed straight up on edge. It didn't fall over. Wow. Can I sell this five-cent coin on eBay for $1,000?
August 1, 2011 at 10:03 pm
Aynakus सुकन्याDid you YouTube it? :)
August 1, 2011 at 10:26 pm
Dave MundtOOOOHHHHH NOOOO! The Earth's Magnetic poles are flipping, and the Republicans are starting to make SENSE!
August 1, 2011 at 11:26 pm
Susan Levittbidding starts at $800
August 2, 2011 at 8:47 am
Andreas RamosI noticed because the coin made a solid thunk when it landed on edge.
August 2, 2011 at 1:51 pm
Jay Cooke In The Twilight Zone Episode 52/156: Gaining telepathic abilities when his coin lands on its edge bank clerk Hector B. Poole learns about the difference between other people's plans and fantasies. @Andreas did you gain any super powers?
August 2, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Set of new golf clubs for only $50. In Palo Alto.
July 6, 2011 at 12:41 pm
Patti Wilsonyou know what they say, lucky in love.....
July 6, 2011 at 1:02 pm
Andreas RamosI'm SELLING those! Dorian, for you, special case: I can ship them to you.
July 6, 2011 at 1:36 pm
Andreas RamosThese originally cost $200.
July 6, 2011 at 9:45 pm
Maureen SpitzWow...
July 7, 2011 at 8:39 am
Date Taken: June 19, 2011 at 4:46 am
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Saturday Project: We extended the deck to the fence. Cleared out the flowerbed, built an extension for the deck, and added a swing sofa. Maggie and Helen are testing the sofa :-)
June 19, 2011 at 7:44 pm
Eva Maria Knudsenwe cant wait to visit. Ingeborg and Ane will also be happy to try out the swing sofa
June 19, 2011 at 9:27 pm
Andreas RamosC'mon over! Note the grill at the left. Burgers, hot dogs, salmon, whatever they want. Maggie brought out a coffee ice cream with chunks of crunchy stuff in it. It's summer again. Tuesday will be in the 90s.
June 19, 2011 at 9:41 pm
Eva Maria Knudsensounds yommi. See you in 2013, 23. sept.
June 19, 2011 at 10:29 pm
Connie MooreThat looks beautiful Andreas!
June 20, 2011 at 5:07 am
Victor VelasquezAwwwwwwwww I remember your patioooooo... :)
June 20, 2011 at 6:33 am
Laura LindseyLooks nice, I like that you extended the deck. Cool, BBQ Party! at your place.
June 20, 2011 at 8:57 am
Esmeralda AsklandEl patio esta bien bonito veo que tienes cactus son preciosos todas plantas se ven bien lindas. GOOD JOB!
June 21, 2011 at 6:01 am
Andreas RamosOn the right: Meyer lemon tree and an orange tree. Far right: tomato plants, herbs, beans, etc. Left: four different cactus. Far left: Bamboo in large containers. Behind the fence: Yucca palm.
June 21, 2011 at 9:13 am
Tina ChouI like BBQ
June 21, 2011 at 10:34 pm
Sander Emil Bergesenmee to not you <3
June 25, 2011 at 10:53 am
Date Taken: June 11, 2011 at 6:45 am
Orientation: 1
Camera Model: CYBERSHOT
Exposure: 10/1250
F-Stop: 28/10
ISO Speed: 100
Focal Length: 485/10

A hawk brought a crow to my oak tree for lunch. 50-75 crows circled around, all cawing, trying to drive off the hawk. Crows everywhere. Neighbors came out to see what was going on. It snowed black feathers.
June 12, 2011 at 6:32 pm
Matt Snowthat's crazy! interesting to see raw nature like that in the valley.
June 12, 2011 at 9:27 pm
Ron SullivanNice to see somebody get a crow. Big female Coop, is Joe's guess.
June 12, 2011 at 10:02 pm
Christopher WebbI wonder, were the crows trying to rescue or protect their flock mate, or only hoping to share the food?
June 13, 2011 at 1:00 am
Geene ReesWow!
June 13, 2011 at 6:38 am
Andreas RamosThe crows were definitely trying to rescue the crow. They divebombed the hawk. I wonder how they were able to get out the word: there were so many crows.
June 13, 2011 at 7:42 am
Susan LevittIt's Wild Kingdom down there in Palo Alto!
June 13, 2011 at 8:31 am
Robert WynneThree cheers for the hawk!
June 13, 2011 at 8:31 am
Jodi Shermanlove the emphatic final! gorgeous, A-mahn!
June 13, 2011 at 8:44 am
Dave Mundt(close-up of Odin's face)...From the socket of his ruined eye, a single tear slowly trickles down the craggy features of the god...
June 13, 2011 at 9:33 am
Ron SullivanDave, that's a crow, not a raven. Odin can relax.
June 13, 2011 at 3:38 pm
Jodi Sherman@andreas, crow whisperers among them?
June 13, 2011 at 6:32 pm
Dave MundtYea...but it was SUCH a creative moment....
June 13, 2011 at 7:33 pm
Ron SullivanIn case it didn't show here: Allen Fish ID'd that as a redtail, not a Cooper's.
June 13, 2011 at 8:20 pm
Andreas RamosYou can't see it in the pix, but the hawk was wearing an ID tag on his right leg. We were looking at him with binoculars.
June 13, 2011 at 8:46 pm
Ron SullivanDja see any of the band details? Was it one of those silver ones?
June 13, 2011 at 8:55 pm
Andreas RamosYes, actually, the metal tag was readable from 15-20 feet away with binoculars. A few 8s and so on. We talked about that: we think the numbers are very large so they can be read at a distance. We were directly under the hawk. He ignored us. The crows were a pressing issue.
June 13, 2011 at 9:11 pm
Ron SullivanDid you record the number, or any part of it? It would be interesting to know who that was.
June 13, 2011 at 9:32 pm
Sandeep TiwariCrows are probably most intelligent birdlife (Avifauna), they were probably trying to teach a lesson to the hawk - to not try that again...
June 14, 2011 at 12:25 pm

*When they get frustrated, they pick at their feet
*When they're mad, they yell
*They get jealous, just like little kids
*No house cat is too big for them to pick on, or steal a treat from
*They have a silent beak-clacking language which they try to use to ocommunicate with me, and I have no idea what they're saying
*There's nothing as amusing as the silly talk of a yearling crow
June 14, 2011 at 10:33 pm
Date Taken: May 25, 2011 at 12:13 pm
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Exposure: 10/130
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Emily (a young crow) wouldn't fly, so we brought her to Palo Alto's Wildlife Rescue Center.
May 25, 2011 at 7:53 pm
Andreas RamosThanks to Maggie, who rescued this bird.
May 25, 2011 at 7:54 pm
Andreas RamosThe crow was sitting in the middle of the road. Three other crows were pulling her off the road. Maggie stopped, put on her emergency lights, and rescued the crow. Apparently she was stunned.
May 26, 2011 at 2:25 am
Andreas RamosShe seems okay, she just won't fly. Too dangerous for her to sit on the ground (raccoons, cats, etc.)
May 26, 2011 at 2:27 am
Dave MundtWe may not be able to save them all, but, it is good to hear that folks are making the effort to save as many as possible! Odin is pleased, I am sure....
May 26, 2011 at 4:05 am
Susan Levittcaw caw caw
May 26, 2011 at 5:59 am
Maureen SpitzGreat work... well done!
May 26, 2011 at 8:28 am
Maggie GuanI went to the center to check out if she was ok. She was fine last night, just couldn't fly. She was sitting in a cat cage. The nurse and doctor promised they would try their best. I will try to go there tonight and see if she is ok.
May 26, 2011 at 2:38 pm

It's Easter Weekend! May the Bunny of Happiness hop in your hearts!
April 22, 2011 at 1:58 pm
Wendy ChangHappy Easter!
April 22, 2011 at 4:51 pm
Eva Maria KnudsenAne made a happy easter drawing for you. she will "snail mail it" :-) Happy bunny to you to.
April 23, 2011 at 11:30 pm
Date Taken: April 9, 2011 at 7:58 am
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Removed all the carnations next to the house and put in a garden. Lavender, rosemary, big tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, peas, chili peppers, mint, and more stuff. Automated the watering. July tomatoes!
April 10, 2011 at 1:22 pm
Lisa CarlsonYou know times are tough when working folks plant a victory garden!
April 10, 2011 at 11:10 pm
Andreas RamosMission Accomplished!
April 11, 2011 at 12:08 am
Susanne Skou KristensenDejligt med den temperatur du har, mit drivhus er også proppet til bristepunktet, men meget af det dør, da der bliver alt for varmt når solen står på - Nyd frugterne af dit arbejde!
April 11, 2011 at 4:03 am
Geeta KarmarkarAndreas.. a tip to save your garden and the rest of your plants. Remove the mint before it takes hold and plant it in a pot instead. It spreads like a weed and you will be digging it out for YEARS to come. Unless of course you REALLY REALLY like mint. --
April 11, 2011 at 6:10 pm
Susan Levittsave some mint plant for me Andreas, happy to have forever
April 12, 2011 at 10:10 am
Date Taken: March 21, 2011 at 12:41 am
Camera Model: iPhone 3GS
Exposure: 1/1129
F-Stop: 14/5
ISO Speed: 70
Focal Length: 77/20

In San Carlos this morning, Matt slowed down for the herd of unicorns that ran across the street, looked up, and saw the double rainbow.
March 21, 2011 at 9:42 am
Caryn Louise LeschenOh that is gorgeous. Too bad the unicorns ran so fast!!
March 21, 2011 at 11:03 am
Nemr Elsotarythats beautiful .. love unicorns last one i saw was ages ago :-)
March 21, 2011 at 12:59 pm

I admire the state employee who placed this sign. He did his job without annoying his boss with questions.
March 20, 2011 at 1:39 pm
Nancy EnzmingerToo funny where did you find this?
March 20, 2011 at 2:13 pm
Andreas Ramos3589 W. Warren Ave, Fremont, CA (intersection of Warren and Bayside).
March 20, 2011 at 2:30 pm
Geeta Karmarkarsend it in to SFchron!! This is "one for the books".
March 20, 2011 at 2:46 pm
Vicki PoonThat's pretty awesome!!
March 20, 2011 at 4:10 pm
Gregg GilesOne controls parking, the other controls traffic. Makes sense to me...
March 20, 2011 at 9:57 pm
Mariianne CraryThat is funny!
March 21, 2011 at 6:51 am
Maureen SpitzStop don't stop
March 21, 2011 at 9:02 am
Date Taken: August 23, 2010 at 11:06 am
Orientation: 1
Camera Model: CYBERSHOT
Exposure: 10/500
F-Stop: 20/10
ISO Speed: 100
Focal Length: 97/10

Poul in the hammock
March 6, 2011 at 12:26 pm
Mariianne Crarynice!
March 6, 2011 at 6:49 pm
Lisa CarlsonWho is he?
March 6, 2011 at 9:02 pm
Andreas RamosBest friend in Denmark. He was my neighbor when I lived there. Many bottles of wine and song :-)
March 6, 2011 at 9:19 pm
Lisa CarlsonHe looks adorable.
March 6, 2011 at 10:01 pm
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Someone at Fox was asleep throughout high school history class. Check out this Fox map. Can you find Egypt? :-)
January 30, 2011 at 6:08 pm
Rebecca KidderWTF
January 30, 2011 at 6:29 pm
Rebecca KidderAndreas - you weren't actually watching FOX news were you?
January 30, 2011 at 6:36 pm
Sarah KidderSeriously? This is scarier than the way folks answer questions on "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?"
January 30, 2011 at 6:56 pm
Eva Maria Knudsen@Rebecca that was fun - Andreas watching Fox news :-) But this is really a priceless joke for us European :-)
January 30, 2011 at 9:56 pm
Dave MundtOne of the serious problems with America, even back to when WE were in High School, was the really ratty geo-political education that we got. It was almost impossible to find a student that knew where anything BUT the USA was located...and a number of them were sketchy on that subject too.
January 30, 2011 at 10:45 pm
Christopher WebbI'm no fan of Fox News, but I suspect this is just something concocted for the internet to embarrass them. Many rural and poor Americans seem to know hardly any geography, but do you really think such people are hired to make maps?
January 30, 2011 at 11:40 pm
Andreas RamosChris, I wondered about that. It's not just misplacing Egypt (he would have to be unaware of the Egyptian pyramids, the story of Moses, the Nile, etc.) but worse yet, he puts it in Iraq. How could ANYONE at any news company not know where the USA has been at war for nearly a decade?
January 31, 2011 at 8:36 am
Rebecca KidderI was trying to find the authenticity too. This is reported by pretty reputable sources. And I know a lot of graphic designers who are tasked with designing maps who don't have geographic backgrounds...
January 31, 2011 at 8:47 am
Lea TerhuneMaybe he was using one of those old medieval maps for a model -- there be dragons.
January 31, 2011 at 9:45 am
Caryn Louise LeschenAhem...I'm going to chime in about my great education. I went to a NYC Public HS and had amazing teachers. It was a great education, but then I was in Honors History and Math and English. Don't know what it was like for the others! I don't think all Europeans should just assume all us free-educated 'merkins are dumdums. This is FOX NEWS.
January 31, 2011 at 10:10 am
Christopher WebbRight on, Caryn! Having lived in Europe for many years, my experience is that Europeans are often as misinformed about America through their biased media as Americans are uninformed by theirs. Check this out: Davids Medienkritik ( ): "For daily commentary on the hostile German press, we direct you to Davids Medienkritik which we recommend reading on a regular basis." --Geopolitical Review.
January 31, 2011 at 12:40 pm
Stephanie EricssonGeography was never my strong suit... I'm still fuzzy on where all the 'stans' are in Central Asia and occasionally, I run across a country I've never heard of (like Maldive...) but REALLY...putting Egypt on an entirely different continent wins the prize for idiocy... LOL...
January 31, 2011 at 1:48 pm
Caryn Louise LeschenIt's some graphic design intern at FOX!
January 31, 2011 at 5:04 pm
Stephanie EricssonYou mean, some FORMER graphic
January 31, 2011 at 7:32 pm
Andreas RamosOh, that would make a great movie. Intern makes map. Intern goofs up. The network sends journalists to cover the story, and they end up in the wrong country. They report anyway, and it provokes a revolution.

A friend (don't worry, I won't tell everyone your name) went to Burma. I asked "why Burma?" And she said "Actually, we wanted to go to Laos, but we got confused and ended up in the wrong country!" :)
January 31, 2011 at 10:09 pm
Stephanie EricssonGreat idea! ...use the cast from The Other Guys (Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg) and call it The Keystone Cops Do Kazakhstan...
January 31, 2011 at 11:52 pm
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My cat Eurydice in front of the fireplace. With all the cold rain and wind, she loves the fireplace. I roll her over to toast the other side.
January 2, 2011 at 10:10 pm
Sana N Choudaryhaha. And she stays on the side you roll her to? hehe.
January 2, 2011 at 10:14 pm
Andreas RamosYep. Lays there like a sack of flour. When she hears that I'm lighting the fireplace, she shows up.
January 2, 2011 at 10:17 pm
Sandeep TiwariShe knows where to be. Wow - what is the lettering on the carpet? Show a close up please.
January 2, 2011 at 10:22 pm
Sandeep TiwariIs that Nepalese?
January 2, 2011 at 11:20 pm
Andreas RamosThe carpet is from Agra in North India. Stephanie was there in 2006 and bought several carpets. This one was a present to me. It's a very beautiful carpet.
January 3, 2011 at 12:04 am
Sandeep TiwariIt looks gorgeous. Thx.
January 3, 2011 at 12:35 am
Kathy WuSeems like you cat is very playful and cute.
January 3, 2011 at 1:14 am
Lea TerhuneHappy New Year, Andreas -- and Eurydice.
January 3, 2011 at 8:29 am
Eva Maria Knudsen@kathy "like master so cat" or how is the saying?
January 3, 2011 at 11:44 am
Susan LevittLOL
January 3, 2011 at 4:23 pm
Bob PlatkinQuite the "fat cat" life.
February 26, 2011 at 11:34 am
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After I saw how people were using their iPads, I got an iPad this morning. I'll look into how to do SEO and PPC with iPads and mobile devices (I have both an Android and a Blackberry...) Yes, even my cat has an embedded ID chip :-)
October 16, 2010 at 6:51 pm
Lisa CarlsonEury looks so smart!
October 16, 2010 at 8:21 pm
Andreas RamosOf course! She has an embedded chip! CyberCat!
October 16, 2010 at 8:22 pm
Andreas RamosAh, but I did get a discount at Apple. I also have connections :-) Many thanks for the offer.
October 16, 2010 at 8:31 pm
Susanne Skou KristensenSød kat, der er så meget der kan embeddes i disse tider, har lige været på kursus for at lære det...Selvom vi selvfølgelig ikke har et dansk navn for det. Indføjet, indlagt, placeret osv. Intet kan bruges. Håber du har det godt.
October 16, 2010 at 11:09 pm

So this British woman posts on Facebook what she thinks of her boss. But she forgot that she had friended him, so he can read it too. He replies...
July 12, 2010 at 11:33 am
Ceridwen Harrishahahaha now for the work reference!
July 12, 2010 at 11:43 am
Caryn Louise LeschenI can totally relate to that thing about "shit stuff" being "your job." I have run into far too many people like this. I can't stand that. It's a fucking job!!
July 12, 2010 at 12:19 pm
Gretchen MalayLol!
July 12, 2010 at 3:52 pm
Dave MundtWhy does the term "room temperature IQ" come to mind? Although, actually, it sounds more like this woman is about 20-21, and, is overly burdened with a sense of entitlement about her worth. I have run into several folks like this - they have an overblown sense of self-worth, and, a snotty attitude towards everyone who they think is inferior to them.

I think, too, that she probably would have been alright if she had stuck to slagging off on the job. That snarky attack on her boss was WAY over the top.
July 12, 2010 at 7:51 pm
Chris Brandinthinks that is beautiful!
July 12, 2010 at 11:47 pm
Stephanie EricssonI hate my boss too... Wait... I'm my boss... jeeze.
July 13, 2010 at 7:47 am
Dave MundtAs for hating one's boss...yea...being self employed, though, at least now I only lose HALF the arguments with upper level management instead of ALL of them!
July 13, 2010 at 10:30 am
Stephanie EricssonLOL
July 13, 2010 at 10:31 am
Andreas RamosEasy solution: start a union, go on strike against yourself. Both sides can refuse to talk to the other. The judge will declare one of you to be insane. You win.
July 13, 2010 at 10:32 am
Lisa CarlsonLove this story....One of my bosses is on FB, too.
July 13, 2010 at 9:38 pm
Stephanie EricssonLove your solution Andreas!
July 14, 2010 at 7:59 am
Judith Evansterrific!
July 14, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Caught in the Act: Jennifer, the neighborhood raccoon, snuck into my house last night. Came in through the cat door. Here's a pix of her.
July 1, 2010 at 6:44 pm
Stephanie EricssonAll Bay Area homes are supposed to come with a raccoon of their very own!
July 1, 2010 at 7:10 pm
Valerie A HoeckeWe had one walk boldly in through the kitchen door last season.
July 1, 2010 at 7:25 pm
Stephanie EricssonAndreas...are you sure this isn't an alien in a raccoon coat?
July 1, 2010 at 7:33 pm
Andreas RamosWhat, with those glowing eyes? :-)
July 1, 2010 at 7:34 pm
Elizabeth Lynn MoonIn the days of our cottage in Menlo Park we had a family of racoons living in our attic. I think the kids had a soccer season going. Those upstairs neighbors! " )
July 1, 2010 at 8:14 pm
Lisa CarlsonI was just telling a friend about how that used to happen to me at my house on the East Coast. The neighborhood cats would come in, and the raccoon, and when I'd come home, they would all be taking a nap on the couch!
July 1, 2010 at 8:42 pm
Stephanie EricssonI used to have a house like that...only with teenaged vermin! LOL
July 1, 2010 at 8:43 pm
Dave Mundtyea...I was chatting with a friend recently, and, SHE told of a raccoon that got in a couple of times. First time, all the oatmeal cookies were gone. She thought it had been the kids. Second time, there may have been two of them, and, they were playing pillow fight with the flour bags. The footprints gave them away! Fixing the lock on the screen door took care of the problem, though....

Now...for a cat door issue...there is a tech solution for EVERYTHING

Also, I do not have the link for it, but, there is a great page on home automation, where the geek set up a camera that looks at the profile of the cat as it enters through a tunnel. I think he uses a BASIC STAMP system, to look at the profile, and, decide if it is NOT one of his cats, or, (more importantly) if the cat has a critter in its mouth. In either case, the door locks and the cat cannot get in. Very geeky...quite well done, and, an interesting project.
July 1, 2010 at 8:51 pm
Howard DernehlYou have all had fun or interesting experiences with raccoons. The ones I've had at my house were aggressive, and I've heard if people being attacked!!!
July 1, 2010 at 10:32 pm
Stephanie EricssonThey certainly aren't cuddle-bugs!
July 1, 2010 at 11:24 pm
Andreas RamosLast year, I woke up at 3am. A pair of baby raccoons were chirruping near my bed. They were looking for the kitchen but got lost. I shooed them out of the house.

Young raccoons are incredibly cute. Skunks are also very pretty. They look like long-haired cats with a pointy nose.

I have to keep the chocolate hidden; raccoons love chocolate.
July 2, 2010 at 7:16 am
Roger StewartWhere I live in Alameda every back yard comes with a skunk. Count yourself lucky.
July 2, 2010 at 7:36 am

The Mouse that Roared. A photo of air traffic in Europe. Or better said, the lack of air traffic in Europe. All of Northern Europe is (literally) off the air.
April 17, 2010 at 7:36 am
Eva Maria Knudsenif i was an environmental group I would make a big campaign about how much CO2 mother earth saved because of the volcano - or if i was a religious / environmental group - i would argue that this was mothers earths way of saying enough CO2 polution caused by air traffic. (im none of the above, though :-))
April 17, 2010 at 9:23 am
Moe RubenzahlA friend of mine is stranded in London right now (company's expense).

Tough, huh!
April 17, 2010 at 5:17 pm
Dave MundtI did hear one person being interviewed on NPR, who said that if one had to be stranded someplace, Paris was NOT a bad place to be...

This is really a great reminder of how, even with our great technology, nature can shut society down in a (relative) heartbeat.
April 17, 2010 at 6:48 pm
Jamie J. DelmanEva, volcanic ash is far worse than CO2, I believe, correct me if I'm wrong.
April 17, 2010 at 9:30 pm
Eva Maria Knudsen..oh! i dont know anything about C02 , i guess thats why environmental groups dont use that argument :-)
April 18, 2010 at 1:06 am
Andreas RamosOn Dave's point: Did anyone expect a volcano would shut down Europe? I never heard of that. How did Al Qaeda trigger a volcano? :-)
April 18, 2010 at 10:03 am
Eva Maria Knudsenit wasnt al queda - it was the french - they do anything, as you know, if they are not satisfied with their government
April 18, 2010 at 10:18 am
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