Rocky Point

by carbonboy on February 19, 2018

There is a place, a magical place, in California that saved me – it is called Rocky Point, and now it is where Topanga Canyon Road meets the 210 Freeway in Chatsworth, CA.

When I was building (little parts) of the space shuttle, this is where I came to celebrate a day off. Much later, when Challenger was destroyed on take-off, this is where I came to heal.

This is where I fell a mere five feet, and bloodied, drove back on my bike appreciating how precious  life is.
I think I need to make one trip back – but when?


Rethinking Las Vegas

by carbonboy on February 19, 2018

I won’t be putting my Piney Point house up for sale or lease until spring arrives, so I am in no rush to decide on my next move. It was, tentatively, to be downtown Las Vegas. Unfortunately, the Downtown Project has fizzled, and the area is not really suited for an R&D site. I am rethinking dealing with the horrific heat as well.

Those factors alone do not deter me – I’d be perfectly happy in an empty storefront with living quarters above. But the graphic above makes me wonder if it is worth it – one week of crime reports in the downtown area. The yellow explanation marks (!) are of the least concern – disturbing the peace – likely a combination of drunks and aggressive homeless folks. But really, why live in such an environment?

Carson City and Reno are booming startup scenes, and Tesla and others are pouring billions into the area. Having Lake Tahoe a hop away, and Yosemite two hops has its appeal as well. Too bad I am not Amazon, having cities woo me to move! Yet there is no harm in using that approach, and it should be fun!



by carbonboy on February 18, 2018

Of course, I am always perpetually 2-3 years behind in my video viewing, but if you want to get a layman’s grasp of AI, watch AlphaGo on Netflix. It also provides a good grasp of Asian culture.

Seeing it now in the dark days of the tRump dynasty is scary. The only thing creepy about the documentary was a cameo appearance by Eric Schmidt.


Artist’s Drive Death Valley

by carbonboy on February 14, 2018

I am thinking why, oh why, do I want to return here? Oh, with a better camera of course! And in Spring!


Sometimes a Man Needs a Salad!

by carbonboy on February 13, 2018

Well with duplicate photos on past posts, it is clear I still have not found a new theme. But after two days (the last being leftovers) of pasta, a robust salad was in order. Mission Accomplished!


Time to Update My Blog Theme

by carbonboy on February 12, 2018

Things will look a bit rough until I get the design where I want. The Thesis Theme (Version 1.8.6) for WordPress that I have been using is so old that I am surprised it still works. So I am playing around with different themes seeking minimal, modern, and responsive (meaning it formats itself to tablets and smartphones).  But it is a dreary wet weekend, so what better time to make the transition? It should be fun!


Pac Coast Highway

by carbonboy on February 12, 2018


My second favorite memory in 1980’s California. My buddy Curtis and I actually climbed that peak in the background.

I am trying to think of the last time I was there. Oh yeah, a wave almost swept me to my grave. Fortunately, I had a change of clothes in the car! I will return.

OK bear with me – winter sucks and I will not endure another one again – so until it ends I am living in the past.


Trulli Homes in Puglia Italy

by carbonboy on February 11, 2018

One of the most memorable road trips I ever took was from Napoli to the Alenia site near Grottaglie in Southern Italy. It was an amazing waste of Boeing resources, where dozens came with airfare alone costing $10,000 per person. I, maybe spent, $100 on petrol.

For reasons totally unknown to me, my journey took me through Trulli region in Puglia. It blew me away; I will never forget it!

To this day, I have seen nothing like it. My only regret is not spending more time here. I only have 69 photos and did not have any contact with the locals. Perhaps I need to revisit?


Death Valley 2009

by carbonboy on February 9, 2018

I am just hating winter right now. For those that can’t live without the four seasons, stay where you are. I could use the heat that only Death Valley can provide. I can’t wait to revisit!


16 Scenarios that I am Trying to Avoid

by carbonboy on February 8, 2018

Until spring arrives, and I head back west, I have a lot of gaps to fill before I launch a product. Working for a living was so damn easy – but I don’t miss it a bit!


NYC 2015

February 4, 2018

Well, I have no cable, so I can’t watch the Super Bowl, but the underdogs won – woo hoo, but I don’t really give a shit. So, I am going through a lost hard drive and discovering photos from NYC in 2015. Boy I wish I could do that trip again.

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Transitioning from “Halt and Catch Fire” to “Dirty Money” on Netflix

January 31, 2018

I am wondering if there is any entertainment on ABC, CBS or NBC worth watching? It had been a decade or two since I have.

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Retire? You have to be *ucking kidding!

January 29, 2018

So back in the days, not sure when, the retirement age was set at 65. Why? Because the average American male’s life span was 61! Not so today! Time to stop working and do something meaningful!

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Homemade Pizza still at C+

January 28, 2018

OK, so I tried a famous Brooklyn pizzeria recipe with 50% Caputo 00 and 50% general flour – but I really added some whole wheat flour for the sake of it. Odd mix of chopped clams, cherry tomatoes, black olives, red bell peppers, onions, chopped garlic, fresh basil, and well – red salmon. So, I […]

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January 23, 2018

It’s a Russian thing; it is never used here in the US, right?

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Sockeye Salmon Sandwich

January 22, 2018

My favorite at-home lunch of late: wild caught red salmon with hard-boiled egg, chopped onion, sweet relish and mayo. Grilled Munster cheese on whole wheat bread with ripe tomato and avocado. Recipe still evolving! 1 6 oz. can of boneless/skinless red salmon – drained 1 hardboiled egg – diced 1 tablespoon each of mayonnaise and […]

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Whole Wheat Fail

January 21, 2018

OK, I understand that when substituting ingredients there are consequences. I took a perfect Caputo Tipo “00” flour from Napoli and mixed in an organic whole wheat flour. Disaster! Fucking whole wheat has no place in pizza. Neither does marinated pork tenderloin, but that’s another story.

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Dusk on St. George Island

January 20, 2018

It’s hard to believe that this island was founded in 1634, and was home to one of the first battles of the Revolutionary War. Of course, Native Americans arrived here around 1300 AD. If history is to be believed, a tribe known as the Cuttatawomen occupied this land. For me it was simply a reprieve […]

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Wall of Knowledge

January 20, 2018

I started going through a 1000 books I collected over the decades, planning to discard most of them. What the hell, I’ll just pack them up – they might come in as handy someday.

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The $37,900 Carbon Fiber Bathtub

January 17, 2018

Photo credit – Alvarae Design Studios I might be violating copyright here, but so few visit this site, I will risk it. Without question this is a cool product, but it has the two flaws that I want to avoid: ridiculously high price offered by famous design house. Clearly there’s a market for this stuff, and […]

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