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Posts from — October 2007

Yeah, like that

Yeah like that

Santa Monica, 2006.

October 31, 2007

Occam’s Razor

Most people who’ve known me for any length of time know my fondness for Occam’s Razor—particularly when trying to decipher possible security problems in software. For many years, I had to explain the reference and its significance. Lately, though, I’m seeing references everywhere (the latest was on Buzz Andersen’s blog via Daring Fireball this morning).

In my own mind, I use it as a test: in the absence of differentiating evidence, the explanation with the fewest unknown dependencies—in other words, the simplest one—is likely correct.

October 28, 2007

Looking Up

Looking Up

Santa Monica, 2007.

October 28, 2007

20th & Wilshire

20th and Wilshire

Santa Monica, 2007.

October 27, 2007

Haze

LA Haze

LA sky. The haze is subsiding, but even this morning’s clear sky looks brown.

October 26, 2007

Washington Blvd

Washington Blvd

Washington Blvd in Marina del Rey on a clearer day.

October 25, 2007

Union Square

Union Square

Another great day in SF.

October 24, 2007

Too good to check

Some facts are too good to check

Yikes. What about those items that are actually important?

October 22, 2007

Terminal

Ferry Terminal

Ferry Building and Justin Herman Plaza at the end of Market Street.

October 22, 2007

Mmmm

Coffee

I’ve set a personal limit of two cups of coffee a day—it’s enough to have a real taste of something I truly enjoy, but not so much that it makes me feel like I’m turning my stomach into shoe leather. It’s tough to stick to that, though, since someone delivered a full pot of the tasty brew right to my room at 6:30.

October 22, 2007

Film crew

Film crew

After warning one of the riders they were filming to hold on, “with both hands,” the producer heard my chuckle and turned back to me and said “those things are death traps, you know.” After walking around for a few hours, I took one back over the hill for the first time.

October 21, 2007

Powell & California

Powell at California

A perfect day in San Francisco today.

October 21, 2007

Fire planning

When it comes to wildfire behavior prediction in Southern California, you are always handed the test before you’re given the lesson.

— Drew Smith, fire behavior analyst with L.A. County Fire Department as quoted in a November 2007 Los Angeles Magazine article about the May 8 Griffith Park fire.

October 21, 2007

Economist

says:

There’s less to Facebook and other social networks than meets the eye

Maybe, but there’s still a lot of fear about being left out of the fun (and the money)…

October 20, 2007

Yellowstone

Yellowstone
 
I was thinking today about going back to Yellowstone.

October 20, 2007