Travel Archive

Bucket List

Posted August 16, 2014 By Landis V

It’s difficult for me to start a specific “bucket list”, as I want to do just about everything that can be done, and see just about everything that can be seen, but I realized this afternoon that I didn’t have a central repository for these kinds of “someday” things.  So I decided to start one.

Places To See/Visit

This is a list of places I’d like to see or visit in my travels, both in the continental US and worldwide.

Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, AZ

Ran across a few pictures of this area while surfing around today.  Beautiful.

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San Diego Dining 6/10 – 6/14

Posted June 20, 2012 By Landis V

6/10/12 – The Hopping Pig Gastropub, 734 5th Ave.

6/11/12 – Osteria Panevino, 722 5th Ave

  • Penne Cinghiale
6/11/12 – The Hopping Pig
  • Beer sampler:  1 Ale Smith IPA, 2 Fox Barrel Pacific Pear Cider, 3 Uinta Double Imperial Black IPA, 4 Widmer Brothers Nelson Imperial IPA (picture forthcoming if I get around to uploading it).
    • If I have a chance to get my hands on the Fox Barrell Pacific Pear Cider anywhere, I’ll definitely be doing so.

6/12/12 – Rock Bottom Brewery, 401 G St.

  • Pulled Pork Sandwich
  • Porter
  • Cask-aged Belgian Trippel

6/14/12 – The Fish Market, 750 North Harbor Drive

  • Oregon Troll Caught King Salmon
  • Paradise Cove? and Grassy Bar oysters on the half shell
  • Calamari
  • Blackstone Merlot
  • The cioppino looked delicious, but I didn’t try it myself.


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The Hopping Pig

Posted June 10, 2012 By Landis V

While visiting San Diego for Cisco Live, I had the opportunity to visit The Hopping Pig Gastropub on 5th Ave.  I can recommend the Pig Burger, and I sampled some tasy local stouts, pictured below the menu.  As you can see, they do have quite a selection.  I really wanted to try a Monkey in the Sun, but never got around to it with all the local microbrews.




First up for the evening was the Ale Smith Speedway Stout, pictured below, for $6.50.




Second up was the Ballast Point Sea Monster Imperial Stout for $6.50.



Finally for this evening, the Ballast Point Piper Down Scottish for $6.00.



All three of these were very good, and I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase them again.

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I still don’t believe this agency should exist.  I have nothing against the employees themselves, and I understand the need for jobs.  But jobs without a purpose are no good.  I do find these articles and approaches interesting, because it will make it just that much harder to find people willing to take these jobs.  And eventually, if nobody’s willing to do the job, it’s going to resolve itself (… or they’ll start stealing even more of our money to pay higher wages; wouldn’t put that past a government that determined the TSA should exist in the first place).  I’d rather take my chances with terrorists than take my chances losing more freedoms to an already-too-large government.

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Mapping Icons

Posted March 20, 2012 By Landis V

I maintain a Google map of Nebraska State Parks so I can keep track of locations I have visited and have yet to visit (available here if you are interested.  This evening, I ran across this site, which provides the ability to generate a variety of icons with different background colors.  This is handy, as it allows me to use the same icon for sites I have already visited and those I have yet to visit.  Unfortunately, I think I’m going to need to do some additional work to see all the things I would like to see in the map, and I suspect what I will really need to do is generate several different maps to allow me to sort and view as I would like.

I tried making notes within the individual placemarkers on my map to indicate such things as primitive campsites, lakes, and places  I have visited.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that you can search within a particular user-created map, with or without including a general search.  For example, I have noted my marker/description for my Gallagher Canyon location with “Lake”.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear to be indicated in the search results, or if it is, it’s too buried in the overall results to be apparent.

I’ll have to see what I can make work when I get further time, as I think that’s at an end for tonight.  Always a shortage of that commodity.

In any case, I will now be using the following icons in the map to help at least differentiate between unimproved and regular sites, and sites with lakes or ponds where possible.   Hopefully more to come later, and eventually I guess I’ll have to break the lake sites, primitive sites, visited sites, and the like out into their own individual maps.



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Posted April 22, 2011 By Landis V

Companies are like evolving living organisms.  Think of the dotcoms – they are the genetic offspring of business and the internet – two different families in the genetic hierarchy of “things”. They areimpacted by their environment (which businesses and the Internet are also kind of a part of… maybe not entirely unlike nature/nurture), but also by microorganisms like employees.  Employees certainly represent the cells and systems of the business organism, but also viruses that impact the development of the organism.  That may lead to the collapse (“extinction”?) of certain types of, or even individual businesses, as viral organisms overtake them and make them unfit for survival in their environment.  Interesting train of thought, could easily develop into an entire post of its own. and to a lesser/secondary extent Fascinate ROMs on Mesmerize.  Radio improvements.  Better 3G speeds, faster GPS lock?

Well done Nokia “Your decision to partner with Microsoft is as sage and wise as allowing your balls to be shaved by a mental patient.” DrXym (126579), /. Comment #35906170

Olympic National Park Need to read up on how to properly do podcast, look to see if there are any good android apps to auto-download and arrange, and find my tunecaster.

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