Geeking it out in San Francisco

Kind of feeling like a high school essay. But don’t expect that high a quality. I’ve been sitting on my ass since the marathon. Really. I’m embarrassed, actually. So instead of writing what I didn’t do, let’s see what I did, and give you the photos I have from the marathon as well.

Long now foundation – turns out they are headquartered in SF (incidentally Neal Stephenson’s new book Anathem is a reflection on a society that takes the long view seriously). I went to hear a lecture (mp3) about organic farming and genetically modified plants, and stayed for the free drinks and opportunity to see parts of the long now clock displayed (the first prototype is in london, but they have models and parts), and go over their library. Also got an ecological calendar (2009, which is why it only cost 5$. need to send that over to Israel. Still cool as a poster)

Noise Bridge – not sure how to call this. You can see the site – they are holed up in the mission in SF, basically something like garage geeks I guess. Stayed to hear a lecture about gesture recognition using a wii mote. Really cool place. Quite a steep price for membership. Did get to do some juggling with an australian startup dude.

PaRiSoma – I always liked the idea of co-working, so I went to check one of the places out. Again in mission in SF, this is on Howard St., just dropping in to work (wifi, coffee, space) is free, and they also sell the freerunner (yes, I got that lame phone – hey, only 250$, couldn’t resist. I now have the complete product line of openmoko). They are the ones that pointed me to noise bridge.

What’s next? I’m babysitting the cats for my brother until the 23rd, which means I’ll be in california, probably go to lake tahoe. I’ve payed my dues to see The Man Burn, and started to get involved with the OpenBTS setup for this year. This is a work in progress, I’m glad to be a part of it. BM is from 31.8 until 7.9, still not sure if I’m going to NYC, guess I should get tickets for Sydney at some point..

Marathon pictures – sorry for the captions, they wanted 50$ per picture, I don’t think so.

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