Sunday, May 31, 2009


Today, I decided, was a good day to plant tomatoes! Gardening! I first placed a call the the parents who have been growing tomatoes for something like 35 years. I got some good advice, and then headed off to the nursery to buy some plants. The first two nurseries I tried had very mature plants in tiny pots. The advice I got said to find plants that were under 4" tall. This being late on a Sunday, and late in the season for planting tomatoes it was difficult to find small plants. The nurseries probably would have had big trays full of young plants in April. I gave up on the mom-and-pop shops and headed to the big box store where I hoped the high volume would lend itself to younger plants. Limited success. The plants I did find were in bigger containers so the bigger plants were hopefully not too root bound. I ended up with the following silly named tomato varities:
Park's Whopper
Japanese Pink Tomato
(the 10 seconds I spent looking at that page led me to believe that these tomatoes are laced with MSG)
Bonnie Select
Early Girl

I learned about the difference between determinate/indeterminate and heirloom/hybrid plants here. I wasn't paying attention to the determinate/indeterminate and I ended up with 3 indeterminate and 2 determinate. The difference being that the determinant grow a 'crop' and then sort of fall off. Where indeterminate will keep cranking out tomatoes until the first frost.

Pictures can be clicked on to view in the picasa album at your own pace if you don't like the slide show.

Ken Block bonus footage

some cut scenes from the Gymkhana practice video that I hadn't seen before.

the original footage can be seen here if you missed it.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Music week - Sunday

If you were starting to notice some similarities between the songs, it's not really just coincidence. All the songs but of the first of "music week" were brought to us by a Pandora station that was seeded by this song:

The Ting Tings - Shut Up and Let Me Go

Some other songs...

The Ting Tings - That's Not My Name

The Lonely Island - I'm On A Boat

Euro pop... it's not embarrassing if it's foreign... right?

Lily Allen - The Fear

Lily Allen - Not Fair

Lily Allen - LDN

Yelle - Ce Jeu

Very cool Videos:

Justice - DVNO

Justice - D.A.N.C.E.

The 80's reminds us that accordions and cowbells are ROCK AND ROLL.
I didn't know these were 80's tunes until I looked them up...
Siouxsie and the Banshees - Peek-A-Boo

Tones on Tail - GO!

Tones on Tail - GO! extra weird fan video... (I warned you)

But this one is definitely 80s...
Siouxsie and the Banshees - Kiss Them For Me

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Roomba picture

I don't own a Roomba, and I'm pretty sure I don't even want to. But I thought this picture of Roomba's random coverage was interesting.
I read about it on some IEEE blog.

Music week - Saturday

More music that I would have been really cool if I knew about 3 years ago...

Friday, May 22, 2009


Is a weird but occasionally on point comic.

Music week - Friday

I like the way this song builds...
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Music week - Thursday

Two'fer Thursday! Album verson or acoustic, both excellent.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Thursday, May 14, 2009


Today at lunch, I was waiting for my food at Del Taco, and overheard two short conversations in sequence.

This first, cubical workers talking about cars.
The second, auto mechanics talking about computers.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Worth it for the walrus

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, or the park formerly known as Marine World, was QUITE CROWDED on mother's day. Not sure why it was that I went with my sister and her family. But I found myself there and took pics. Saw lots of cool stuff but it was kind of overwhelming with all the people there. Jocko the Walrus was incredibly cool and the video clip doesn't quite do him justice. He really stared right in your eyes when he was looking at you. Also he claps his flippers rather loudly. If you go to the park formerly known was Marine world Jocko is a must visit.

(click to watch the clip in the web album)
From MarineWorld

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


The garage is organized enough to park 2 cars now! Whoooooo!!!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Moving Pics 2

And some pictures of the outside. Lots of plants and flowers!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Moving Pics

Made the move from San Clemente to Camarillo today! Here's a quick and dirty photo album. More pics of the exterior later.