Well, I left work and drove up to Skyline, and when I got to Windy Hill, I looked west, and there they were, along with a final residual sunset glow beneath them. It was pretty awesome -- crystal clear, gorgeous setting ... unfortunately, I didn't have my real camera on me, so the shots I got from up there are from my phone. I did call Deb, and she went out and got a nice shot of how it looked from home.
A few links about this conjunction...
Ben didn't carry much on that trip. But we took similar trips every year for the next nine or ten years or so, and four to six years after that first one, Ben was 6 feet 4 and on his school's football and wrestling teams, and he could carry most of the stuff :-)
Unrelated: a few minutes later, on 280, I was amused when I saw a truck that said it was from a "HERB LAVENDER" company. Seems legit.
That rookery came up in conversation at work this week, so I went looking for the place where I had posted these -- or thought I had. Not finding any such posting, here we go. Most of these are Great Egrets -- orange beaks and black feet. The smaller Snowy Egrets have black beaks and orange feet; there are plenty of both species at this rookery, as well as other spots in and around the Google campus and nearby MTV Shoreline Park.
These pix were taken in spring; you can see some nest-building activity.
These little guys reminded me of one of my favorite Dougie MacLean songs, "Marching Mystery", which was inspired by the Lewis (Uig) Chessmen, some 12th-century chess pieces found near Uig, on the Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides off the northeast coast of Scotland.
(Yeah, I know some hippie-made crafts pieces probably from the 1970's aren't really comparable with 12-century artifacts, but hey, in California we find our "ancient" history where we can.)
If interested, the Putumayo collection of MacLean's songs is a nice introduction ... http://www.amazon.com/The-Dougie-MacLean-Collection-Maclean/dp/B000003EJF
which also links to
Wallowing in my past made me look around a bit ...
I was a freshman at UCLA in June 1969, and my first (non-paper-route) job started that summer, writing some test programs to verify the connection between the Sigma 7 (the first host on the ARPAnet) and its IMP. As I recall, it was Steve Crocker who walked into the UCLA Computer Club office one day, and JQB, TG&, and I (DAL) got jobs for that summer. We shared an office in Boelter Hall, where Jon Postel, Vint Cerf et al also worked.
Doing a few image searches today, I found this odd "how the sausage is made" photo: Vint Cerf, Steve Crocker, and Jon Postel "talking" on a network of vegetables strung together like sausages, to connect tin can terminals. Looks to me like that photo was made some time in the 1990's ... aha, a search-by-image confirms that guess http://www.internetsociety.org/what-we-do/grants-and-awards/awards/postel-service-award/photo-gallery Hmm, funny coincidence: Steve Crocker was born in Pasadena, as was I, and Jon Postel in nearby Altadena.
While I was at Google, I did get a chance to talk with Vint Cerf for a bit (this would have been around 2010 or so, I think). I mentioned that the last time we had worked together was over 40 years earlier. He said something classy, like "talent will out".
More wallowing, to collect a few related links:
A couple of brief articles I wrote in the mid-1990's:
I think whoever named this file didn't really read the names in the article very carefully: http://www.wired.com/2012/10/joe-postel/
A cool interview with Leonard Kleinrock: http://www.computer.org/portal/web/computingnow/internet40/login3
All of the CHAC newsletters in Lauren's archive copy
- Google,Sun, Apple, IBM, Digital ResearchSoftware Engineer
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