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Keith Achorn
Works at Intel Corporation
Attended University of Florida
Lives in San Francisco, CA, USA
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Keith Achorn

San Francisco - in The City!  - 
This weekend, the Bay Area hosted another fantastic Maker Faire. I know many fellow Local Guides enjoyed it as well. As a fan of both makers and photography, I want to see if we can create an awesome shared album from the event together!

Most of my photos are still on my SLR, so I'll kick this off with with my snapshots. Please feel free to add your own, and I will continue to do the same. Cheers!
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That robot was such a hit! And not just with kids!
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Bay Area friends and explorers - You're invited to join +Ivan Yudhi and a group of +Google Local Guides for a sunny hike tomorrow at Filoli Garden.  Details at the link.
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Yes please join us if you can. It will be fun :)
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Prepare for Maker Faire

The flagship Maker Faire is returning to the Bay Area May 20-22 in San Mateo.  Tickets have just gone on-sale, and it's not too late to request a booth if you have an awesome project to share.  Maker Faire is one of my favorite Bay Area highlights.  Don't miss out!
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Good idea +Kimberly Ann Graham !!  +George Cohn and I will be at the Maker Faire-- for sure!
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Silicon Valley Comic Con - March 18-20

In two short weeks, the SF Bay Area will be home to a legendary new event: Silicon Valley Comic Con. The brainchild of Steve 'Woz' Wozniak and Stan Lee, SVCC promises excitement at the intersection of art, technology, science, and imagination. The guest list is too epic to list in full, but includes many prominent actors, authors, and influencers:

Willian Shatner (Star Trek)
Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson (Back to the Future)
Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk (Firefly)
Karen Gillian (Doctor Who, Guardians of the Galaxy)
Andy Weir (The Martian)
Adam Savage (Mythbusters)
Astro Teller (Google X)
Bobak Ferdowsi (NASA, 'Mohawk Guy')
Many, many more...

Be sure to check it out!
Silicon Valley Comic Con brings together America’s two greatest superheroes: Pop Culture and Technology. Presented by Steve Wozniak and featuring top celebrities, comics, independent artists, cosplay, video games, consumer electronics, music and apps, Silicon Valley Comic Con is where entertainment and our electronic worlds intersect.
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+Corrie Davidson I promise to capture and share as much as humanly possible!   #GotchaCovered  
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Doors are about to open at Intel Extreme Masters #esl
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I’ve been wearing the Fossil Q Dreamer for a few days.  This is first activity tracker I’ve worn that does not display notifications independently, but I figured I’d give it a shot.  Here are my initial thoughts.

By far, the Q Dreamer is the prettiest activity tracker I’ve tried on.  Since it doesn’t have a screen, I can wear it on either wrist without losing functionality.  If I choose to wear a watch on one wrist, I can continue wearing this on the other.  The  Dreamer is also elegant enough to pass as jewelry, so combining with other accessories is an option.  The battery life is amazing.   Charging from zero to 100% took about thirty minutes.  Two full days later, the battery is still hovering around 80%.  

The companion smartphone app is easy to use.  It can connect  with a variety of social media accounts and provide tailored notifications with a quick buzz and subtle LEDs.  You can set the importance of each alert with three LED lights on the side of the Dreamer.   In addition, step count and distance travelled can be tracked.  

Charging the device is not user friendly.  The Dreamer charges wirelessly atop a ‘charging pillow’.  However, keeping the devices aligned requires Dreamer to be fully clasped around the charger  This is more tedious than it should be. 

The edges of the Dreamer are metal and sharp.  Be careful not to bump into objects or people, or else it may leave a scratch.  

Although the app is easy to use, there is a feature called Curiosity.  It’s designed to help you think outside of the box, and try things you may not have in the past.  Distance tracking appears to be an issue for Dreamer.  During a 10k walk, I compared the distance measurement to Runkeeper using GPS. Dreamer’s distance fell short of Runkeeper by over one mile.  It’s not clear whether Dreamer will take my stride into account over time.

I have not made a final decision as to whether or not I will use this permanently.  How it wears in the next couple weeks will determine that.  The device has been satisfactory so far, and an updated review will be posted later this month.
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All US National Parks Free This Week

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the US National Parks system, all US National Parks (over 400) are free this week: April 16-24.  

For Bay Area Local Guides, that includes:
-Muir Woods
-Point Reyes
-Alcatraz Island (typically free)
-Several more:

Be sure to get out and explore!

#FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque
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To my dear friends and family, I’ll keep this short and sweet. My amazing wife +Libby Chang and I are expecting a baby girl this summer!

They are both happy, healthy, and beautiful beyond words. I am still in awe of this little miracle I get to share in.

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Congratulations! Becoming a parent is an amazing, life changing event! 
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Celebrate Pi Day at the Exploratorium 

The Exploratorium is offering free admission and Pi-themed activities to celebrate Pi Day on Monday, 3/14.  For more details and a schedule of events, check out their page here:
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Fair point.  But I'd guess Monday morning to early-afternoon should be less crowded.
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I lived about 2-3 hours away from there on the coast for awhile. Bend was our snow destination during those couple years.
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Happy Birthday to my amazing wife, +Libby Chang!
We just couldn't wait to celebrate with an early birthday trip to Portland last weekend. Although the weather didn't hold up for very long, we found comfort in our great friends (and great food!). We even tried a bit of ice skating - a rare treat for these Floridian-turned-Californians! #happybirthday
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Happy bday!
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REI chooses principles over profits by closing for Black Friday

"Instead of reporting to work, we're paying our employees to do what we love most - be outside."

REI is setting a great example for other retailers and for us all.  This Thanksgiving, consider enjoying the great outdoors with friends and loved ones, rather than wandering the shopping malls.  I know I will.

(via +Ivan Yudhi+Chris Vukin#rei   #optoutside   #blackfriday  
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