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god damn.
Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn. We all saw this commercial coming but I have to say it exceeds expectations.
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Redefine the hybrid cloud.
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Napa with new camera in tow.
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In Otaru we spent the day sightseeing.  Most of my photos for the day are gone, the victim of a shitty Amazon USB-C SD card adapter from Amazon that erased them.  The remainder come after recovering as many files as possible from the SD card via Photorec (http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec -- excellent for recovering lost photos).  We had an amazing sushi lunch at Sushizamurai, with some of the best sashimi I've ever had, and an unidon to boot.  We also walked through the old warehouse district of Otaru and found the municipal train museum, which was a lot of fun.  In the evening we wound up stumbling upon a miniature Golden Gai in Otaru where we quickly made friends with a bunch of salarymen, who taught us how to blow an egg out of its shell and consumed much sake.  At the end, my dad was made an honorary ambassador of that area, whatever that means.

The next day we rode a leisurely 35k from Otaru to Sapporo, and spent the evening relaxing (https://www.strava.com/activities/364898740).  I have a ton more photos from Sapporo but haven't gotten around to processing them yet.  Tomorrow we ride to Tomakomai, where we'll board the ferry for Oarai, and it's from there to Tsukuba and then Tokyo, thus ending our trip.
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2015-08-09
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Yesterday we had one mission: get my glasses fixed.  (Somehow, I had lost a screw, and one of the arms broke off.)  The hotel had no idea what to do but kindly taped them together, so we went to Kutchan, the economic hub of the Niseko area, to get them fixed.  Having nearly 3h of time between when our shuttle dropped us off and the next train to Niseko, we took the time to relax and eat lunch.  In doing so, we found the excellent Shokukobo Shunsai (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g1025639-d5887542-Reviews-Shokukobo_Shunsai-Kutchan_cho_Abuta_gun_Hokkaido.html), a gem that had tasty home cooking for excellent prices.  We followed that up by wandering around a supermarket, where I found some excellent craft beer.  For dinner, we went to Bang Bang (https://foursquare.com/v/bangbang/4be0f637a7380f47aaff18b0), which was excellent Yakotori.  We walked the 3 miles back to the hotel and I saw one of the things I had hoped for: a fox, hanging out by the golf course.  The Hokkaidans are mad about their foxes, so I was very happy to have seen one.  Unfortunately, I didn't get a photo.

Today, we had the most climbing out of any other day: nearly 3500 feet, most of it in two long climbs, unlike most of our other days where the elevation came in rollers.  We stopped at a rest stop for lunch and ate ramen (perfect for replacing all the salt we sweated out), and rolled in to Otaru around 5pm after a very long climb and a delightful twisty descent to the city.  https://www.strava.com/activities/361616190

Otaru is more like what I expected Hakodate to be like, with broad streets, old bulidings, and lots of developed tourism.  We walked to the warehouse district and ate dinner at a German brewery that had some of the best Schweineschnitzel that I've ever eaten.  The beer wasn't half bad, either.
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2015-08-05
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It's raining a lot in SF and the winds are very high, so the Bay is grumpy.  I shot some video on my walk from the Embarcadero to my office.  It was pretty intense.

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2014-12-11
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Fascinating. "Imagine if voice calls operated this way and your carrier could decide if you could receive a call from your bank, your grandma or your doctor based on whether they’re on some carrier-approved list. Seriously, imagine that. Zero people, probably even the carriers themselves, would support that plan. Yet it is exactly what happens with SMS, and it’s assumed that’s just how it is. This situation exists because SMS is not afforded common carriage protection like voice is."
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