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My daughter said to me "Daddy, it does not matter that you are black and I am white" as we played games to celebrate Easter.
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I took the kids cycling in Henry Coe State Park to see the glorious wildflowers in bloom at this time of year (the picture shows them next to a carpet of California Poppies). They had to mountain bike over a path that was quite rocky at times and we had to cross many streams. Kiran exuded confidence and met each challenge with courage even though this was a new experience for her. Kavi felt utterly defeated at times and sure he could not make it and felt dejected at every turn: "Daddy, I can't do this". Kiran comforted Kavi and tried to assure him that he could do it and he had it within him. It was heart warming to see how much Kiran projected her mother and heart wrenching to see how much Kavi is like me.
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I took my 10 year old daughter Kiran and her classmates to visit the NASA Ames Research Center where they got an amazing hands on tour. The photograph below shows an astrophysicist called Dr. S. Singh (really) teaching Kiran and another boy the challenges of launching a satellite from Earth to Jupiter when both bodies are in constant orbital motion. Kiran is trying to throw a ball at the boy as the swing rotates: very tricky. Dr. Singh told the kids "life is tough but there are two things that no one can take away from you: your education and your dreams". She followed up with if your dream is to work at NASA then go for it! She must have been an excellent role model for Kiran. Now I worry that she might go into science rather than technology and I worry about how she will support herself. Working at NASA was my dream as a young Satnam. I never made it but I got close.... I can see NASA out of my office window :-)
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Another bad joke in the office and +John Banning and I might just launch you over to Ames...
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.NET programmers can now get at Google's web APIs by using newly released client libraries: http://googledevelopers.blogspot.com/2014/03/ga-release-for-google-apis-client.html This is an open-sourced project hosted at NuGet...
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+Phil James-Roxby comes to kick Kiran's butt at football and then down some paneer tikka masala. No partial bitstreams were downloaded to any FPGAs in Java
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Next time we set a timer. When the timer goes off, it's bedtime.
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Susan and I celebrated 24 years of being together by going out for dinner at our local foo foo restaurant which is well on its way to getting a Michelin star. I can't get the Ricky Lee Jones lyrics out of my head: "Lucky Guy". Over dinner Susan and I discuss the key challenges posed by cloud computing. My life continues to be a collision between lyrics and code.
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I very much agree. The distinction between single and compound statements in C-style languages drives me nuts. For an imperative, Ada will always have my heart.
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+Peter Ludemann Go is an advance on most of its ancestry in that and several other respects.
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I made a comment on a country music music upload to YouTube to which I got the racist respose "go home punjab !!! // your camel is hungry". I love country music, but perhaps country music does not love me.
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Don't mistake the fans for the music... (in terms of who loves whom). Sigh.
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My heart exploded at 17:28PDT 2014-03-29 at Valencia and 18th when my daughter told me this is the best day of her life and for a moment I understood what it might feel like to be like one of my friends who are Good Parents. I spent the weekend in San Francisco with my 10 year old daughter Kiran. On the Saturday we took the CalTrain to the city and a tram to the Marriott Marquis where we checked in early into our room with a wonderful view over the city and shared some tuna tartare for lunch. We took the F tram to Castro and hiked up to the Randall Museum where we heard a wonderful performance by the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra where we had front row seats and were treated to music by Mozart, Bizet, Seal, Angry Birds and The Police. We then took an Uber over to the de Young Museum where I had pre-booked tickets for the O'Keeffe special exhibition and Kiran was especially taken by the petunias (she bought a poster). We then suffered 2.25X surge pricing on Uber to get over to Dandelion Chocolate (small batch foo foo chocolates made on site) in the Mission where we sampled several chocolates and bought two as presents for Susan for UK mother's day which was on the following day. As we waited at the intersection of Valencia and 18th Kiran told me what she thought about the day and I was the usual emotional cripple and made no response (I am sure there is a country song about this). We then went to my favourite restaurant in the USA -- Commonwealth -- and devoured a tasting menu surrounded by stick insect 2X/3X Google/Twitter/Facebook hipsters  (I've never seen a child in this restaurant). She wore her special Punjabi-purple Monsoon dress which she had packed especially for the dinner (in the photo she is wearing a wee white cardigan over it). After dinner we took BART back to the hotel and swam in the pool and then she wound down with the Disney Channel while I went to the top-floor bar (amazing city view) to meet Steve Hand and others for drinks. Sunday started with a room service breakfast in bed (at the insistence of the princess) followed by yet another swim and then we headed down to the Ferry Building and I bought yellowfoot mushrooms for a risotto that I would make as a mother's day treat for Susan later on and then we took the MUNI bus 1 up to Pacific Heights and had a lovely lunch at Jane (they even had gluten free treats for me). We scoured the neighbourhood boutique shops for a nice silver necklace that Kiran wanted to buy Susan for mother's day. However, everything was far too swanky/trendy for us so we went to Geary and took the MUNI 38 bus downtown and found just the right thing at the very dependable Nordstrom (think John Lewis -- but at a bigger scale). I tried on a XL shirt at Club Monaco which was still too tight for me and I cursed myself for being drawn to this clothes store that is clearly targeted towards young thin Chinese folk and hipsters and not delusional old fat bastards like me. The daily routine of work, making dinner, loading the dishwasher, night time routine, rushed bedtime stories/songs passes by in a blur to me and I don't feel that I am living a life -- I am just executing a schedule. To have a few moments without the usual distractions with my girl was wonderful pleasure and briefly I felt like a rich man.
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GAH!  I read the first line ("... and 18th") and thought, "OMG I an reading an obituary written in first person."  I was pleasantly surprised at the rest of the post.  Stay healthy.
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Note to self: do not buy wine based on its name.
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I don't mind Meta beer though it gets bad reviews: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/meta-premium/120271/
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Ordered a takeout (carry out) from an Indian restaurant in Mountain View and I went to great pains to explain that I need the food to be gluten-free and I even called the restaurant back when there were a few fried potato-based chips on top of one of the chicken dishes (perhaps fried in the same oil as other gluten containing things like samosas). Despite the chef's assurances I am now in a great deal of pain and discomfort. This is not a gluten-free restaurant and although the food was very tasty I will have to cross it off the (very short) list of restaurants worth risking.
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Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
Excellent food with many gluten-free items. Very good service and nice ambiance. Everything we ordered was at least very good: mussels with a spicy broth, dates wrapped in bacon, lamb sliders, marinated lamb skewers, seafood and chorizo paella and garlic bread. There were even two excellent gluten-free desserts. The fries were marked on the menu as being gluten-free -- but they are not since they are fried in the same oil as other items containing gluten.
Food: Very goodDecor: Very goodService: Excellent
Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
We had a wonderful meal at Commonwealth restaurant in November 2012. We started off with an amuse bouche which comprised a few small cubes of some tuna-esque fish in some preparation I can't recall although I do remember my rvery positive eaction and it was served with a fairly dry Cava [9/10]. The first course of the tasting menu was venison tartare, huckleberry horseradish, arugula, juniper cracker served with a glass of frappato (Tami, '11, Sicily, Italy). The horseradish was dotted on the venison as small spheres and it gave a lovely spicy bite to the venison which was well match with the peppery wine [10/10]. The second course was perhaps the weakest (relatively speaking): octopus, almond gazpacho, bone marrow, saffron-preserved lemon emulsion served with a disgusting glass of chenin blanc (Domaine Deletang, dem-secm '07 Montlouis-Sur-Loire, France). It looked fabulous on the plate and the octopus was very nicely charred and fairly tender. The octopus was too cold for my liking (lukewarm is perfectly for charred octopus but I think cold is wrong) and the other bis and bites on the plate did not come together to make a coherent dish. The wine was too sour for my taste and the food. [6/10]. The third course was beets, fromage blanc, pumpernickel, watercress, sorrel, smokey hay oil (really, I am not making this up) with a glass of tempranillo (JC Vizcarra, '09 RIbera del Duero, Spain). The beets were cooked in several different ways and the combination with soft fromage blance and the bite of the pumpernickel worked very well and the temperanillio was an excellent accompaniment. Susan does not usually like beets (beetroot) but even she cleaned her plate. Each course had a convincing explanation of why the matching wine was chosen. [8/10]. Another highlight of the evening were the sweetbreads, asian pear, brussel sprout, celery root-chestnut veloute servered with a glass of pinot noir (Alghren Vineyards, '09 Santa Cruz Mountains, California). These were by far the best sweetbreads I have ever eaten: they were very soft and delicately flavored and they had a gorgeous light crust which gave them a very satisfying crunch. Utterly devine. The match with the root-chestnut veloute was inspired and the small hard balls of asian pear added a wonderful sweet touch to the soft sweetbreads. The pinot noir had a wonderful slightly musky aroma and was very well matched to the dish. [10/10]. The fifth dish was carrot-orange sorbet served with ginger soda. The carrot favor was very intense (and I suspect the carrots were not peeled which lead to a nice earthy taste). The ginger soda was also very good but I am sure it was also 0% ABV. [7/10]. The last dish was a spectacular dessert: peanut butter semifreddo, chocolate ganache, frozen popcorn served with a glass of tawny port (Niepoort, Duro, Portugal). It tasted like a head on collision between an ice-choc and a snickers bar with stunning results. I often find that even in fancy restaurants desserts are not made to the same quality as the preceding dishes but this is absolutely not the case at Commonwealth. It is worth coming here just to eat this dessert. The tawny port was a nice match but this dish was so outstanding that you could have it without wine and not loose much. [10/10].
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Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
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This turned out to be an excellent spot for lunch during our trip down the coast. I went with my wife and two young kids (ages 6 and 9). The kids had very good burgers and got free ice cream for finishing their plates (as advertised on the menu). My wife and I both the tomato bisque and BLT sandwich combo which was also very good. Service was also very good and the ambiance was nice.
Food: Very goodDecor: Very goodService: Very good
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I picked Robin's because of the high overall score and some of the positive reviews. I dined with my wife and two young children (ages 6 and 9). Things got off to a rocky start when they seated us in the patio area rather than inside the nice and lovely and warm restaurant (most of the pictures on the restaurant website are of the actual inside). Normally I would not mind too much, but this is November and it was quite cold outside and the table we were given was in quite a cold and drafty spot. We expressed our concern and we were offered a couple of undesirable sounding tables inside but I sensed they preferred us to ghettoized in the patio area because we have kids (all the interior diners were kid free). I can't say I appreciate this kind of apartheid. I've dined with my daughter in multi-Michelin-starred restaurants and she typically behaves better than many of the adults. After having put our jackets back on we finally ordered and found the food to be quite good although quite expensive for what it is. We had spicy minced lamb spring rolls [7/10] and chicken satay [8/10] for starters and rogan josh [7/10] and a 5-spice duck dish [5/10] as mains and the kids had pasta [8/10] and pizza [7/10] and they also wolfed down the remaining duck that we gave up on. We all had dessert (all items very good) and a $50 bottle of wine (which was rather good, Heretic I think, from Paso Robles).Service was quite good. I feel the tables were packed too close together. My 6 year old son moves around a little bit in his seat (overall he is quite well behaved) but occasionally he bangs against the seat behind him (just a few mm away) so we had to injure the ire and stares or a fellow diner who would not even acknowledge our accept our apology which left a bad taste in our mouth (of course, not the restaurant's fault, but a few more mm of separation would help). Although the food was good, I am not sure the price vs. performance ratio was right so I am not sure if I would return.
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Food: GoodDecor: GoodService: Good
Public - a year ago
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