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I don't often eat deep-fried things, much less recommend. But this fried tofu with spicy sauce is light on coating (hence light in oil). And the frying technique is even lighter than Szechuan (uncoated) fried tofu dishes that I know. Both my little critic and I give it a full stomach up🍴
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Despite great difficulties volunteers faced, our training session was a great success! (Now that gives a new dimension for our adage, "Curiosity + Training = Creativity":-)
 
Big thanks to our volunteers young and old on this sunny and windy Sunday!  These children had a wonderful afternoon exploring life as a robot in our first meeting of the year yesterday.  Yes, you read it right: as a robot, not a roboticist. (Well, that may come later in life.) At Mountain View Hackerlings, we take learning by doing to a new level!  Under guidance from our own Katherine, each kid built a distance sensing unit using components from our Foundations package.  That’s right, even our new members made one. They explored conceptual programming and tangible (block) programming, trying to understand what life is like for a bat in a cave, where you have no use of sight, and your touch could mean a crash or clipping of your wings. Poor robots.

Your curious ones can join the fun, too!  If you live in the SF Bay peninsula, go to https://sites.google.com/site/hackerlings/ and click "Registration".
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Big thanks to our volunteers young and old on this sunny and windy Sunday!  These children had a wonderful afternoon exploring life as a robot in our first meeting of the year yesterday.  Yes, you read it right: as a robot, not a roboticist. (Well, that may come later in life.) At Mountain View Hackerlings, we take learning by doing to a new level!  Under guidance from our own Katherine, each kid built a distance sensing unit using components from our Foundations package.  That’s right, even our new members made one. They explored conceptual programming and tangible (block) programming, trying to understand what life is like for a bat in a cave, where you have no use of sight, and your touch could mean a crash or clipping of your wings. Poor robots.

Your curious ones can join the fun, too!  If you live in the SF Bay peninsula, go to https://sites.google.com/site/hackerlings/ and click "Registration".
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Big thanks to our volunteers young and old on this sunny and windy Sunday!  These children had a wonderful afternoon exploring life as a robot in our first meeting of the year yesterday.  Yes, you read it right: as a robot, not a roboticist. (Well, that may come later in life.) At Mountain View Hackerlings, we take learning by doing to a new level!  Under guidance from our own Katherine, each kid built a distance sensing unit using components from our Foundations package.  That’s right, even our new members made one. They explored conceptual programming and tangible (block) programming, trying to understand what life is like for a bat in a cave, where you have no use of sight, and your touch could mean a crash or clipping of your wings. Poor robots.

Your curious ones can join the fun, too!  If you live in the SF Bay peninsula, go to https://sites.google.com/site/hackerlings/ and click "Registration".
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Totally agree, +Bernd Gauweiler.  That is why I insist that the club do not become a specialised group, but remain education focused.
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Huh? You find silliness in every movement. (And dumbness in many.) So is Principal Young going to Photoshop Green Peace and ASPCA as well?
 
An Ohio middle schooler said she was shocked when school officials edited her class photo to remove the word "Feminist" from her T-shirt.
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Big thanks to our volunteers young and old on this sunny and windy Sunday!  These children had a wonderful afternoon exploring life as a robot in our first meeting of the year yesterday.  Yes, you read it right: as a robot, not a roboticist. (Well, that may come later in life.) At Mountain View Hackerlings, we take learning by doing to a new level!  Under guidance from our own Katherine, each kid built a distance sensing unit using components from our Foundations package.  That’s right, even our new members made one. They explored conceptual programming and tangible (block) programming, trying to understand what life is like for a bat in a cave, where you have no use of sight, and your touch could mean a crash or clipping of your wings. Poor robots.

Your curious ones can join the fun, too!  If you live in the SF Bay peninsula, go to https://sites.google.com/site/hackerlings/ and click "Registration".
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Our next meetings are open.  Go to https://sites.google.com/site/hackerlings/ and click "Registration".  Your curious ones can join the fun, too!
 
Big thanks to our volunteers young and old on this sunny and windy Sunday!  These children had a wonderful afternoon exploring life as a robot in our first meeting of the year yesterday.  Yes, you read it right: as a robot, not a roboticist. (Well, that may come later in life.) At Mountain View Hackerlings, we take learning by doing to a new level!  Under guidance from our own Katherine, each kid built a distance sensing unit using components from our Foundations package.  That’s right, even our new members made one. They explored conceptual programming and tangible (block) programming, trying to understand what life is like for a bat in a cave, where you have no use of sight, and your touch could mean a crash or clipping of your wings. Poor robots.

Your curious ones can join the fun, too!  If you live in the SF Bay peninsula, go to https://sites.google.com/site/hackerlings/ and click "Registration".
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  • Silver Spring Networks
    2010 - present
  • Chinese Information and Networking Association (CINA)
  • Electronic Data Systems
    2002 - 2010
  • Nuasis Corp
    2000 - 2002
  • ChiTech
  • Sunrise Chinese Library (太阳升)
  • China News Digest (CND)/华夏文摘
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • McGill University
  • Concordia University
  • Université de Sherbrooke
  • Institute of Acoustics
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  • Chinese Academy of Sciences
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    Ph.D., M.Sc.
  • Sichuan University
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Mountain View Hackerlings
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Educational nonprofit to teach STEAM to children by hacking and tinkering. Turn your children's curiosity into creativity.

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When does the IoT become Industrie 4.0, wonders Caroline Hayes. National Instruments' NI Days is a good grounding for establishing definitio

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This is not your fine dining parlour. You come here for the flavour, Northeastern Chinese which is rare in North America. The cuisine, heavily influenced by Korean, is not even mainstream in China. You won't usually get Northeastern in banquets. But Guan Dong House makes several Northeastern dishes that are very popular among Chinese. And they make them very well. As to service, I'd say it is average among Chinese restaurants. But if you show some connaisseur in Northeastern cuisine, the host will be very appreciative, and you can get better attention.
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Public - 2 weeks ago
reviewed 2 weeks ago
San Diego Zoo is an absolute treasure. I grew up less than 70 km (45 miles) from Wolong, the largest panda nature reserve. So Panda was not an attraction. Zoos in China also generally keep more species than a typical American zoo. But in education and entertainment value, there is no comparison. Construction, architecture and arts are also top notch. Wish I had more time there.
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
I cannot claim this a best kept secret, although the location is rather obscure. But they have enough return customers like myself who can't get enough of them.Food: Top pho in the area bar none. Their meat is always well selected and prepared, no cutting corners like so many others. No tissues that are hard to chew. No corners and edges that taste stale. Cooking is consistent whenever you visit. And taste simply has no competition locally. (I still think Pho Bang New York of Montreal the best, though I haven't visited them since coming to know Pho Nam.) Portion is also very generous compared to local competition. (Again, Pho Bang New York easily tops.)Interior: Furnishing is adequate, well maintained although rather basic, except the carpet. Carpet is rather undermaintained. I believe that's what gives the unpleasant interior smell. Tucked into a nondescript strip mall, they always keep otherwise large windows shuttered. This may have added to the smell. Although Pho Nam restaurants use similar decorations, the one on El Camino looks much better. This one perhaps has the most faded wall decorations, although the intricate interaction between artificial lights and whatever sunlight that escapes the shutters can make the space feel cozier than a fast food place. Right, this is a sit-down fast food place. Seating is typical train couches.Service: Even though they seat you and take your orders, your pho usually comes out faster than In-and-Out burger if you know what you wanted in advance. (My favourites are #1 and #4 from the menu.) On the other hand, they do have dishes, sides, and specialty drinks in addition to some 20 phos. (I really just go there for pho so I cannot comment on food other than pho. (I only tried spring rolls. Although I am fond of Vietnamese rolls, theirs is not the best.) Like in many oriental restaurants, they serve complimentary hot tea if you don't want iced water. (Nothing fancy about the tea but better than many similar restaurants, some of them would gladly charge you for this.) After the meal, you go to the counter to view your bill and pay. Servers' are cordial and prompt, just don't expect much in food recommendations. Warning: They can be swamped during weekday lunches.What else? Oh. Do not use the restroom unless you have to. (OK, this applies universally to similar establishments, even applies to some trendy Chinese restaurants.) However, the restroom is reasonably clean.I've been to three other Pho Nam's in the area (as well as many other pho places). This one is the best among them, and serves the best pho in the area bar none. Their bill shows they are shop #4, so they must have at least one location that I haven't visited.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
I booked from Expedia at last minute for Christmas. There were lots of negative feedbacks about the place on sources cited on Expedia. But first, I was in the last minute. Secondly, I didn't have time to read into details; just average rating wasn't too convincing. Thirdly, it offers free Wi-Fi Internet. Among free breakfast and free Wi-Fi, I chose free Wi-Fi. It's a big complex of two-story buildings, with adjacent restaurant, night club, liquor store and gym, all apparently in the same operation. The outside is well maintained, with pleasant landscaping. Free outdoor parking is adequate although we only rented car for a couple days. They have two heated pools but one is closed during winter. Bus 88 stops at the entrance. Routes 20 and 120 have stops within 3 minutes' walking. Room interior tells a very different story. They do have pleasant wall decorations, but most furniture except bed and linen items are dysfunctional. The shower has a serious draining problem. The water tap on the sink is oddly stiff. The safe does not lock. The night table cabin does not open. While the desk is sturdy, the chair squeaks badly. Even most wall electric jackets are unusable. My biggest complain, however, is advertised Wi-Fi Internet connection. It works fine close to the office. But in buildings further away (Buildings 7 and 8 at least), it is next to impossible to get connection. I had some really bad connection during the first two nights, then everything stopped working. I complained to management multiple times but they couldn't get it fixed. Wi-Fi is the single biggest decision factor in booking Mission Valley Resort, so this is a big loser. On the positive side, the people working there are very kind and helpful. Plus, the adjacent Valley Kitchen Family Restaurant is a superb casual dining destination, very good food and very good value, despite their rundown furniture just like in the hotel.
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Quality: Poor - FairFacilities: Poor - FairService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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Crowded with lots of smiling ethnic Koreans. This is one thing I look for when trying a cuisine that I do not know. (Learned this from a San Francisco food critic about Chinese restaurant.) And SGD Tofu House draws me back. SGD Tofu House is very visible in the Korean strip, but not a flashy venue like Palace BBQ nearby. (And not charge a arm and leg, either.) It has one of a kind floor window on the outside, and rather simple decorations inside. In fact, the inside can be a little congested as the house's mainstays are tofu pot and bibimbap. These are the dishes I come for. One word: heavenly. Can't say I eat tofu pot and bibimbap often or in many places to form a studied and fair opinion. But every time I return to SGD Tofu House, I leave with that very satisfied feeling. Perhaps this is partially thanks to the family restaurant air. You can hear Korean front and back. In the end, though, it is your stomach - and tongue that have to judge.
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Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
I was at Carlsbad Ruby's when my baby was only one month old. I brought my eight-year old back to this location again when visiting Legoland. Seating is comfortable. Pseudo-50s decor is attractive. Food is superb at very reasonable prices. I had fish 'n chips this time. The cod tastes fresh and juicy, tartar sauce tasty. It even serves with ample vegetable - never get this in other restaurants. I also ordered a side Ruby's house chili. It has a unique fine taste. Service is not particularly mendable but certainly passable.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
These guys are for real. I thought I called them to make an arrangement following a recommendation I received. But when I arrived this morning, I discovered that I called a wrong garage. "If you called yesterday, we would have told you that we were full for the next two weeks." But Trever not only listened to my explanations and patiently answered my questions, he also squeezed my job in. Their quote was even lower than that from a corporate owned center that I often use and that I had planned to go the day before hearing about them. Additionally, their door-to-door shuttle is the most efficient garage ride I have ever used - I was on the very minute paperwork finished. I would definitely use them more.
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago