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Caltrain crossing in Menlo Park broken. Can't get home. Parked. Going out to eat instead.
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These three crosses are located just down the hillside behind the emergency call box on Skyline Blvd. (CA SR 35) as it descends towards CA SR 92.

Beautiful views on my ride today, look closely and you'll see foggy SF skyscrapers in the distance beyond the Little Yellow Jobbies astride the fence.

Being not far off a road my guess is that the crosses memorialize the unfortunate handiwork of a drunk driver but I don't actually know. They are not visible from the road.
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I knew you could tweak white balance for fun and profit but I hadn't seen the flash trick at the end to undo it based on depth before. Nice one!
 
Very cool simple trick for special effect with your digital camera.
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Agreed.  I can't help but thinking Siri's voice sounds like the fake robotic xtranormal voice.
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I wonder if mine doesn't work so well because its set to English (UK)

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A positive trend in the US ISP industry.
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Wow. I did not expect that from Comcast.

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My sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims of this years lunatic of the year award. :(
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and of course, he's not called "terrorist", that term is reserved.

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"Protocell" - 100% pure snake oil.
A couple of months ago, a reader sent me an article that really disturbed me. In fact, I had originally been planning to write about it not long after I...
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Stomach cancer is what killed JD.  It also killed my father.  :-(

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"Refill the Bubble Machine," he pleaded.
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Added photos to Ride in San Mateo.
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I did not know which way the health care law ruling would go but I certainly did not see this ruling.  Roberts in the majority?  Calling a duck a duck?  Bravo #SCOTUS  bravo!
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I'm cheering the sheer bizarreness of the ruling.  Unexpected == fun.

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An awesome story of the upward-sloping edge of our third tech bubble. (Yes, third.)
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This is AWESOME. Confirms many things, and there are a few I think are slightly off the mark, but mostly REALLY useful. :) 
Public - 3 years ago
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They did a good job and made everything easy for us. They handled my brother in law's Russian Orthodox body preparation, casket, body viewing for the family and priest, transport to the church for an all night open casket vigil and transport to his grave for burial the next day very well. All in time for his 2nd day vigil with burial on the 3rd day after death. They are on the ball and took care of everything very rapidly, professionally and politely despite not having any advance notice or planning for this event. The cost was just under $7000. That seems very expensive to me but given I lack experience or a reference for funeral home services, we lacked time to comparison shop and needed someone who could deal with orthodox practices the price is what it is.
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Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
Great breakfast spot. Pork in many forms, fresh seafood, alligator tail, breakfast and sandwiches available at all times. Opens before sunrise and close around 2pm. The inside is pretty small but has air conditioning you'll want in the summer. There is a large shady patio around back. We found the wait staff friendly and able to accommodate our needs (a breadless sandwich for a gluten intolerant person? lemme ask the kitchen... sure we can do that!) This appears to be a bit more of a locals place than a tourist place (as most people reading this review are likely to be). If that puts you off, tough cookies. While they are on 1, their sign is mostly hidden by some trees. Just look for the "Open. Serving Breakfast & Lunch" sign.
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The best credit union in the bay area. Great service, great website and online banking and good interest rates.
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reviewed 3 years ago
Very good food, not insanely great food. But our visit didn't measure up compared to similar fancy restaurants elsewhere. The wait staff was great and the restaurant knows how to do gluten free very well if that is something you need or want (the chef has chosen that as his own diet). Their wine selection is reasonable but not amazing and this was one disappointment: they don't appear to have a sommelier so my pairing suggestion given by my waiter was not the best idea. Portion sizes are large. Most fancy restaurants do not serve you this much food. Be prepared. Save room for their signature gluten free chocolate "cake" dessert. Unlike so many restaurants this is not an over rich sugar heavy filling lump of a cake. We went in hoping for five stars. Sad to come out with only four, but we do not regret going. Next time we're in key west perhaps we'll try Fin instead for our fancy meal.
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reviewed 3 years ago
Tour is worth it! We spent a day in Marathon on Vaca Key and decided to take the afternoon to walk the 2 miles out to Pigeon Key via the old bridge that has been turned into a pedestrian+bike span . Pigeon Key was originally a work camp for the oil baron who built the railroad down to key west 100 years ago. It is a tiny island with a lot of interesting history. Island admission+tour $11/adult, less or free for kids. You do not have to walk out to the island. There is a ferry (the ferry dock is what the map for this place page shows). We walked out to enjoy the ocean views and took the ferry back. It also operates as a summer camp for kids (either as a day camp or multi day camp staying the night) to do various marine biology fun educational stuff that make sense in the Florida keys. Caveat: The 2 mile span of bridge connecting pigeon key may be facing its final days and could close as early as October of this year. The state does not want to pay to maintain it. Pigeon key is a non-profit and doesn't receive any useful amount of money from the state so how well they will be able to continue operating in the future is still to be determined. I wish them luck. It is a place worth preserving for historical value (and look at how many hurricanes it has survived).
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