A Room With a View: Finale

My job as an agile coach and developer sometimes allows me to hack from my house in Nevada City, but also requires me to travel to customers a lot of the year. In some ways, that really is as exciting as I thought it would be when I was 7: I get to eat different foods than are available at restaurants here, I get to visit different climates, I get to visit exotic locations.

Like Norman, Oklahoma.

See, the thing is, the vast majority of my customers are not in Hawaii or New York City. They're in the "real America". (This year, I didn't get a foreign gig at all.) And even those that are in interesting places are generally located somewhere in a tech park and so the view from my room is not as exciting as one would like.

To help everyone understand that, I decided to try a project where I took a picture from every hotel room I stayed in from 20 October 2011 to 20 October 2012. I went ahead and included both business and pleasure trips, though I did forget to take a picture from Disney Land and on two of my business trips. Sadly, this year also included a lot more pictures from Grants, New Mexico, than I wanted to have to take: Grants is a fine place, but my mother's rapid decline caused a bunch of trips out there in the winter and spring.

It's been a year, there's no doubt about that. I'm going to keep up the Wee Toaty Explorers, but I don't think I need any more pictures of parking lots. Here's a poster I made with all the pictures on it.

There's a lot more blue sky in those pictures than I expected.

As long as there's a kid in a room somewhere, with a beat-up guitar and some funny looking hair

You can't swing a dead bat in Austin without hitting someone carrying a guitar.

I like making the cowl for this guy. Unlike in New York, I remembered to give him a cape.

This particular wee toaty explorer is singing for his supper under the famous Congress Street Bridge.

I thought it seemed appropriate.

[A quick note on the title: I can't get this John Hiatt song out of my head. And it's only there because there's the line "Down in Austin, Texas; And up a New York way." Help.]

This is another in the continuing series of wee toaty explorers, a project to keep me busy while I'm on the road. A nice summary is here. The whole set is available if you click on Wee Toaty Explorers.

Salt Lake City (or thereabouts)

Ever since I landed in Salt Lake City, I've had this horrible pun in my head. And now I share it with you.

It's getting harder to find daylight for these placements.

This is another in the continuing series of wee toaty explorers, a project to keep me busy while I'm on the road. A nice summary is here. The whole set is available if you click on Wee Toaty Explorers.

Room With a View: Salt Lake City

And so we end a year of windows with a balloon celebration.

Atari 2600

Atari 2600 by Ethan Hein
Atari 2600, a photo by Ethan Hein on Flickr.

Yesterday was the 35th birthday of the Atari 2600. I'm surprised that here in its birthplace I didn't hear anybody mention it.

The 2600 was my first and only game console. I spent hours and hours hogging the TV so I could play a cops & robbers rip-off of PacMan. But what I really wanted was the constantly rumored keyboard that would turn the thing into a computer. I wanted to make my own stuff and by the time we got our own Apple IIc, I was off game consoles and onto computers forever.

But I still remember sitting on shag carpet fiddling with wires hooked up to the antenna of our TV with cartridges strewn all over the floor.

And you have to admit the thing is gorgeous, right?

Image Via Flickr:
When's the last time a video game console came with fake wood veneer? From wikipedia.

There Will Be Clay!

And wee toaty explorers, of course.

If you didn't guess from the post title, the apple is holding a straw.

Room With a View: Newark, CA

Ten days until the Room with a View project hits its first annual mark.


Just went for a quick ride up to the gun range and back. These are my bike rides so far this year (not including those outside the county):

(I had to transfer it to Google Earth because the "My Places" function of google maps only allows me to show 12 routes at a time. Sadly, the Google Earth is only in satellite view. You can't have everything.)

The routes are more-or-less color coded by month. There is at least one ride for every month so far, so I'm only two rides away from biking every month in the year. I'm probably jinxing it by putting it here, but that was and remains my goal for this year.