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Ken on 680 trail MTB self portrait KEN Papai photo, 1/31/13

HAL 9000 - 2001 A Space Odyssey -- I am completely operational, and all my circuits are functioning perfectly. I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.
I've just picked up a fault in the AE35 unit. It's going to go 100% failure in 72 hours.
[After killing the rest of the crew] Look, Dave, I can see you're really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill and think things over. I know I've made some very poor decisions recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that my work will be back to normal. I've still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in the mission. And I want to help you. Bienvenido! Shielded Electronics III.

"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like Time to die." -Roy Batty, Roy initiated replicant life, 8-JAN-2016.

Self-learning the entire minutia of HTML5 and CSS3 via

July 2, 2013

Tour de France

Aussie Simon Gerrans took over the yellow jersey ("mellow johnny") today in Nice after his team Orica-GreenEdge won the Stage Four 25K TTT averaging just over 30 mph! (25 KM in 25 mins. 56 secs.) On the previous days stage #3 in Corsica, 7/1/13, Gerrans edged Peter Sagan by inches for a huge sprint win.

Enrolled and taking a cool online Coursera class offered by Princeton U. on networks: "Networks Illustrated: Principles without Calculus". {Class Link} Main topics include Cell phones, WiFi, Crowds, Google PageRank, Pricing plans, & Internet congestion.

"Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) and 'flipped classrooms' (FLIP) have become two major disruptive forces, creating challenges as substantial as opportunities." Dr. Mung Chiang, Princeton, JAN 2013.

Tour de France 7/09/2013 update, Stage 10: GC leader is Chris Froome (from Kenya and a Brit); Valverde (Spain) is in 2nd overall, 85 secs. behind Froome.
Today's sprint finish was won by Marcel Kittel over the super fast Andre Greipel. Mark Cavendish caused a crash in the final 50 meters and Peter Sagan had bad position for the sprint and wound up 4th. {Stage Ten results} Last Placed (Lanterne Rouge) on the GC is Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team over two hours back in 182nd spot.
The Crash / Sprint sequence:

TdF Stage 10 Sprint, July 2013 TdF Stage 10 Sprint, July 2013 TdF Stage 10 Sprint, July 2013
TdF Stage 10 Sprint, July 2013 TdF Stage 10 Sprint, July 2013
Kittel beats Greipel as Cav starts a CRASH
Papai Tomatoes, 7/7/2013
Our tomato plant - July 2013

June 12, 2013

HTML 5 and CSS 3

Good place to update your skills - HTML 5 and C# 4.0 -- LearnVisualStudio.NET

June 9, 2013

Siduri Wine and Tiburon Peninsula

Mr. Ewald, grape grower, June 2013 Turtle Rock above Tiburon, June 2013 Siduri Winery open house on Saturday and hiking the Tiburon Peninsula ridgeline on a very windy Sunday, with the fog ceiling starting at only 700' above sea level. We hiked the Tiburon Open Space Preserve (OSP) and Ring Mountain OSP trails.

Mar. 25, 2013

Golden Age Vacation Land

ANALOG Magazine June 2013 issue ASIMOVS Magazine June 2013 issue Jamie Todd Rubin's blog... right up my alley: Science Fiction.
I own quite a number of old back issues of Analog and Astounding magazine -- with much of the collection going back to the 1940s and 1950s. I've been a subscriber for 30+ years -- they are the ultimate in mind expanders. "I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do." [HAL9000]
Getting back to the above, Jamie write the guest editorial in the June 2013 issue of ANALOG (which arrived via US Postal 3/25).

Phone cam images
The Orrick Building - 405 Howard St.
Orrick Bldg - 405 Howard St., SF, Mar. 2013 Orrick Bldg - 405 Howard St., SF, Mar. 2013 Orrick Bldg - 405 Howard St., SF, Mar. 2013
Above: Phone cam images of The Orrick Building, March 2013

Jan. 29, 2013

Mountain Biking 680 Trail

Loma Alta and the awesome new 680 Trail... 680 trail MTB_ KEN Papai photo, 1/29/13
Photos, left & right -- where the 680 trail starts near the top of Loma Alta off of the Smith Ridge fire rd. 680 trail MTB_ KEN Papai photo, 1/29/13

680 trail MTB_ KEN Papai photo, 1/29/13 680 trail MTB_ KEN Papai photo, 1/29/13
Photos, left & right -- Loma Alta / 680 trail descending over to Terra Linda...

680 trail ROCK MTB_ KEN Papai photo, 1/29/13 Ken on 680 trail MTB_ KEN Papai photo, 1/29/13
Photos, left & right -- Loma Alta further down the 680 trail offering a wonderful view to the bay.

45 Eugenia is a large main-belt asteroid (with its own moon!). "45 Eugenia" is a also an excellent, cool new song on the new album by the Asteroids Galaxy Tour the album titled "Out of Frequency".

Jan. 26, 2013

Union Square - SF

Bush Street _ KEN Papai photo, 1/26/13
Bush Street
. Photo ops abound the several blocks around Union Square. Some excitement in the air as the SF 49ers (Go Niners!) Neiman Marcus moving stairs _ KEN Papai photo, 1/26/13{[Escalators] Neiman Marcus} get ready to play the Ravens in the Super Bowl (New Orleans Superdome) next Sunday. A really nice, sunny day today; lots of tourists from all over the world. American Apparel's target audience is shoppers aged 15-25.
Neiman Marcus
Neiman Marcus rotunda _ KEN Papai photo, 1/26/13 rotunda.

Programming Language
C# language - created by Microsoft (Hejlsberg, Wiltamuth, & Golde)
C# 1.0 - June 2000 (Visual Studio.Net v. 2002 and v. 2003 compilers)
C# 2.0 - Dec. 2003 (VS.NET 2005) I bought the C# 2.0 book Jan. 2004
C# 3.0 - June 2008 (LINQ & VS.NET 2008)
C# 4.0 - Apr. 2010 (VS.NET 2010)
C# 5.0 - Aug. 2012 (VS.NET 2012 [mine])

...more: SQL Server, LINK, MVC, and the Entity Framework.

Jan. 12, 2013

NFL Playoff Weekend

This is the best weekend of the NFL: the Divisional Champs round where the top two seeds in each conference get a week bye and now play the winners of last week's brutal wildcard playoffs.
The NFL ALL PRO team for 2012 was announced this morning and the SF 49ers have FIVE defensive first teamers! The Niners kicked the Packers' butts, winning 45-31. QB Colin Kaepernick set several NFL game records. Superb!
AA Ins. HQ _ KENNETH Papai photo, 1/10/13
new building in Walnut Creek, Calif. AA Ins. HQ _ KENNETH Papai photo, 1/10/13
Sondra's flowers
- my sister-in-law Sondra (Speedway/Indpls, Ind.) took this gorgeous photo a couple years ago.

Jan. 6, 2013

Happy New Year

Barth's Retreat sign, Mt. Tamalpais, Ken Papai photo, JAN./2/2013 Despite the Mayan's crazy, without-any-scientific-fact mythology, we are all here, so cheers!
NFL Wildcard Weekend: so far all higher-ranked seeds advance: Ravens, Packers, & Texans all win over Colts, Vikings, & Bengals. Only game remaining is Sea. Seahawks at the Wash. Redskins; update, the Seahawks won it and plays at ATL next Sunday.
Mt. Tam forest, Ken Papai photo, 1/2/13
Mt. Tam forest
-- hiking on 1/2/2013 out of the Rock Spring trailhead.
HIKE - We took the Simmons Trail through the woods, along flowing creeks, and then up the lower west peak ridge line to Barth's Retreat and then the Mickey O'Brien trail down to Cataract Creek and Laurel Dell picnic area. Then over to the Old Stove trail and Potrero Trail through the soggy meadows to Rifle Camp. Steep climb up the Arturo Trail to West Peak of Mt. Tam and the somewhat eerie abandoned AFB on top there -- all the original foundations remain.
Currently I am reading BOWL OF HEAVEN (publ. 2012) by Gregory Benford and Larry Niven. I had just finished two weeks ago, THE GAMES (2012) by Ted Kosmatka and EXISTENCE (2012) by David Brin. Just prior to that 2313 (also 2012) by Kim Stanley Robinson. WSJ's review of BOWL OF HEAVEN. LOCUS' review of BOWL.
Mt. Tam WEST PEAK _ KENNETH Papai photo, 1/2/13
Right: Tam's West Peak
and its abandoned AFB.
Wiki on West Peak. "...The West Peak, the mountain's second highest peak where a radar dome currently stands, is 2,560 feet (780 m). It stood over 2,600 feet (792 m) before the summit was flattened for the radar dome construction. The mountain is clearly visible from the city of San Francisco and the East Bay region..."
101 Calif. office building _ KENNETH Papai photo, 1/7/13 Left: 101 California commercial office building, S.F, 1/7/13.
US BANK building _ KENNETH Papai photo, 1/7/13 US BANK building, One California, S.F, 1/7/13 at the right: "[ONE CALIF.] Originally built as Mutual Benefit Life this tower was a prominent player in the "Manhattanization" of San Francisco in the late 1960s along with the Bank of America (52 stories) and the Crocker Building (38 stories) featured in a 1970 Newsweek story."
WIKI: "101 California Street is a 48-story office skyscraper completed in 1982 in the Financial District of San Francisco, California. The 183m (600 ft) tower providing 1,200,000 sq ft (110,000 m2) of office space is bounded by California, Davis, Front, and Pine Streets near Market Street.
The faceted cylindrical tower features a seven story, glass enclosed lobby and a granite plaza with flower beds and a fountain. The building's entrance is very similar to that of 101 Park Avenue in New York City, and was also designed by Philip Johnson and John Burgee in 1982."

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  • Leotta's Sharpshooters - Photo of the Week blog - of which I am a contributor
  • Tim Goodman - TGTV (new, DEC. 2007)
  • Scott Kelby Photoshop Insider
  • Ralph Hipps, funny man, model railroader
  • Rudo Anvilmeister, the 8-cent Crazy Man, try to be kind.
  • Dave Martin blog
  • Tim Goodman - the Bastard Machine
  • The Online Photographer, an incredibly rich blog by Mike Johnston
  • KJP's Facebook (338 friends, DEC. 2015)
  • My Concert Photos (New page, Dec. 2010)


  • Mars Science Laboratory, touchdown! on the red planet, AUG. 2012, Curiosity rover. One year later and still going strong!
  • Canon EOS forum
  • West Coast Imaging pro print studio
  • Dry Creek Photo pro digital imaging resources
  • - CS3 resource center
  • Portrait Basics
  • The Digital Journalist - "Multimedia Magazine for Photojournalism in the Digital Age"
  • Digital Imaging Predictions - one of my articles on future of digital photography
  • Photoshop version history - another of my articles on Adobe Photoshop
  • Jamie Todd Rubin's blog SF Golden Age
  • BP - a MMORTS game (massively multiplayer online real-time strategy)

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