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

Dec. 1, 2012

Union Sqr. - San Francisco

Geary St. photo, Ken Papai Cable Car photo, Ken Papai Cable Car red...
Rainy Saturday in SF at Union Square...

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Nov. 24, 2012


Visual Studio.NET development programming tool & environment 2. Visual Studio.NET development programming tool & environment 1.
Installed the new Microsoft Visual Studio.Net v. 2012 (Premium package) for MVC 4 Web applications development and programming using C# and SQL DB, ASP.NET; the Entity Framework too.

Nov. 9, 2012

Point Reyes Lighthouse

Point Reyes Lighthouse, Ken Papai photo, 11/9/12
Lighthouse & Ocean
-- Pt. Reyes Lighthouse and peninsula tour -- photo shoot -- nice clear, brilliant weather.

Oct. 31, 2012

Mountain Biking Big Rock Ridge

The Very Top of Big Rock Ridge -the Towers! mountain biking photography Ken Papai 10/31/12 - Ken The Very Top of Big Rock Ridge -the Towers! mountain biking photography Ken Papai 10/31/12 - Tommeke Mountain Biking Big Rock Ridge up to the Towers with Tommeke (Tom Schmidt) -- super windy but a mind-blowing experience as usual... (Phone camera images posted here)
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Oct. 23, 2012

U.C. Berkeley Visit

UC Berkeley Ken Papai photo, 10/23/12
Univerity of California
-- Cindy & I visited the UC campus - it was a really nice day.
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Sept. 15, 2012

Five Hour BBQ Grilling/Smoking Class

Big Jim's BBQ class, Ken Papai photo, 9/15/12
Perfect Ribs
-- This class was held at BBQ's Galore in San Rafael; it was taught by Big Jim's BBQ (of Las Gallinas/Terra Linda). This class was a birthday present to me from Cindy!
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Aug. 18, 2012

BBQ Party at Linda's

Ken BBQ ribs, Ken Papai photo, 8/18/12
KJP grilling ribs
-- Birthday BBQ grilling party at Linda's clubhouse.
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July 19, 2012

Lake Tahoe Vacation / Squaw Valley

Cindy / 8400 ft. Ken Papai photo, 7/21/12
Above it all
-- Squaw Valley Resort, the Village, Cable Car to the top, hiking, Tahoe City and new brewpub...
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June 29 - July 6, 2012

Boston & Maine Vacation

Nubble Lighthouse- Ken Papai photo, 6/30/12
The Nubble Light
-- Visiting Maine, Kennebunkport, Boston, Cambridge, Harvard, MIT...
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May 13, 2012

Tour of California Bike Race

To, Ken, et al - Ken Papai photo, 5/13/12 Group in formation... near the Russian River...
Long group bike ride (75 miles) and then we watched the action of the Pros on the Coleman Valley Road climb off of PCH - Hwy 1.
Team Members of Schmidt's Raiders (of which I am a part) Morning Marin-SF Bike Commuters and a few other friends joined in on the group ride, often at race pace. We did all four of the difficult KOM's of this day's stage.

Apr. 18, 2012

New Bike

Brand new Specialized S-Works Tarmac Dura-Ace, Ken Papai photo, 4/18/12 New Specialized Tarmac S-Works Dura-Ace road bike.
Brand new Specialized S-Works Tarmac Dura-Ace, Ken Papai photo, 4/18/12 Phone camera images of new bike.

Mar. 25, 2012

Rainy Day Saturday - Busy!

Friday night pizza Trek's rear tire flat fixed, Papai photo, 3/23/12(flat repaired) to-go from LoCoco's in Terra Linda -- they are the best. I did have a flat, punctured tube in my rear tire riding home. Whatever... Happened on the Larkspur bike path -- I think I hit a curb too hard, whatever... CO2 inflator system worked like a dream.
It rained constantly and all day Saturday. Therefore... New washing machine delivered & installed Saturday morning; Adobe Phoshop CS6 (beta) 1.7GB downloaded and also installed and setup. CS6 is pretty excllent -- Bridge is now x64. Ordered a new road bike at Mike's Bikes, San Rafael -- Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4 (Dura-Ace 10 speed: 53/42 x 12/25).
Marinwood Market (love them!) has Sierra Nevada Hoptimum imperial IPA on the shelves. Insane! 100 IBU and well balanced, checks in at 10.4% alcohol.
BBQ grilled some very spicy chicken breasts on Sunday -- playing Social Distortion as I write this "BALL & CHAIN"! Spacehog "In the Meantime". Stabbing Westward "Save Yourself". Rage Against the Machine "Bombtrack" & "Know Your Enemy".
Season 5 of MAD MEN returns on AMC today! (6PM westcoast time, Comcast ch. 798).

LoCoco's Pizzeria, Ken Papai photo, 3/23/12 new Washing Machine & CS6, Ken Papai photo, 3/24/12 Specialized Tarmac at Mike's Bikes, Ken Papai photo, 3/24/12
1. LoCoco's Pizzeria 2. New Washing Machine installed 3. Specialized Tarmac at Mike's
Sears truck delivery, Ken Papai photo, 3/24/12 Hoptimum Imperial IPA, Ken Papai photo, 3/24/12
1. Sears Delivery 2. Sierra Nevada HOPTIMUM ale

Mar. 18, 2012

St. Patrick's Day

GUINNESS BEER, Papai photo, 3/17/12(Guinness) Happy St. Paddy's Day! (yesterday)
Also, happy "rain-free day" today -- even though it's windy and sunny, there is no rain -- around here, San Rafael & Marin County, we got more than 7 inches of rain in the past six days.
Watched three movies on Saturday with my wife: "Whistleblower", "Martha Marcy May Marlene", and "My Weekend with Marilyn" -- all three are strange films in their own right.
Our 'old' Maytag washing machine finally gave up the ghost (bearings started failing 5 weeks ago, then ultimately the motor burned out today smelling up a few rooms); so we bought a replacement at Sear's -- looking forward to its delivery in a week.
eggs photo, Papai photo, 3/17/12(Joe's breakfast) coffee - Joe's Cafe, Papai photo, 3/17/12(coffee)
Photos: Breakfast at Joe's Cafe close to home.

Mar. 14, 2012

Pi Day

I love math, Pi Bar & PI DAY, Papai photo, 3/14/12(Pi Bar) as an undergrad at Indiana U. I studied it for 25 semester hours (a soft major, supporting computer science & biology). I love Pi Day -- I have memorized pi to 20 places and can rattle it off in 3 seconds. Pi Bar BEER & PI DAY, Papai photo, 3/14/12(pint) I love pi and Pi Day and Pi Bar beer --- a match "made in heaven" for math geeks like me and studious friends including David, Ralph, and Sean.

Nearly all photos on these pages (especially 2011 and 2012) were taken with my Canon EOS 7D and various lenses (85mm 1.8, zooms 16-35 2.8L, 24-70 2.8L, ...)
Link to the Pi Bar. Cheers -- great bartenders there and awesome thin crust pizza by the slice.
Just got news today that the Golden Gate Bridge's west sidewalk (bikes only on the west side) will be closed another 1.5 months -- it won't open until mid-May 2012. Gotta mix it up with the tourists agonizingly longer on the east sidewalk in the afternoons... oh the torture of bike commuting sometimes! Most of last year the west sidewalk was closed -- made for a bizarre summer with the tourist throngs. Argh. Rest my soul, pass the xanax and rye.

Ribs - BBQ on the grill Thursday afternoon
Babyback ribs BBQ grilled, Ken Papai photo, 3/15/12 Babyback ribs BBQ grilled, Ken Papai photo, 3/15/12 Babyback ribs BBQ grilled, Ken Papai photo, 3/15/12
Golden Gate Bridge West sidewalk (in 2011)
Golden gate Bridge west sidewalk, Ken Papai photo, Sept. 2011

Mar. 10, 2012

Carneros Wine Tasting

Colorful! Ram's Gate vineyards, Ken Papai photo, 3/10/12(Ram's Gate view) Tasted at three Carneros wineries today with Cindy and our Swiss friend Yann: Ram's Gate (and food too), Schug Estate, and Anaba (we miss Angela already). NOTED: love the '08 syrah at Ram's Gate, the pinot noir from Schug, and the mourvedre from Anaba (and of course their red port and their white! port).
Later we had a superb dinner in Mill Valley at Bungalow 44 (went there for my birthday previously in 2010).
Dayling Saving Time (DST) starts tomorrow -- I hate DST -- too dark again in the morning -- it affects my early morning bike commute to the SF office. Aren't we too old (too modern as a Nation) to keep using this quaint DST crap?
Carneros Highway Vines, Papai photo, 3/10/12(vines img) Found out the other day that Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will be playing the Marin County Fair on July 2 -- hooray! We saw her two years ago at the Petaluma/Sonoma County Fair.
Today (Sunday, 3/11) I BBQ grilled some killer babyback ribs -- spicy chocolate rub & sauce. Photos are on Facebook.

(On my playlist for 3/11/2012: Queensryche, Pink Floyd (Dark Side), Rage Against the Machine, Radiohead, The Runaways, Simple Minds, Space Hog (in the meantime!!), Stabbing Westward, and The Flaming Lips.)

Mar. 4, 2012

Hiking Mt. Tam - West Point Inn

This hike, Hogback fire rd., Papai photo, 3/4/12(Hogback) #B10 from the Martin & Martin book, starts near the Mountain Home Inn off of Panoramic Hwy. It goes up the steep Hogback fire road (which starts at the Marin County Fire Station "Throckmorton Ridge"). We took a little rest when we reached the West Point Inn. Tons of mountain bikers enjoying the day here too.

Feb. 26, 2012

Hiking Above Tennessee Valley

This hike, Haypress Camp from Coyote Ridge, Ken Papai photo, 2/26/12(Haypress Camp) #A8 from the Martin & Martin book, starts at Tennessee Valley lot trailhead (crowded today!) -- it goes up the Miwok Trail (steep at times, and lots of mountain bikes), then across the ridge, past the Spirit Rocks, and down and back via the Coastal Trail. ...

Feb. 25, 2012

Belvedere Open House/Duckhorn Wine

Ken & Cindy Papai photo, 2/25/12, 425 Belvedere Ave. Marin Designers Showcase at 425 Belvedere Ave. at a 15,000 sqr. foot house, newly built (and on sale for over $40M) with a wine tasting hosted by Duckhorn with their Duckhorn red wines, Paraduxx wine, and Goldeneye pinot noir. Fantastic (literally & figuratively speaking)! Linda joined Cindy & me in this fun; we watched a very colorful sunset above Sausalito out towards the Golden Gate from one of the decks of the house. ...

Feb. 11, 2012

Hiking Wolf Ridge/Hill 88

This hike, Haypress Camp from Coyote Ridge, Ken Papai photo, 2/11/12(Coastal Tr./erosion) #A5 from the Martin & Martin book, starts at Fort Cronkhite lot trailhead (crowded today with distance runners) at Rodeo Beach -- it goes up the Coastal Trail, past the massive Townsley Battery, then steep up to Hill 88, finally down via Wolf Ridge & Miwok trails. ...

OLDER: June 25, 2011

Blog Updates...

Blog finally being updated -- not so fast. 2012 will have updates, finally.

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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
  • Frederic Larson - mystical photography - SF Chronicle photojournalist and an inspiration of mine.
  • KJP's Facebook (301 friends, July 2013)
  • My Concert Photos (New page, Dec. 2010)


  • Mars Science Laboratory, touchdown! on the red planet, AUG. 2012, Curiosity rover.
  • 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)

  • California Coastline Project - complete hi-res photo set of the entire 600 mile Calif. Coastline!
  • Current SF Weather
  • PLEASE Come back and visit again!

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