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Lets Get Small

This week I’m finally addressing a topic I’ve been meaning to write about for quite some time now. If you sit at one of the outside tables at the …

Lofts

Strolling Along Fifth Avenue

Although absolutely no one would confuse our area’s Fifth Avenue with the more famous one in New York, I nevertheless find it an interesting and …

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Who Knew?

Avoiding the heat was the name of the game this week. Given the week’s weather forecast, it was clear that Tuesday was going to be the best day for a …

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Something in Common

After I gather my notes for one of these blog posts, I put them into a rough order and then try to discern a common thread around which I can weave …

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Fact Finding

The City of Redwood City maintains a list of the major development and infrastructure projects on its website, a list upon which I keep a close eye. …

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Working Out

This week I took a long walk that, among other things, took me downtown along Broadway. While passing Broadway Masala I noticed that their …

Fitness

Getting From Here to There

Throughout this calendar year Redwood City is celebrating its “sesquicentennial”—it’s 150th anniversary. The city picked 1867 as the official birth …

Cities

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

Almost exactly one year ago I took a series of walks that took me to each hotel and motel within Redwood City’s borders. I of course wrote a post …

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Witnessing the Birth

As someone who spent the majority of his working career in tech, I cannot help but consider Redwood City’s place within Silicon Valley (which, …

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Out to Lunch

My wife and I both work from home, so we eat lunch together more often than not. We usually eat lunch here at the house, but if we are out running …

Restaurants

underthesymmetree:

Fibonacci you crazy bastard….<p>As seen in the solar system (by no ridiculous coincidence), Earth orbits the Sun 8 times in the same period that Venus orbits the Sun 13 times! Drawing a line between Earth & Venus every week results in a spectacular FIVE side symmetry!!<p>Lets bring up those Fibonacci numbers again: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34..<p>So if we imagine planets with Fibonacci orbits, do they create Fibonacci symmetries?!<p>You bet!! Depicted here is a:<p>2 sided symmetry (5 orbits x 3 orbits)<br>• 3 …

Following Links

Growing up, I loved our World Book encyclopedias. I would often pull out a volume at random and flip through it, stopping when I found an article …

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Disrupting the Royal Road

El Camino Real—aka “the Royal Road”—has been on my mind (and in my sights) a lot these days. Naturally I spend a lot of time walking along El Camino …

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Spot the Differences

When I was a kid I used to read Highlights magazine. I don’t believe that my family actually had a subscription, but whenever Mom took me to the …

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This ‘n That

Earlier this week I had a number of people ask what this week’s blog post (the one you are reading now) was going to be about. Before Wednesday I …

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Habitats and History

For various reasons lately I haven’t attended as many City Council and Planning Commission meetings as I’d have liked, but I have been watching them …

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Claim Your Steak

Last Saturday my wife and I enjoyed a true Redwood City day. The Redwood City Public Library is putting on a series of events under the category of …

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Got a Sock Stuck in Your Vacuum? It’s Time for Some Physics

Imagine yourself running the vacuum cleaner over the carpet when all of sudden—a sock. Boom. It's stuck in the hose, the whine of the vacuum getting …

Physics

Large Hadron Collider discovers five hidden subatomic particles

The five particles are baryons, made up of three fundamental particles called quarks<p>Five new particles have been discovered 'hiding in plain sight' …

Neuroscientists Have Accidentally Discovered a Whole New Role For The Cerebellum

We've only just scratched the surface.<p>One of the best-known regions of the brain, the cerebellum accounts for just 10 percent of the organ's total …

8 Earth years are roughly equal to 13 Venus years, meaning the two planets approximately trace out this pattern with 5-fold symmetry as t…

8 Earth years are roughly equal to 13 Venus years, meaning the two planets approximately trace out this pattern with 5-fold symmetry as they orbit the Sun. [more] [code]

A Reuleaux triangle is built from three circles

A Reuleaux triangle is built from three circles. As it rolls, its height is always the radius of one of the circles - a constant. This makes it a <i>curve of constant width</i>, just like a circle. [more] [code]

Medical Illustration: Illuminating the Science of Life

Inner Beauty

<b>Inner Beauty</b><p>Our biological identity as art?<p>DNA 11 is a company that takes an individual’s DNA and transforms it into a print, which may be the most personal form of art. The minimalist composition of the image is a reflection of our complex cellular composition - our self-portrait.<p>Founders Adrian Salamunovic and Nazim Ahmed, best friends and innovators, wanted to create the most personalized art possible. Sending in your DNA, which is merely a cheek swab sample, gives you the options of having …

Fragile Viruses

<b>Fragile Viruses</b><p>Viruses are scary enough as small micro-organisms that we cannot see with the naked eye, but artist Luke Jerram takes these deadly microscopic agents, and blows them up, literally, as glass sculptures.<p>Instead of the usual cartoons found in textbooks, these viruses can be examined from various angles, to understand their structures better. Great detail is put into each piece, making the glass sculptures practically exact replicas. Aesthetically, the work is beautiful, and few …

Cross-Stitching Science!

<b>Cross-Stitching Science!</b><p>Alicia Watkins of Watty’s Wall Stuff makes these awesome microbe cross-stitches that I just had to share! You can either get them from her, or buy her patterns and make your own.

Art That Gets You Thinking!

<b>Art That Gets You Thinking!</b><p>The brain is a complex biological structure, which works like a machine; or perhaps it is the machine that works like a brain? Two artists, Greg Dunn and Nicolas Baier approach the subject of the brain in different ways, yet both are able to portray the beauty and complexity of one of our most important organs.<p>With a PhD in neuroscience, Dunn has seen the inner working of the brain under a microscope many times. Working with neurons, he began to see patterns which …

In the Zone

Before I get into my main topic, allow me to present a bit of follow-up to last week’s discussion of occupancy rates in our newer apartment …

Housing

Getting in on the Ground Floor

I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now, but a recent comment to one of my blog posts finally caused me to try to figure out just how occupied …

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