randy – Randy @ Stewtopia http://randy.stewtopia.com Living in Stewtopia Mon, 16 Oct 2006 22:25:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.4 Nerd-tastic! http://randy.stewtopia.com/2006/10/16/nerd-tastic/ http://randy.stewtopia.com/2006/10/16/nerd-tastic/#respond Mon, 16 Oct 2006 22:25:02 +0000 http://randy.stewtopia.com/2006/10/16/nerd-tastic/ A bit of digression-

Here are pix from a couple of events that I’ve gone to recently.



First, a couple of Friday’s ago, Steve Wozniak was interviewed on the UW campus by Robert Scoble (I say interviewed, but Scoble didn’t get a lot in edge wise). Woz is someone that I have always respected a lot because it has always seemed that he was a highly unlikely revolutionary. Money and fame hasn’t changed him as he seems to be as lovable a nerd as ever. Great stories from the man who brought computers to the rest of us.

Woz Trivia – apparently, Woz was once the highest scoring player of Gameboy Tetris so many times in Nintendo Power magazine that they asked him to stop submitting his scores.

Hopefully, Scoble puts his video up soon so you can watch this highly animated talk.

John Hodgman


Second, John Hodgman visited Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Company to promote his book, Areas of My Expertise, going into paperback. Readers may be familiar with his Daily Show work or maybe his Apple ads as the lovable dufus, the PC. If you get a chance to see John on his book tour, I highly recommend it. His reading and routine are quite witty and his book is side-splittingly funny.

John is pictured with my friend, Suzi.

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Olivia is 2 http://randy.stewtopia.com/2006/08/28/olivia-is-2/ http://randy.stewtopia.com/2006/08/28/olivia-is-2/#comments Tue, 29 Aug 2006 00:55:01 +0000 http://randy.stewtopia.com/?p=19 Here’s a little video from her party.


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Lots of pix posted http://randy.stewtopia.com/2006/03/13/lots-of-pix-posted/ http://randy.stewtopia.com/2006/03/13/lots-of-pix-posted/#respond Mon, 13 Mar 2006 22:36:47 +0000 http://randy.stewtopia.com/?p=10 Heather, Olivia and I just got back from our vacation in Hawaii with Annemarie, Dave and Sophie. We spent 2 weeks on the Big Island first on the Hilo side, then on the Kona side and finishing up with a couple of days on Waikiki (remind me again about how awful Waikiki is…)

We went a little nuts with the pictures… if you can believe it, they are highly edited.

Hilo pix

hale mar

We rented a house out on the coast 7 miles or so outside of Hilo. The place was pretty incredible literally right on the ocean with very large waves crashing about 20 feet outside our window all night. It had a lap pool and a hot tub and we seriously chilled out at this place.

Dave and Bruce with bananas

We also met up with Dave’s Aunt and Uncle who lived on that side of the island. They owned a few acres of land with a tropical fruit orchard as a yard. It was nice to see how folks live on the island rather than just the touristy bits we normally see. It was also nice being able to partake in the cornucopia of flavors Uncle Bruce’s backyard had to offer.

Another fun fact – Bruce composts most food waste, but is extremely careful about getting rid of seeds. He constantly has to pull weeds out of his yard (tomato plants) that have been deposited by birds excreting them. I guess the combination of really rich volcanic soil, lots of rain, and lots of sun makes for a good place to grow stuff.

Here are links to rest of the pictures with more stories to come later.

Kona pix

Waikiki pix

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What’s in my carry-on? http://randy.stewtopia.com/2006/03/13/whats-in-my-carry-on/ http://randy.stewtopia.com/2006/03/13/whats-in-my-carry-on/#comments Mon, 13 Mar 2006 22:14:51 +0000 http://randy.stewtopia.com/?p=9 A little post vacation post here – I’ve just returned from vacation on the Big Island of Hawaii to escape winter here in the Pacific Northwest (for the rest of the country, its really pretty moderate, but for a recent San Francisco transplant, oy, it’s been a bit rough).

Being a nerd on the go, I always travel with a fair bit of gear and adding an 18 month old to the mix changed out my gear bag substantially. I think folks are always a little shocked at the amount of crap I take on board the aircraft, but pleasantly surprised when they enjoy the fruits of my labor.

Here’s what I took, why and a letter grade for usefulness.

  • iPod 60gig with video A+ – This little guy saw lots of use from putting Olivia to sleep to supplying tunes for the crew for dinner or on long drives.
  • Altec Lansing inMotionA+ – Helped Olivia fall asleep and kept the vacationers in music.
  • Monster iCarPlay FM TransmitterA+ – Kept us occupied on two 3 hour drives. Worked great with little FM interference.
  • Etymotic ER6iC – These headphones are great for blocking out noise on a plane, however, demanding children shouldn’t be blocked out. I didn’t really use these much.
  • Powerbook G4B – Had a few movies/tv shows downloaded but didn’t really watch much tv. Internet connections were few and far between, but did manage to pick up last week’s episode of Lost.
  • iGo JuiceA+ – Kept everything powered up and saved us from taking 5 other power adapters. A must for gadget loving travelers.
  • Palm Treo 650C – The Treo was kind of a mixed bag as Sprint’s network worked pretty badly on the Big Island. As a GPS front end, it worked fairly well (except for a major freeway not appearing on the map). It seems my friend’s Cingular phone worked great the entire time.
  • Palm GPSB – As mentioned above, worked great except when it failed to have a major freeway on the map.
  • Tom Tom 300F- – Didn’t include Hawaii in its onboard maps. Was a complete dead weight. Apparently, you can download these maps from TomTom’s website. We brought this for our fellow vacationers, but thankfully my phone pulled double duty.
  • Canon SD450
    A – Just picked up this camera before we left and it was a gem. A lot smaller than my S100 (yep, the original Digital Elph) and the huge LCD was incredible.
  • Panasonic LV-DVD75 portable DVD playerA+ – You might wonder why I didn’t just use my laptop as a DVD player and the answer is simple: would you give your laptop to a 18 month old? While Olivia doesn’t watch much tv, having a few episodes of Arthur and the Teletubbies onboard was a boon to keeping her from screaming her head off while bored on the flight and while were getting ready to go somewhere.

While it makes the carry on pretty heavy (I’m guessing at least 20 lbs), the trip gadgets definitely aided in our enjoyment.

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Olivia’s first steps http://randy.stewtopia.com/2006/03/11/olivias-first-steps/ http://randy.stewtopia.com/2006/03/11/olivias-first-steps/#comments Sun, 12 Mar 2006 02:30:38 +0000 http://randy.stewtopia.com/?p=7 Ok, I wasn’t that lucky or quick with the camera, but Olivia just started walking a couple of weeks ago right before our Hawaii trip. Here’s a quick video so all y’all can see. We’ll have pix up from the trip real soon now.

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Word Up http://randy.stewtopia.com/2006/01/31/word-up/ http://randy.stewtopia.com/2006/01/31/word-up/#comments Wed, 01 Feb 2006 05:58:11 +0000 http://randy.stewtopia.com/?p=6 Howdy everyone… or no one as the case may be. I’ve decided that in addition to my tech blog, I thought I’d give a personal blog a try as well. This site will talk about all the family and friend related aspects of my life.

I suspect that our move to Seattle will play some small role in the site as well. This is also a place I’ll alert folks of new pictures, video etc with Olivia, so bookmark me post haste.

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