Monthly Archives: June 2018

Computer Science Museum

One of the things that we always talked about doing while in Sunnyvale was to go to the Computer Science Museum. But, as is the case with these things, we never made it and it took visiting from out of town before we went.

The museum was totally worth it! There was a surprisingly large variation of displays from early mechanical calculators, to giant wired up “super” computers, to silicon wafers and video games. I think my favorite part was all of the older mechanical devices, but I enjoyed all of the exhibits. We even got to see a functional punch card reader!

Punch card map! I wouldn't have though of this but the holes from a punch card can be used for visual displays.

Punch card map! I wouldn’t have thought of this but the holes from a punch card can be used for visual displays.

Everything an aspiring boat builder needs. CAD, PSHAW.

Everything an aspiring boat builder needs. CAD, PSHAW.

I hope that the inside of ICBM's look better know, but I know better.

I hope that the inside of ICBMs look better now, but I know better.

Lens Flare!

Lens flare!

There was an exhibit on photo-manipulation. This was the weirdest thing I could think of on the spot.

There was an exhibit on photo-manipulation. This was the weirdest thing I could think of on the spot.

South Bay Redux

Jasmine and I took a vacation back down to the South Bay and, while visiting our old friends, we decided to visit some of our old haunts as well. We chose to revisit the Alviso Slough in San Jose and Wilder Ranch State Park down in Santa Cruz. If you didn’t notice, we happen to like the water.

Alviso Slough was the same as we left it with just as much flat, hot walking next to a festering salt pond as you could hope for. I know that doesn’t sound great, but I do like it.

Wilder Ranch is a great little state park; I forgot how much I like visiting this part of the pacific. We got there at 0930 and started our walk in a windy, cool fog. By noon, we were at a private, secluded, cliffy beach in the warm sun. It is really the perfect place for a relaxing day hike. I highly recommend it if you are in the Santa Cruz area.

Jasmine in the traditional Alviso clothing, fancy hat and normal city attire.

Jasmine in the traditional Alviso clothing: fancy hat and normal city attire.

I love all of the weird shores the salt ponds give you.

I love all of the weird shores the salt ponds give you.

It is a bit greener and vertical in Santa Cruz.

It is a bit greener and vertical in Santa Cruz.

Generic tourist picture mark 2018.

Generic tourist picture mark 2018.

Dolphins and dirds in a kelp forest! One of these days I will have to get a better zoom lens.

Dolphins and birds in a kelp forest! One of these days I will have to get a better zoom lens.

Red Velvet Cake

Last weekend I decided to get creative and do a different dessert: red velvet cake. Normally, this isn’t our sort of thing since it involves a lot of food coloring, but we recently learned that this cake originally came by its red color because it used beats instead of sugar. We were intrigued and decided to try it.

The first step was to research recipes. I looked through a lot before I found one I liked, but finally came across this one. Still, I decided I liked my cream cheese frosting recipe better and used that instead. On the whole, we were pretty happy with how this cake turned out. We will definitely be making this again!

The cakes fresh out of the oven.

The cake assembly has begun!

Making the cream cheese frosting. With a coffee grinder to turn regular sugar into powdered sugar of course!

Making the cream cheese frosting. With a coffee grinder to turn regular sugar into powdered sugar.

Cutting the cake.

Cutting the cake.

It's not as red as the kind with food coloring, but it was more red than I expected it to be.

It’s not as red as the kind with food coloring, but it was more red than I expected it to be.