Coastal and Julian loop plus Black Sands Beach

Updated on Sunday, May 2, 2021

Coastal and Julian loop plus Black Sands Beach

Coastal and Julian loop plus Black Sands Beach

Coastal and Julian loop plus Black Sands Beach

A four mile loop in the Marin Headlands including the beach detour. It starts at the roundabout and goes up to Hawk Hill and Nike missile control site. Then it plunges down the coastal road to the Black Sands Beach parking lot. If you go down to the beach (which you should) you then have a steep climb back up and take Upper Fisherman's Trial back down into Rodeo Valley before heading uphill again on Julian trail to the roundabout. Great views back over Rodeo Valley in addition to the dramatic descent down the coast mean this is worth doing once. Around a third of the hike is pretty close to the road which is the only real downside of this loop.

Hike starts at: 37.833262, -122.494321. View in Google Earth.

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Android 11 Gripes

Updated on Thursday, August 26, 2021

11

You have to make allowances for the fact that many people are working from home (where maybe it's harder to test code and you certainly can't do hallway usability testing). Things also improved somewhat with the October patch. But Android 11 was a Windows ME level disaster. Google says that they dropped the desserts to make Android 'more accessible to a global audience' but I think it's probably because they know that new updates are no longer sweet.

Multi-tasking is completely broken. In pandemic mode I'm on video calls all day, and dodging the 2-3 video calls that are usually going on elsewhere in my house. Being able to have Teams and notes running at the same time is pretty important right now and with 11 it's not possible.

Other than conference calls and Kindle the other main use I have for my phone is podcasts. Android 11 improved the media controls by moving them to the quick settings area of the notification shade, providing easy switching between playback devices and allowing you to swipe through recent playback apps. All good, except that none of it works. The controls are there but do nothing so I have to run the app to pause. Also, there is a weird ghost of a previous media playback that shows up and then disappears when pulling down the notification shade. And as for dismissing previous sessions that seems to require a reboot.

Multi-tasking and media were fixed in the most recent patch, but there is also some new notification system to separate out conversations. In practice this seems to mean I get multiple groups of Gmail and Teams notifications instead of a single cluster per app. This isn't what I want, gives me more work to do and so far I haven't found a way to turn it off. Notifications have steadily improved over the last few major Android releases so it's upsetting to see them becoming worse.

This is all on a Pixel 4XL which you would assume would get some level of testing love. It used to be that the main advantage of a Pixel was getting new versions of Android quickly. With 11 I'm for the first time wishing I was waiting a few months while the kinks were worked out.

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Coronavirus Hikes: Done

Updated on Sunday, May 23, 2021

Coronavirus Hikes: Done

Coronavirus Hikes: Done

The Google Earth screenshot above is a composite of all of our Coronavirus hikes from March to October. We have thrashed the sidewalk around our neighborhood, discovered some new favorites and gone from hyper-local to a more normal regime. I'm not going to track these specifically any more and will return to blogging new hikes that you'd do even if not forced to by circumstances.

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I'm with Him

Updated on Wednesday, October 14, 2020

I'm with Him

Please vote for Biden. Do it as early as you can so Trump is crushed on election day and we don't have to suffer through weeks or months of uncertainty and possible election stealing.

I'm endorsing Biden because of these 923 reasons (and counting) and the 20,055 lies (and counting). Trump has likely killed tens of thousands of Americans, possibly hundreds of thousands before he leaves office. I wasn't a fan before the pandemic either.

Voting in the presidential election from California sucks. While the largest state burns, Climate Change is #32 on on Biden's list of policies. He's against the Green New Deal (the one that would pay for itself). Our broken electoral system means that the best possible outcome is a milquetoast centrist caretaker who probably won't do too much harm until it's someone else's turn. But make no mistake, it is the best possible outcome so I'll suck it up and vote.

Here's my list from January:

"I'd go Warren, Sanders, Kloubuchar, Biden, Yang, Buttigeg, Steyer, Bloomberg and (sorry again) Gabbard. Although, full disclosure, if it would get rid of Trump I'd vote for a McConnell/Graham ticket."

So at least it isn't McConnell.

We need a National Popular Vote, a representative Congress and more than two viable parties. But before that, we need Biden.

(Previously: I'm with Her)

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Book reviews for September 2020

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

4/5

 

Fair Warning (Jack McEvoy #3) by Michael Connelly

Fair Warning (Jack McEvoy #3) by Michael Connelly

3/5

 

The Scarecrow (Jack McEvoy, #2, Harry Bosch Universe, #19) by Michael Connelly

The Scarecrow (Jack McEvoy, #2, Harry Bosch Universe, #19) by Michael Connelly

4/5

 

The Poet (Jack McEvoy, #1; Harry Bosch Universe, #5) by Michael Connelly

The Poet (Jack McEvoy, #1; Harry Bosch Universe, #5) by Michael Connelly

4/5

 

Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami

Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami

4/5

 

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Cause and Effect, or Strange Skies over San Francisco

Cause and Effect, or Strange Skies over San Francisco

A timelapse combining the mid-August storm and the 'day without a sunrise' on September 9, 2020 in San Francisco (lightning from the storm contributed to the wildfires that blocked the sun).

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Autumnal Equinox 2020

Autumnal Equinox 2020

Autumn starts now (September 22, 13:31 UTC) north of the Equator, Spring to the south. Rendered in Catfood Earth.

(Previously: Autumnal Equinox 2019)

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Book reviews for August 2020

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

4/5

 

The Man Who Played with Fire: Stieg Larsson's Lost Files and the Hunt for an Assassin by Jan Stocklassa

The Man Who Played with Fire: Stieg Larsson's Lost Files and the Hunt for an Assassin by Jan Stocklassa

3/5

 

Fake Truth (Ian Ludlow Thrillers #3) by Lee Goldberg

Fake Truth (Ian Ludlow Thrillers #3) by Lee Goldberg

4/5

 

Killer Thriller (Ian Ludlow Thrillers #2) by Lee Goldberg

Killer Thriller (Ian Ludlow Thrillers #2) by Lee Goldberg

3/5

 

True Fiction (Ian Ludlow Thrillers #1) by Lee Goldberg

True Fiction (Ian Ludlow Thrillers #1) by Lee Goldberg

3/5

 

The Last Human by Zack  Jordan

The Last Human by Zack Jordan

5/5

 

Afterland by Lauren Beukes

Afterland by Lauren Beukes

4/5

 

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Red-Tailed Hawk vs Gopher

Updated on Saturday, May 8, 2021

Red-Tailed Hawk vs Gopher

Red-Tailed Hawk vs Gopher

Red-Tailed Hawk vs Gopher

A red-tailed hawk catches a gopher at Crissy Field.

(Previously: Red-Tailed Hawk)

Updated 2020-10-20 17:40:

Red-Tailed Hawk vs Gopher

Another day, possibly the same hawk, for sure not the same gopher.

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Coronavirus Hikes: July 2020

Coronavirus Hikes: July 2020

Coronavirus Hikes: July 2020

Hike starts at: 37.742189, -122.471394. View in Google Earth.

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