Sunday, June 27, 2010

New Two Hippies on 24th st and Indianschool

Last night I got a pizza from the new Two Hippies on the SW corner of 24th st and Indianschool. Sure beat the old pizza joint. I watched the guy hand toss my crust. Funky decor too.

Talked to a nice young man who worked there. Said the two hippies are the husband and wife who started the place. They have rolled out quite a few of these hippie joints in a relatively short time.  The young man explained that this was the same family that started 'Long Wongs'. Explains why everyone likes the buffalo wings. Goes far in explaining the decor.  The young man also revealed that their expansion plans include Tucson and Flagstaff.

Twelve bucks for any 16 inch or seven bucks for any 12 inch was not too shabby considering all the toppings. We got a half and half of two popular choices. No extra cost. You can also buy a slice but you don't get the funky choices; with a slice you are limited to the old standards of cheese,  pepperoni or sausage.

Anyway, I give the hippies a thumbs up and a peace sign.

If you have a palm device with mobiledb, feel free to download my restraunt guide. You can make changes and add your own restaurants.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

flying car

I made a comment about the Kazinski like person attacking mountain bikers in the bay area. Saying that he should invent a hover craft if he truly wanted save the planet from trails. I had the idea from listening to Dr. Moller one night on coast to coast.

He made some very compelling arguments for his flying car. Imagine having virtual roads in the sky replace the asphalt roads. We could have bike trails, gardens, natural landscaping or whatever we wanted in their place. Imagine the money we would save if we didn't have to maintain those roads. No more traffic jams.

He said that 100 years back if you would have told a person driving a horse and buggy that one day everyone would be driving horseless carriages seventy miles per hour separated only by a yellow line they would have thought you crazy. I imagine that at one time people would have also thought people crazy for wanting to tame wild horses as well.

The thing is like the f-22 or harrier in that it has the ability to hover and land straight down. No runways needed. Computers make it easy enough for anyone to fly.

Dr. Moller has been working on this invention for over forty years, so he has his detractors. Some say it's just a cash machine, but I believe the guy is sincere. Anyway, you don't always have your dreams realized.

Thursday, June 17, 2010


The production link for MyFamilyBenefits should be fully functional soon. Is currently in the validation phase. Only for those with Nutritional Assistance, Cash assistance or Medical Assistance benefits. I'll keep you posted as to when it's ready for public use.

If you need to apply for said benefits, try this Cash (AFDC) or Nutrition Assistance (food stamps) or ahcccs/medical.

Any questions, feel free to leave a comment.

June 23rd, 2010


for the most part we have a fully functional system. Minor migrations to migrate, but if people were to start reporting changes, the system is functioning.

Direct link
My Family Benefits

July 10th, 2010


Two people actually used the site last night. One left a survey. They said we sucked but you gotta expect that in this business. People are not doing their best when they come to us for help.

Anyway, I have a blog dedicated to this business. So, leave comments there at MyFamilyBenefits blog

Monday, June 14, 2010


My knee buckled last night. I can't walk with it. What the heck? Freak thing. I was just walking. All those years of skiing, football, basketball, etc . , never had a knee problem.  It happens walking IN the house. Strange.  I'll see the doctor today. See what this means for my athletic future.

Made apple sauce this weekend with apples from the front yard. Wow. Apple sauce with taste. We get used to the way things are supposed to taste and they stop exciting us. Make some apple sauce with tart apples and have a try. Just cook down apples in a saucepan with just enough water to prevent sticking. Then mash when soft. easier than pie.

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010


Found out I have arthritis in that knee.
How many mtb have arthritis?
How debilitating is it?
What a flare up. Felt like my knee was out of it's socket.
Still stiff and can't walk very well.

How will I make those bike packing trips now?

Monday, June 7, 2010

Update in Berkley HOH case

There were reports of the Hateful Old Hiker going on the UC Berkely campus vandalizing Mountain Bikes. (leaving other bikes alone). From the San Francisco chronicle of other incidents below.

It was also reported that he had been kicked out of Environmentalist groups. He was then accused of making threats to members of the Environmentalist groups.

However, supporters (yes, he has some supporters) claim that this is a conspiracy of militant mountain bikers to soil his good name.

. . .allegedly roamed a fire trail above the UC Berkeley campus, attacking bicyclists with hand tools.
Michael Vandeman of Berkeley accosted one bicyclist in summer 2009 and punctured his tire with a sharp tool, authorities said. About six weeks ago, he allegedly brandished a handsaw at another bike rider.
Both incidents took place on the upper section of the fire trail that runs from Grizzly Peak Boulevard to Strawberry Canyon, east of Memorial Stadium.
Vandeman was charged Tuesday with misdemeanor vandalism for the first attack and misdemeanor assault for the second one. He has not been charged in a third incident in which a 33-year-old Berkeley resident reported being accosted May 4 by a man who stepped directly in front of his mountain bike, grabbed his handlebars and put on the brakes.
That assailant "angrily yelled at the victim regarding his bicycle ruining the trail and the environment," and brandished a small tool with a sharp end, UC Berkeley police said.

The fire trail is open to hikers but closed to bicyclists.
- Henry K. Lee

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Friday, June 4, 2010

Anti-Mountain Bike Advocate Attacks Cyclists With Handsaw

This was a story that caught my eye. I also found this guys site.

While I can appreciate the 'leave no trace' philosophy, overall I believe that the majority of mountain bikers love and respect nature.

As a group, mountain bikers have done as much as any other group to help preserve wild places. We have mourned the loss of the original cactus cup  to golf courses and the red mountain area trails to developers.

Most of us do not 'blaze' new trails, we simply ride in our designated areas. Overall, the sport helps spawn interest in nature which in turn helps preserve it.

Anti-Mountain Bike Advocate Attacks Cyclists With Handsaw
And that right there, readers, is the most bizarre headline we've ever typed. Noted -- noted! -- anti-mountain bike crusader Mike Vandeman was "arrested yesterday and charged with assault with a deadly weapon after he attacked a pair of mountain bikers with a handsaw."

According to UC police, a pair of mountain bikers were cycling on a fire road in the hills above the UC Berkeley campus. A hiker — Mike Vandeman — struck one of the cyclists with a saw, cutting him across the chest. East Bay mountain bikers have reported other similar attacks on them, and some mountain bikers I know have expressed concern for their personal safety when Mike Vandeman is around.
The harrowing incident, according to UC Berkeley police, happened on May 15.
Why does Vanderman loathe those who ride on the dirty and dusty trails? Well, maybe because it'sbad for the trails and mother nature? Or because it conflicts with his desire to hike on anti-bike trails he wants to himself. Or because purple pony princesses like salty cracker neon beets. Who knows, exactly. (If you guessed 'all of the above,' you would be correct. Seriously, have a looksie.) goes on to point out that Vanderman gained gained attention in the 90s via his Usenet postings to wreck.bikes in which he painted mountain bikers as "addicted, narcissistic, violently insane liars."
UC Berkeley police urge other victims or witnesses to come forward. Call the University of California Police Department Criminal Investigation Bureau at 510- 642-0472 from 8 a.m.- p.m., or 510)-642-6760 during off hours.

Michael J. Vandeman, Ph.D.

"And gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche" Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, line 308.


I have a B.A. Magna cum Laude from the University of California at Berkeley in Mathematics, With Special Distinction in Mathematics. I also got straight A's in Honors Physics. As a Junior at U.C. Berkeley, I ranked 37 1/2th out of 1300 college math students in the nation in the annual mathematics contest sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America. I have an M.A. in Mathematics (including study in Statistics) from Harvard University. And my Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles is in Psychology, concentrating in Psychometrics. Psychometrics is the science of the measurement of human behavior and traits, and forms the scientific basis upon which transportation modeling and all other forms of human measurement rest. I taught measurement theory -- specifically, Reliability and Validity -- at California State University, San Francisco. I have been a computer programmer since 1962. I taught computer science for U.C. Berkeley Extension. In other words, I am an expert in mathematics, statistics, scientific method, measurement science (including modeling), and computer science.


Art (especially Winslow Homer, Jose Orozco, Diego Rivera, Albert P. Ryder, Utamaro, A. Paul Weber), bicycling, biology (especially frogs and snakes), bookstores (especially Black Oak and Kinokuniya), English Literature (especially Emerson, John Steinbeck, and Walt Whitman), ham radio, hiking and camping, judo, languages (especially German, Japanese, and Spanish), libraries, mathematics (especially calculus, point-set topology, and trigonometry), music (especially Bach, Crystal Gayle, John Seed, "Keep on the Sunny Side of Life", "Across the Great Divide" (Kate Wolf), Ravi Shankar, Red Gum, Sharon Burch, Stephanie Davis, Tammy Wynette, Wagner (especially "Tristan and Isolde" and "The Flying Dutchman"), and Yothu Yindi), nurses, organic food, plants (especially trees), picking up trash (get a picker-upper like the "Park Patrol" from Pikes Peak Industries, PO Box 9422, Colorado Springs, CO 80909), programming (especially assembler and PL/I), reference librarians, Synanon, teachers, the U.S. Southwest, water (especially streams), wilderness


Air pollution, callousness towards wildlife, drugs, guns, invasion or destruction of wildlife habitat (especially by vehicles, such as ATVs, horses and burros, jetskis, mountain bikes, rafts, snowmobiles, and other ORVs), motor vehicles, road and highway construction, violence, waste (especially time)

Favorite Foods:

Fruit juice (especially pomegranate), Indian, Japanese (especially sushi), Mexican, Native American (especially pumpkin soup), olalieberry pie, organic tomatoes, Persian (especially chicken pomegranate), tropical fruit (especially durian, mango, and papaya), Washington State apples, Bartlett pears, blackberry pie, persimmons, and rhubarb pie

Favorite People:

I prefer people (like some of those I found in Synanon) who want to make the world better. It amazes me how many people think that life consists of simply building their own nest, & then sitting in it. Where do they think the tree came from?

Favorite Restaurants

Current Interests

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

up to the AZ in fruit

The peach jam was so good, I had to make some more. I also have figs coming in season, so there you go. Fig jam. It was wonderful as well. Nothing better than fresh fruit and fresh bread.  Combine the two, you have a treat.

Making fig jam is even easier than the peach. Doesn't take as long to simmer, no pectin is required.  (pectin is made from citrus peals, so if your frugal, chop some up. They'll thicken your jam. may alter the taste a bit but that's how marmalade is made. )

Basically, you wash the figs. Then put in hot water that has been boiling for about ten minutes. Stem them and chop them up.

Add about a cup of sugar for each pound of figs. (we like less, some like more). Set for about five minutes. Then simmer for about five minutes or until it starts to thicken.  Then squeeze in some lemon juice (one lemon for about five pounds).  Simmer for another minute.

Then enjoy.

Can the rest for later.

If anyone cares for canning instructions, let me know. It's pretty simple really but there are a few important steps. Like heating the jars etc. I just don't want to leave any important details out.