San Francisco

My year in cities, 2009

To continue the tradition of two years (2007, and 2008), here is a list of cities I have been in 2009. It seems quieter than the last few, but I realized some of them were multiple trips and extended stays. I hope 2010 is a longer list!

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Bay Area, CA (Sunnyvale, Mountain View, etc)
  • Assilomar, CA
  • New York, NY
  • Providence, RI
  • Paris, France
  • Lyon, France
  • Boston, MA
  • Detroit, MI
  • Ann Arbor, MI

She takes care of people

Just discovered the San-Fransciscan band Rupa and the April Fishes :

With musical influences that include French chanson, Gypsy swing, tango, Latin alternative, Indian music and beyond, Rupa & the April Fishes create music that is lively, romantic and instantaneously appealing. Based in San Francisco, the band’s accessible and multicultural sound has earned them a reputation as one of the most exciting groups in the Bay Area alternative scene.

Frontwoman Rupa Marya isn’t your ordinary rockstar. She’s also a practising doctor:

(via anuj)


obamanations and hillarity

IBM IRL’er Rahul Gupta speaks the truth:

Local visitor has hard time giving sh*t about Clinton-Obama tussle
San Francisco (Jun 4): Recent reports have indicated that local tourist Rahul Gupta, who is visiting California for a 3-month internship, doesn’t really give a damn about the boxing match between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. The 24×7 coverage of the issue on the news channels and the late night shows seem to have really pissed him off.
But what really gets his goat is that a majority of the “non-resident aliens” in US, who have no voting rights, seem to have invested a lot of time in forming their opinion. Even a FOB seems to have taken a stronger stand than the true blue Democrat citizens.
As this article was going to the press, news came in that Hillary is going to concede the nomination to Obama. Relieved, the local intern said that now he can finally watch high quality shows such as American Idol, Wife Swap, ElimiDate and Jerry Springer.

His other blog posts are also worth a read; they remind me of Satyen Kale ‘s blog, which lived a short life despite it’s utter awesomeness. If only CS Researchers would stop worrying about this P-NP business and entertain the world a little…

Privacy issues with Google Street View

Google Street View is a pretty nice implementation of street level maps (originally implemented by A9, which is dead now, sadly). However, check this awesome view of Lombard Street in San Francisco. Notice something? The license plate numbers of the person are clearly visible! It seems that unlike the normal Satellite View which attempts to clean up as many people as possible, the Street View just gives up and shows whatever you see.

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Click to zoom in on the number plate

Anuj claims public photographs are public record, so no one should care, but I don’t know… I would have a problem with every single person on the internet knowing that my red Chevy Cobalt numbered 5NEX174 was criss-crossing down the crooked street with someone in the passenger seat on a nice summer day.

Update: More “interesting pictures”:

* Man coming out of strip clubAnother man
* Guy checking out woman
* Reflection of the camera car