I was out and about hiking again this weekend. Berry Falls were at the end of the walk but it all started at the beach, in front of the Pacific Ocean. It was a fair hike, 4 hours or so. The trail was mainly in the shade of the Redwoods and other trees in the forest. A bit like an extend walk version of finding the Burn O Vat back home.A big thank you to my pals in Mountain View for taking me to these amazing places I would not know about or be able to reach without them. Cheers.
Monday, October 30, 2006
Sunday, October 29, 2006
There are more preview images of Howard Butterworth's River Dee painting on the Butterworth Paintings website. The first being of the Bridge over the River Dee in Aboyne.
A percentage of painting sales are going to the River Dee Trust, so if you are in toon, go see the exhibition.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
I attended an interview of Prosper.com Founder at Stanford this week. Prosper allows individuals to ask for a loan online and for others to buy that loan. The real genius I think is that you can just buy a small portion of the loan e.g. 10k loan, I may just want to buy $100 worth and I also get to set the interest rate e.g. 15% but if some one comes along an offers a rate of 10% then the seller of the loan will understandably be more keen to have a lower interest rate. http://www.prosper.com.
In the end of the day its just cash moving from AtoB, no big deal? It is though, it is a person to person transaction based upon trust. People are not so much buying cash but the story of the loan seller. The story is where the value lies. We are all heading towards the buying and selling of stories. A market place where we can trade our personal lifestyle data, PtoP.
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Inspired and lead on by one of our Mountain View Masters swimmers we headed for a day in San Francisco. The enthusiasm for how hot it would be in the City. I wasn't so sure in it being warm in SF, as I have never found it to be so all through the summer, but I was proven wrong big time. The weather was hot, the hottest day I have ever spent in San Francisco, 21 Oct and 28C, was gussed at.
The day started off with lunch at one of the Peir Markets, then the hunt was on for some height. And as the photo shows, we found some. Then we walked north through China town on the pursuit of some chocolate and icecream. Which we found, delicious. Then we headed back into the City Center for a plate of garlic chips and a relaxing beer. A fun day out with friends.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
An email crossed my inbox a couple of days ago inviting bay area Scot's to join First Minister Jack McConnell to Celebrate Scotland.
Terra, San Francisco was the venue chosen to show off pictures of the latest Scottish architecture, music from Royal Scottish Academy of Music and food and drink. I attended as the darkened photo shows.
Jack gave a speech where he listed John Muir as an example of a Scot that had to leave to pursue and realise his vision and passions. Another speaker listed another raft of Scot's from history that had taken the same path. And today, the rules stay the same, or at least that is the path I have chosen to take.
I met people from Aberdeen University Alumni and even Scot's that live a matter of minutes from me in Mountain View. We get around.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
I joined the Yoga is Youthful walk on Sunday to the East Bay. A cool cloudy day, ideal for the walk. A roughish steep climb started the walk before the medow like pastures higher up, a bit like hitting the moor land back home.
Great view, even saw my first taranchula spider in the wild. Wild turkey too.
Friday, October 13, 2006
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
OK, the sun is shining in Mountain View and back in Aboyne it is grey and raining today. The wildlife is a bit different across here too. I was greeted by 4 racoon's last night before they sunk back in to the road side drain.
Monday, October 09, 2006
2006 is seeing me living the purest spirit of entrepreneurship and life has never been such fun.
From Fitlyke? to Yehaaa!
Monday, October 02, 2006
We look forward to you joining us.