Dubai is an interesting contrast to Iraq. The first time I went through DXB from BSR it was more than a little culture shock. Getting out of the airport only amplifies the experience.
Jared and I had dinner at the Mall of Dubai and before eating had a little walk around the fountains – the largest dancing fountains in the world at the foot of the tallest man-made structure in the world.
Dubai is an good place to spot cars. Obviously the gold accented rolls is more pose-worthy than the $450k GTO. Then again they were probably posing with the license plate number which I think was 1, and therefore cost as much as 20 Ferrari GTOs.
The fire fountains:
Google drove past our little village in Italy and caught themselves in the turning mirror just about perfectly.
The coverage they have is getting pretty impressive.
Yay! Tastes like coffee even. Finally, real coffee-based espresso drinks rather than RealCaughfee industrial powder based reconstituted hot beverages. This is a huge improvement. One side has a Concordia IBS, the other side has a 2500i. Both are good. Both have a double shot option. I am now wired for the day.
Instamapper.com has a pretty cool solution. Nothing radically novel in concept, but it does pretty much just work and with most devices with a GPS.
It’s a little different from Google Latitude, which has a social aspect (your friends) but no history. Latitude is built into Google Maps Mobile 3.0, so everyone will have this on their phone in a few days. That’ll be weird fur sure.
Amazingly I downloaded this app this morning at 3.0.0, by the time I’d told a friend about it the release was 3.0.1, and the last person I told got 3.0.2. I guess Google is excited about this one.
I was running up in Redwood Regional Park today and this very hippy couple in brightly colored hand woven South American fabrics came along the trail the other way with three dogs. Two passed in typical dog-like manner. But the last, a floppy moppet of a white spaniel or something comes running by and bites my leg on the way.
I thought at first it was just a smack and went on my way, but then I saw blood drooling down my leg, mixed with dog drool, so I ran back to the couple to make sure the dog’s shots were up. They didn’t even offer their names, which suggests to me that they were probably from Berkeley because it seemed more like Presumed Entitlement than Attitude, which would have suggested Oakland provenance. I had just started a 5.25 mile run and didn’t want to stop and deal with it, so floppy gets to bite another day.
In the end it doesn’t feel too bad, a couple of cuts on the bony side and one little puncture on the chewy side. The picture is after about an hour of running and then driving home and washing it off, but it did look butch with a rivulet of blood running down my shin and coloring my sock.
Once somebody said “Oh, I didn’t know you had a sister.”
I didn’t bite the dog. Nor Karve my initials on the møøse with a toothbrush.
We stopped in a little store in San Miguel on our way to Parkfield to see DVR’s project and buy some beer. It seems they approve of that type of transaction in San Miguel.
I went to a local VC/Entrapeneur meet n’ greet in Waterloo Canada. It was quite good – lots of interesting people.
Lots of cops… What for I wonder.
Maybe a very bad flight…
I’m staying at the Sheraton Delfina
Hotel in Santa Monica. It’s a very nice hotel – not quite as dramatic through the lobby as some, the rooms are comfortable and the views are good. The shower was a bit weak though and the AV system is nowhere near as cool as the Holiday Inn on King in Toronto.
Odd thing, the local high school football field was right next door so I woke to the sound of the marching band trying to figure out Eleanor Rigby.
Rental car review
This Pontiac G6 came with a retractable hard top, one of those solid roof things that folds itself away in the trunk… more or less filling it. One has to choose between having the top down and having something in the trunk – there’s a small amount of room, a thin slice of trunk space under a retractable cover that can be filled and the roof still retracted, but it isn’t accessible with the roof down.
The car itself is fine – fast enough, fairly quiet, decent stereo. Nothing super sporty though. The handling is a bit slushy. A lot of these inexpensive american convertibles have floppy frames after the roof connections are cut. The GT seems a little more responsive than that other convertible rental mainstay, the Sebring, which torques around enough front to back that you definitely feel it. The GT is just a little floppy.
Fun enough driving around LA and the trip was short enough that keeping my luggage in the back seat wasn’t too much of an imposition.