Monday, April 06, 2015

The driverless car

I've been thinking about this a lot so I've decided to put it in my blog. Where else would I put my thoughts after all? So excuse my rambling as this has nothing to do with geocaching or food carts.

Some people are afraid of the future. The idea that technology will take over our lives. We rely on technology, but have no clue how it works. Which brings me to the self driving car. Some people already claim that they could never trust such a thing as if us humans are somehow superior drivers. They must not see the divers I see everyday.

We like to believe there is a human component. Something that still makes us superior to machines. We built the machines and therefore they are subject to all the mistakes of humans. Machines however only have to flaws we give them, and that's why for the tasks we build them for they work better.

For the car its just a matter of time. It will happen slowly. Cars that can stop on their own and park themselves. Followed by partly automated and then fully automated. Soon only automated cars will be allowed on freeways, then highways. Traffic will flow better. Traffic accidents will be a distant memory. The drunk, stoned, distracted and tired can all drive home safely.

Imagine in the near future, a child will be born that will never know a person who died in an auto accident.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Pizza, blazer games and even a geocache

Last month was full of activity. I just didn't blog about it until now.

I learned my favorite pizza cart opened a new location on the east side. It's about a mile from my house so I took the opportunity on a nice day and walked down there. Pulehu Pizza is great stuff if you are ever in Portland.

The Blazers have been hit or miss for the month. I think they are coming back around.

I also found one geocache. My first, and so far only, cache of the year.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

RIP Jerome Kersey

Its a sad day in Rip City. Jerome Kersey one of my favorite all time Trail Blazers died today. If you asked me when I was 12 who my favorite player was... no doubt I would have named Kersey before even Clyde.

I took this picture last year of Jerome presenting some season ticket holders near me with a piece of the 77 championship court.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Presidents Day

I thought about going geocaching today, but I didn't. I did go downtown while all the food carts were open. Its nice to be able to venture downtown on a weekday. I'm running a little low on new city adventures. I've eaten at a lot of food carts... leaving me just whats new and a few that aren't really my kind of thing. I've been thinking about going on one of the guided walking tours of the city. Maybe even get a book of attractions. That will give me some things to do for a while.

Besides that I didn't do much today. I thought the history channel might have some shows on about the Presidents, but no. I'm a bit of a history nut, especially about the presidents. As its also black history month I read a story about George Washington and his many slaves. Its easy to sit here 200 years later an judge people. But I am getting off point... my point was didn't the history channel use to have shows about history?

Saturday, January 31, 2015

2015 so far...

Not much happening so far 1/12 of the way through 2015. I've ate at a few food carts since its been unusually nice lately. Only one of them was new though. The blazers haven't been doing so hot, but I hope this is just a little midseason slump.

Haven't been geocaching any. I just haven't had much desire for it yet.

I'm looking forward to the Super Bowl tomorrow. Hope the Seahawks come to play this one.

Here is a picture from last weekend... lunch from my favorite food cart

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Last Day of 2014

Its the end of another year. My first full year in Portland has been eventful, except when it comes to geocaching. We lost a good old time geocacher in Rooster, and while I had the same amount of finds as last year there were a lack of memorable ones. Some of the highlights for the year include.

  • Saw every Trail Blazer home game (including playoffs)
  • Ate at nearly 50 food carts
  • Completed the 7 Souvenirs of August
  • Attended my first geocaching event in 2 years
Some of my favorite caches for 2014 include:
With so many things to do in the Portland area I just didn't make many finds. Way too many micros and nanos for me. Hopefully 2015 will find me taking some trips outside the city to find better caches. I've also been looking at some DrDan caches around and on top of Grayback Mt that might be on my list this summer. Maybe I can even convince him to hike with me up there. Thank you to those who hid the caches I found in 2014, and I hope to see you all on the trail in the new year!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A few caches

Today I found 2 caches while I was at the new Tualatin Cabelas store


About a month ago I found

Healthy Kids, Healthy Kidneys

And in honor of Rooster I made a find the day I learned he passed away.

Hope is Vital

None of these caches were much to talk about. Its been a pretty disappointing year geocaching wise.