I’m still here.
I got the following error message while trying to change an itinerary on the Southwest website:
Here are a handful of books hanging out in my Amazon shopping cart waiting to be purchased:
- Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly – Anthony Bourdain
- The Open Society Paradox: Why The 21st Century Calls For More Openness–Not Less – Dennis Bailey
- The Know-It-All : One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World – A. J. Jacobs
- On Food and Cooking : The Science and Lore of the Kitchen – Harold McGee
- How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They’re Built – Stewart Brand
Chanukah starts tomorrow. Maybe I’ll get one of them.
I voted early, but I didn’t use one of those creepy touchscreen voting machines. I got a paper ballot instead.
Yes, I know that California isn’t using the Diebold machines (my county is using AVC Edge). But I still think we need a better electronic voting system. I am biased towards David Chaum’s Votegrity system, probably because I think using blinded signatures is a slick technique for an e-voting system.
Until we get a real electronic voting system, I’m going to stick to the paper ballots.
Ariella and I are at McCafe on El Camino Real in Palo Alto. She’s preparing materials for a lecture she’s giving this week, and I’m writing annual performance reviews for my team. If you buy a coffee drink (I got an Americano for $1.45) you get a free hour of wireless internet access. 802.11b/g network is provided by WayPort.
According to the Bandwidth Place’s Speed Test, I’m getting 316 kilobits/second. Not bad.
I am pleasantly surprised to report that the coffee is pretty good, too. And their baristas don’t seem to have the same angst that I expereience so frequently at Starbucks. And they even bring the coffee directly to your table!
I’m not thrilled about giving my business to McDonald’s (they have a bad track record for being vegetarian-friendly) but I just can’t complain about this place. Their Chipotle mexican fast food chain is also quite good.