What is cool

  • Good wine
  • Good made-from-scratch natural food
  • Graph cuts and dynamic programming
  • Sequoias
  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Epic/symphonic Death Metal
  • Ninjas (Bujinkan)
  • Rollerblades
  • Logic and Rationality
  • Figure skating
  • Martial arts movies, Dexter, Chuck, True blood, Fairly Legal, Suits
  • Cheese
  • Atheism
  • Liberal politics (ie. minimal government intervention)
  • V6-8 cars with 3L+ engines
  • Mountains
  • Homemade cheese http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SZQYSiesfU
  • Hedonism
  • Home-roasted coffee

I like to make new dishes. Here I made a Pistacchio Risotto

And this is a photo of me... or rather my eye :)


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2011-04-14 16:00:12   Welcome to the wiki! The page you created has really taken off! Nicely done. :-) —CovertProfessor

2011-04-14 17:51:18   Thanks :)

As a dog friendliness expert, where would you go for a Sequoia forest where we can take our dog for a stroll? Seems Muir woods is off limits, and at Yosemite its only 1 trail thats paved that allows dogs. I dont know if that one has Sequoias, though. —MichaelNielsen

  • You can't take them into Sequoia National Park itself — or any national park, as far as I know. However, I am pretty sure that are trails in Sequoia National Forest, right next to Sequoia National Park, that are dog friendly. Let me know if you can't find anything with a web search, and I'll dig through my materials. —CovertProfessor

2011-04-14 20:19:01   It is a bit farther than a one day trip, but I see there are two dog friendly inns in Porterville and it is pretty cheap by EU standards. Looks like there are many groves there in the Seq. Nat. Forest. Any of them you'd recommend? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Converse_Basin seems really nice. and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redwood_Mountain_Grove but it seems part of it is in the "park" and the other part is "monument" (which shares the same rules for dogs as "forest").

I have been to the National park before, Wuchsachi lodge, sherman and the crystal cave, in 2004. So going to the national forest area will be new for me as well. First thing when my fiancee (in EU) wakes up I'll suggest a weekend trip there :) I was thinking of Yosemite, but I guess that's a bit clichéd as a first time visit to USA for her - go right for the lesser known (in EU) but even better site for some magical Sequoia quality time - Perfect after a tour at Sequoia Grove winery :D —MichaelNielsen

I had thought that some of the trails I had hiked were in one of the national forests, but I just looked through all of my maps and realized that the trails were all in the national parks (i.e., before I had a dog). I think what I am remembering is that we talked about taking our dog to the national forests (Redwood and Sierra), but then we never did. So, sorry I can't offer any trail advice. I would definitely check the weather before you go, though, because I imagine there is still snow up there this time of year. As for Yosemite vs Sequoia — Yosemite is beautiful, but it gets so crowded. As you say, Sequoia is magical and you can really appreciate the trees because you can get away from the crowds. Good luck with your trip planning — let me know how it goes! —CovertProfessor

2011-04-21 07:14:32   I had noticed the lack of UCD Medical Group page a while back, but didn't get into it. Since you know a bit about what's there, why not go ahead and create the page yourself? It's easy to do! —TomGarberson

2011-04-22 19:59:39   Thanks for getting that page going! —TomGarberson

2011-04-24 04:29:01   Wow, that's what I bike almost every day when I decide to bike to school. Also, I feel like you and I would get along. Dexter, Chuck, cheese, dogs, hedonism, and classical liberalism. Unless of course, you didn't mean dogs as in for eating. —hankim

  • lol, eating dogs - I've been to china, but I did not order "gau", cats, scorpions, etc. I did try their 50% alc rice wine with peanuts and all the waters were whispering and looking at this strange foreigner who dared try their rice wine and ordered from the part of the menu that's for chinese ppl, as they are used to foreigners sticking to their western section food :)

2011-05-19 16:40:26   Thanks for the recommendation, sounds like a lot of fun! —TomGarberson

2011-05-24 14:21:10   Liberal does not mean limited government in America. Neither does conservative unfortunately. —hankim

Liberal means stupid elitist assholes who likes to crap on hard working Americans and steal their money to give to illegal immigrants.

Were you at the Fiddlehead library wine tasting this saturday?

2011-07-09 22:37:24   Sure. Actually, I'd say it's the average of what you expect when chatting with a random stranger. It varies from town to town, region to region. The attitude, the viewpoint, the orientation toward life and all the things we deal with, abstract and concrete. I've been in towns where the average was skewed well away from my perspective, but still found good people... and of course you can find jackasses everywhere. But each place has a set of social assumptions, what is acceptable, what isn't. Davisness is that particular set that Davis has.

Of course, I'm answering having no idea what prompted the question. Was there a particular reason you asked? —JabberWokky

  • Well, I created the page, that you posted on about hoping to find some Davisness in another town, with the idea that we could pinpoint what makes Davis ... well.. Davis. Also as a foreigner living in Davis it is hard to distinguish what I can contribute to it being Davis versus California versus USA vs the micro cultures I hang out in here in Davis. People ask me in my own country how it's like here and it sounds very different, and then we have to be careful to generalize - is it how it is in the US, CA, or just Davis. One example is that I can talk to a stranger who is using my favourite brand of skates here in Davis for half an hour, while in Denmark, they would assume I'm a wacko for talking to a stranger. You also wont find community-based supermarkets, nor hang out at the local restaurant like you can do here in Davis. I just don't know if I should tell the tale as " that's how it is in the US" or "that's how CA is" or if it's just good old Davis.

2011-07-25 13:39:28   Congratulations, Michael, that is very good news, and I am glad you were able to find the proper site for your proposal! Which trails in Yosemite are open to dogs? I had thought that dogs were prohibited from all U.S. National Parks, except for campgrounds and other "developed" areas. —CovertProfessor

2011-07-28 07:59:07   Do you have a Google Voice number? It's only 2 cents per minute to land lines in Denmark, 19 cents per minute to mobile phones. You can use it from any cell phone or land line, since you're calling a local number (your Google Voice number) and it's calling internationally. —TomGarberson