Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sonos to Change Direction of Streaming Music to the Home

Sonos is beta testing some new software that eliminates their hardware and uses Wifi and a smart phone to shoot music throughout your home or business. They have a program that may allow you to become a beta tester if you qualify.  Could be very cool.  Apply here.

Here is a little bit of a look back at my musical journey: (this is what I sent to Sonos)
First, I am a music lover.  I started listening to my parents music as a boy in the early 60's.  Frank Sinatra, Brazil 66, show tunes, etc.  Then my older sisters started listening to The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Simon and Garfunkel and the rock and roll of the 60's.  My life totally changed when FM radio arrived in the early 70's.  I graduated HS in the mid 70's and began my journey into progressive rock. In college, I discovered Emerson, Lake and Palmer, The Grateful Dead, Ambrosia, Yes, Jethro Tull, and many more.  In the 80's I started taking over the turn table at parties.  Hearts of Space has been a big influence on my life as well as all types of jazz and meditative music.  By 1991, I had my first paying DJ gig at a corporate party in Napa.  I have done over 500 gigs and have become an accomplished DJ/MC for corporate events in the Silicon Valley.  As well, I have over 100,000 songs on my hard drive.  Wifi and LTE has allowed me to download from iTunes during my gigs if there is a request I do not have, which is HUGE.  In my house, I have Airplay in all the rooms using Airport Expresses or Apple TV's.  Music is always on during the day and most of the evening.  Drives my wife nuts, but I play stuff she can enjoy too.  Have access to Sirius, Rdio, and Hearts of Space as far as paid subscriptions. My favorite radio program is 10@10 with Dave Morey which is broadcast on KFOG.  Dave has retired and they still play it every weekday at 10am and 10pm.  If you own a digital radio tuner, you can hear it 24/7 and commercial free with Dave at the helm on KFOG-2.

I am a bit of a nostalgic person and these songs bring me back to the day of whatever year they play. Analisa hosts the show now and is a good DJ and she plays some great songs but the original show with Dave as host was the best.  He even grew up in my area of the east coast (DE/PA) and is the same age as me.  We have similar tastes in music and very similar musical influences (back then it was AM and FM radio mostly).

Here is a nice sample of 10@10 from 1975.  10 great songs from one great year.
1. Jigsaw - Sky High
2. Ambrosia - Holdin' on to Yesterday
3. Nils Lofgren - Going Back
   (Tv: Starsky & Hutch)
4. Wings - Venus & Mars/Rock Show
   (News: The Pet Rock)
5. KISS - Rock and Roll All Night
   (News: Elton John)
6. Elton John - Captain Fantastic and
   the Brown Dirt Cowboy
   (Movie: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)
7. Willie Nelson - Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
8. Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run
   (News: Jimmy Hoffa goes missing)
9. Linda Ronstadt - You're No Good
   (News: Nixon Subpoena)
10. J. Geils Band - Love Itis

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Bonehead Move of the Week

We have had several incidents in the last few months with folks not wearing a kill switch on the wrist and the boats getting out of control and hurting people.  These folks were lucky but might not be so lucky next time.  Make sure you have a kill switch attached to your wrist on your inflatable.

Here is a recent report on a tragic accident of a boater without a wrist kill switch on:
According to witnesses, the operator of a large dinghy with powerful engines — assumed to be 30-40 hp — was thrown from his boat while speeding through the La Paz anchorage. Because he was not wearing a kill key lanyard, his dinghy continued to roar around the area at high speed.
Seeing the mishap, La Paz-based cruiser John Spicher of the 31-ft sloop Time Piece reportedly jumped in his dinghy and retrieved the ejected driver from the bay. They were headed to shore when the wayward dinghy glanced off an anchored boat and turned straight for Spicher's boat, running over the top of him. The deadly prop badly mangled his leg and both he and the rescued man were thrown overboard.
As Spicher attempted to climb back aboard he was struck again by the unmanned craft. This time it pinned him beneath it. The two men were rescued by a Mexican captain who administered first aid to Spicher's leg. Although we don't yet have all the details, Spicher was reportedly medevaced to the UC San Diego trauma center that same afternoon.
Needless to say, the whole bloody incident could have been avoided if the dinghy driver had been traveling at a more reasonable speed — and even more importantly, had been wearing a simple plastic kill switch lanyard around his wrist. If you don't have one, get one.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Pics of the Week

Heading up to the boat today to enjoy one of my favorite activities.  We are sailing over to watch the Giants game.  We reserve a slip at the harbor next to the park and have a little tailgate in the slip.  Head to the game and then sail home after.  No traffic, great wind and soooo nice!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Clipper Yachts Poised for Arrival in SF

The round the world race is about to roll under the Gate in the next few days.  After a 25 day sail from the China, these 80' foot monsters are about 200 miles from SF as of yesterday.  They will be staying at South Beach Harbor near the ball park.  Next week, you can do a walk thru of the boats.  This race is manned by amateurs with the intent of pushing the crew to it's maximum potential as they sail the planets oceans.  In the Pacific, they saw some winds topping 60 knots and seas up to 30 feet.  They even lost a crewman overboard during a sail change.  He was recovered an hour or so later, thankfully.  Here is their projected arrivals thru the Golden Gate:

Henri Lloyd - Thurs 10 April Early AM
GREAT Britain - Thurs 10 April Early AM
Invest Africa - Thurs 10 April Early AM
Qingdao - Thurs 10 April AM
One DLL - Thurs 10 April AM
Old Pulteney - Fri 11 April AM
Switzerland - Currently in Stealth Mode
Derry~Londonderry~Doire - Fri 11 April PM Team Garmin - Sat 12 April Early AM
Mission Performance - Sat 12 April PM
Jamaica Get All Right - Sun 13 April PM
PSP Logistics - Sun 13 April PM

Monday, April 07, 2014

Kite Foil Cool

I have seen these guys out on the bay.  Awesome stuff.

One more...Beauty and the Beat!

HBO's Silicon Valley is a Riot

HBO is allowing everyone to see it's first episode of Silicon Valley by posting it on Youtube.  I watched it last night and enjoyed the biting satire that makes this valley so fascinating.  I moved here in 81 when HP was the big kahuna and Apple was just getting going with the intro of the Apple 3.  Boy have we seen some changes since then.  Who would have thunk we would wear computers on our faces?  Anyway, here is the show and I know if you know anything about this crazy vallley we live in, you will love it.  The director, Mike Judge also created Office Space and Bevis and Butt-head.

Apple III

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Bad luck solo sailor looses mast in HI

I have been following Ronnie for the past 6 years or so and even met him on the Haha.  Because he does alot of long distance solo cruising on old boats, he increases his chances of disaster.  Let's review; he gets hit by a rocket launcher in the Iraq war and is released due to his injuries.  Not going anywhere in life, he decides to visit his bro in HI.  Buys an old boat and 400 miles off the coast, he loses his rudder in a late season hurricane from Mexico.  A passing freighter picks him up and drops him in China.  Not the island paradise he was hoping for.  He decides to continue over bike and bound for the UK!  Something like 9000 miles later, his bike is stolen as he drinks a beer near London.  He soldiers on and decides to race a donated boat to HI.  Bringing his boat back from the islands, he loses his keel...I said keel!  700 miles from the Gate and he places everything on the boat down on the floor for some stability.  The weather cooperates and he motor sails with the jib all the way home.  Fast forward to last month, he had bought a very well used Cal 2-27 in Tacoma and refitted it to be an engine less world cruiser.  He makes it to Maui and promptly loses his mast in 18 knots and a lee shore.  Rescued by the CG, he is now hoping to re-rig and continue to Australia. 
Here is the scoop on his latest escapade.

A great day to sail the bay!

We had a wild week of weather in the Bay Area last week with lots of rain, lighting strikes, hail and snow on the mountains ringing the bay.  On Friday, it was lots of clouds with a mixture of sun.  I had a few hours in the afternoon and headed up to the boat for a sunset sail.  Dark clouds were forming at the Gate.  I headed out preparing for wet and sure enough the rain stated coming down shortly after departure.  I was able to get under the dodger and enjoy the 20+ knot wind and rain as the Addiction steered herself into the storm.  It cleared out 30 minutes later to blue skies and a bit lower wind speed.  We headed for a splendid sail out near Angel Island and were rewarded with crystal clear views, emerald green hills and clouds looking like whip cream on top of an amazing sundae.  Kona and I were loving it as we were about the only boat out there except for some passing ferries.  Good sleep on the boat followed by some tea and blueberry pancakes from the galley.  Hooked up to the net using an app on my phone called  For $30 annually, it allows me to tether my phone to the computer.  Not bad.  Had some boat chores in the morning and at 11am, John is there for a sail.  Lake like conditions turn to 15-18 knots about noon.  We are fighting a flood tide as we head towards the Gate.  A boat on fire near Angel gets our attention.  All the passengers are in the water and the CG is nearby for a rescue.  After a half dozen long tacks, we get close but we are not moving very fast.  Finally we hit the other side of the bridge and we are flying.  A few tacks and we start the ride back.  More long tacks make this a ride to remember.  We make it back around 6:30 and feel fantastic after that wonderful sail.  I head home for dinner and crash hard.  A nice beginning to a wonderful weather weekend.

Drone videography is the coolest.  St. Barth's Bucket Race, French West Indies.